Foster + Partners Reviews

Updated May 20, 2020

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3.6
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55 Ratings
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  • "Inflexible working hours, long hours, and unpaid additional work(in 40 reviews)

  • "Very long working hours most of the time(in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Best year of my career so far"

    5.0
     

    I worked at Foster + Partners

    Pros

    Significant learning opportunities A lot of scope for progression Supportive management Global company so a lot of international experience Good holidays Great work events - summer and winter parties

    Cons

    Heavy workload at times which is to be expected

    Foster + Partners2020-02-06
  2. "Driven people and workplace will always push you to your professional limit"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Foster + Partners full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Talented colleagues that will always make you want to do more and do it better

    Cons

    Too much hierarchy that makes it stifling at times.

    Foster + Partners2020-05-19
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Great project with mediocre benefits and salary"

    3.0
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    Architectural Designer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.

    Foster + Partners2016-05-22
  4. Helpful (21)

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

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Assistant Architect in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Foster + Partners full-time for more than 3 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 expect/make you work extremely late nights (1am-4am) and weekends. Worked there for a number of years, probably only had 10-15 weekends to myself

    Foster + Partners2016-02-23

    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.

  5. Helpful (1)

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    3.0
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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

    Foster + Partners2015-06-09
  6. Helpful (13)

    "F+P New York Office Review"

    4.0
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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.

    Foster + Partners2014-06-24
  7. Helpful (1)

    "foster and parttners work experience"

    3.0
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    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

    Foster + Partners2013-04-25
  8. "Great experience if you want to work on big scale projects, multi disciplinary teams and multicultural environment"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foster + Partners full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good quality projects,leadership, good environment, gain experience, possible career path

    Cons

    Working long hours, sometimes missed communication

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    Foster + Partners2020-05-20
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Worked 4 years. Good Work Environment, Sometimes Poor Management"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Architect in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Foster + Partners full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Multidisciplinary approach to architecture. Intelligent people. Great facilities. Diverse projects. Inclusiveness. Approachable, and available executives.

    Cons

    Occasional poor management at the lower level. Unclear task management and lack of task tracking system. Inflexible working hours, long hours, and unpaid additional work. Work/life balance is difficult, and consequently, the growth within the company is affected. In most projects, the team has to deliver extra and unrequired work, without additional payment or a choice to opt-out; this is usually not required by upper management and happens at the lower level.

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    Foster + Partners2020-05-13
  10. "Long term employee since trainee level"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Architectural Assistant in Hong Kong
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Foster + Partners full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great community, professional development support

    Cons

    below market rate salary for a top tier firm

    Foster + Partners2020-05-10
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