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Updated Jun 29, 2014
Mithun – Seattle – “Mithun CEO Bert Gregory - Typical Design Meeting”

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3.0 7 reviews

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Bert Gregory

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29% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Striving for design excellence at a cost

    Architect (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsInteresting 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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stayed too long

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsStaff 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 Senior ManagementListen to your employees when they have suggestions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Quick Decline in Culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

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

    ConsSenior 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 Senior ManagementTalk to your staff like you really care.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Proud to have the name mithun on my resume

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    What Would Omer Do?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsMithun 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.

    ConsOne 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    like where you work!

    Senior Designer (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsCulture, location and environmental awareness

    Consthe 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Thought leaders - need some business training

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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