Lionakis

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Lionakis Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
7 Reviews
3.8
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Serene Environment

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA

    I worked at Lionakis as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Beautiful office environment, super nice people to work with. Felt happy to be there.

    Cons

    Try to find or create a way to possibly keep the people who are already employed there, promote from within. Instead of standing by and seeing their valuable employees leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Certain Principal on Newport Beach office is driving away good people. Learn how to spend less money.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    All about image

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

    I have been working at Lionakis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good location, nice offices, a lot of support staff, there are opportunities for in-house continuing education, some recreational after-work activities.

    Cons

    Extremely top heavy, which leaves little opportunity to advance, they give no benefit to those having seniority, benefits are less-than-mediocre, bonuses are rare, and less-than-mediocre when given, management is on an island by themselves and no loyalty/benefit is given to those not on the island, and too much loyalty/benefit is given to those on the island. They are fascinated with image and the new and shiny, whether or not it is good for the people who work in the trenches and use it every day or not, they are so fascinated with how things look and the image of how they look to others that they rarely consult with the folks who do the bulk of the actual work they bill for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating your employees like you treat your clients, value and appreciate them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, decent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Designer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Project Designer in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent office culture, fun work events
    Supportive of young professionals trying to get licensed
    Many people have been with the company for over 10 years
    Company is trying to stay current, relevant with the times and technology

    Cons

    Horrible pay; some of the upper management staff are really cheap and won't pay overtime, will allow staff to work late and not pay them, but will allow flexible work hours
    Benefits do not make up for lack of pay
    Management is very committee oriented, slow to make things happen
    Lead architects tend to be out of date and bad at design
    Younger, newer staff are not taken very seriously with their ideas; older architects are very controlling and don't want to let younger designers design projects
    95% of the projects in the firm are just buildings, not thoughtful good architecture
    Some of the management practices are questionable, not sure why they value certain people so much.
    The firm is really set on keeping each market sector separate. This makes things efficient, but encourages projects and designs to become repetitive. Upper level staff seem like they would be happy if the same materials and details were used on all the projects. Some of the projects really suffer because senior staff is afraid to take any risks on design.
    Seems like it is very difficult to advance in this firm. Many people go many years before receiving any meaningful recognition or promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they are worth
    Allow lower level staff other than senior staff to make design decisions to improve projects
    Don't let senior staff be so controlling over designs
    Don't let projects become too top heavy
    Don't take every project that comes your way, some projects are born losers and will hurt the company profits in the long run.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Teamwork-oriented, positive culture

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

    I worked at Lionakis

    Pros

    Many of the people that work here have been here for 10+ years. They value relationships with the people that they sit next to day in and day out. Co-workers connect both in and outside of the office, and the culture of the workplace is that of a family. Knowledgeable leadership looks to develop skills of new talent.

    Cons

    Work can be fast-paced and stressful, and the onus is on employees to get their work done whether or not it is a reasonable request. Also, demographics reflect that much of the leadership is male- women may have a tougher time gaining respect in certain situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be a 360 degree review process. In addition to giving feedback to the employees you manage, give them an opportunity and a forum to give feedback about how they feel they are being managed and what would help them feel more successful.

  6.  

    Company staying with the times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Lionakis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company keeps up with staying relevant and up to date.

    Cons

    Some of the older principals make the transition difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open and encouraging towards change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good firm to work for.

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

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

    Pros

    Office culture is good. They've been getting some good projects lately. Good resources available without the corporate BS of larger firms.

    Cons

    Not much room at the top right now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall good company....

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

    I worked at Lionakis

    Pros

    Informal, comfortable working atmosphere. Company is really into design technology. Designers are very passionate about design.

    Cons

    It has a flat management structure and does not provde much room for growth. Additionally, tenure often takes priority over performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward performance instead of tenure.

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