Perkins & Will
3.3 of 5 57 reviews
www.perkinswill.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Perkins & Will Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 2014
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3.3 57 reviews

                             

76% Approve of the CEO

Perkins & Will President and CEO Phil Harrison

Phil Harrison

(37 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great place to work with amazing people and projects"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Smart, talented people across the firm; so much knowledge"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long hours and insane pace; lack of life/work balance"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Poor pay, little to no opportunities for advancement"
    in 3 reviews
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    Inspiring and innovative

    Project Architect (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsDeeply invested in research and innovation. Having a point of view is valued and it's not just lip service. Collegial and collaborative relationships are encouraged, at the same time you are empowered as an individual to share your ideas.

    ConsHard to experience different types of projects if you are assigned to a very large project for a long period of time. Learning is encouraged but can sometimes be overwhelming finding the time to learn and work at the same time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Project Architect in San Francisco

    Project Architect (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood benefits, good compensation, good people work there.

    ConsAbsent leadership in the office, huge turn-over

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe 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.

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

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    The best Architecture firm I have ever worked for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsMany 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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people, interesting and diverse work. Travel opportunities

    ConsYou can get lost in the crowd if you dont push forward and try to display your strengths

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

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    Receptionist (Current Employee)

    ProsAtlanta office is a good work environment

    Cons-Lots of regular layoffs with no real explanation given from company
    -Pay is crappy
    -Very corporate and doing the simplest of things require going through 20 different hoops

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhere do I begin?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, even with its large size.

    ARC III (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsOverall a good feel to the company. Don't get lost in the numbers, even though they are a large company.

    ConsSometimes feel like upward movement is not really an option.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Human Resources needs better leadership

    Human Resources (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe HR team meets once a year for an annual retreat to share best practices, processes and to discuss upcoming firmwide initiatives.

    ConsThe HR team is decentralized and they report to the office leadership instead of reporting to the Director of HR/ Chief Talent Officer. HR does not have a seat at the table with other C suite leaders of the firm. They are seen as glorified administrators (a necessary evil) within the firm. There is no opportunity for HR to advance beyond the Senior Associate level since the CFO said he did not see a need for HR professionals at senior levels (except for the CTO). However, other support service professionals like IT and Finance have representation at the upper levels including the Associate Principal and Principal level (these are men versus the HR staff being all women).

    The HR office in the Chicago offices are the only areas that have not been renovated. Every other area in the office has had a facelift and will have a refresh. The HR staff work on table and 1980 filing cabinets. They are an obvious after thought with the lowest priority in the office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet better HR leadership and upgrade HR staff so that they can be valuable, strategic business partners.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Architects and Designers only. No room for support staff.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe culture of the firm is one of social responsibility and sustainability. The atmosphere is fairly relaxed and comfortable. The office hosts a Friday "Beer Time" event once a month.

    ConsSupport staff like accounting, IT, and HR are treated as after thoughts. Every thing about the company is focused only on architects and designers.

    Lack of diversity throughout the organization and no diversity initiative to attract more minority applicants.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat support staff the same as architects and designers. Acknowledge their contributions to the success of the firm.

    Put in place a meaningful diversity program.

    Put in place a workplace harassment and cultural sensitivity training program. Neither exists currently.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overworked & Underpaid

    Arch II (Former Employee)

    ProsPerkins+Will looks good on your resume.

    ConsTitles don't match up with levels of experience or pay. You're expected to work long hours with no compensation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on loyalty to employees. Pay them at least the average for the city as determined by the bi-annual reports. This company does really well both nationally and internationally, but employee compensation does not match the amount of profit.

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

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    not the greatest

    Wellhead (Current Employee)
    Watford City, ND

    Prospotential to make a good money if willing to work very hard.

    Consthe insurance is not the greatest there is not good benefits.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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