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Architect w/ 6-12 Yrs. Experience

Rafael Vinoly Architects Palo Alto, CA

- Development of contract documents - Review of RFIs and shop drawing submittals - Work with sub-contractors and vendors to develop design solutions… Rafael Vinoly Architects

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    Upper management are the straggling survivors of the yearly employee holocaust

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time (less than an year)


    Lots of IDP hours available (because you'll be working long hours), good insurance benefits (although technically you're still paying for them), world-recognized firm name, some project work will be suitable for portfolio. A few of the younger project managers show some hope for fixing the deep ingrained problems at RVA, but only time will tell.


    The management are not the most talented people that have worked at RVA, simply the ones who have survived year after year of abuse, negligence, unprofessional treatment, and harassment. Sadly, they have likely survived by doing the same to those underneath them. Certain departments are overburdened with multiple layers of unnecessary leadership staff, while other departments seem to barely make deadlines due to staff scarcity. No chance of advancement, or more responsibility. Stingy with well deserved benefits. Project directors often issue conflicting instructions, and have huge egos that make architectural design difficult if not impossible. Pay seems decent until you realize how many hours they expect compared to competing firms on similar projects. Attention from management seems to be reserved for only the whipping boys of the company, and those favored souls who are going to "inherit the kingdom" in a few years (both groups seem totally brainwashed that their time at RVA is well spent)

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    Begin doing yearly reviews, send managers to legitimate business management classes, transition the leadership structure away from the RV-trickle-down that slows progress, creates inferior designs, and burdens the company with outrageous overhead. Give clear pathways for staff to advance in pay, responsibility, and training. Promote health and well-being with employees, rather than wondering why progress is slow because yet another employee got tired of the long hours and lack of respect and left for greener pastures. Create accounting measures to track the cost of endlessly hiring new employees that take months to become fully operational and contribute to projects. Consider the moral and ethical implications of a 95% visa-hostage work staff.

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