Perkins & Will Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. I would recommend this company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perkins & Will

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Firm culture, location, mission and quality of design. The people are awesome.

    Cons

    I see a lot of people working substantially longer than normal hours, including myself.

  2. Working in Miami...

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

    I have been working at Perkins & Will

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Miami is a nice city. The weather is awesome.

    Cons

    There are only a few good firms to work in the city. PW is one of the best. However, you will work a lot.. And you will be underplayed. And... You will work with really insane leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Please act fair and professionally.

  3. as with all employers, there are ups & downs

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time

    Pros

    P+W has a lot of resources in which you have to know how to use wisely

    Cons

    compensation seems low; there is an "open-door" policy but transparency is not always apparent, seen a lot of attrition

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  5. ARCH I

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

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large firm with all the Pros of benefits and support that typically come with large firms with a small firm feel. Non corporate feel, happy employees, and ability to move around project sectors until you find the right fit for your interests. All around great.

    Cons

    With large offices you are often tasked with helping deadlines with projects you arent on. This is a standard con of large firms.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your youth. Reach out for more design competitions or other opportunities to inspire playful design and ingenuity.

  6. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working envitonment. Great people. Great projects

    Cons

    Low salary. Competition between designers

    Advice to Management

    Salaries should also be based on talent, not just experience

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good projects, benefits, and colleagues

    Cons

    Utilization of skills to fullest extent

  8. Helpful (1)

    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

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Less talk, more action.

  10. Great opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    get to know your employees better.

  11. Helpful (2)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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