To maintain a culture of idea-sharing across decades, HED’s hierarchy remains flat—with leaders sprinkled around the open office for guidance. The team’s vision is defined by four guiding principles, but tossing new ideas into the mix is encouraged, and personal wins are widely celebrated. Aside from daily oversight, decision-makers also enable employees to achieve professional goals.
When it comes to in-house tools to get the job done, HED is loaded. Plus, the team’s integrative practice structure encourages extensive collaborations—but life in the office isn’t all about shop talk. Aside from weekly office clubs, like Beer30 and Breakfast Club, employees take part in local events, like beach volleyball, cooking classes, the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, and local architectural events around Chicago.