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Kohn Pedersen Fox Reviews

Updated December 20, 2017
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Pros
  • good colleague, good projects, good atmosphere (in 7 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Sometimes bad work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • You will most likely be working very long hours (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Architect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox part-time

    Pros

    Management team very smart and engaged

    Cons

    Aggressive culture often backfires and leads to drama


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (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"

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good if you are competitive young person"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time

    Pros

    Exposures to ranges of large scale projects all over the world. Most of the time you will be directly working under the principals. People are generally nice and polite. Great view.

    Cons

    The scale, pace and nature of the projects are depend on who you are working for. It's difficult to move to a different team. There is a large number of young people, but not enough intermediate to senior designers who can teach them something technical.


  9. "Educational and rigorous environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time

    Pros

    Lots of in-house presentations and opportunities for training. Intense and collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Could grow discontent if you are not stimulated by the work.


  10. "Architectural Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    they have good benefits and great location

    Cons

    they sometimes have long hours


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