A. Epstein and Sons

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Epstein: A full service design firm

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

I worked at A. Epstein and Sons

Pros

When the economy is decent, this firm gets a nice share of large interesting projects.

Friday afternoons off (if no meetings or deadlines)

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

This is a full service design firm from planning and logistics consulting to Architecture, Civil, Structural, & MEP Engineering, Interior Design, and Graphics/Way Finding.

All disciplines are in one location and many projects are a complete A/E team effort.

Cons

Pay is almost fair, but benefits (healthcare plans and 401k contributions) are horrible! Instead of matching contributions, staff is given shares of the ESOP. ESOP! Yeah that's been a good substitute for your retirement savings. If only the company's stock (and most other design firm's stock) hadn't sunk so drastically.

Because of their poor balance between public-private clients and the large one-of-a-kind projects and having several "bread & butter" projects, they tend to "ramp up" staffing to complete the work and then cut positions when projects are complete.

Project staffing motto is "lean to the bone, do more with less," unless the client complains.

Poor staff resource management and development of less experienced staff (i.e.: no structured mentoring)

Poor unity between the 3 managing directors and their company leadership for the various disciplines.

Disastrous attempt at being a General Contractor due to lack of strong leadership to get CMs and A/Es to work as one team (partly because each discipline is responsible for its own profitability).

Directors travel to Mexican resort to discuss internal company policy and then return to begin layoffs later in the year.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Avoid the hiring/firing swings. You're getting a reputation and it takes time and $$ to overcome that reputation.

Develop and mentor staff so there are more qualified individuals to market and work on the various project types.

Build on the strength of the staff and don't blow $$ on efforts that are just not the company's strong points (such as Annex 5).

Ditch the divisive practice of evaluating disciplines individually by profitability. You can't have harmony, camaraderie, and a common goal if everyone is out to cover their own ass.

Decide on one leader from the 3 managing directors and make that person responsible for the entire company's direction.

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Opportunity, but at what cost?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at A. Epstein and Sons

    Pros

    Half-day Fridays; Flexibility; Growth Opportunity

    Cons

    Benefits; Senior Management; Lack in Mentoring & Leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve benefits; Incentive based bonuses

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A. Epstein and Sons

    Pros

    Epstein values working together as a team and respecting every employee.

    Cons

    Concerned with focusing on a central goal as opposed to individual departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work toward finding the right balance between departmental goals and the overall corporate goal.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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