KTGY Group

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KTGY Group Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Work Hard Play Hard, Great Company Culture - Oakland Office

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    Former Employee - Project Manager - Architecture in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager - Architecture in Oakland, CA

    I worked at KTGY Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    No cubicles, open door policies, MANY events from Design Presentations and Lunch and Learns to Birthday Events and Happy Hours.
    The sky was the limit in job potential. The responsibility you seek is the responsibility you will obtain.
    Very flexible hours and hands off management style. Good and bad: most people appreciate setting their own hours, some people take advantage of it; if you want to advance, sometimes you have to take it on yourself, but suggestions where always welcomed and usually honored.
    5 stars is hard to give though, so 4.5?

    Cons

    Jack London Square area is nice enough, but Oakland can be sketchy. Lots of "smash and grabs" (broken car window to steal your gum and the change in the ashtray, or your bag, or whatever).
    Working for public builders presents challenges if you want to push the design. "Architecture" decisions are often made by people with ZERO design background who only have the bottom line in their mind (it exists everywhere, but particularly with large builders).
    It's expensive to live in the Bay Area, and their salaries don't necessarily make it worth it unless you want a long commute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was VERY happy with the management of the firm, and the structure of things. Keep doing the things that make employees happy, and the work will reflect that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best firm I have worked at!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at KTGY Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people I work with in Denver are amazing! Very good group of people!

    Cons

    Cold days in denver are a bummer!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great Work Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Irvine, CA

    I worked at KTGY Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture and tradition. Employees are valued.

    Cons

    Separation of design and production; the glass wall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent experience if you could wade through the office politics

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    Current Employee - Architectural in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Architectural in Denver, CO

    I have been working at KTGY Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hired great personalities. There was usually a fun and dynamic atmosphere between coworkers. Provided a Technical education and experience

    Cons

    Lack of management. Also, raises and responsibilities depend on your ability to play into office politics. If the studio director and wife don't like you, you are screwed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Quick paced work environment. Quantity over quality work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KTGY Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Coworker try to help with advancing careers. Management is not sequestered in their own offices, working in the same space.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is non-existent (team dependent). Put in an 8 hour workday, expected to give more without billing hours - i.e. knowingly breaking labor laws. Sink or swim environment without helping you learn how to swim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people, not the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to learn and grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KTGY Group

    Pros

    Many different teams = different experiences and projects to work on.

    Cons

    Not much to say here. Each team has a different work atmosphere so find the one that suits you best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Architect
    Current Employee - Project Architect

    I have been working at KTGY Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Team environment, allowed to be entrepreneurial within a structured team environment.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not bad for a more corporate company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Denver, CO

    I have been working at KTGY Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, great chances for learning, great support staff

    Cons

    Not much room for salary negotiation, project budgets can be lean

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Could be great, but it depends on which team you are on

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    Former Employee - Project Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Project Designer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at KTGY Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    General good attitudes and support group. Decent Salary.

    Cons

    The team I was on had such poor communication. Quality of design leaves much to be desired. Poor management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on communication among the team. Watch out for back stabbers. Things could be great if people worked together instead of against one another.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    KTGY cares about their employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at KTGY Group full-time

    Pros

    KTGY has always placed an emphasis on people. Attracting talented people and keeping them happy has always been a part of the business plan. As a result, KTGY offers some of the best compensation, benefits, and other perks in the industry. KTGY is continuing push for better design and the work product has gotten dramatically better over the last couple of years.

    Cons

    At it's inception, KTGY was all about quantity over quality of projects. Although most are committed to better design, it is a long, slow process to change the culture of the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be steadfast in your commitment to better design!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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