Mithun Reviews

Updated June 29, 2014
Updated June 29, 2014
7 Reviews
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    Striving for design excellence at a cost

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    Former Employee - Architect  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Mithun full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting projects, strong design quality, great firm staff culture, reasonable comp time policy for overtime, very good continuing education program, beautiful waterfront location, sustainable practices, incorporates research and case studies in work, open to innovative ideas, interdisciplinary design approach is exciting

    Cons

    Top heavy, favoritism, lack of transparency, lacks diversity / equitable opportunity, big egos, reputation supersedes experience, policies doesn't align with advocated practice (lacks integrity), different principals have very different values/approaches making it nearly impossible for staff to be successful, very demanding project schedules and clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be inclusive, provide opportunities to expand the skills of staff to applied projects and endeavors, respect contributions of staff, develop consistent management approaches

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Stayed too long

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mithun

    Pros

    Some of the designers actually do care about environmental stewardship and sustainability. Also, the view from the office is incredible on a summer evening.

    Cons

    Staff promotions seem to be decided by pulling names out of a hat -- the people who actually work hard are often overlooked or treated like production machines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees when they have suggestions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quick Decline in Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Mithun

    Pros

    Amazing workplace. Probably no better building to work at in Seattle. Pier 56 on Elliot Bay. Casual work environment. Nice coworkers. AMAZING view.

    Cons

    Senior staff at the board level are very secretive, non-sharing, and seemingly disinterested in the daily activities of the people at the firm. Trust is a big issue. The company is vastly different than it was 10 years ago when the culture was unbeatable. Much of that legacy is now gone, and it has become just another money-making machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your staff like you really care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Proud to have the name mithun on my resume

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Mithun

    Pros

    Office environment and passion for architectural excellence is high among most staff. Culture promotes travel to see successful sustainable projects in action.

    Cons

    Sustainability...my way or the highway. LEED certification a priority to maintain respect among office environment a must. This happens at the cost of clients and product types.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace more moderate approach to sustainability and generate more results. Moderate results of the many will outweigh exemplary results of the few.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    What Would Omer Do?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Mithun

    Pros

    Mithun had some of the most talented, creative and intelligent people I've worked with. The level of design was always improving, and the general office atmosphere was exceptionally supportive and fun. Yes, there could be difficult personalities, but the firm was large enough that you could often move to a different team if there were unresolved problems.

    Cons

    One of the strengths of the firm's founder, Omer Mithun, was his ability to hire exceptional employees and empower them to flourish in whatever was their passion. This resulted in a firm that was highly diverse and decentralized. The current CEO has taken a different approach. If you agree with his centralized vision and he trusts you, opportunities will be available to you. Unfortunately, many have not been able to achieve this and the economic downturn has only accelerated the loss of many talented employees, either by choice or lay off. The result is a smaller and more sober firm with only the expertise in institutional and civic work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    like where you work!

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Mithun

    Pros

    Culture, location and environmental awareness

    Cons

    the firm tends to be top heavy; too many principles and not enough worker bees. The people who do the production should be mentored and appreciated more. The design does not tend to push the limits because integration is not fully realized. I think this is changing to some degree because they have been smart and brought on some great design minds that touch multiple projects at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have done a great job in fostering a good work culture where everyone enjoys coming to work but it is important to retain visionary people to help grow the vision of the firm.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Thought leaders - need some business training

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mithun

    Pros

    If you're an architect, you'll be surrounded by very smart people.

    Cons

    Depending on where you work in the office, you might deal with some difficult personalities. Also, a non-architect business manager might help the company run more smoothly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leaders are talented and smart - they should focus on the architecture side of things, and get outside expertise about making strategic company decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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