Perkins & Will Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
61 Reviews

3.4
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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
  • 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Architects and Designers only. No room for support staff.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Support 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overworked & Underpaid

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    Former Employee - Arch II
    Former Employee - Arch II

    I worked at Perkins & Will full-time

    Pros

    Perkins+Will looks good on your resume.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    not the greatest

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    Current Employee - Wellhead  in  Watford City, ND
    Current Employee - Wellhead in Watford City, ND

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Perkins+Will

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent Benefits, they promote beer Fridays.

    Cons

    Too much responsibility and too little money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't stress out your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company with Meaningful Mission and Global Resources

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    Current Employee - Architect  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Different from other architectural firms in that P+W is grounded in sustainability design and green building-which sets them apart from competitors. Flex schedules, floating and free holidays, free lunches from time to time, and awesome team-building events (5K runs, picnic, volunteering, after-work cocktails, holiday party was a blast).

    IT is solid-very up-to-date on current trends and responsive to issues. Great learning and professional development opportunities (option to take classes, go to seminars/conferences, etc..)

    Awesome espresso machine.

    Cons

    Being a big company, at times lots of processes and hoops to jump through (budgets, ordering new equipment, strict budgets, etc..). Medical benefits aren't the best. Senior management is not in office much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay firm on your values and mission - which is one of the reasons your employees continue to work hard for the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place for growth and personal advancement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Location.

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    Former Employee - Architecture Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Architecture Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It'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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work hard and don't follow the politics.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good company parties.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional administrative support. Unrealistic workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Internship

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    Former Employee - Interior Design Intern  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Interior Design Intern in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    It 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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    boring

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    Former Employee - Architect  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Architect in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    money 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire someone competent to do your job then quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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