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Kohn Pedersen Fox Reviews

Updated March 17, 2019
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Pros
  • "All the benefits of a big company; high profile projects, a lot of resources, good salary, good bonuses" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Great resources, talented designers, interesting projects(for the most part)" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "All staff work very long hours constantly" (in 24 reviews)

  • "Sometimes bad work life balance" (in 12 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. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good learning resource and large intern class so you can meet people and make friends.

    Cons

    Long Hours, but there is overtime

  3. "Intermediate Architect Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Generally collaborative and supportive environment

    Cons

    Long hours, no clear advancement tracks


  4. "Kohn Pedersen Fox - KPF - not recommended"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    top clients and projects

    Cons

    long hours, no compensation, leadership lacking, promote only those who befriend leadership


  5. "Decent Firm"

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    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay. Pays for intern overtime. Friendly people. Some large scale projects. Good environment.

    Cons

    Principle could be more open minded at times.


  6. "Lots of talent"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects with loads of talented staff

    Cons

    Senior Management out of touch

    Advice to Management

    Step up


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  9. 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.


  10. "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.