Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Intern Architect

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

    Pros

    Good hours and good pay, principal and partners concerned with interns' growth as designers.

    Cons

    The projects aren't the sexiest.


  2. Designer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good working environment good work / life balance team oriented office

    Cons

    poor managerial skills on projects


  3. Good Place Generally -- company structure will change

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer

    I worked at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is really nice and generally helpful. There are no performance reviews and so people are pretty relaxed most of the time. The firm cares a lot about employees and tries to make work fun. Most people are extremely talented.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tough with very long hours and travel--it depends a lot based on your direct manager. Some teams work 50 hours a week others work 80. This is a place where people rarely get fired so there's some bad apples around that ruin the environment of the place. Promotions are uneven.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for employees to get and give feedback. Also fire people that don't work---it's like poison to the rest of the employees to see people blatantly not working but being compensated at the same level.


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  5. I enjoyed working here, the projects were always interesting

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY

    I worked at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great office environment and great co-workers. Everyone was a hard worker who also had an interesting background.

    Cons

    The hours can be insane, like any architecture job, and the projects tend to fluctuate. You'll be pulling late nights there.


  6. OUTSTANDING people. Great working environment and brand.

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people here are amazing. It's very much a tight knit family that extends beyond just working together. Compared to other firms in the industry, the work hours are humane and the pay is above average (especially for lower level employees). They really expect alot of you right off the bat and you are encouraged to take on as much responsibility as you can handle.

    Cons

    Slow growth trajectory. No correlation between performance and reward. A lot of micro-management. The design work is a little on the conservative side but that might not be a con to some.

    Advice to Management

    Implement some form of performance/reward system to reward those who work hard or long hours. (Bonuses/raises tend to be even across the board).


  7. Great place, some issues"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Design charrette organized, encouraged to voice your opinion, small enough to make a name for yourself. Great people.

    Cons

    Scared to take design chances, will not let talent shine or run with projects, micromanaged to the point of insanity.

    Advice to Management

    Have some decision weight taken off of managements shoulders, there are plenty of talented associates that should be allowed to stretch their legs.


  8. Learning Lots

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    Current Intern - Architectural Designer in New Haven, CT
    Current Intern - Architectural Designer in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very easy going and relaxing office atmosphere. Everyone is really friendly and helpful.They work the interns hard so there's a lot to learn and there's so many projects that new employers are usually responsible for designing their own projects, mostly in China

    Cons

    Long hours, normal for an architectural intern.

    Advice to Management

    none.


  9. Had the privilege of working on projects all over the world.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great reputation, immediate project responsibility, great design, client interaction, worldwide focus.

    Cons

    Long hours, frequent rushed deadlines, fast paced.


  10. Good work environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fosters and develops career growth

    Cons

    Long hours, communication breakdowns at times

    Advice to Management

    Let other members of staff besides senior staff advise on certain issues



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