Kohn Pedersen Fox Reviews

Updated 26 Jun 2020

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3.6
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Kohn Pedersen Fox President Jamie von Klemperer
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31 Ratings
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  • "Long Hours, but there is overtime(in 34 reviews)

  • "A lot of extra hours and too much pressure at times, depending on the project you are working on, so you might face a very bad work/life balance(in 13 reviews)

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  1. "worth a try"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect in Hong Kong

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    get to know different design background coworkers

    Cons

    too adsorbed into doing only one type of project

  2. "Stable, good pay for the industry, very standard"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Schedule, workload, salary, attentive office staff

    Cons

    Lack of room for initiative, slow rhythm (inherent to architecture), low exposure for juniors to decision-making

  3. "Top tier firm operating with highest of standards, but team management hit or miss"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Exposure to some of the worlds most complex and exciting project, a firm and colleagues that have high standards for design but also standard proceeding procedures (it's definitely an amazing place to get "trained"), for such a large office it's very nice to see how much emphasis is placed on design during concept and schematic phases.

    Cons

    A bit too top heavy in terms of leadership and responsibility. Would be awesome to see more trust and investment placed in skilled younger architects to push innovation and creativity from all sides. Different project teams operate very differently, and so an experience under one principal can be entirely different that that under another.

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  4. "Great people, high standard of design, amazing location"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    office at bryant park, colleagues are hard-working / talented / kind, amazing scale of projects

    Cons

    office is split into 2 floors which is a bit inconvenient

  5. "KPF"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Principal in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Surrounded by very talented and supportive coworkers. Exciting projects

    Cons

    Long and unpredictable overtime hours

  6. "Great firm to learn"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Design Specialist 

    I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment. Challenging and exciting projects, and many opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Long work hours and top-heavy design process. Mid-junior staff’s opinion are not valued. Sustainability treated as an afterthought

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  7. Helpful (6)

    "Not worth it for people working under visa"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time

    Pros

    Some people are nice.

    Cons

    Hard-working visa holders are being used by the company and not getting the appreciation they deserve. KPF will not enter you for H1B lottery until your STEM expires, will not give you are proper raise or bonus base on your achievement, and will not help you with your green card until your H1B expires. The first round of promotion only happens after you spend 5 years in the firm, whether you work hard or not. Very unfair to the people much talented. I have seen people became very irresponsible after being promoted. Very depressing working environment.

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  8. "nice company"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer 

    I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time

    Pros

    good hours nice to your employees

    Cons

    i like it a lot. keep it up

  9. "Good atmosphere. Intense at times, but people are trying to be friendly."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Professionally at a high level

    Cons

    No too much of care in personal life

    Kohn Pedersen Fox Response

    October 7, 2019Associate Director, Human Resources

    Thank you for sharing your feedback about your experience of working with us at KPF. We value your insight a lot. Finding a healthy balance between your work life and your personal life is certainly important and we are looking for meaningful ways to assist our employees with that. You are always welcome to share any ideas or suggestions you have on this or any other issue related to life at KPF. You can start with your manager and alternatively, the HR team would love to hear what you think as well. Good luck!

  10. "Great company to grow"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing projects to grow and learn

    Cons

    Much overtime and no overtime compensation

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