RTKL Associates Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
44 Reviews
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44 Reviews
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RTKL Associates President & CEO Lance K. Josal
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  1.  

    Not the worst, but probably not a good idea to work here if you are looking for quality work.

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at RTKL Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Reasonable hours (not applicable for all studios)

    Cons

    Lack of benefits and salary. Leadership direction is questionable. Organization overall is very lacking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    BIG BUSINESS, NICE PROJECTS

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    Former Employee - Intern Architect  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern Architect in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at RTKL Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The projects is definitely world class

    Cons

    as many other large companies, low efficiency in human resource management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Architectural designer

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Miami, FL

    I have been working at RTKL Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice people, flexible schedule, very little overtime and when overtime comes the hourly staff gets good pay, annual raises, good benefits, time off

    Cons

    The training the compensation and the culture the environmental and the professionalism are really excellent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no comment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice Exprience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at RTKL Associates as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good training, Excellent director( I met in Beijing)

    Cons

    No food or fruit supply, bad life work balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better project management, Make sure to keep the booklet in High quality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nice people, leave newer designers out of the loop a bit which makes them feel like interns rather than part of the team

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    Current Employee - Interior Designer  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Miami, FL

    I have been working at RTKL Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people, flexible schedule, very little overtime and when overtime comes the hourly staff gets good pay, annual raises, good benefits, time off

    Cons

    feeling alienated at times (culturally and work wise), not included in important meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    include the new young designers as much as possible, they want to learn and want to grow with the firm

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It's a good big architecture firm, that comes with it's tradeoffs.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RTKL Associates

    Pros

    They hire good designers/architects early in their careers.

    Cons

    They have a problem retaining the best talent as staff and designers mature.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Senior Designer

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at RTKL Associates full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Best place to work with the leadership are par excellent

    Cons

    The training the compensation and the culture the environmental and the professionalism are really excellent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no comment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    work is ok; pays very little

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Designer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at RTKL Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    typical corporate benefit package;
    relatively stable; making money in international market especially in China and southeast Asia;
    depending on team, the individual may get good chance to take important responsibility

    Cons

    pays little;
    annual raise is not based on performance but averaged out throughout the corporate;
    stressful work;
    senior management doesn't seem to care about employees' voice;
    the work environment in LA office can be improved;
    parking is super expensive and the office doesn't provide any support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider better pay packages

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

    Creative professionals, slow professional growth, mediocre salary

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    Current Employee - Designer  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Designer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at RTKL Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most of the professionals at RTKL are very bright minds that come from some of the best schools. Their quality of work and diverse background can benefit anyone in the firm.

    Cons

    Some employees hardly speak English (depending on office location). Others are somewhat introverted and are not directly willing to lend a hand when in need.
    Most "teams" are just individuals doing his/her own task and these individuals do not necessarily offer assistance for the benefit of the group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for, but not the best.

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at RTKL Associates full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good place to work if you have adquired experience somewhere else - you will be given freedom to apply your experience.

    Good opportunities given to young people.

    Opportunities to work on large international projects.

    Cons

    Bad place to work to gain experience from peers - lack of experienced technical architects.

    Most projects don't go further than DD.

    LACK of standards (REVIT, CAD, etc)... everybody does whatever they want. Everything is different from project to project... from sector to sector.

    LACK of quality control.

    Promotion process not transparent. Very few promotions on young staff, but a lot of promotions on the higher ranks.... where logic tells me it should be the other way arround.

    Lot of personal rotation. People seem to move along after 3 years or so...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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