Pentagram Design

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Pentagram Design Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
9 Reviews
2.5
9 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Intership

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pentagram Design

    Pros

    New York office is a great place to learn and be exposed to real, high level design. They even paid the interns and gave us lunch.

    Cons

    Long hours, but that's the case at most design internships.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No collaboration space, big egos, poor wages, at the computer 99% of the day

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pentagram Design full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company used to have a great reputation, but their work is looking very old-fashioned now. The office is near Madison Square Park which is nice for a break.

    Cons

    The workers seem dissatisfied because they get paid so poorly for such long hours. There are some very big egos downstairs and that is unpleasant to listen to. The company has too many people for such a small space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make changes now to ensure the company is around once the well known partners leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    No collaboration. No management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pentagram Design

    Pros

    Name on resume probably is the only pros

    Cons

    Old school. Low pay. Competitive. No collaboration. No management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top notch design in a struggle managed environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Design Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pentagram Design as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Name on Resume, Great Client Breadth, Experience from Partners

    Cons

    Lacking management, No Culture, Teams are oppressed from each other

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Exploitative, unless you're a partner. Some teams are almost entirely staffed by interns.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pentagram Design

    Pros

    To get a "prestigious" name on your resume.

    Cons

    The most exploitative place I've ever worked. Partners make all the profits, employees are paid non-livable wages and are expected to work crazy hours to make deadlines. Partners have incentive to take on as much work as possible, to maximize their profit. Employees never see any of it, and do all of the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth and stop going on those luxurious 5-star resort "retreats".

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior in New York, NY

    I worked at Pentagram Design

    Pros

    Top flight design firm, amazing clients and great partners who share their experience and skills with small teams. Very effective working arrangements.

    Cons

    Flat company structure means little room for advancement. You learn a lot from the great clients and jobs that come in but you essentially end up having to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. You guys are buddies (mostly..) and you can have your favorites so watch that the approach to the staff is inclusive. The company is very flat so the staff have access to you, that also means they can see all your flaws...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Was a great learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Design Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Pentagram Design as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Was exciting to see how a design company was run. Enjoyed going in to my internship each day.

    Cons

    I wish the internship was more hands on in the design department, and less production work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not a good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pentagram Design as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Name on resume, talented people, free lunch for tuesday wednesday and thursday

    Cons

    Low pay, bad management, long hours, unfriendly people

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pentagram Design full-time

    Pros

    Very good atmosphere, great people and interesting projects. Excellent lunch and benefits. The building is great and has an open character.

    Cons

    Relatively low pay compared to similar companies. The teams of the different partners don't work together which can result in knowing not all people working in the office.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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