Perkins & Will Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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  1. Interior Designer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Interior Designer III in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Interior Designer III in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    relaxing and friendly enviroment, a lot of oversea project.

    Cons

    Low pay, no overtime pay.


  2. Studio Direction

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Interior Designer II
    Current Employee - Interior Designer II
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to advance career and get a wide variety of experience

    Cons

    Some design staff gets stuck in a loop-hole, where their current project is not under direct supervision of supervisor, often leaving the staff member in limbo for promotions and raises.


  3. A large and smart company, Perkins+Will is the perfect fit for a certain kind of architect

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time

    Pros

    Amazingly talented people, a dedication to research-driven design. Working on projects across typoligies, practices and services. For an architecture firm, a well-developed respect for people's personal lives

    Cons

    Management can be top-heavy, leading to attrition of younger/more junior staff. Unavoidable hiccups related to being a global company working on projects across the world.

    Advice to Management

    Let in new ideas, encourage junior staff to thrive.


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  5. wonderful

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great experience, opportunities for young people,

    Cons

    salary , bonuses, time off, air-conditioning,


  6. architect I

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to large projects and the team atmosphere is fanstatic

    Cons

    Long Hours and Hard to balance a personal life


  7. C-Level

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Perkins & Will full-time

    Pros

    Excellent group of creative professionals with a real heart for sustainability and research. Collaborative environment both within individual offices and across entire firm. World-class portfolio and clients. Ample room for advancement.

    Cons

    Review and development process for most senior leadership is lacking. Growth is mostly by acquisition versus organic approach, which creates cultural challenges from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and develop senior managers as much as you do more junior staff.


  8. Great place to Work!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very collaborative work environment, very talented people!

    Cons

    Sometimes work/life balance is very hard to attain. people work a lot which is not all the company's fault. everyone seems to be an overachiever!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work of focusing on the people who work for you!


  9. Helpful (3)

    architect

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect
    Current Employee - Architect
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Quality of the clientele and the commissioned work, the variety of project types and locations, collaborative environment, focus on sustainability, work/life balance (on the whole, although at times can be wildly out of balance), attention paid to differences in goals/needs of multi-generational staff (baby boom, millenials, x, y, etc), attention paid to diversity, project locations and opportunities for work travel, support in maintaining professional credentials, in-house learning seminars and 'light' training sessions. Generally speaking you are allowed to advance to the level of your own initiative, skill and effort. All in all, I think the firm does a great job grappling with the demands of the industry and the profession and is by far the best firm I have worked for.

    Cons

    1) At times, the firm gets involved in too many pursuits and initiatives (although this is also a reflection of the industry and the profession as a whole). These have a tendency to compete for time with actual project efforts and are assumed to be done in overtime or during the employee's 'free' home time on nights and weekends. 2) At times, too much is left up to the individual to find their own project assignments within the firm, leaving the employee feeling more like an independent contractor lobbying for work rather than a skilled professional that is being seamlessly utilized from one project to the next. 3) Some recent strategic principal hires were made without a defined understanding of their objective or a method of measuring their results. There are some whose presence and effectiveness are a mystery. 4) Continuing training/professional development generally falls off the radar for mid and upper level staff/management. You are expected to write your own playbook. Good to a degree, but not necessarily as a stand-alone strategy. Everyone can benefit from a little outside perspective and guidance no matter what stage in their career.

    Advice to Management

    1) Invest in the continued development and training not only for younger staff and emerging talent/leaders, but for mid and sr level staff/management as well. 2) Pick and choose the initiatives the firm obligates itself towards. A lot of energy is spent rolling out new software, initiatives, project delivery methods, research, company blogs, social media etc from widely varied internal and external sources. At times the firm tries to tackle too much beyond what should be its project-centered mission, although it can be said this is not necessarily a fault of the firm but rather a larger industry trend and a function of the age in which we live and work. Advice would be to carefully consider each new rollout and assess whether or not it really adds value.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Marketing

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible, great benefits and work-life balance. I am very lucky because I am on a team with amazing management. The work is very interesting and the company is constantly looking challenging themselves to improve. The company also realizes that good work comes from a good work environment and takes care of their employees.

    Cons

    nothing at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    A happy employee will produce good work. Keep treating your employees well. (I am very big about work-life balance since I believe having that makes me produce the best work during work hours.) working regular hours M-F and having the weekends off keeps me very refreshed.


  11. Continuous change...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For the most part the people I worked with were quiet friendly, hard working, professionals.

    Cons

    Too much work for the pay does not equal its market worth. Constant change of expectations and lack of true leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the micromanagement and being fake.



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