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HOK Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Bill Hellmuth
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Pros
  • Lots of opportunity to grow, lots of great people to learn from, good benefits (in 14 reviews)

  • Great people as co-workers, but not enough staff for the work load (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is impossible (in 7 reviews)

  • Long hours and weekends required, which they tell you during on-boarding process (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Content Employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HOK is composed of talented design professionals and offers good benefits flexibility, global opportunity, fair pay and a solid community.

    Cons

    HOK is a large firm so it is hard to get exposure to all facets of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within and pay closer attention to your succession plan in every office. Continue to expand global presence.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Challenging fun work environment with rewarding major design projects for national and internal clients with diversity."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Vice President in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging projects and advancement potential.

    Cons

    Life / Work Balance Understanding and Assistance needed.

    Advice to Management

    Do not promote someone to Vice President anouncing publically his great performance, adding utilization manager of all PM workplans and staffing to his Health Care project responsibilities just to then lay him off a year later. Especially after it was just anounced publicly a few months prior to the lay off. Perception to his professional career was devastating and it continues.


  3. "HOK is a great firm"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    lots of talented people, promotes ideas of younger staff

    Cons

    slow to address and resolve conflict


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent work environment for growth and experience!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited resources for growth, great opportunities, rewarding work and reliable, knowledgeable team mates. Excellent benefits and support from management.

    Cons

    A tough but achievable challenge, unexpected work loads.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great support to your employees.


  6. "Great place to work with broad spectrum of opportunities including other offices around the country and internationally"

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    Former Employee - Senior Interior Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Interior Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HOK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great pleople, excellent projects and company who supports your professional objectives

    Cons

    it is a great place to thrive

    Advice to Management

    it is admirable culture who brings people first to achieve projects to make the community a better place


  7. "Good company top stay"

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    Current Employee - Design Professional
    Current Employee - Design Professional
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HOK full-time

    Pros

    People are nice and knowledgeable, learn things every day.

    Cons

    Promotions are competitive and hard, same as other big companies.


  8. "Best place I have worked"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Architect in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HOK full-time

    Pros

    Humanely shift hours - 40-45 hours a week. Flexible schedules. Small office locally with the benefits of the big corporation. Benefits such as insurance better than all my previous employers. Working compensation satisfactory.

    Cons

    Sometimes it gets too quite.


  9. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    International Architecture firm with diverse projects and clients

    Cons

    The architecture community tends to have a high turn over rate

    Advice to Management

    Very important to mentor and retain employees


  10. "comfortable"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good environment and good place

    Cons

    low salary and sometime more work time


  11. Helpful (1)

    "awesome company"

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

    Pros

    good benefits, nice company, friendly

    Cons

    crowded, busy, lots of work to do



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