Callison Architecture Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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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. Callison

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Callison Architecture full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Resources, knowledge base, staff

    Cons

    Compensation. Unsteady leadership over past 5 years during transition.


  2. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, lots of fun

    Cons

    Underpaid, according to market research


  3. Architecture staff

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architectural Staff in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Architectural Staff in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


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  5. 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


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  7. A great place to start for young professionals, but not the place for a long-term career.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Callison Architecture (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Callison is a great place to start for those that are just starting their careers after college. You'll gain a lot of knowledge and experience in a very short time. If you want to learn more about a particular concept related to your job or career path, there's plenty of highly knowledgeable individuals there that are more than happy to tell you everything about it.

    In addition, Callison was recently acquired by Arcadis. With the addition of Arcadis' resources, employees are exposed to many more opportunities.

    Cons

    There's very little room for career advancement and no accountability. This has created an environment where morale is extremely low. Also, the recent acquisition has created a lot of uncertainty related to job security.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable - especially those individuals in management roles.


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    Great people, very little opportunity for advancement in title or salary.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Principal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Principal in New York, NY

    I worked at Callison Architecture full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    New York Office

    The offices are very nicely appointed with an open plan concept (no one in a corner office), lots of sunlight, complimentary beverages (coffee, espresso, hot chocolate, tea, snapple, soda, filtered water), and any technology/software that anyone may need.

    Top tier clients come knocking on the door since the firm is so large and well known. There are plenty of people and resources to throw at any project as needed and the firm is positioned in cities all over the globe giving them an unprecedented reach. If you are willing to move to China for a year or two there is huge opportunity for growth as that is were the company is accelerating the most.

    The people who you work with are the best thing about coming to work everyday. For the most part, they are a good group of people that are easy to work with and fun to spend most of your day with.

    Cons

    The biggest issue is that salary increases are next to impossible (other than the meager 1.5% annual raise). The "mother ship" is in Seattle and they make all the decisions for everything but they are removed from the day-to-day of the "gateway" offices.

    Promotion from within is also very difficult; they like to hire people for a specific purpose at a specific price and keep you there (pigeon hole). They have no problem hiring from the outside for positions that could easily been filled by existing staff.

    There is a ridiculous system for review and promotion that is just "lip service" and nothing results from it.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within and allow people to grow into more than they are. It may be more efficient to have a talented person only do the function that they do best but it offers them very little in the way of experience. Expose people to other facets of the profession.

    Pay people salaries that are in keeping with the local standard (the mother ship in Seattle doesn't understand NY salaries).


  9. not the best culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Architect in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Architect in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits : Health, transportation, and professional memberships

    Cons

    lack of culture, lack of integration as a firm - each team stays isolated

    Advice to Management

    employees need feedback to grow, good work to stay interested, integration and pollination between teams grows the possibility of a place to call home.


  10. One of the best places that I have ever worked.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The atmosphere is very professional with out a lot of company politics. The staff is energetic and eager to do great work. All are eager to learn.
    Firm provides outstanding growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Workload is heavy and hiring people is difficult due to other firms "poaching" employees. The young staff is prime for salary driven moves to other firms. Great benefits package does not always appeal to young people.


  11. Treats employees well

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Callison Architecture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many resources to progress professional development for a young designer in the Nordstrom Studio

    Cons

    Tight desk configuration but office upgrades are planned



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