Clark Nexsen Architecture
3.6 of 5 10 reviews
www.clarknexsen.com Norfolk, VA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jun 12, 2014

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Chris Stone

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great place- needs more inter-department communication

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsClark Nexsen offers many awesome perquisites that can be enticing to those new to the workforce or even those folks who are retired from the military (there are many in the Hampton Roads area). The company offers great pay (very consistent with the industry averages), amazing health benefits (especially if you are single, you pretty much pay nothing for health insurance and very little for dental), they offer a match for your 401k, and you have plenty of access to professional organizations, conferences, and events (all of which are usually paid for or reimbursed by the company).

    ConsAlthough the company does provide great perks and benefits, there is definitely a down side if you are not a licensed professional architect or engineer. There are little to no opportunities for advancement if you are in an administrative role (ie marketing, accounting, project management assistance).

    The company has suffered in recent years due to a few hardships, but it seems as if Clark Nexsen has bounced back after a couple rounds of "right sizing", ie layoffs. There is definitely a "silo" effect between the office locations, which more often than not operated as if they were separate companies. There was also a disconnect between the project teams and the marketing department, which was very unfortunate as the marketing department has the arduous task of writing proposals directly to client in order to bring work to the company.

    There is also no contracts department at the company, which was pretty odd considering contracts and addendums to these documents are pretty major.

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

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    Better than a lot of AE firms

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsClark Nexsen is one of the better architecture and engineering firms to work for. They try very hard to provide a quality product, and there is a wide diversity of project types.

    ConsManagement is obsessed with utilization and working long hours and at the same time obsessed with internal social media software. They are trying to be cool but not necessarily succeeding. Like a lot of companies the yes-people advance the most.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest to employees. Don't promote the squeakiest wheels. Show some leadership when there are internal problems - don't just ignore them. Think about the consequences of nepotism.

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

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    Decent architectural Firm

    Architect (Current Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    ProsFriendly people, good work-life balance, continuing education

    Conspoor pay, not much opportunity to move up

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people are awesome to work with.

    ConsLack of work, unable to keep employed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Senior Plumbing Designer (Current Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    ProsGreat people and staff to work with

    Conscan not think of any

    Advice to Senior Managementcan not think of any

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of University Housing

    Intern Architect (Former Employee)
    Charlotte, NC

    ProsFriendly environment, beautiful office, lots of opportunity for continuing education during lunches, paid overtime

    ConsBoss oversells in terms of time it will take to do the project and expects employees work to get it done, lots of university housing work - kind of cookie cutter, project managers had a superiority complex and were quick to throw co-workers under the bus

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good reputation, but long hours

    Proposal Manager (Former Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    Prosgood reputation, nice location, training programs

    Conslong hours and weekend without reward

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

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    Corporate atmosphere

    Mechanical CAD Tech (Former Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    Prosif you are interested in climbing the corporate ladder.

    ConsShirt and tie and lots of meetings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate with staff and develop new hires.

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    "Best Place to Work in Hampton Roads", by Inside Business magazine

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    ProsClark Nexsen has given me the best opportunity for both personal and professional growth. I left the firm that I had been with for 15 years because they did not offer the upward growth paths that Clark Nexsen offered, and more importantly, they delivered. I have been here for over 10 years now, and could not imagine working anywhere else. The diverse projects, the talented staff and co-workers, is what gets me up in the morning! Growth and promotion is not going to be just handed to you, and it doesn't make any difference how long you have been here, if you work hard, you will be rewarded. The benefits are better than almost all of the competitors, and in good years, management bonuses back the profits to ALL the employees. Clark Nexsen does more for its employees than any other A/E I know. Recently, they were selected as the "Best Place to Work in Hampton Roads", by Inside Business magazine.

    ConsWould be great if there were more opportunties to "tele-commute", but in our industry it just doesn't seem to be realistic. The types of projects may seem mundane to some, but they pay the bills, and afford the opportunity to work on some great projects when they come along.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a "management" blog, and use this to convey weekly information to the employees. Company does have a weekly all hands Monday morning meeting, but attendance is not mandatory and when information is shared, many employees are missed becuase they chose not to attend the weekly meeting.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A few bumps in the road

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCN works with your personal life. If you need to leave because of unforeseen circumstances, sickness, or just having a bad day you are allotted the time. The little things here and there, i.e. appreciation gatherings, family outings is what makes this a great place to work.

    ConsManagement doesn't communicate well with their staffers. There needs to be a more open door policy, too many egos running around the company. The pay scale is very skewed within the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop pacifying your favorites, this should be an equal playing field for everyone that walks in the door. Those that work hard should be rewarded.

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