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HKS Reviews

Updated March 11, 2019
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is a little better here than other large corporate firms I’ve worked for" (in 13 reviews)

  • "HKS proved to be a great place as a young professional starting my first job in an architecture firm" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Pay is low, health insurance is terrible" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Maintaining a work/life balance is imperative" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Sky is the limit"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HKS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've been with HKS for a while now and I love the freedom you are given to take on new initiatives and make your job what you want it to be. The CEO encourages an entrepreneurial spirit and it shows with the specialized groups and offerings they have. Employees can participate in an exchange program where they live and work in another HKS office in another part of the world. Or they can get involved with highly specialized teams in research, computation or sustainable design. But what I like most are the people at HKS. They have truly become a family to me and it's a place I want to stay.

    Cons

    Parking is pretty rough downtown. I wish parking benefits were offered to everyone instead of just titled employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging the type of leadership you want to see and develop those people. And keep weeding out the bad. A few bad managers can really tarnish the experience for people on their team.


  2. "Good firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HKS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great projects, wonderful people and opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of worth mentioning.

  3. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HKS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    culture, benefits, time off, people

    Cons

    not experienced any as of yet

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  4. "Corporate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Urban Designer
    Current Employee - Urban Designer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HKS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Willing to evolve

    Cons

    Very corporate
    Not design focus but trying
    Difficult to grow if not politically motivated


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HKS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love the atmosphere and culture. The leadership really want you to succeed and encourage innovation.

    Cons

    Not much of a promotion process


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Just ok"

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at HKS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are some high profile projects that you can work on

    Cons

    Managers are lazy, entitled, just overall bad.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so full of yourselves. Promote from within instead of hiring people from the outside that don’t share your core beliefs


  7. "Excellent Organization"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Dallas, TX

    I worked at HKS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall, a great work environment

    Cons

    At times the hours can be long

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you're doing

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Nice Guys Finish Last"

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    Former Employee - Intern Architect
    Former Employee - Intern Architect
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HKS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Global name company and projects. Good people, tenuous management practices. Good place to have worked in the past.

    Good place to enter at ground level and slowly work up through many years, for some.

    Cons

    Behind the curve for equal opportunity employer and contemporary management practices. Dallas feels like Hunger Games' "Capitol" versus "Districts." Lots of tension between vision of corporate Dallas and regional offices.

    Hard to raise a family and work for this firm. Those with wife staying at home seem to be happiest here, pretty common.

    Advice to Management

    Diversified and decentralized leadership is needed. I'd consider going back after corporate regime change if modernized management and leadership strategies were implemented.

    Not fair excuse to state, "the next generation of leadership will be more diverse."


  9. "Great company to work for!!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HKS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    HKS provides plenty of opportunities for you to develop skills and learn more about your strengths.
    They are always willing to listen to your thoughts/suggestions and provide feedback.
    Great talent.
    Diverse company.

    Cons

    Working in a regional office can sometimes make you feel disconnected.

    Advice to Management

    Always encourage your team! Always motivate individuals to do better and strive!


  10. "Industry Leader in Design"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Architect in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HKS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging and rewarding projects and advancement opportunities

    Cons

    a large footprint with many coworkers