PBK
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www.pbkarchitects.com Houston, TX 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Feb 21, 2014

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Dan Boggio


25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Can be a good experience, can be a miserable experience

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

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

Pros-In-house consultants make it easier to get information for projects.
-Main focus is on K-12 which helps with getting projects out the door since many are similar in design
-Pay was average to above average.
-Give you adequate responsibility to advance in career
-Diverse workforce
-Social coworkers
-Quite a few members of management were helpful towards lower level employees
-Depending on your situation you may be given chance to work in other studios
-Push for client service (double edge sword, see cons below) makes it easy to transfer that to future jobs which many appreciate
-Not sure about now but used to match 100% of 401k
-CEO is a great motivational speaker

Cons-Extremely top-heavy corporate structure
-Management had great perks (luxury company car) while employees were getting laid off in huge numbers
-Poor communication with office when employees had been laid off or let go
-Office politics is blatant
-Do not push for architectural registration (offered study material but that's about it)
-Ok design but very rarely 'great'
-Huge divide between technical/production staff and design group
-Slow to implement BIM
-Office looks like it was designed by engineers; looks like it could be the inside of an accountant/lawyer's office; nothing about it screams 'design'
-Client service = management will bend over backwards for client (provide more renderings/options, shorten schedule, cut fee) which in turn means staff will have to work overtime to make it happen
-Very few (if any) trusted what management had to say to employees
-Expect to work for 7+ years in these conditions before moving up (unless you have 15+ years experience outside the office in which case they may promote you faster)
-Very questionable decisions during layoffs (which employees were kept vs who was let go)
-Requires shirt and tie every day for men; professional attire for women; wasn't a huge deal but some may mind being that corporate

Advice to Senior ManagementSome management ended up being amazing mentors to younger employees. Others are manipulative, arrogant, and flat out lied to save themselves while throwing everyone else under the bus. By luck, an employee may have a great career or end up frustrated and miserable and never wanting to work at a corporate office again. It's a shame how a couple of bad apples can bring down an organization.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Meh.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at PBK

ProsThe people there are wonderful to work with. This firm is rapidly growing. Lots of new people.

ConsHigh turnaround. They're always hiring new people. You become their slave. No paid overtime and you WILL always work overtime.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees should not be expendable.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Houston, TX

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

ProsProfessional Directors, PM's and Supervisors. Large number of projects.

ConsMedium to low salary. Hectic work schedules. Ever changing client demands with late notices.

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

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One of the worst places to work.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at PBK full-time

ProsThey have a large client list in K-12 market sector. Great construction administration department.

ConsIf their mouth is moving, then you know they are lying. Partners and Associates are excellent at selling and will say anything to get you in the door. Don't believe it. Questionable business ethics. Best advice, keep looking, the place is a revolving door because they work their employees into the ground.

Advice to Senior ManagementHonesty, ethics and treat your employees as people not as a production line for drawings.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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