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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Excellent firm, culture and people!!"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HKS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There's alot of talent here and the people are great to work with. Although it's a big firm, it's a warm and welcoming environment where you're not just a number. Upper management cares about their employees and the CEO is awesome. HKS cares about their employees work/life balance and I don't feel like I'm working in a sweatshop. Of course there will be deadlines that require working long hours, but for the most part...

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    Cons

    There's always going to be pros and cons at every office. I think there are way less cons at HKS than at other large firms I've worked at. If had to think of some, it would probably be the benefits. They have a good vacation/sick policy which adds up to about 5 weeks total whereas other firms only provide only 3 weeks PTO for vacation/sick. My biggest complaint would be the dental and health insurance. They only offer...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue listening to your employees. Happy employees make HKS great which result in well executed projects and happy clients. As Richard Branson says..."If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients"

    HKS2017-07-22
  2. "Office interiors speaks for itself"

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    Former Employee - Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HKS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Outside view is pleasant only

    Cons

    Poor Management terrible work ethic

    Advice to Management

    Replace people that have more than 2 absences per week

    HKS2019-04-20
  3. "Great place to practice Architecture with a few flaws"

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    Current Employee - Job Captain in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HKS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company provides a lot of incentives to train and become licensed or another certification. Great office culture. You can tell everyone likes it here because they are energetic and have fun. A rarity in Architecture. Lots of social events in the office to see presentations and chat it up with co-workers. People also take it up among themselves to have company team sports. Los Angeles office has good leadership...

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    Cons

    As mentioned above a good place to become an Architect or Designer but if you want to break out of the mold then there is less support. Architects focus on what they are good at and don't typically explore new services due to unfamiliarity and overhead cost. Westwood location is not ideal for most people commuting to the office especially because public transport options are limited. Starting to get crowded around...

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    Advice to Management

    You're doing a good job in the LA office and in Dallas. I can tell you really care for the well-being of the employees. Keep it up and HKS reputation will only become better. One note for improvement is to create more flex time and telecommute options for employees to take advantage of. It would be a big relief to work at home every so often and not feel like an absentee from the rest of the project team.

    HKS2018-06-14

    HKS Response

    September 5, 2018Director of Global Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for your feedback! We agree – HKS is a fun and vibrant place to work! It’s great to hear that you are engaged in the culture and office. We continue to think about ways to create an even better and more dynamic environment, with flexibility certainly a part of the conversation. ...

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  4. Helpful (7)

    "Admin Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HKS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A beautiful environment, nice co-workers, beautiful and interesting projects. Free coffee and parking. Centrally located. Integrates new technology well. The rules are well laid out for new hires.

    Cons

    Misogynistic glass ceiling. A weird, late 1940s culture towards women that makes it feel like nothing much has changed with regard to the upward mobility of their female employees since the days of Howard K. Smith. Like stepping into an episode of “Mad Men.” Covertly unfriendly to those without white, straight, Christian lifestyles. If you didn’t go to A&M, you’re not a part of this fraternity.

    Advice to Management

    Leap into the 90s. Amazing that a company who leads the industry architecturally could be so sociologically backwards, professionally. A darn shame.

    HKS2018-01-28

    HKS Response

    April 9, 2018Director of Global Talent Acquisition

    At HKS, we are fully dedicated to promoting diversity within the firm. We believe, including our Los Angeles office, that diverse teams and backgrounds bring better view points to create the most successful design solutions. We offer various initiatives focused on leveraging diversity, ...

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "pros adn cons of a large firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HKS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Large firm that offers a lot of opportunities for individuals to grow in their careers. Employees have access to many experts and tools in their field. Employees are constantly exposed to new material which supports growth in their carriers.

    Cons

    Large firm which makes the firm a more politically charged place. Employees will have to learn to maneuver between different leadership. Difficult to get promoted and recognized for all the hard wok you do because it is such a large firm.

    HKS2017-03-09
  6. "Great corporate firm to work for"

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      Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

      I worked at HKS (Less than a year)

      Pros

      People are very nice and they actually asked me what kind of work I am interested in working on and assigned me accordingly, even as an intern.

      Cons

      Not many overtime hours to work

      HKS2017-02-18
    • Helpful (6)

      "Great projects. Low pay"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at HKS full-time

      Pros

      Good people + projects. Opportunities for exposure to different types of projects.

      Cons

      Pay + benefits. Some of the lowest in the industry. They tell you you'll be compensated with a bonus that will make up for the low pay, but it's not true. Lack of leadership. Poor upper management. No transparency in promotions process.

      Advice to Management

      Promote from within, instead of looking elsewhere for talent. Have transparency in promotions process. Too many good people leaving and more to come, because of unequal treatment of employees within the firm.

      HKS2015-07-10
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