FGM Architects

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A great place for any employee with real responsibility.

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Former Employee - Architectural Intern in Oak Brook, IL
Former Employee - Architectural Intern in Oak Brook, IL

I worked at FGM Architects

Pros

Great employee devotion and sense of community. Everyone works well together and helps to create the best solution possible for the client. With dedicated staff with extensive professional experience, there are a number of different people who can be relied on for advice and information. The depth of projects is remarkable and the company is very willing to give interns as much responsibility ad they can handle.

Cons

The office layout and design could be better and more modern. As an Architects office it could be more than a generic floor in a generic office building. Also, there are some issues with assigining limited roles to each person rather than allowing people to work through the entire project. There is the "design" team as well as the "technical" team and often a project gets handed from one team to the other with little interaction between the two. This can allow for information to be missed and the design intent can be lost. Also, the firm does not do cost-estimation for projects in house but instead relies on construction managers which can lead to less flexibility in design.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Avoid pigeon-holing employees into what they are good at and give more opportunities for development in other areas required for IDP.

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    Fine company to work with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FGM Architects full-time

    Pros

    Good project variety and good design.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between tiers and within teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate rather than accepting hearsay.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good projects to work on, limited in advancement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern Architect in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Intern Architect in Oak Brook, IL

    I worked at FGM Architects full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good place to start your career or get good experience in construction documents. i started there straight out of school and got to work on some good-sized projects. the overall dynamic of the office (oak brook location) was pretty good but there are some people there that have big egos and are not very approachable if you are not part of their inner circle...expect typical office politics here.

    As an intern architect (not licensed) it was a good place to jump start my idp training, and some of the project managers are really helpful.

    Cons

    you get stuck in a corner at one position for too long doing the same thing over and over again...it's almost like a production line for architecture, but alot of firms are set up that way. if you go in expecting to start as a drafter and end up as the head of the office, it's not going to happen. have realistic expectations about getting some good design development and construction document experience while you are there and then you can move on to somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't pigeon-hole people into a position, if there is an open spot, it's better to see who wants to step up to the challenge rather than higher some "hot shot" to come in and get on everyone's nerves.

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