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Hart Howerton Reviews

Updated April 8, 2017
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  1. "Plan Desk Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Plan Desk in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Plan Desk in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The NYC confluence of the left,right & center brained architects & planners. Best & brightest need only apply... then you might as well apply elsewhere . This is for the best of the best of the best.

    Cons

    Office management smacks of Dickensian era school marms. The "ladies up front " are angry at life & project their collective misery on all the creators . Tip toe past them and pray like hell they don't select you often as a "target of ire"

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up the place a tad . When fun was still allowed , we all prospered.


  2. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hart Howerton (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent, talented people. Staff is very friendly. High quality projects that are in a variety of unique locations both locally and globally.

    Cons

    The workflow is very old school, sometimes this is a good thing, other times they are bad. There is and opportunity to modernize the firm into the 21st century.

    Advice to Management

    The quality of work and the people you have cultivated is excellent and of very high quality. But the work flow is a bit old, would benefit from a tune-up

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Hart Howerton full-time

    Pros

    -The size of the firm is ideal in that it is small enough that you get to work across various projects and with a large portion of the staff, large enough that there is a lot of interesting work happening
    -Great learning opportunities, as long as you are proactive, the firm is very open to training you and placing you on projects that interest you
    -Great people - it was amazing to work at a firm where the CEO knows everyone by name and takes the time to get to know their talent and capabilities

    Cons

    -Great disparities in the leadership style depending on which project manager you work for
    -Like with any sizeable company, there were a few issues with senior management politics
    -Not many women in senior leadership positions


  4. "Best Kept Secret"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hart Howerton full-time

    Pros

    Great location, enviable client list, first-rate portfolio, and an office with fantastic views. Everyone here is intelligent and accomplished (including the leadership) without being overly esoteric about the design. The firm has bi-coastal offices, with projects all over the world, and that seems to keep the work grounded but diverse: sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary. The buildings end up having a handmade quality with a tight focus on context. The design process is collaborative, so you get to work with lots of talented people (on both coasts).

    Cons

    The website doesn't show enough of the firm's work, which makes it all a bit of a mystery to the "outside world." Most of my architecture friends have never heard of Hart Howerton but then they are amazed when they hear what the firm is up to (a new website is in the works).

    Advice to Management

    Go get the word out.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting Company, Slow Pace Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hart Howerton full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly staff and fun environment. Interesting to see the different projects they were working on. Hart Howerton finds team bonding important and has fun friendly competitions between the different departments. The focus on building friendly relationships between coworkers made everyone feel like they were part of the same team and want to succeed.

    Cons

    My position at Hart Howerton was too slow paced and had minimal work on a day-to-day basis. Entering this position straight out of college was a good intro to the 9-5 work week but overall there are more exciting opportunities in San Francisco.

    Advice to Management

    I think the management does a great job of taking care of their employees at Hart Howerton. The only reason I left is because my position wasn't very challenging and I often found myself bored.


  6. "Sr. Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    This company works to achieve a high level of design through the multiple aspects of the Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning environments. While working here you are exposed to projects all over the world with multiple clients.

    Cons

    Competitive work environment with tight budgets and quick deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Never stop designing


  7. Helpful (2)

    "architect"

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

    I worked at Hart Howerton full-time

    Pros

    Great work and good people

    Cons

    Management does not share credit for work.

    Advice to Management

    empower employees and give them credit for work

  8. Helpful (9)

    "A mixed experience. You can take the good with the bad, depending upon your tolerance."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Very nice high end work in both the residential and hospitality sectors.
    2) Camaraderie among non-management employees
    3) Freedom to grow and take on as much responsibility as you can handle. Don’t expect this to translate to a promotion or a raise however.

    Some of the projects were fantastic. Definitely material that would contribute to one’s portfolio. It was nice to be able to take the time to do thoughtful design, and to have a decent budget to accomplish it, unlike many of the TI projects I have worked on before.

    The people were by and large, a very cordial and talented bunch. The renderings done both by hand and computer, and the overall packages the in-house graphic design department put together were amazing. We did have to put in a lot of hours (60-70-80 hours a week was not uncommon) but at least we were in good company.

    Cons

    1) Upper management
    2) Overtime hours required
    3) Favoritism / politics

    Upper management was very much a good old boys club. From a professional standpoint, regarding compensation and promotions, members of the female staff were overlooked. Even their general treatment of women seemed a little dismissive to me. But even worse was something I learned of after I left… they had a distasteful habit of making horribly inappropriate remarks about some of the women in the office, of course, only within earshot of their male counterparts.

    It was not a very diverse office, speaking of gender or nationality. One time someone said to me while laughing, that he/she was glad the Asians in the office were in his/her department, because they are “good, hard workers”. And if you were a white male that graduated from the right school, you were automatically given a free pass to a bigger salary, more responsibilities and better treatment right from the start.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are you best asset, treat them right. You somehow manage to recruit talented and bright people, but it seems you don’t care at all to retain them. Don’t make demands of them that necessitate such huge sacrifices in areas such as a personal life and sleep, especially if you’re not willing to put in one tenth of their effort. Or if you do, reward them well. Sometimes a simple and sincere “Thank you” is all it takes.

    Oh, and you might want to actually practice what your HR Sexual Harassment videos preach.


  9. "This is an exciting place to work, but can be frustrating from a growth perspective."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for high-end design abound; clients are impressive; a great opportunity for resume building; if you get on the right project, you can get valuable and marketable experience.

    Cons

    There was a fair amount of political maneuvering required for advancement. The lack of diversification in the client portfolio makes this firm especially susceptible to feast and famine.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Disheartening and old fashioned work environment- the Mad Men of architecture and planning"

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very talented people are hired and work for this company on good projects. Many have gone on to make impressive contributions in professional leadership and design. Their annual fellowship program greatly contributes to their reputation and standing as a design leader. The long hours and fast pace of work are a good training experience for mid-level or new graduates. Some charismatic leadership.

    Cons

    Leadership believes they are in the upper echelons of luxury design, but they are barely on the map. Overly pretentious and inflated regarding the small amount of high-end work they are awarded. The very tight-knit upper circle has little experience working outside the firm and their own lack of mentoring and leadership is evident. Extremely competitive between leadership and opportunities for up-and-coming staff are limited. Very high staff turnover is common, hence leadership does not invest in new talent. Very impersonal. Also, very little female leadership or promotions. The firm is basically run like a fraternity or good-old boy's club. Principles and groups of men are mainly allowed to travel and many of them have not picked up a drawing pen in years.

    Advice to Management

    Greater talent and diversity in leadership needed.


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