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CTA Architects Engineers Reviews

Updated June 10, 2014
Updated June 10, 2014
3 Reviews

2.9
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  1.  

    CTA is a great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist  in  Billings, MT
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Billings, MT

    I have been working at CTA Architects Engineers

    Pros

    CTA has a very laid back and entrepenaurial style. They are very focused on the client and giving them the best value for their money. CTA is a great place for young architects and engineers to start out. Many people start here and stay here throughout their careers. CTA is overall a great place to work especially for Arch. and Eng. professionals. CTA has an excellent benefits package along with 401k retirment plan that matches up to 6%. CTA works on a variety of projects from 9 vertical market sectors. CTA has been in business since 1938 and has an outstanding reputation and many repeat clients. We did win top ten best A/E firms to work for in a nationwide survey.

    Cons

    Compensation. Being a company headquartered in Montana has its downfalls, we have a low cost of living and low wage scale. CTA has trouble recruiting top talent from large markets, even though we are a fairly large company, largely because of compensation. CTA is very entrepenaurial, which is good and bad. Sometimes people that need to be mentored and trained are not given enough attention. CTA seems to have a learn how to do it yourself attitude. Which is good to a a certain extent, but can lead to employees feeling like they are on an island by themselves. CTA should implement changes in compensation and mentorship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CTA has a pretty estute and experienced management team. They have grown and developed the company more than any other group of managers. However, I would say more involvement with lower level staff, as far as mentorship, presentations etc. would be the main improvement that I think they could make.

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  2.  

    Pretty good for a regional firm.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at CTA Architects Engineers full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    One of the biggest upsides was a flexible schedule approach which really helped with the work-life balance. There is also a fair amount of autonomy, but one must be a self-starter.

    Cons

    The design aesthetic is ok, depending on the office. The heavy client focus at times makes you as an architect feel more like a hired draftsman than a designer to add value. The compensation is a little bit on the lower end of the average.

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    CTA significantly underpay their staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect
    Current Employee - Architect

    I have been working at CTA Architects Engineers

    Pros

    Company sets into place grandiose plans for their future, however these plans are never implemented. Management will generally give you freedom in doing your work, but this also comes with no mentorship or feedback.

    Cons

    Significantly underpay A/E staff, apparently need the money to pay unbillable marketing, HR, graphics, etc. Will have entry level staff performing job duties of more senior staff, without making pay commensurate with responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit making the job titles so set in concrete. Pay employees based on responsibility and work actually done. Provide some mentorship from middle/upper management, and listen to the people who are actually getting the work done. They tell you what they need, but you have to listen and act.

    Doesn't Recommend

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