Otak Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place for the entrepreneurial spirit to thrive.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Otak full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People, senior leadership, benefits, growth, opportunity.

    Cons

    Building momentum after dip in the economy. On the road to recovery.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Working at Otak was a lot of fun

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Landscape Architectural Designer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Landscape Architectural Designer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Otak full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best things about working at Otak was working with high quality, good natured and dedicated people who worked hard to provide great design for the community.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work-life balance was off balance, but that would depend on project deadlines.

  3. Helpful (4)

    There's definitely potential here....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Otak full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of great projects to work on. Reasonably flexible schedules if needed.

    Cons

    The company is just coming out of survival mode after the financial downturn. Employees who remain haven't seen much reward/compensation for all the patience and hard work it took keep the company above water. Still waiting for basic "perks" to return...

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Smart and Personable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Lake Oswego, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Lake Oswego, OR

    I worked at Otak full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This company has a group of really sharp and talented senior managers who are very contemporary. If you are a young professional you will be listened to and given opportunities to wear many hats. The firm is moving downtown Portland to be closer to urban clients.

    Cons

    The company has recently been purchased by a Korean comany and some adjustment is still occurring.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to allow the former manager to manage!

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