CannonDesign Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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CannonDesign Co-Chairman & CEO Gary R. Miller
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Pros
  • The company offers good benefits including excellent health insurance and 401K plans (in 3 reviews)

  • The health insurance is pretty good (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Top heavy with missaligned goals and objectives (in 10 reviews)

  • Very heavy upper management level who don't seek to hone and raise young talent (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Awesome Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at CannonDesign

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

    Pros

    The people. The atmosphere. The benefits. Management. Open Door Policy. Creative Synergy.

    Cons

    None. None. None. None. Absolutely Nothing. Loved it.

    Advice to Management

    I worked with some of the best Managers.


  2. The people are the reason I love working at CD!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CannonDesign full-time

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

    Pros

    Friendly, approachable colleagues who are always willing to help
    Professional development opportunities & significant resources provided to employees

    Cons

    "SFMO" is awesome, but sometimes does present a challenge for communicating with others across the firm.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great place to grow, learn, and collaborate.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Architect in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I joined CannonDesign because I believed it would give me the opportunity to do great work with great people and I have been thrilled to find that to be the case. The Baltimore office is made up of a close-knit group of people who work together to create and innovate every day. This office is about teamwork and enjoying each other...a great atmosphere!! This a smaller office (25 people) that is horizontally structured giving everyone a voice and the ability to grow as they feel it will best meet their career goals. Having a small office with the resources of 1000 person firm is the best of both worlds!

    Cons

    Some people who are not team oriented have had trouble in this office, if you like to work alone, this won't be the place for you. Not a Con from my point of view, but think about how you like to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the inclusive management structure. Also, maintain the high level of involvement by all levels of staff in the interviewing/hiring processes as the office continues to grow. This has led to some really great new hires.


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  5. Enjoy Working at CannonDesign

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great talented, fun team to work with. Interesting clients looking innovative solutions. Great learning experiences for all team members who want them. I very much enjoy working at CD.

    Cons

    Very passionate team can sometimes lead to miscommunication but that can be quickly resolved.

    Advice to Management

    Keep getting input from your employees, listen more and take action


  6. Positives but room for growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CannonDesign full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people who want to do excellent work. They really support professional development. You get the chance to work on a big variety of projects across the firm.

    Cons

    Leadership is out of touch with people, and how projects get done. Need more valuing of technical talent and leadership. Work life balance can be a issue.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to people, not just numbers. They talk about the vision a lot but it can't be just talk.


  7. honest review, not fabricated

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CannonDesign full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    A few high profile projects

    Cons

    Heavily siloed. No ability to move from one market to another when work is slow.
    I started at CD when there was urgent need, and I initially found it to be challenging and fun. Slowly though, some really ugly politics began to surface and became steadily nastier as the years went by. I didn't want to believe that promotion and compensation were based solely on alliances with the right people, and I clung to the hope that tireless work, innovation and great relations with clients would ultimately advance my career. I was wrong. Time and time again I watched as great people were passed up while bullies and egomaniacs were promoted and applauded. One by one, all of the people that I respected and admired began to leave once the economy started to heat up again. Finally I left as well. There seem to be a number of very positive recent reviews on this site, and I sincerely hope that things have changed. I would hate to discover that they were all the result of coercion.

    Advice to Management

    People are your capital. Really great designers are a quirky bunch that need room to explore and be themselves. Don't suffer bullies gladly.


  8. Good experience overall

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CannonDesign

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, fantastic work. Professional development was encouraged.

    Cons

    No room for upward mobility within. Pay was not consistent with the market.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Quality firm, lethargic decision matrix, is good but could be better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CannonDesign full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great IT support, good web resources, well connected staff

    Cons

    Fairly top heavy, with high overhead. Disconnect between office management and worker bees. Middle management suggestions regarding staff often lost in the ether


  10. Vice President

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in Buffalo, NY

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

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

    Pros

    The firm provides great benefits, works on challenging and innovative projects, is focused on supporting the community through programs such as Open Hand Studio, and has been taking time to listen to employees regarding their overall satisfaction with the firm. The people are great to work with and there is an opportunity to collaborate not only within the office, but across multiple offices. I appreciate that the firm is willing to support reimbursement for professional registration.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance can be a challenge due to project work and deadlines.
    Consistent communication across multiple offices can be difficult at times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to look for opportunities to respond to employee feedback.
    More face to face communication from senior leaders regarding the strategic direction of the firm.


  11. I make a difference

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    * I have never felt more welcomed to a company
    * Every person is willing to help each other
    * I have not met anyone who is not competent in their role

    Cons

    * The expense filing system is repetitive and could easily be more streamlined

    Advice to Management

    Continue to ask the employees what ideas they have and what changes they would like to see made. This is a firm that is willing to try new things and the red tape for changes is minimal.



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