Larson Design Group

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Great medium sized A/E firm that's on the verge of growing into a prominent national company.

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Current Employee - Project Manager
Current Employee - Project Manager

I have been working at Larson Design Group full-time (more than 5 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

Employee owned, profit sharing, embraces technology, diverse services/markets, creative marketing, good culture, opportunities for those who step up and prove themselves.

Cons

Too Heavy focus on traditional Engineering practices. Needs to grow Surveying and Architectural services more while also supporting a more agile and innovative Engineering group that can take on national competition.

Advice to Management

Sr. Management needs to understand all A/E/S fields better, not just the fields they came from. Leadership transition looming which have many concerned about future (stock cashout?). Inject some fresh blood into the Sr. Management, Board, and other decision making teams to take the firm to the next level.

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  1. Not losing sight of the employees while they try to grow and get better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsport, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsport, PA

    I worked at Larson Design Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    LDG gets how employees make the difference in a service-oriented industry. Lots of very intelligent and highly-capable professionals. Year over year growth is phenomenal (2012 was only exception but they still grew and paid great bonuses out). Learning how to inject accountability into a friendly place which often makes friendly people uncomforable but they're slowly getting it. CEO had the baxxs to tell the entire place that LDG needed to revist the Vision and Strategy created in 2012 as the senior managment team was a shade or two off (not much but enough to be honest and revisit). Sr Management is directly involved in retooling the Vision and Strategy. How many companies would just tell everyone what the Vision and Strategy are instead of involving key leaders in crafting it? NOT MANY!!!

    Cons

    Communication can always be better. Increase transparency to all levels within the company. Insist Accountabilty gets injected into the firm...do these, be true to your solid culture, and everything else will take care of itself.

    Advice to Management

    Be less friendly, more accountable, hold people's feet to the fire from the top to the bottom (again, they're on their way to this!!!)

  2. Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Williamsport, PA
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Williamsport, PA

    I worked at Larson Design Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fast paced, growing, employee owned, strong emphasis on professional development

    Cons

    Heavy on engineering with less focus on architecture, typical disconnect between management and technical staff, lack of effective scheduling and staff workload management

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing, but don't loose touch with employees.

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