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PBK Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
7 Reviews
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    Project Manager Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at PBK full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    office culture is client oriented. They spend the vast majority of their time trying to figure out the best way of pleasing clients. Basically good honest people that work to become better.
    Compensation and bonuses seem to be at or slightly above other offices. The culture is basically friendly and supportive. Management is solid. Vacation and benefits are good. You get your birthday off plus a week between Xmas and New Year's in addition to the standard two weeks.

    Cons

    Client deadlines are considered first priority and therefore overtime employees must work overtime when deadlines stack up. Getting training is not a problem if you ask for it. They sent me to a two day class for Revit as an example but I had to ask.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time trying to interact with your employees. PBK is a busy place and they will support your career goals but you sometimes have to ask. You have a good design department. Keep the director happy because you need him. If he ever left design would suffer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Company Has The Lowest Rating In My Career That Spans Several Decades

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PBK full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Got the opportunity to work on one the largest project in my career and to mentor younger professionals.

    Cons

    Job responsibilities /position were not as described in interviews.

    Immediate supervisor was unable to provide positive feedback.

    While I managed to have a right work/life balance that was not typical for the majority of the staff who was expected to work long hours or work on a short schedule and producing a less than complete set of documents.

    I have never worked for a company that does not have an Human Resources department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do some real soul searching to find out what really makes a firm a "Best Workplace". The large staff overturn rate should be an indication that there are underlying problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Only if you're desperate...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at PBK full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many of the people are good, genuine people who truly care about the quality of their work. Pay is average. Benefits are average.

    Cons

    Will tell you what you want to hear to get you on board than conveniently "forget" what was promised. Get EVERYTHING in writing. Pay is 'ok' but nothing to brag about. Many managers/directors are clock-watchers and will bird-dog you. (Not run like a truly professional workplace.) General attitude is that you should be grateful to be working there. They will give lots of lip service to how much they value their employees. Yet their actions do not match their words. There have been numerous people start work and quit within the first week due to treatment they received or witnessed, some didn't return the next day (this was especially true for the admin's). If you have a family, stay away from this place. There are many people there that think it's a great place to work. Many of those think that because they've never held a position at any other professional firm. Management does not prepare well (or at all) for downturns. The knee-jerk reaction is to immediately lay off large numbers of staff and force those who still have a job to work twice as much, all while freezing or cutting pay. They, apparently, have no sort of contingency plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership training IMMEDIATELY! There are precious few management personnel with some natural leadership abilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Can be a good experience, can be a miserable experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at PBK full-time (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 ManagementAdvice

    Some 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PBK

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should not be expendable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Work at PBK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Designer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at PBK full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the worst places to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PBK full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Honesty, ethics and treat your employees as people not as a production line for drawings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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