Elkus-Manfredi Architects

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Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Graphic Designer

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Interesting variety of graphic work with opportunities to create your own path

    Cons

    The firm's work sometimes suffers from being driven by client approval


  2. Helpful (2)

    Fast-paced creative place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large variety of work across several practice areas. High-profile projects both nationally and internationally Employs very skilled, creative people who are the best of their field

    Cons

    Very fast paced, high volume if work High expectations for achievement Not a good place for a first job Non-existent mentoring program and very little training. Not much flexibility with regards to working styles or mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the 21st century and practice what you preach. Everyone should be able to unplug from their desk and not feel chained. If you give people more flexibility you will get more productivity and creativity.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Huge firm projects and size, small firm structure

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    Former Intern - Architectural Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Architectural Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Elkus-Manfredi Architects as an intern

    Pros

    - EMA is a very diverse place to work in. They have employees or partners having over 25-35 year of experience in the field. People come form a lot of places around the world. - Diversity of projects, such as retail, high-end residential, higher education, commercial and urban plan. The size of project is depend on the client. - Pro-efficient in programing, place making and urban planning. - Pay overtime for internship - Convenience transportation - Well connections from other experienced staff, they been working for SOM, KPF and TAC(Bankrupt in 1997)

    Cons

    - Intense working hours during schematic phase, but if you love it, this don't matter. - In terms of form making, they have different style between different project managers. - High expectation on interns - Takes long time to fit in the office environment. - Some VPs or senior associates are passion enough, they would come in both days of the weekend. - Since most of the projects are confidential, most of the public don't know what project they designed.

    Advice to Management

    More site visit and meeting hearing opportunities for younger architects.


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  5. Have worked at Elkus Manfredi for 3 years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    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


  6. Not for me.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    loosen up, don't act like the NSA


  7. Designer at Elkus Manfredi

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    Restructure your top end.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Elkus Manfredi can burn you out.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. 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
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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