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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Honolulu, HI
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI

I worked at WATG

Pros

Tremendous project opportunities; travel; good opportunity to learn about hospitality design; good heritage from 65+ year firm of Peter Wimberly, Jerry Allison and others who started the firm; opportunities to meet good people

Cons

Poor work/life balance; unsophisticated business practices; risk of losing that heritage; typical corporate beauracracy in a large firm; mission and values not in alignment with reality of corporate culture

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Happy employees make for productive employees. Morale is a continuous problem at most offices, and ways to improve morale had not been effective.

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    Great short term job the for the young and inexperienced.

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    Former Employee - Intermediate Designer  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Intermediate Designer in Orlando, FL

    I worked at WATG

    Pros

    The opportunity to learn some things from some very good designers. Travel.

    Cons

    Poor management and misplaced talent. Too much emphasis on graphic presentation at the expense of better design.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Principals need to keep a closer eye on junior management and provide better guidance. Too often someone with incredible design talent is put in a management position beyond their capability, creating a bad situation for all involved. Recognize that a good designer does not necessarily make a good manager and vice versa.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Great place to work at for experienced architects.

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    Current Employee - Intermediate Designer  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Intermediate Designer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at WATG

    Pros

    WATG is a great place to work at. During my time there it was easy to see why employee turnover was low. The company really takes care of its employees, provides generous compensation and excellent benefits. The managers are generally understanding about life/work balance issues allowing for flexible schedules, comp time, etc. They are also appreciative of efforts put forth by staff and teams/individuals are often rewarded and recognized for their contributions. The company also routinely holds social events within the office to allow the staff to get together and mingle.

    The kinds of projects at WATG are large and exciting. From thematic to modernist there is a large variety of work available in various locations across the globe which affords travel opportunities to many great locations. Even within the firm there are opportunities to do a stint in one of the company's other offices located around the US and abroad. Even though the firm specializes in hospitality design, there is typically a variety of components within each project such as retail, dining, club houses, recreation, spas etc that employees would be exposed to a lot of different building types. The projects are huge and complex which give make for good exposure to work at a large scale which few other firms can provide. To add to that the company also provides a lot of learning opportunities from encouraging staff to go on sketching trips to doing internal lunch and learns on building codes.

    Cons

    From my perspective as that of a young designer who joined straight out of school there was one main complaint:
    For a person straight out of school WATG may not be the best firm to begin a career in architecture. Even though exposure to projects of such large scale is valuable, the heavy focus on design work means young architects are often not exposed to a lot of things; particularly on the construction document and administration side, which are vital for personal growth and development. I advise anyone whose joined WATG fresh out of school to bolt in two years and then comeback after a stint elsewhere. It pains me to say this but your growth will be stunted compared to your peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think overall WATG is a great place to work (Atleast as far as the Irvine office goes). Management does a good job of making a big office feel like a small one.

    Recommends
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