Kahler Slater Reviews

Updated March 7, 2015
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  1. Work here!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kahler Slater

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, working with all sorts of people, able to work from home if needed, everyone in the company truly wants to achieve the companies goals, recognition within the company for personal achievements, positive working environment.

    Cons

    Location- milwaukee can get cold, sometimes difficult to find parking nearby

    Advice to Management

    honestly no complaints, all employees are treated very well and valued by their teams and everyone else within the company.


  2. Top heavy management who really like to start "initiatives" but everything trickles off and dies without completion.

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    Former Employee - Project Architect in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Project Architect in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Kahler Slater

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Really nice professional atmosphere with a good level of respect. Lots of decent people work there. The atmosphere of sharing, especially when you face challenges, is great. Very supportive teams..

    Cons

    All the effort is spent to get proejcts, and then the support trickles away as you struggle to compelte them understaffed, and with oppressive deadlines. The abse work week is 45 hours billable, and the typical work week is 50 or 60 hours. People are booked at 115% workload on a regular basis. Constanst churn among teams as they pull people off and throw them on projects at inopertune times, without discussion with teh team. SO much wasted effort and energy.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the 45 hour work week. Every study shows that people can only perform at this level for a few months at best. Efficiency goes down and you only get 40 horus of work for 45 hours of effort. The staffing structure is highly inefficient with way too many managers and way too few interns and producers. Penny wise, pound foolish decisions. And get people decent training on the software. No one knows how to use anything, and the few that do have tp squeeze helping others into their own work day, and then get penalized for non-billable time.


  3. Great place to work? Overall, its pretty good considering its primarily an architecture firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Kahler Slater

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The core design process is thoughtful and scales well to the diverse design projects within the firm. Workplace culture is a high priority. The flat organization is evident in the shared team and firm leadership. All staff members have a voice and are encouraged to follow their passions.

    Cons

    Having a flat organization cuts both ways. That "follwing your passions" comment in the pros section means that you often have many poeple heading in many different directions.

    Egos play a quiet, but substantial role in the firm.

    Advice to Management

    It amazes me the amount of talented and respected people that have worked for the firm over the years. I hope that it is more a testament to the firm’s ability to develop and nurture talent - then set it free. Or it could be that the best outgrow it in short time?



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