Elkus-Manfredi Architects Reviews

Updated February 3, 2015
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  1. Designer at Elkus Manfredi

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Elkus-Manfredi Architects full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Overall, the firm treats employees well...no frills or extras but covers all of the benefits. Most importantly though, the people are friendly and nice.

    Cons

    In regards to workload, some studios work more than others. Also, skills are not used wisely. You may have a 50 year old with 20 years of experience doing something that a junior architect should be doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Have worked at Elkus Manfredi for 3 years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Elkus-Manfredi Architects full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    salaries that are higher than typical for architects/designers
    lots of people and decent benefits

    Cons

    401k is below average
    can easily get stuck doing a few tasks in a project
    can become stressful and does not respect a work/life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. Not for me.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Elkus-Manfredi Architects (less than a year)

    Pros

    signing bonus, higher salaries than most firms

    Cons

    no 401k match, meh health and dental benefits, lack of office culture and interaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    loosen up, don't act like the NSA

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Warning, a rather backwards, fear-instilled place to work

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Elkus-Manfredi Architects as a contractor

    Pros

    Projects can be interesting, but there are lots of other firms to work for that have interesting projects

    Cons

    Very heirarchical. If you are not "in" the heirarchy (a group of less than 5), then you are a minion. No more than a minion. There is a sense among staff that anyone could lose their job at any minute. Employees are not valued, or even known. Lots of distrust, pervasive fear- you can see it on faces- there is no smiling here. I was stunned by what I saw here. Just so you know, this is not normal culture for architecture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure your top end.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Elkus Manfredi can burn you out.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Elkus-Manfredi Architects full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It is one of the most professional places that I have worked. Very organized and consistent; management not too top heavy. Pays well, good bonuses. They seem to put the money back to the employees. The office is good at getting work.

    Cons

    The office can be a little cold, and I do not mean temperature. Not a welcoming place and very little social atmosphere. Employees are expected to work extra hours frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax, and say hello to some of your employees more often, even if you don't know them. Don't be so suspicious of them.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. I have been able to work on a very wide variety and scale of projects.

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    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Elkus-Manfredi Architects

    Pros

    They are involved in projects at every scale, from small common room renovations to master planning, multi-building development, and major institutional buildings.

    Cons

    The office has a strong hierarchy which is intimidating to an intern architect, and doesn't foster mentorship as much as it could.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace and encourage participation from everyone in the firm. Many projects seem to be top-down in their structure, which makes contributions from team members more difficult.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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