Laird Norton Tyee

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Laird Norton Tyee Reviews

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    Overall good firm

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Analyst
    Former Employee - Client Analyst

    I worked at Laird Norton Tyee full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, work-life balance, firm generally hires good people who are pleasant to work with, great clients.

    Cons

    Firm's environment is better suited for people with families who want to leave at 5pm, not young, motivated, career-oriented people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more authentic. Actually follow and implement those Bill George principles that you preach to your clients.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits.. hopefully you can stay long enough to enjoy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Laird Norton Tyee full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great. As previous reviewer listed out, all are true. PTO/Vacation time is amazing, bonus is pretty good.

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics. People get promotions when they threaten to quit, regardless of their qualification. Don't expect your own direct manager to support you in front of others (even when they've already agreed with you to your face)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With high turnover, check to see if there is some commonality to all those leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company. Great colleagues.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Client Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Laird Norton Tyee

    Pros

    Solid company financially and great history. Colleague relationships are good because they hire good people and don't tolerate disrespect in the workplace. Also because people aren't competing internally for clients.

    Cons

    There has been constant change since the merger years ago and people experience change fatigue. True that upper management has increased in numbers and they have made progress, but seem to still be figuring out some things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring quality people and as the company hits its stride they'll stay. Don't be afraid to weed out the people who don't really care about the industry.

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company still trying to find itself and what it is regarding employee culture and leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Laird Norton Tyee

    Pros

    Company was excellent at supporting employees for designations and education. Benefits were very good. There were many fun and supportive peers.

    Cons

    Turnover was incredibly high and usually was forced by management. The first months of employment are fantastic but it seems that one wrong step or word and you can quickly get in the dog house. One was never sure who called the shots in upper management as there was too many upper level people and decisions seemed to revolve on industry fad and 'whats in'. Five or six directors for staff of 80. Too top heavy and there was a merger several years ago that still seemed to vibrate among older staff. You will hear.... 'in old Tyee'... quite often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look with in company more for promotion and hire with the thought of growing employees to top spots and quick trying to make the 'big splash' with hiring of directors from outside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent workplace but changes are needed if they want to attract quality new people at levels other than upper management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Laird Norton Tyee

    Pros

    Vacation time, flexible schedule, decent freedom to do your own work, interesting variety of clients, reasonable tools available to accomplish client requests.

    Cons

    Bloated amount of management with ambiguous job roles, too little direction on personal growth, mediocre salary range, confusing personal development planning, too much politics for such a small company size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop talking in "industry speak" and start listening to what your employees have to say before more employees get frustrated and walk away. You have a solid name in the community so use that strong name to attract quality employees and stable clients.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits...if you last that long!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Services in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Client Services in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Laird Norton Tyee

    Pros

    The benefits are awesome!

    You get a pro-rated amount of vacation (PTO) from the day you start based on 16 days for your first year. Once you've been there for just one year, your PTO goes up to 21 days per year. Plus you get sick time of 3 days/year which bumps up to 5 days/year after your second year. For the most part, they are very flexible on your time off, depending on the department you work in. You also get your birthday off as a "floating holiday"!

    They also provide you with free medical/dental/vision (of course you still have to pay for any dependents you want to add to your policy). Deductibles vary by year.

    Free bus pass.

    401(k) Plan (non-matching)...HOWEVER, they also contribute 8.5% of your salary a year to your pension plan which you are 100% vested in after 5 years!

    Long term disability.

    Somewhat flexible work hours. Most people work a shift somewhere between 7am and 6pm.

    Closed all stock market holidays.

    Quarterly Bonus.

    Cons

    Favoritism and turnover!

    Those that are new to the company may not notice the favoritism. For those who have stuck around for any length of time, it often seems quite obvious who is and who is not on the “favorites” list. Just look back about 5 years ago before Tyee merged with Laird Norton Trust Co. Tyee management runs the merged company…who do you think are the favored few? This doesn’t mean you won’t become a favorite or get a promotion, but it is obvious that some people really get away with (doing less) a lot more than others do.

    The turnover in some departments in the company has been horrible. Perhaps management should take a better look at how HR evaluates and hires candidates or do a lot better job of describing the duties to potential hires. Turnover might also be because of the ever shifting additional job responsibilities with no addition to pay for the added work. When you have a team of 12+ people and only ONE employee in that group has been there longer than 1 ½ years, you’ve got a problem. They think that the “exit interviews” are the solution, but honestly, who ever tells the truth in an exit interview (ever hear of not burning a bridge?).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay, better pay, better pay! And NOT for those at higher levels (Advisors/Management) that already get paid a lot!

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poorly managed company with high turnover and low morale

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Laird Norton Tyee

    Pros

    Nice office environment and location, work-life balance with regular hours (that are watched carefully by management) and interesting clientele.

    Cons

    One of the worst work environments I have ever seen. Management regularly fired people who spoke up, lower-level employees treated poorly, high turnover and unreputable business practices. LIfe is too short to subject yourself to this type of workplace!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Laird Norton family and the board should get more involved and question management practices.

    Doesn't Recommend

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