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Updated August 26, 2017
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  • Work life balance is impossible (in 7 reviews)

  • Often long hours and weekends work is required (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HOK full-time

    Pros

    The atmosphere is professional,but relaxed. Numerous company functions for employees

    Cons

    Salaries could be better,and bonuses shared out accordingly

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your administrative Staff


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Hok LA"

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    Former Employee - Interior Design Professional in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Interior Design Professional in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well known name in the industry

    Cons

    1. Not a design studio- mostly strategic account TI work that are repetitive, fast pace and low budget with a few one off project here and there. Design excellence is not value nor challenged in this office, the main focus of bread and butter work.
    2. Minimal raises and growth opportunity
    3. Micro management style and management heavy workplace
    4. High turn over rate

    Advice to Management

    Take a real deep look at why this office haven't been able to win interesting work- look within and stop hiring outside consultants to change company culture.

  3. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, diverse project types and talented colleagues.

    Cons

    Resources are thin at times on projects.


  4. "Stifling Creativity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at HOK full-time

    Pros

    I'm sure there are some, but none come to mind

    Cons

    Too many policies restrict the ability of the architects to design
    Not enough planning or money spent on IT to enable architect productivity

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the way and let the younger employees take over.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good place, limited opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Design Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Design Professional in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Avg pay, some what interesting projects, great work life balance

    Cons

    Large firm limited growth opportunities, office politics, be selfish if you work here you will not get a raise without asking for it and if you do get it will be less than expected be bullish

    Advice to Management

    It's a business and they are running at as such with an emphasis on profit


  6. "HOK is ok. I would have given 5 stars if it wasn't for management. Heartless"

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    Current Employee - Architect (Not Interior Architect)
    Current Employee - Architect (Not Interior Architect)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I would agree with most of the positive reviews. Co-workers are awesome and provide a lot of help and feedback.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move to a higher position. Newly hired people will always be preferred for a particular job. Very disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees when it comes to job advancement opportunities. Never give a higher position to someone just because you have no one else to fill it. You are told you are doing a fantastic job and then give it to someone else because 'this position was not meant for you'. Very heartless.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "I was a number"

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    Former Employee - Multiple Positions in Missouri City, TX
    Former Employee - Multiple Positions in Missouri City, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HOK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    PTO schedule and generous HSA employer contribution. There are some really great people throughout the organization. The office space is nice.

    Cons

    The processes and procedures are inefficient. There is a severe lack of training, and the organization is resistant to finding new, more effective ways of doing things because leadership is complacent and fine with doing things the way they always have.

  8. "Good so far"

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

    I have been working at HOK full-time

    Pros

    Office is willing to listen and helps with career paths.

    Cons

    Small office is good, but sometimes, bigger offices within the company takes the lead when it comes to major projects.


  9. "Great culture"

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

    I have been working at HOK full-time

    Pros

    Prestigious projects, resources and know-how spread across firm

    Cons

    Promotions are quite sporadic and not very transparent


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Professional in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Design Professional in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources at HOK

    Cons

    It's easy to get lost in the weeds


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