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Found 330 of over 377 reviews
4.0
79% Recommend to a Friend
HKS President and CEO Dan Noble
94% Approve of CEO

Found 325 of over 377 reviews

4.0
79%
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94%
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HKS President and CEO Dan Noble
Dan Noble
183 Ratings

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Review

    Oct 14, 2022 - President &CEO 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    Great culture and working environment. trememdous opportunity for talented, passionate designers with a fire in their belly

    Cons

    In a big company it helps to be a self starter

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    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Double Standards, Cliques, and Toxicity All Around!

    Nov 4, 2022 - Associate in Dallas, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The office is pretty. Fresh flowers and a mediocre coffee machine that works most of the time.

    Cons

    Confusion, ambiguity, and mismanagement by leadership on all levels and in all sectors. Terrible, if any, succession planning in place. Leadership is absent most days but there's an expectation for certain staff levels to be present daily completely ignoring the company's ever-changing Work From Home/ Flex schedule. Political, and toxic culture full of backstabbing, paranoid employees working on understaffed projects with little to no guidance. Each man for himself, little to no positive encouragement or direction given to team members and a true lack of energy and enthusiasm amongst the firm. Fake smiles, fake initiatives, fake empathy and concern. What could be an amazing firm has been convoluted with meaningless role descriptions and titles. Very little faith the firm can and ever will get the energy and passion it once has back, at least not with the current leadership. The entire firm truly needs an overhaul and even then, it would be a questionable decision to continue working there. Proceed with caution if you're considering working here, regardless of the position and pay.

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great firm working to be even better

    Oct 20, 2022 - Vice President in Dallas, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    Highly respected firm in the design industry, and it's working hard to be even better

    Cons

    If you want to do something different, need to speak up for yourself

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    1 person found this review helpful
  5. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Firm full of talking heads in Leadership roles

    Oct 17, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    Large firm resources & big industry name with a portfolio filled with large, complex projects that are highly publicized and interesting, established practices in almost every market sector, yadda, yadda, yadda - Lots of great pitch points to post here. I fell for all of them and as a longtime admirer of the firm was really excited about the possibilities for my future at the company.

    Cons

    Most of the practices lack real leadership and if you're not in the Healthcare or Academic practices, you don't get the quality support you should on projects or with firm resources; including talent. There is a group of old white men at the helm of this firm. They also have a generational team in place made up of white, conservative Christian women in critical leadership and support roles. Yuck. They are smart, well educated and well spoken leaders, but as someone who has seen behind the curtain - they talk a good game around JEDI and HR and People, but have heard with my own ears this firm leadership team push off granting dedicated employees their visa's or not hiring qualified talent for discriminatory reasons. Mutliple offices across the country have very poor practice and office leadership in place and they have unrealistic expectations of staff in many ways. I was horrified by my experience working at this company. There are too many other great firms out there to waste your time at this one.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to work

    Oct 20, 2022 - Benefits Professional in Dallas, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    strong management team atmosphere great people

    Cons

    emotional based decision making at times

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great Company

    Sep 27, 2022 - Architecture & Design Professional in Dallas, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great teams, and people. Bonus at the end of the year.. overtime available first two years for forum employees, which is beneficial.

    Cons

    No cons yet, still learning the culture.

    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    100k, 8 years experience

    Jun 24, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    There are some incredibly talented, industry leading innovators in the firm. If you are part of the right studio/team you will have the opportunity for growth, mentorship, and transparency (to the degree that the team leader has transparency from firm leadership). Industry average benefits with a 4 week paid parental leave. The CEO says all the right things, usually. Office culture can be fun if you are willing to participate and help lead certain initiatives. Good place to start your career to gain experience. Great resources for professional development.

    Cons

    Mid level talent (5+ years experience) is leaving at a fast rate, the company seems unable to match the market value of their talent. HKS will not be transparent to its employees regarding the income gap in the firm. As inflation is escalating there has been no response as to how annual raises did not match inflation. They proclaim diversity and equity initiatives but I did not see buy in from shareholders/ senior employees. Promotions are political. Do not expect a large raise if you do get promoted. The bonus structure seems to change each year so you definitely cannot count on your bonus to right size your full compensation to your market value. Would caution immigrants from working here as a recession looms as there was a pretty obvious trend of layoffs during the pandemic panic that targeted those with visas. Women and minority employees also seemed to be disproportionally laid off during the pandemic; I don't believe this was deliberate but more of a result of the implicit bias managers have to retain those who are 'most similar to themselves'.

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    HKS Response

    Principal, Global Head of Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. As a company with 80+ years in the industry, employee satisfaction at every experience level is paramount to the preservation of HKS' rich history of long-term employees. We make a conscious effort to be transparent around firm financials, salary increases, and bonuses, as well as role progressions and promotions. We would love to hear more about your experience so we can improve. If you'd like to share more details and feedback, please reach out to our Talent team at HR@hksinc.com. Michelle Carroll Global Head of Human Resources

  9. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great big firm to start out at.

    Jun 20, 2022 - Architectural Design Professional I 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Office specific - people and mentorship opportunities. Pay is slightly above average in the region. Average benefits outside of pay.

    Cons

    Limited ability for responsibility and growth beyond your position/title. Too many firm “initiatives” and multipul programs to help with mentorship and peer-to-peer evaluation. It’s hard to keep track of it all and can become overwhelming. Promotions and raises favor those extroverted employees who are more active in their regions/social media. Many “head down and work” types who don’t get the recognition they deserve. Diversity is ehh.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Good if you like "Corporate Culture."

    Jul 10, 2022 - Architectural Design Professional I in Miami, FL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Complex Projects - Great Benefits - Great Office

    Cons

    - Professional Hierarchy - Can be placed on small portions of projects - Can require late hours

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  11. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Corporate Firm

    Aug 31, 2022 - Architectural Job Captain 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Projects Team members Community events Holidays

    Cons

    Location Sometimes politics Hours Markets

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HKS has an overall rating of 4.0 out of 5, based on over 377 reviews left anonymously by employees. 79% of employees would recommend working at HKS to a friend and 76% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, HKS employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.7 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at HKS. This rating has decreased by -3% over the last 12 months.

79% of HKS employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated HKS 3.8 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.0 for culture and values and 4.0 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at HKS to be benefits, senior leadership, career development and the cons to be management, compensation.

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