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Kohn Pedersen Fox Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Pay is average, the office is in a nice part of town and there's a few nice people (in 6 reviews)

  • Opportunity to work with talented people and creative projects (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • No-one will force you to maintain a healthy work-life balance in this office (in 11 reviews)

  • working long hours with no overtime (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful Place to Gain Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This was an excellent place to gain skills in high end commercial architectural design. However, the hours/scheduling can be a bit stressful. Teams are usually quite small. People in more senior positions are highly skilled. You will learn a lot from the people you work with.

    Cons

    Social the firm is generally quite introverted. In terms of work culture, it is fast paced and intense. Design is high quality, but not the most interesting.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. "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"


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to start"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top rated NY firm. You can gain experience in core and shell design. Many high profile projects in NY and overseas. Lots of nice people.

    Cons

    Slow opportunity for growth, - lot of staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in staff retention. It's a waste to develop staff and let them go.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Junior Architect"

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

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

    Pros

    It was like boot camp for me. You learn a lot of new skills very quickly and your put the test. Everyone I worked with was very smart and talented.

    Cons

    You will most likely be working very long hours. Weekends too. You're almost always on a deadline, but that's the nature of the beast. Only for those who truly love it.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "4/30"

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

    I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    international experience, high-end and solid projects, good resources and connection, nice office location, good office culture and colleagues, easy to transfer to other global offices

    Cons

    payment hardly compensate for long working hour, sometimes management could be chaotic and inefficient, clients are tough, work pace are grueling, HR is not very supportive for international workers

    Advice to Management

    rise compensation especially for junior employee and monitor management, improve and development office-wide project/ material/ library data base


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Heavy work load, but great projects and learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer I in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer I in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with talented people and creative projects

    Offers great learning tools in office to help people to excel.

    Management has good comprehension of your person development and situations

    Cons

    Heavy work load and hours depending on which project you are assigned

    Typical corporate competition, and expectations. Watch out for eyes, how your being seen by others

    Lots of Chinese people, could be good or bad;
    Because their witty and alacrity personality.

    Advice to Management

    Needs better management of team, structure and project.

    Cash flow issue, management to seek advise from expert or CFO

    Balance work life for your employees, it will increase efficacy.

    Seek more markets with reliable source of
    Income/ relations. It can subdue in time of
    Sudden Economical hardships

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Architectural Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer II in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer II in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    From a career perspective, KPF's impressive track record and portfolio has earned it a positive reputation among other architecture firms. Experience here with serve you as a platform.

    Cons

    Typical corporate setting. Adversarial relationships with coworkers. Too many people looking to crawl up other people's backs to get to the top. Conversations with design decision makers are typically monopolized by senior associate principals and directors, who usually sit around the table with their teams then rush the best ideas to principals in order to take credit for them.

    Advice to Management

    Come down from the cloud you live in. Be humble enough to speak to young designers and open yourselves up to the possibility of entering markets that may not pay as well as the chinese did many years ago, but that will help you keep your people


  9. "in general very good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Architectural Designer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Junior Architectural Designer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox (Less than a year)

    Pros

    steep learning curve and responsible teammates

    Cons

    in general i really enjoyed it


  10. "great place if you work with right person"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox (Less than a year)

    Pros

    travelling, interesting projects, talented people

    Cons

    working long hours with no overtime


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