CannonDesign
3.0 of 5 31 reviews
www.cannondesign.com Buffalo, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

CannonDesign Reviews

Updated Jun 2, 2014
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CannonDesign Co-Chairman & CEO Gary R. Miller

Gary R. Miller

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54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Identity crisis, constant technology upheaval, rebranding, abandoned initiatives

    Anonymous (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsThe process improvement and client engagement strategies seem promising

    ConsSame as other reviews: top heavy, too many politics, one colleague lies, operations is dysfunctional and not held accountable, really need an HR department, glass ceiling for women, working hard does not lead to a promotion or raise

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet an HR department, be more transparent, complete at least one initiative, pay attention to why some employees are leaving

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Too top heavy

    Architect II (Current Employee)
    Buffalo, NY

    ProsGood benefits. I've also made some great friends working here.

    ConsPromotions and raises are for those in the 'clique'... as are bonuses and fringe benefits (like tickets, etc.). Upper level staff (VPs, Principals, etc.) are a joke - have no clue as to what goes into a project, clueless on time management, roles and competency of staff. Senior staff berates and talks down to junior staff. CannonDesign has a 'mentoring' program - that is a joke and only looks good on paper. The company spends who knows how much on marketing to their own staff - and not enough time or money taking care of their staff. Too many senior staff talking the talk but not walking the walk - stop marketing yourself and start actually DOING!!!
    HR is a joke - make a complaint against someone that is part of the inner circle and you'll probably get fired yourself.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut number of senior positions by half - at least. Senior levels need to start performing and not just creating a marketing scheme...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent working environment from the admin side

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsIt has a very friendly office culture. Everyone gets along with each other for the most part. The office often times organizes lunches and after work cocktails. I never felt like I was being micro-managed during my time with the company. There is a definite feel of a teamwork environment.

    ConsThe senior level seems to be undergoing a lot of changes with management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awful!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsMultiple locations are a benefit

    ConsMismanaged and low salaries make employees demoralized.

    Advice to Senior ManagementScrap it and start over

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great organization working to be a trusted advisor for all clients

    Interior Design III (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsOpportunities are everwhere if you want them

    ConsOver worked and under paid.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on your talent and making sure you are asking them for ideas and feedback.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Identity Crisis

    Vice President (Former Employee)

    ProsThe best intentions for innovations in the company's strategic direction.
    Great facilities and talented staff.
    Commitment to staff development and retention.

    ConsTop heavy with missaligned goals and objectives.
    Company is not sure how to proceed with the new brand and in the new architectural climate.
    No transparency: culture of indirect communication.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPractice what you preach and learn from your mistakes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A long slow downward spiral.

    Level III Fool (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Pros1. They generally do good work, after all is said and done.
    2. If you are able to be mean to people and yell at people on a frequent basis you will go far in this company.
    3. The health insurance is pretty good.

    Cons1. The company is very, very top-heavy, with a large contingent of management higher-ups, all pulling 6 figures. For each success there is a stampede to claim credit, but failure is always an orphan. With high overhead this company seems to simply price itself out of most open competitions.
    2. The company employs way too many "blue sky thinkers" who have the job of debating "the future of design" amongst themselves, posting interesting articles that they have read on the intranet, flying across the country or to Europe (how very green) to give talks at seminars, making videos of themselves discussing the company's "design philosophy", and hosting cocktail receptions, all done on the company dime. Useless.
    3. The company is extremely stingy with raises and bonuses for production staff. Several years will pass between salary reviews. Also, don't expect the company's supposed 401k match to actually happen. And when the inevitable layoffs come guess who will be shown out the door?
    4. The HR/Payroll staff is substandard, and is not held accountable for their errors and misinformation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are the problem. You are not part of the solution. Clients will not fall over each other to pay you a 4.0 multiplier just because your name is Cannon Design.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Typical Large Firm

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAll the benefits of a large firm.

    ConsPigeon-hole full-time employees in their most efficient roles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good job, but not a good career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsPay is decent. Benefits are good. Hours are manageable, meaning you could *easily* to do your job in 40 hours if you're in corporate services. You have to keep expectations under control, and you'll be fine. Lots of great employees.

    ConsThere's no where to move up. Non-billable staff can sometimes feel like second class, no matter how hard you work. Lots of favorites and politics. Leadership in Grand Island is STRAIGHT out of the 80s. Employees in the metro areas will have a hard time relating to them and their policies / communication style.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThin out the top. Too many execs. Too many VPs, Principals, etc. Get a new IT department. The outsourced one is horrible and everyone knows why they're still under contract, which is annoying.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Petty, unprofessional organization with no interest in the welfare of their employees

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSuccessful in terms of bringing in projects, including some very interesting and challenging projects.

    ConsPoorly managed with high levels of infighting and petty bickering among upper management, leaving the rank-and-file to fend for themselves at best. No protection of workers by their supervisors who are more interested in short-term profits than long-term quality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to recruit your existing employees instead of thinking that you will be able to hire someone better next time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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