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Matthew Streets
36 Ratings
Pros
  • "Very progressive approach to design with exposure to great projects(in 11 reviews)

  • "Different Cultures around the world so you most likely will meet someone from home(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Very long hours, quantity before quality(in 25 reviews)

  • "Behind the times in terms of work life balance; working from home is frowned upon(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    F+P New York Office Review

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    Current Employee - Architect in New York, NY

    I have been working at Foster + Partners full-time

    Pros

    At the time decent opportunity as a growing satellite office. Much more responsibility than colleagues in the main London office. Small office culture, big office clout.

    Cons

    NY management at the time was not great, but heard it has gotten better in recent years. The office is not completely independent. Still must answer to London. Long hours, but as expected in the industry.

  2. Helpful (5)

    Great project with mediocre benefits and salary

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Foster + Partners for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Exciting project! The best benefit of the company is 25 days paid vacation since it is a British firm. Surrounded by very talented colleagues.

    Cons

    Maybe because this is a site office, the office operates with lots of Hierarchies. Workload can sometimes be unbearing, meaning countless hours without getting paid.

  3. Helpful (16)

    Very tough place to work - sets you up well for next job though

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    Former Employee - Assistant Architect in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foster + Partners full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great projects, great city to be exposed to. High profile clients, designers and consultants. Beautiful office space to work in. You can get any job after this, and can get into any grad school you want.

    Cons

    Extreme hours, horrible work environment, people tend to be mean spirited and beaten down due to workload and hours. Very little mobility within the office, very hierarchical, Norman Foster is god. Once you are in the door, very difficult to get pay raises, you have to threaten leaving. You can't choose projects you are working on, even if you have experience on said project. Partners tend to be very egotistical and will...

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    Foster + Partners Response

    February 29, 2016Global Head of HR

    Many thanks for sharing your views. Project work is extremely demanding as you say and the Practice is always striving for best in class. We have a good track record of moving our talent around the world on various projects and will take your comments on board.

  4. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Architectural Assistant in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Foster + Partners full-time

    Pros

    Working on big scale project with very compeitive people.

    Cons

    very long hours, no work life balance

  5. foster and parttners work experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Foster + Partners

    Pros

    Very good to make high end architecture experience and grow as senior architect. High quality, highest standard of design

    Cons

    work life balance is quite low

  6. Helpful (1)

    Motion Designer

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    Current Employee - Motion Designer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Foster + Partners full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice food Nice Building Close to battersea park

    Cons

    Alot of unpaid overtime Undervalued Poor workflow

  7. Helpful (2)

    Not for the faint hearted/ All nighters express

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    Former Employee - Architect in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Foster + Partners full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    A great system of documentation, they definitely do not reinvent the wheel A big stamp on your CV, you can easily go so many places from there Uncompromising when it comes to design quality and details Very progressive approach to design with exposure to great projects Training actually helps progress your knowledge The hub is great place to talk and discuss projects Very talented pool of people, inspiring designers...

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    Cons

    F and P is great place to learn but it is still a jungle where you have to fight for your place, if you are not an excessively strong character and have a strong mind DON’T go there Verbally and emotionally abusive bosses are not uncommon, Ken Hogg in Studio 3 is a great example All nighters are very common, excessively long hours, basically you will have no life outside the office or Battersea for that matter Not...

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    Advice to Management

    You will continue to lose loyal employees who might actually care about the actualisation of your vision, you must revisit your ethical standards and start treating them in a humane way Design wise, keep doing what you are doing it is actually great, occasionally disappointing but then again who is perfect

  8. Who will you work with?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Foster + Partners

    Pros

    Easy to make friends as it almost feels like "University campus" Different Cultures around the world so you most likely will meet someone from home. Support teams like printing, model shops and food are beneficial and ensure that everything runs well.

    Cons

    The company is quite a top heavy with high staff turn over rate. Many things are financially based so you as a staff member must realise that you are highly expendable. Your experience mainly depends on the team you work in as well as your line manager. There are some managers renowned for having toxic approaches to solving problems often using intimidation tactics and aggression. That being said this does not apply to...

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  9. Helpful (1)

    Architect ARB RIBA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Foster + Partners full-time

    Pros

    Great projects, great work environment. You are provided with great tools and facilities to design the best Solutions possible

    Cons

    Big company with a big work force. Competitive environment and little room at the top. Not a company when you can progress rapidly

    Advice to Management

    Salary variation according employment starting date is a bit of an issue. You get cases where new starters get payed more than employees who have worked for 3 years in the company. It is devastating for moral and for long time employment commitment

  10. Helpful (1)

    Architect

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    Former Employee - Architect in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foster + Partners for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Good food, atmosphere is ok

    Cons

    Horrible company , I do not recommend, unless you are a slave

    Advice to Management

    Respect your staff

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