Callison Architecture Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Callison Architecture CEO Lance Josal
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Pros
  • great location in downtown seattle, close to public transportation, shops, etc, plus a great view of the bay (in 6 reviews)

  • Good benefits (401k, Medical, Dental and Vision) (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Large firm means it's easy to get lost in the shuffle if you don't step up (in 3 reviews)

  • too top heavy but recently hired a bunch of new young kids (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Interior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Interior Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Callison Architecture full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great energy and positive learning environment

    Cons

    Callison's compensation is below average


  2. It's fine

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office, Large company, International offices

    Cons

    Lack of culture Not a great comradery

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  3. yes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Callison Architecture full-time

    Pros

    yes, it's nice and the works are perfect

    Cons

    it's good fair and the works are perfect


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  5. Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice work environment and amenities

    Cons

    Big companies have lower incomes.


  6. Good small teams, bad company management

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    Former Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Callison Architecture full-time

    Pros

    My project team was anywhere from 8-30 people, depending on what I was working on. These usually had great leadership, I learned a ton in my first few years, and I enjoyed the work. The top management for the company seems totally out to lunch, but you will absolutely learn a lot here for the first 4+ years of a career and it will only help your resume. Just don't stay here too long....they typically underpay those who have not moved on.

    Cons

    Well you know it's bad when HR has to send out an email memo saying you can't post on Glassdoor or similar websites, even after you leave the job. I took a big paycut and they stopped contributing to 401Ks during the recession. Employees were promised pay raises once things corrected. 2 years later, Callison reluctantly started paying back the normal base salary again, but only after the top management were given their full base salaries. This even after telling employees that Callison was making huge profits again. 401ks were not going to be reinstated until big bonuses were available for directors. So...Callison underpays, and looks out for the management staff and not people doing the actual architectural work. Company was bought out (basically hostile takeover) by a financial firm. You can see the lack of awareness or appreciation of the work involved in architecture by top brass, only a focus on $$$$ for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are smart enough to pick up on the fact that upper management does not value their younger staff. Of the over 30 people I know who joined Callison within a year or 2 of when I did, only 1 person still works there. Everyone else tried to talk to upper management about career goals, compensation, work load, etc. I know of no one who had a good experience, and people just eventually moved on to other firms that paid better and gave them a promotion. Many people want to keep working here, but you're pushing them out with the tone-deaf behavior.


  7. Callison

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Callison Architecture full-time

    Pros

    Resources, knowledge base, staff

    Cons

    Compensation. Unsteady leadership over past 5 years during transition.


  8. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Callison Architecture full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, lots of fun

    Cons

    Underpaid, according to market research


  9. Architecture staff

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    Current Employee - Architectural Staff in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Architectural Staff in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Callison Architecture (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, fexable and very smart. People are an open book

    Cons

    You work long hours and are not compensated fairly. The pay is below average and not fair. even for an architects


  10. Architecture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Callison Architecture full-time

    Pros

    It's a great place to work

    Cons

    They need to work on 401K


  11. Dallas office is a great place to work!!

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    Former Employee - Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Callison Architecture full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dallas office Really supported me in my career to be an architect. Worked to give me experience in all areas. Excellent mentorship for those just out of school. Very talented people in this office. Fun work environment. Excellent transparency.

    Cons

    Nothing really. These people complaining here...I honestly have no idea what you have to complain about at least in the Dallas office. I can say that I went to Seattle to work for a short time, and the environment felt somewhat stifling. People hardly talked to each other, they came in right at 9:00 and left at 5:00. It felt like they were kind of creating their own negative work environment through. Anyway, the Dallas office was great. I will say that this was before the Arcadis merge, so I'm not sure if that changed things at all.



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