Perkins & Will

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Perkins & Will Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
65 Reviews
3.1
65 Reviews
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Perkins & Will President and CEO Phil Harrison
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44 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great architects, designers and support staff - in addition to being good people (in 4 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good compensation, good people work there (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor pay, little to no opportunities for advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • Long hours and insane pace; lack of life/work balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Best Large Design Firm

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

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    All large design firms share some commonalities. A nice differentiator at Perkins+Will is lots of autonomy, where expressing an opinion is encouraged, something I have not encountered at other big firms. Love the CEO, he brings a lot of energy and cares deeply about clients, talent and culture. I have learned a lot from my colleagues and love coming to work each day.

    Cons

    I like working with across offices on projects, it's cool to work with new people on interesting projects. I think some offices have better leadership than others though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    For the most part good, but does not provide way for talented staff to rise.

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

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good projects, benefits, and colleagues

    Cons

    Utilization of skills to fullest extent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Designer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Perkins & Will full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great working envitonment. Great people. Great projects

    Cons

    Low salary. Competition between designers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries should also be based on talent, not just experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Turf wars and ego fests.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pretty office, lot of good, talented co-workers.

    Cons

    Nasty politics and leadership appears like they are biding their time while collecting a fat paycheck. Zero culture of mentoring. Most principals are egomaniacs and out of touch with the rest of the team. They spend most of the time in corporate retreats and market sector shenanigans. Few opportunities for advancement for women and minorities are almost non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less talk, more action.

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

    Good resume builder

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

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time

    Pros

    This is a great resume builder, come for a couple of years and move on, good design overall.

    Cons

    overworked and underpaid, not a lot of opportunity for advancement, negative atmosphere and culture, glass ceiling for females, unrealistic work/life balance expectations (no life balance). Everything is made dramatic and stressful, upper management always fighting. Training and mentoring is non existent. Designers get stuck in making pretty pictures, and the technical staff isn't respected. Just another cog in the wheel.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mostly Ups with a Few Downs

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

    I have been working at Perkins & Will (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strategic foresight and leadership is tops, but the tactical skills to follow through not as strong. Colleagues work well together.

    Cons

    Too many egos. A few of the more tenured professionals see themselves as infallible and fail to put themselves in a learning curve with junior professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A few of the Board Members and Leadership need to be reminded that their greatness may have helped put the company where it is today, but they are not the only reason the firm will rise in the future. However, even with that downfall, still one of the best firms out there today.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Perkins & Will (less than an year)

    Pros

    Huge projects, lots of work, good office culture, great everyday perks like lunch & learns/coffee/free breakfast

    Cons

    Huge office can feel anonymous, some people try to pull rank when they shouldn't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get to know your employees better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top Notch Professionals and People. SF Office.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great architects, designers and support staff - in addition to being good people.

    Cons

    Upper leadership perceptual acuity not great, made for revolving door atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Uncertainty due to economic downfall but expounded by unadaptive leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Architect in San Francisco

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Architect in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good compensation, good people work there.

    Cons

    Absent leadership in the office, huge turn-over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The office leadership needs to be in the office more than once a month--the devil we know is better than the devil we don't know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The best Architecture firm I have ever worked for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities and great for the community, both local and architectural. They are truly leading by example. Green, Pro-Bono, and culturally motivated. They help to bring out the best in their staff who share that on each and every project that they do. The find opportunities in every project to help the client and the environment. And this extends to how they treat and help their staff and the community at large. and a great live/work balance

    Cons

    The economy has hurt many firms. This has lead a few to making poor choices in some short term leadership decisions. The culture of the staff has changed a little.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to inspire and be understanding of your employees and the people that do the job for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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