RTKL Associates Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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RTKL Associates President & CEO Lance K. Josal
Lance K. Josal
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Pros
  • Very good projects and nice people (in 4 reviews)

  • You can learn a lot working there (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • They started turning the life/ work balance into something absurd (in 2 reviews)

  • The company has little patience for people who don't get their culture right away (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work and learn

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Miami, FL

    I have been working at RTKL Associates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people and projects.
    The office is small so there's a studio feeling. Managers make sure you're learning, and everyone is also happy to help you learn design/software tips and tricks.
    Good work/life balance, except for a few deadlines once in while that demand some overtime.
    Flexible schedule
    Health benefits

    Cons

    Salaries could be better.
    Project managers have different styes of managing which don't always fit everyone's personalities.


  2. Design and Support

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

    I worked at RTKL Associates full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary was decent

    Locations of projects were maintainable

    Office environment was nicely appointed and well kept

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they are doing

    Quality control on drawings and details is unsupported

    Does not back up their vendors at all

    Engineering is lacking up front, do it once project starts


  3. RTKL as a Designer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RTKL Associates

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

    Pros

    nice work environment, nice people, new renovated office

    Cons

    upper level people dont care about you.


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  5. des

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Des in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Des in Washington, DC

    I have been working at RTKL Associates

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

    Pros

    You can understand the direction the architecture profession is going when you look at RTKL. The firm lets the employee "take over" to the extent of that employee's own level of competence and mental capacity. In that sense it's very challenging only if you are motivated enough to make it that way. If you want to do or say something, then do it. Learning is a MAJOR component, especially if you are "fresh off the boat" (out of architecture school with no experience whatsoever). You get to learn about the 21st-Century Professional-Practice "Best-Practices" side of architecture.

    Cons

    Forget design. At least in healthcare, the deadlines are too tight. Very understaffed. Very similar to the level of intensity that is expected of a student in graduate architecture school. Everything is by the seat of your pants, the only reason why the hospital didn't fall down is because some intern-architect was really, really good at their job with more initiative and education than what would be considered even close to reasonable. The pay is a lot more than what you can expect at most architecture firms in the United States. Therefore, the pay is only poor at best (you actually get to make more than someone who works at McDonald's !!!). Therefore, to say that RTKL is a bad firm is equivalent to saying that the entire architecture profession in general is bad (which it is). If us architects want to make more money, then we need to be as aggressive, ruthlless, and unsympathetic as the rest of this nation's professionals. If we want to get paid what we deserve, then we should stand up for ourselves. End of story. In other words, RTKL is one of those firms that blinks and does not stand by its own principles, just like the rest of the entire architecture profession. We are all so weak.

    Advice to Management

    Be ruthless to your clients and demand the fee.


  6. Accountant

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

    I have been working at RTKL Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    compensation not good, better remuneration period.

    Cons

    too many decision makers, hence a mess to work in environment like this. bad structure straight up.

    Advice to Management

    better renumeration


  7. It is a great place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at RTKL Associates (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You are exposed to a variety of large scale projects.

    Cons

    over 200 employees in the Los Angeles office, making it hard for a studio culture to form.


  8. Designer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Designer in Miami, FL

    I worked at RTKL Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Quality of project and experience

    Cons

    Management checked out a while back and they are only concerned with their side business. Unbalanced work distribution among employees.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes


  9. "Managemant"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 'Management in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - 'Management in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at RTKL Associates

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

    Pros

    It is a really good firm to work for related to the number of highly professional and extremely knowledgeable individuals that you will be teamed with on various projects.
    For my time with the firm, I was exposed to a number of challenging projects that made me want to come to work each day. it was related to programming sessions, client charetts, the collaborative team environment and doing construction administration site visits. This is related to Commercial Campus projects, Corporate building projects, University master planning projects, DOD facilities and full DOD campus facility deployments.

    Cons

    The firm being publicly traded means that there are additional pressures on billability and chargeability at the upper levels.

    It is all bout corporate America and if you go in with that mentality, you will do well.
    I have learned more during my time with RTKL than any other firm.


  10. Intern architect

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RTKL Associates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    large firm, lot of talented people

    Cons

    boring commercial projects, working structure is fixed


  11. Associate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Associate in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at RTKL Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Global projects and great clients

    Cons

    Uninspiring senior leadership with corporate mentality

    Advice to Management

    Replace senior leadership



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