Perkins Eastman Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    overall well balanced, and well-intentioned // sometimes not as engaged as i'd like

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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 Perkins Eastman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The firm is committed to improving, which is very encouraging. On the other hand there is resistance to this commitment because of what feels like a lack of engagement from some of the employees. But overall the firm is investing and promoting a stronger design culture, training opportunities for the employees, better technical support. Some of the leadership offers great opportunities for personal growth and encourage younger staff to take ownership, while others are more controlling and guarded.

    Cons

    Some of the above comments mention cons. Occasional lack of communication between leadership can be frustrating. Internal culture for seemingly little things such as recycling is pretty weak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Providing some additional perks/rewards for good performance, leadership could help promote engagement. A more active but informal mentorship program could help with that too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Fast-paced, interesting projects, supportive colleagues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perkins Eastman

    Pros

    PE has a lot of interesting projects and clients around the world. Additionally, the firm is growing and there is potential for promotion.

    Cons

    Not a big fan of the layout of the NYC office with rows upon rows of desks. I'd personally prefer a small cubicle over the new workstations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company culture is great- continue to invest in employees professional development.

    Recommends
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  3. 1 person found this helpful

    S9 at Perkins Eastman: Great experience for architect designers

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

    I worked at Perkins Eastman full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked for Perkins Eastman Studio 9 for 2.5 years. The environment and coworkers are great. I had extremely good design opportunities for a young designer. The team leaders of S9 are very experienced and on top of every project. They work and communicate constantly with the project team. They allow the team to explore different solutions to respond to clients' needs aspiring to produce outstanding solutions.

    In 2.5 years I had the chance to work intensely in the design of two very important projects in New York, two iconic projects that will transform New York when build. During this time, I also had the chance to collaborate in a variety of projects that where in different phases of the architectural process. Even if some of the collaborations where for a short period, the team leaders make you participant of the project, so as a designer, you can take the most of it (many of the projects are great! towers, residential buildings in manhattan, cool shopping centers, etc).

    I left S9 because I had to move out out of the country. If not, I will have stayed with them for a very long time. If you show enthusiasm for work, they will give you extraordinary design opportunities.

    Cons

    I had a very positive experience. (I have worked for other 4 firms in my career so far, and S9 is the one where I have grown more as an architect, and the one I will recommend the most)

    Recommends
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  5. Great People but bad business practices

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

    I worked at Perkins Eastman full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent mentoring staff (Studio 6). are great leaders. Love Mary Jean's "Open Door" Policy. Plenty of Social events, very vibrant and active individuals both young and old. Softball and Running clubs are awesome!

    Cons

    Have to give a 3 out of 5 due to very business management (hiring) practices. Was laid off after one project went on hold. Awful. Makes one question the stability and longevity of the place. Studio 6 leaders can also be hasty and tempered. Board Members can also be a bit racist from time to time (though inadvertent). Admin staff and Central Services can be very rude!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job with employee retention. Office has extremely high turnover. Also, could do a better job with conflict resolution. All and all must learn to be a "careful employer"

    Recommends
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  6. interior designer

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    Current Contractor - Interior Design Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Contractor - Interior Design Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Perkins Eastman as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    love the management team and clients

    Cons

    really long hours on certain projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more flex time

    Recommends
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  7. Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perkins Eastman

    Pros

    Team atmosphere, ability to learn about and utilize new technology

    Cons

    New management making drastic changes

    Recommends
  8. I has been a good experience working for this firm. I got to work on a few great projects

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    Current Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architect in New York, NY

    I have been working at Perkins Eastman

    Pros

    A good company to work for.

    Cons

    A large firm and too many studios

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the good to work for if you like working for large firms

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Best Environment and atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Junior Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Architect in New York, NY

    I have been working at Perkins Eastman full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunities good coworkers and benefit

    Cons

    overtime payment is not available.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Good company to work for!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perkins Eastman

    Pros

    Experienced team in a variety of projects

    Cons

    Projects design not as creative

  11. Not an experience I would wish on anyone.

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    Current Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative in New York, NY

    I have been working at Perkins Eastman full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Learning that MSOffice Cloud computing may not be the best way to go.

    Cons

    You're on your own, I had not benefits as I was "temporary".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Documentation and desk manuals help work flow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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