Perkins & Will
3.3 of 5 56 reviews
www.perkinswill.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Perkins & Will Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.3 56 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

Perkins & Will President and CEO Phil Harrison

Phil Harrison

(36 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great place to work with amazing people and projects"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Company has very talented people who care about the design industry"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "You're expected to work long hours with no compensation"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Not many opportunities for advancement"
    in 3 reviews
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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Perkins & Will full-time for more than a year

ProsDecent Benefits, they promote beer Fridays.

ConsToo much responsibility and too little money

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't stress out your people

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

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Great place for growth and personal advancement.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time for more than 10 years

ProsPlenty of opportunity given to contribute to the success of the firm. Very team oriented and supportive culture.

ConsCan be a challenging environment for those who aren't self starters.

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

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Location.

Architecture Intern (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Perkins & Will as an intern for less than a year

ProsAT&T Park is right next door to the office, and great views of San Francisco Bay make it an amazing place to work.

ConsIt's a huge office, so it's much harder to get to know people better. It's not close to Downtown so, you'll have to take public transportation to get there, but fine if you have a car.

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

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Work hard and don't follow the politics.

Project Manager (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Perkins & Will full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood benefits. Good company parties.

ConsDysfunctional administrative support. Unrealistic workload.

Advice to Senior ManagementYes everything in the word is replaceable. But try not to make it so obvious. People actually work very hard.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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boring

Architect (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at Perkins & Will full-time for more than 10 years

Prosmoney and seeing how things shouldn't be done, access to resources is above average, due to turn over you do get to meet a lot of new people

Consego driven disaster catering to the few survivors incapable of working for another company, arbitrary advancement based on relationships with ill equipped management.

Advice to Senior Managementhire someone competent to do your job then quit

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

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Great Internship

Interior Design Intern (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Perkins & Will as an intern for less than a year

ProsAccess to broad range of resources
Attracts high quality people
Great sense of community
Allowed for autonomy within a supportive structure
Very positive atmosphere

ConsNo strict internship program - highly subjective to the specific offices area of focus
fairly large office makes it difficult to know many people
No office in my current city

Advice to Senior ManagementIt could be helpful to pair interns with specific mentors - the group I was with did a great job, but when in doubt, it's nice to have a "go-to" person

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Needs better leadership at all levels.

Medical Equipment (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at Perkins & Will full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLots of employee training programs, free lunches, great name in the industry (atleast for now)

ConsI worked there for 3+ years, never got a handle on what is going on. There was a constant fear of getting laid off, nobody had any solid projects but they were still hiring expensive, higher level employees. The number of offices keeps increasing as well. At the local level nobody seems to be incharge. You cannot get even one questions answered, whether office procedures related or design or technical. The "leaders" are always "busy". I am shocked at the lack of technical/design depth at the company. I suppose pretty pictures are all that is needed to bring in clients

Advice to Senior ManagementDoes anyone really know what is the future for the company? Is there a strategy or is it just adding PR people, marketing people and social media experts?

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

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Great Designers, terrible management

Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time for more than 3 years

Prosstrong firmwide development programs that grow employees in the area of design, innovation, project management, and leadership.

Consoffices are led by senior architects with no business management background. decisions are made based on assumptions and designers' personal preferences.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet designers design, marketers market, and proven managers manage and make business decisions.

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

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"Office Space"

Senior Architect (Former Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I worked at Perkins & Will full-time for more than 5 years

ProsYou get to work on high profile projects when the going is good. You can get a steady paycheck without doing much if you do not rock the boat.

ConsThere is a lot (A LOT!!!) of talk about design but no process to develop and retain talent. The "design leaders" are arrogant prima donna's who do not know how to sketch or draw, but are good at throwing temper tantrums and pouting.
Project staffing is not based on skill set but on office politics, cliques and billing rates. Major "bait and switch" to clients. They parade a line of "experts" in the interview and then staff it with right out of school interns to keep costs low and show big profits.

Advice to Senior ManagementOffice management- protect your people and stand up to firm wide management.
Firm wide management- stop buying more offices and running them to the ground. Focus on internal talent and project quality.

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

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decent company just not much opportunities for younger designers to move up

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time

Prosinvolved in high quality projects

Conslow pay and long hours

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

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