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Updated May 14, 2018
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  • Work life balance is impossible (in 8 reviews)

  • High turn over, limited room for advancement, constant budget cuts for departments (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They know what they are doing and they treat their people well

    Cons

    When I find one I'll let you know

    Advice to Management

    Get all on the same page


  2. "Review of HOK"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HOK full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable and dedicated people, with focus on great design and clients.

    Cons

    Big A, little E, is a difficult culture to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt Passive House as a way to stay relevant in sustainability.

  3. "Sr. Project Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HOK full-time

    Pros

    Amazingly talented working staff that continues to impress me at every turn. Sports work is extremely creative finding new ways to leverage the game.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is a wet blanket on creativity. IT support is slim to none. Tools given to staff are outdated and yet design expectations are cutting edge

    Advice to Management

    Cutting business development budgets in times of limited work is counter productive and will only serve to minimize new work being produced


  4. "intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    big company and good office

    Cons

    can not learn a lot


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interior Design Professional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work when you are first starting out. It is a fairly structured environment that is great for learning. There is a pool of people with a diverse background so if you need help it is easy to ask for it.

    Cons

    There are limited opportunities for younger designers to move up unless you're one of the favorites. Pay increases are minimal no matter how hard you work. Management plays favorites and that is the most disappointing thing of all. The staffing is ridiculous, a lot of people are frequently sitting around with nothing to do or aren't given enough work to fill up a 40 hour work week while others are working 60-70 hours a week just trying to survive.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites. Maybe that will build some trust between you and the employees actually doing the work. It's hard for employees to put out great work when they can't trust management.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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

    I have been working at HOK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cool building interior, large work stations, diversity of project types, complementary valet parking, solid benefits, free snacks and beverages provided, part of national/ global network

    Cons

    Not near dining options (coffee shop, restaurants, cafes), lots of street noise (traffic, sirens), not near downtown, not near freeway

    Advice to Management

    Work to improve office morale, focus more on local projects, reduce gaps between projects, engage community (outreach and volunteering)


  7. "Interior"

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    Current Employee - Interior in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Interior in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have multiple types of projects (you may end up in the one that you don't like).

    Cons

    If you are not from midwest you would have a hard time. You may work on projects that you don't like for a long time. unrealistic expectation.

    Advice to Management

    SF Interior group needs diversity. Favoritism toward certain employees will push others out.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing Place to Work If You’re Right Out of School"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing portfolio of projects, talented designers, and hard-working staff. Great place to get experience if you’re right out of school.

    Cons

    If you have industry experience, the environment will seem a little chaotic and it will be challenging to jump in and hit the ground running. Don’t try to look for a system or a process, it’s in someone’s head and if you are lucky, they may give you guidance if they’re not too busy. Everything is done at the very last possible minute. It’s important that you know how to stand up for yourself because the critical environment can be disheartening no matter how hard you work.

    Advice to Management

    Your team members need more one-to-one conversations and to feel that you have their back. With no support from management, relentless, and never-ending deadlines, the workload and lack of a work-life balance can be crushing.


  9. "Big beautiful projects, silo'd experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HOK full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities. The designers and technical staff are not as integrated as they should be.

    Cons

    Leadership is in transition, love some of the leadership, some of it is lacking.


  10. "Good firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HOK full-time

    Pros

    There are pretty good projects to work on in this office and great resources. I have learned a lot.

    Cons

    Office politics and pigeonholing in this office


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