DES Architects Engineers Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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  1. A joke.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DES Architects Engineers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best weather by scientific survey. Right next to the county jail, which guarantees that it is safe. A mixed bag really. Some of the staff is actually awesome and display a great deal of care towards others.

    Cons

    They hire through staffing agencies and have low level to high level associates that are sociopaths. Seriously, one HR manager is dishonest, another PM freaks out when she doesn't get her way. The adjustment through Revit was difficult for them.

    Advice to Management

    A big capital F and O, in other words eff off!


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    Dinosaur

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DES Architects Engineers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Graphics team is great, does great work, and has great talent employed. Which is a bit of an anomaly considering they are an AEC type firm. There are also individual Architects and Designers that have great potential if given proper leadership.

    Cons

    Leadership is out of touch and really grasping at anything for relevancy. Upper management has no clue about the tools used in today's technology driven workplace environment. This is also atypical, considering where the firm is located. HR management does not create a fair working environment, instead choosing to play favorites. Typical fitness award programs are rigged. Not trustworthy at all.

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  3. Dinasours

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some of the staff is awesome, but they are not the ones getting the credit. DES will be lucky if they keep their talent.

    Cons

    They are the opposite of nimble. If they mismanaged project staffing, look out. It's not their fault, you're the one getting written up. You won't know you were written up until much later, at that point you're one step away from the door.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to get out of the way, especially the managent that doesn't have a degree in Architecture from an accredited university or a license. The recession more than decimated them, so no one is willing to shake anything up. They are in dire need of finding their soul. Many of the recent new hires are destined for greater things.


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  5. Faking it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at DES Architects Engineers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun. Great personal relationships with some staff members. Overtime is occasional and always paid. Use to have pretty significant projects. Good structure and project support.

    Cons

    Favoritism. Need to fit in a little box and be nice. Schematic and Design Development team is separated from the more technical / construction documentation and construction administration team. Slave of old clients (all local developers).

    Advice to Management

    Stop to act as a primadonna and be more in touch with the personnel.


  6. Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on a range of project sizes and types. Supportive of employee training and education. Good benefits. Allows for growth in areas of interest such as sustainable design. Good access to public transportation (train).

    Cons

    Types of project / clients limited by size of firm and firm expertise. Not viewed as expert in any one project type but generalist in many types. All disciplines are not supported equally.

    Advice to Management

    Better define what company is and grow in that direction. Focus on becoming more expert in certain markets / project types. Do a better job of retaining talent.



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