Cooper Carry Inc.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pretty good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cooper Carry Inc. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to take on new professional challenges.
    Wide variety of project types and practice groups.
    Fairly easy going for a corporate firm.

    Cons

    Deep layoffs during hard times.
    Need to improve intern development and continuing education for all professionals.
    Need to include women in upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate transparently to your employees, when times are good and bad. Expand your career opportunities to include females in upper management. After 50 years, there are none.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Firm that wins a lot of projects, can provide opportunities if you take the initiative

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Architect  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cooper Carry Inc. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very active in a many sectors, opportunities to work on different types of jobs and see them built.

    Cons

    Closed management style, lack of innovation, typically choses the tried and true solution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up communications to employees, make clear succession plans, path to leadership. Need to improve hiring process to avoid poor hires that seems to stick around much longer than they should.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Average and Old School

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cooper Carry Inc. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Wide range of project types
    Large, complex projects

    Cons

    Old school hierarchical management
    Diversity is lacking, particularly in upper management
    Still struggling financially from recession
    Quick to hire up for projects, quick to lay off in downturns
    Chronic understaffing of projects
    Quality control needs improvement
    For a large firm, little training for seasoned staff or interns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The old way of doing business may still work (for now) in the South. But the industry is global and you continue to limit your potential with hierarchical management. People who look like you are not the only talent that should be tapped. You are on a path to become less and less relevant in the world of "good design."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Typical corporate job

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    Former Employee - Architectural Staff III  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Architectural Staff III in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cooper Carry Inc. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great technology, good software they are at the front of the latest in the industry

    Cons

    Typical corporation, you are a number and if you are not the typical show off, speak your mind irreverent personality you won't climb.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop the extroverted trend of people that don't work but talk all day and give more prize to the introverted that work all day long and talk only when contributing great ideas that make sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    They care about their employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cooper Carry Inc.

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Flexible Hours
    Great People
    Superior office
    Convenient location

    Cons

    Advancement only if you are a registered professional
    Pay cuts due to economy
    working in an open environment can be challenging

    Recommends
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Too Little Too Late

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    Former Employee - Staff Architect/Project Architect  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Staff Architect/Project Architect in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Cooper Carry Inc.

    Pros

    Cooper Carry is a very reputable firm with some very notable architects working on some outstanding projects. There are (or at least were) a great many senior level project managers that were outstanding individuals to work with. They provided expertise, wisdom, and a sense of belonging. When times were good they had a mission to empower the younger generation but as the economy worsened, the first to go was the younger staff. When there were signs that the economy was weakening, they remained silent and when it was clear that the economy was in recession, they finally decided to diversify. This was far too little and far too late.

    Cons

    Cooper Carry Alexandria is a beautiful office where things might look nice on the surface but it will only take a week to realize that underneath the beauty it’s an extremely hostile environment. The pay is all-together unsatisfactory. The culture there is extremely cliquey and downright poisonous. None of the senior level staff really quite understands the kind of monster they created. The management is a 1950s business model meaning that when work slows down layoffs happen in the masses. There is virtually no diversity of any scale -- even physical diversity. All of the people of different cultures and ethnicities were either laid off or left voluntarily because of the negative reception they got. If you do not fit a particular mold you will be an outsider (professionally and socially) for good. They cannot keep their most talented architects and the overall sense is that the firm has become somewhat of a revolving door. The Alexandria office particularly has grown to be rather incestuous with family members and close friends of some of the partners and associates getting preferential treatment -- therefore managing to outlast mass layoffs and outrageous pay cuts. There have been multiple rounds of layoffs that cut deeply into some of their most seasoned veterens and most talented people. And eventually things got extremely ugly. In terms of design, their work has become diluted with a rather talentless and diluted younger generation of "designers " clinging to "classical" revisionist architecture. The younger staff is rather clueless of some of the inspiring modern advances in architecture and have aggressively suppressed any notion of modernity. They cling to outdated "neo-classical revival architecture with an overall sense of aggressive mobilization and bellicosity. The even worse part about all of this is that time and again people would re-invent the wheel when it came to designing urban spaces. And when they have successfully reinvented the wheel there is only unrelenting praise as if to say that the canons of all major architectural design ideas have been suspended where they are the subject. Cooper Carry DC prides itself as an urban-infill and planning firm yet they put all of that in the hands of license-less, talentless, and woefully unqualified individuals who would be laughed at in some of the more reputable firms. After I had enough (more than three years) it became abundantly clear that firms with similar project types not only made tremendous advances but also did it way better than Cooper Carry. When I moved to a new firm I was shocked at how friendly and approachable people were at any level. This made me realize that leaving was the very best decision I could have ever made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify. You can't afford to go through another recession. The 1950s business model is old and outdated and has been proven to be an appalling failure. Monitor the culture of your firm -- you have no idea how hostile it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working for Cooper Carry

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

    I worked at Cooper Carry Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is an emphasis on learning for young employees.

    Cons

    The organization is somewhat top-heavy and it is hard to break into the upper levels

    Doesn't Recommend

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