GreenbergFarrow Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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  1. Corporate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GreenbergFarrow

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company to work for!

    Cons

    I do not have any cons


  2. Designer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GreenbergFarrow

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly People, flexible hours, great environment, average benefits,

    Cons

    limited opportunity for entry level


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great way to become great at what you do. Careful not to burn out.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at GreenbergFarrow full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast pace, plenty of opportunity to take on responsibility, flex hours, GREAT PEOPLE. You will be challenged constantly and grow quickly with this company. Projects are quick, and you will experience hundreds of builds in jurisdictions all over the country in a very short time. You will likely be senior staff in a few years due to high turnover.

    Cons

    Can be a sweat shop. Salary is far below industry average, and getting a raise or bonus is near impossible. Turnover is very very high, and they have trouble attracting fresh talent. Projects tend to be low quality big box, retail, quick service restaurants. After a while doing the same building a hundred times gets boring. Margins are slim. Clients are not concerned with innovating, they want cheap and fast.

    Advice to Management

    Pay needs to be competitive considering the long hours and intense workloads. Employees burn out quickly and move on to higher paying jobs.


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  5. Good Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GreenbergFarrow full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to the entire process of retail/commercial design. Good opportunities for travel. Warm, supportive, and generally amicable work atmosphere.

    Cons

    High profile design clients/projects are few and far between. Compensation is a bit low.

    Advice to Management

    Strive to aquire high-profile projects to diversify the local portfolio and work experience.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Experience for a Designer

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at GreenbergFarrow full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Prior NY leadership wasn't getting it done. New leadership is doing a much better job running the jobs, getting more interesting work, and communicating with us about what is going on with the office. Office atmosphere has completely turned around. It is much more friendly, much more positive. Senior staff actually takes time to give feedback and are very involved with the projects. The projects of a higher quality than a few years ago, especially with the international work. There is more opportunity for us to work on design.

    Cons

    Hours can be tough sometimes. I would like to see more interaction with other offices and with corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing to improve the NY office. It is working.


  7. It was a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at GreenbergFarrow full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility with hours and work from home. Great tools, brand image, consistency. John Nourzad was an inspiring leader in Civil Dept. Branch office executive management was usually missing (i.e. working from home for weeks on end).

    Cons

    several transitional periods, and the company was reinventing itself a few times. After recession and 2008, they really didn't give raises or bonuses anymore... but that is par for the course when companies are trying to stay afloat. Branch office executive management was usually missing (i.e. working from home for weeks on end).

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. Lifetime Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GreenbergFarrow full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company provides upward mobility to all employees no matter what level you join there is always room for growth.

    Cons

    If you apply yourself you can make a good living which includes bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your company veterans.


  9. The best professional decision I have ever made.

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at GreenbergFarrow full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement based on merit, professional independence, flexibility to create and implement change, solid company leadership, higher than industry standard wages, exposure to high profile projects and clients. Several years ago, a contact informed me of a potential opportunity with GreenbergFarrow. I interviewed with several members of the company's management team and was offered the position. Eight and a half years later, I have never regretted, for one second, the decision to join the firm. I am proud to be a part of the company and excited for its future.

    Cons

    Long hours, demanding clients - typical in the industry. As we are in a regional office, communication from corporate can at times be irregular.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to move forward with and implement the 2015 Strategic Initiatives developed as part of GreenbergFarrow’s 2012 Strategic Planning summit. They are worthwhile and will strengthen the company as it continues to grow.


  10. Stay Far Far Away

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at GreenbergFarrow full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a couple of people there that are not sycophantic liars. Other than that there are no real pros.

    Cons

    It is poorly managed by people that have no concern other than their own advancement and salary, most employees are extremely underpaid and under valued, the quality of work is not a real concern, quality of design is a joke, and they micro-manage the small amount of vacation, sick days, and holidays that you are given. Management makes hollow promises and will often say just enough to get you not to quit. The health insurance has gone up, the out of pocket minimum requirement has increased by nearly 35%. There are several people there that have worked for more than two years without any sort of cost of living increase or raise, and this is with the upper management giving themselves hefty bonuses of course.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a conscience.


  11. Helpful (2)

    I won't recommend working here...if I could rate it lower I would.

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at GreenbergFarrow full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no pros...one of the worst run companies I ever worked for.

    Cons

    Management is horrible and clueless. Completely ineffective and decision making is very poor. Continually grasping at straws and strategic directions lag significantly behind the market.

    Advice to Management

    Desperately need new CEO and management structure.



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