Clark Nexsen Architecture

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"Best Place to Work in Hampton Roads", by Inside Business magazine

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norfolk, VA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

I have been working at Clark Nexsen Architecture

Pros

Clark Nexsen has given me the best opportunity for both personal and professional growth. I left the firm that I had been with for 15 years because they did not offer the upward growth paths that Clark Nexsen offered, and more importantly, they delivered. I have been here for over 10 years now, and could not imagine working anywhere else. The diverse projects, the talented staff and co-workers, is what gets me up in the morning! Growth and promotion is not going to be just handed to you, and it doesn't make any difference how long you have been here, if you work hard, you will be rewarded. The benefits are better than almost all of the competitors, and in good years, management bonuses back the profits to ALL the employees. Clark Nexsen does more for its employees than any other A/E I know. Recently, they were selected as the "Best Place to Work in Hampton Roads", by Inside Business magazine.

Cons

Would be great if there were more opportunties to "tele-commute", but in our industry it just doesn't seem to be realistic. The types of projects may seem mundane to some, but they pay the bills, and afford the opportunity to work on some great projects when they come along.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Create a "management" blog, and use this to convey weekly information to the employees. Company does have a weekly all hands Monday morning meeting, but attendance is not mandatory and when information is shared, many employees are missed becuase they chose not to attend the weekly meeting.

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    A few bumps in the road

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clark Nexsen Architecture

    Pros

    CN works with your personal life. If you need to leave because of unforeseen circumstances, sickness, or just having a bad day you are allotted the time. The little things here and there, i.e. appreciation gatherings, family outings is what makes this a great place to work.

    Cons

    Management doesn't communicate well with their staffers. There needs to be a more open door policy, too many egos running around the company. The pay scale is very skewed within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pacifying your favorites, this should be an equal playing field for everyone that walks in the door. Those that work hard should be rewarded.

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    Great place- needs more inter-department communication

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clark Nexsen Architecture full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Clark Nexsen offers many awesome perquisites that can be enticing to those new to the workforce or even those folks who are retired from the military (there are many in the Hampton Roads area). The company offers great pay (very consistent with the industry averages), amazing health benefits (especially if you are single, you pretty much pay nothing for health insurance and very little for dental), they offer a match for your 401k, and you have plenty of access to professional organizations, conferences, and events (all of which are usually paid for or reimbursed by the company).

    Cons

    Although the company does provide great perks and benefits, there is definitely a down side if you are not a licensed professional architect or engineer. There are little to no opportunities for advancement if you are in an administrative role (ie marketing, accounting, project management assistance).

    The company has suffered in recent years due to a few hardships, but it seems as if Clark Nexsen has bounced back after a couple rounds of "right sizing", ie layoffs. There is definitely a "silo" effect between the office locations, which more often than not operated as if they were separate companies. There was also a disconnect between the project teams and the marketing department, which was very unfortunate as the marketing department has the arduous task of writing proposals directly to client in order to bring work to the company.

    There is also no contracts department at the company, which was pretty odd considering contracts and addendums to these documents are pretty major.

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    Disapproves of CEO
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