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Kohn Pedersen Fox Reviews

Updated September 22, 2018
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  • "All the benefits of a big company; high profile projects, a lot of resources, good salary, good bonuses" (in 5 reviews)

  • "High standard and good projects" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Professional, Challenging, and Friendly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox part-time

    Pros

    Interesting Work
    Positive, Friendly Environment
    Good Compensation

    Cons

    Hard Deadlines
    Some Late Nights
    Not Very Good Coffee


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wide variety of projects and sectors, there are many, many teams you can work on and get a diverse portfolio. There are many great opportunities for mentorship and learning. The work environment is also very professional

    Cons

    Few women in high leadership roles—however this is a problem throughout the architecture world and I think that KPF is making an effort to promote and hire more women into senior leadership roles.

    Advice to Management

    There are many opportunities for advancement, at KPF you are expected to put in a fair amount of time both at the office and pursuing extra-curricular activities.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible experience"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exterior office location in the Bryant park. Communal kitchen for free sodas.
    If chasing for corporate "name", this may be a place.

    Cons

    Horrible management and HR team - rude, arrogant and has a constant history of mistreated behaviors to employees. An example of extreme arrogance and pretentiousness. Employee is a number for them and their only concern is their end of year bonus and how much money they can get out of an employee by whatever means they need to do so. Sickening environment and experiene.

    Advice to Management

    Realize employee is a employer - after all, definition of "corporation"comes from neutral respect for either party - not just one way.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Management..Management.."

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    Former Employee - Intermediate Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intermediate Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If interested in large scale projects and don't mind being labeled as a number, this may be a place for you.

    Cons

    Extreme arrogant management/HR - no genuine care for employee's well beings - they do not have any respect and somehow think they can be rude and arrogant to employees without any justification. No mannerism or minimal respect. Toxic working environment. After all, they like to label themselves as "cooperate".

    Advice to Management

    After all, employees are/were employees - they are/were not animals... Try to have minimal respect for your employees - Be embarrassed and learn from mistakes. What goes around comes around.


  5. "Architectural Designer I"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time

    Pros

    great platform to work on world-class projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes bad work life balance.


  6. "Okay place to get expiernce"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good projects, good travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Poltical, big machine, difficult to navigate

    Advice to Management

    Treat people more humanely


  7. "Good place to start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time

    Pros

    ok money for architecture with some decent bonus

    Cons

    environment and work culture is unhealthy

  8. "Intern in Shanghai office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time

    Pros

    Very nice colleagues, good wage for interns

    Cons

    May need to have meeting with ny office at irregular hours


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Architectural Designer"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay. The office gets amazing projects so you do have the opportunity to work on large scale infrastructure projects, office buildings, hotel, residential. If you want to be a designer and do not care about learning how things are built - this is the place for you. Also, if you love the 80s corporate drone and the idea of the Mad Men running the office in a post 3rd wave feminist world, this office is totally for you. There is definitely room to move upward at this company, but you have to ask - rewards are not given based on actual responsibility and quality of the work you do. You or your director/PM/principal must fight for your position since it is easy to get lost in a firm of a couple hundred people. Management is usually responsive and will give you what you want if you are a good employee. The office has been changing for the last 10 years with no clear direction - I guess this could be considered a pro if you would like the idea of coming into a place and influencing its future direction.

    Cons

    Since it is an international firm, the majority of scope does not include CA and even CD a lot of the times. This sucks for anyone who is a young architect. There are not huge support programs for young architect's education and growth - a lot of people get lost in the masses and spend a year photoshopping renderings. The office is very top heavy, all white old guys running the place (just check out who the principals are on their website). There is an image problem - the work is great but the office environment itself is dated, shabby and indifferent in it's approach to design and social experience - this is super odd since it is an architecture office.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just concentration on the recruitment of young architects, concentrate on making a more fun and enjoyable learning experience for interns/young architects. Hold an intern design competition of an actual building. Give young people in the office much needed roles, freedom and power and compensate them (i.e. gallery director, friday party committee, allow young leaders to speak at office parties, ect.). Do not hold an oscar style promotion ceremony. It's weird and outdated and pins people against each other in an unnecessary and awkward way. There are a million innovative post 2000 companies on the forefront of awarding, compensating and allowing employees to grow within the office. Learn something from them and see how happy your employees are as a result - will help your experience younger folks to stick around longer and not sign up for the new generation of architectural design offices.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You meet a lot of creative people with similar enthusiasm and spend your nights and weekends with them. The software you get to use is top, but the computer at your desk won't be able to run it properly

    Cons

    You never get a Friday or Saturday night off so that you can meet new people or a Saturday or Sunday afternoon off to see New York City

    Advice to Management

    After 41 years in the biz- I'm sure they've gotten accustomed to a revolving door...but it's gotten to a point where all employers in town are hesitant to hire former KPF employees because of the record the office has with burning out its employees or creating resentful/cynical people after their "KPF Experience"


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