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Well intentioned corporate leadership but serious issues with practice leadership in some offices.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

I have been working at CannonDesign

Pros

Mission, vision, values, strong integrity, commitment to LEAD, sustainability, EDAC, research, progressive design in healthcare, higher education, science and technology.

Cons

Some practice leaders within some regional offices give only lip-service to company mission, vision, values and initiatives, surpress individual iniative and innovation, and fail to demonstrate respect for work-life balance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Replace all healthcare principals in Boston Office!

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A cold and frustrating company if you are not an architect or engineer.

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    Former Employee - A Professional Support Function  in  Grand Island, NY
    Former Employee - A Professional Support Function in Grand Island, NY

    I worked at CannonDesign

    Pros

    An exciting multi-national industry. Cannon offered a fairly competitive salary and benefits. Associates at lower levels are generally friendly, talented and cooperative.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, associates who are not in architecture or engineering positions are regarded as easily replaceable parts. Only a chosen few 'others' are acknowledged within the company's stifling 'members only' atmosphere. There is a definite caste system: architects, followed by engineers, then the remaining associates far below (the company web site provides a clear picture of the very limited professions that are promoted to the 'Principal' levels). As a rule, results are rewarded only if you are an architect or engineer - results are simply expected if you are not. It's a shame because the company does good work, but year after year excellent talent becomes frustrated and chooses to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incorporate non-architect/engineer blood and thinking into the hierarchy. Reign in the Principal-level power plays and egos. Step outside the company to truly understand how it is rooted in the 'same old boys' mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cannon Design: A great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at CannonDesign

    Pros

    Not only does Cannon Design had a very competitive benefits package, and comparable timeoff policies (let's face it... the industry standard isn't great...), it has some really quite fantastic people and interesting jobs. It's very stable due to large amounts of international work and overseas clients. And you really can advance in your career here; a mandatory annual review gives every employee good positive feedback and ideas for improvement that they need. Employees are encouraged to continue their professional education and really advance themselves. We were rated one of the Top A/E Firms to work for in 2007 and I don't think they were just making it up- it really is a good place to work!

    Cons

    It's definitely a fast-paced and can be a stressful work environment. The company is growing at a quick pace, and that means that it's tough for operations and administration to keep up. Hours can be long when deadlines grow tight... but that's pretty much industry standard.

    Really your experience working at Cannon Design is entirely based on what project team you're a part of, and what project manager you're working under. Many of them are excellent, attentive, and good managers and schedulers. Others are less so- disorganized or poor planners. And while you definitely have control of where your career goes in the greater scheme of things, you may end up under the management of someone you don't care to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better support and better management for the project managers will keep their teams flowing properly. Aside from that, I'm really very happy here at Cannon Design.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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