HOK Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2020

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4.2
78%
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99%
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HOK President + CEO Bill Hellmuth (no image)
Bill Hellmuth
41 Ratings
Pros
  • "multiple locations and good benefits(in 17 reviews)

  • "Great atmosphere, and most importantly great people(in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "The work/life balance can become skewed towards work during deadlines(in 12 reviews)

  • "Long hours on projects and many weekends required(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Professional in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HOK full-time

    Pros

    nice management and benefit with work-life balance

    Cons

    some projects are not fun

  2. "healthcare"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    great interaction and team building

    Cons

    some boring jobs, and non related projects


  3. "Nice place to work"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Designer/Architect in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place and people to work and work with

    Cons

    too corporate-based culture, too top-down

  4. "Great Company"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Diverse portfolio, flat hierarchy, great leadership

    Cons

    Could do better promoting diversity

  5. "Good people, great projects"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always ahead of the curve -creative, innovative

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted, sometimes long hours

  6. "Great place to work, great dress code"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Project Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work culture, challenging environment, flexibility

    Cons

    Scale of projects can leave you with repetative tasks.

  7. "HOK as an Intern"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Interior Design Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HOK full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work culture Leadership by example Everyone is a team player and ready to help

    Cons

    Large teams can sometimes cause miscommunication regarding responsibilities.

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  8. "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Plumbing Design Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The engineering group has people with many years of experience who knows how to run a successful and profitable MEP group.

    Cons

    Like on any other company, there are times where the workload was too much but nothing unachievable.

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Job was completely different from that discussed during interview process"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HOK full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance for the design industry; Consistent stream of work; Small teams provide opportunity to get wide-ranging experience; Intelligent and humble co-workers.

    Cons

    Job described during interview process was not the job I was hired to do; High-pay to lure talent, but then harshly reviewed to correct for over-inflated pay, despite noted high performance by leadership of other teams; Gas-lighted and told I was under-performing when management repeatedly admitted it did not have enough time to allocate to said projects. I was even asked if I had a disability by management; When I pointed out that project leadership was unresponsive (after numerous, daily attempts) and did not have enough time to give direction, I was told the project in question was "not complicated." This is for a highly-technical project type with which I had no previous experience; Leadership does not set realistic timelines for new/digital modes of working and blames designers for poor performance when they do not hit impossible deadlines.

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  10. "Chilled working environment"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Nice team leader -Chilled working environment -Good working hours

    Cons

    -Stagnant working mode -Difficult to innovate

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