NBBJ
3.2 of 5 26 reviews
www.nbbj.com Seattle, WA 500 to 999 Employees

NBBJ Reviews

Updated Apr 3, 2014
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3.2 26 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

NBBJ Managing Partner Scott W. Wyatt

Scott W. Wyatt

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59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Overall very good company to work for

Market Specialist (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at NBBJ full-time for more than a year

ProsGood people and a culture that generally likes what they do.

ConsSometimes work culture was hard to deal with.

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Great work, very political

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at NBBJ full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat work. Quality of work is awesome.
Free food at times and support for licensing.

ConsWomen and international employees have no respect. They are treated badly and let go easily.
Very political. Dressing well is very imp. They want you to work 60+ hours but will not tell you so because of HR stuff. If you don't work like that, you are let go.

Too much politics

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you get international work, you should respect those international employees. If you

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The reward does not match the talent or effort

Designer (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH

I have been working at NBBJ full-time

ProsThe work being done is great, the bar is set much higher than at many other local firms. The size of the company means that travel and opportunities to transfer are available.

ConsThe lack of career development and morale is frustrating. A lot of energy is expended on unnecessary activities while projects go on under staffed.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on employee growth and retention. Take notice of the staff that are doing the work and reward them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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NBBJ has been a phenomenal place to grow and achieve my design goals.

Designer (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at NBBJ full-time for more than a year

ProsCollaborative, forward-thinking, supports individual growth, global.

ConsGetting initiatives to come to fruition at times can be a bit slow.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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wonderful experiences and opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at NBBJ

ProsThey have a 3D printer

ConsYou get pigeonholed extraordinarily easily

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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My studio was my family

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at NBBJ full-time for more than a year

ProsI had one of the best peers around me. They were caring, kind and genuine. I have worked in this industry for awhile and never came across a group as good as the studio I worked in. I got one of the best training at NBBJ on how to see and produce deliverables in client's perspective. Also, how important it is to have a point of view. Very grateful for this training.

ConsThere is WAY too much politics at this firm. People constantly have to play the game right and watch over their shoulders. It distracted me from focusing on my work. Partners need to stop fighting and stop trying to prove themselves among each other. HC leadership is broken and it is not about collaboration but it is about positioning. Leadership fosters process improvement but they themselves don't follow it.

Advice to Senior ManagementLeaders: do what you say. There is amazing philosophy and inspiration on how to do the work but no follow through on them by the partners. And please follow the processes you sponsor.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Rudderless Leadership

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at NBBJ full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe premise of the studio system as a "autonomous" business unit is a great idea.

ConsThe Managing Partners fail to really support or trust studios to do what they need to do to function as a profitable team of creative professionals. Instead, the work environment feels very top-down where partners don't know who the staff is, and frankly, couldn't care less. They refuse to mandate standards where needed and desired to improve processes and tools, and legislate where it's not needed. The leadership is totally out of touch. It's the kind of place where you work 30 years, and get a 15 minute lame send off with a half an inch of champagne. You really feel like a meaningless cog there.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe workplace culture is terrible an NBBJ. Most staff have no idea what the Managing Partners do, and feel totally disconnected from the Partners and the leadership of the firm. Have fun once in awhile. There's no passion or personality or real vision for staff to latch onto there.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The good, the bad, the ugly

5th Person In 6 Years to Fill Role (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at NBBJ full-time for more than a year

ProsOverall all, the company is great and has great benefits.

ConsThe Los Angeles office is run as a rouge outfit and feels it doesn't need to conform to corporate standards & practices.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou have no consideration for employees work/life balance and treat everyone as chattel.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It was a great experience to work both in interiors and architecture

Designer (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

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

ProsGreat exposure to everything. No such thing as pigeon hole at the studio

ConsYou work way too much

Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation for overtime should be negotiated with designers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company striving to be better

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at NBBJ full-time

ProsOpportunities for growth and responsibility
Seek to balance the creative with the practical

ConsCompetitive and some long hours

Advice to Senior ManagementSometimes it's ok to dictate

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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