RTKL Associates Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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RTKL Associates President & CEO Lance K. Josal
Lance K. Josal
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Pros
  • Friendly co-workers, nice office, so-so salaries, not too many overtimes (in 5 reviews)

  • Very good projects and nice people (in 4 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. "Managemant"

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    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.

  2. Intern architect

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    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

  3. Associate

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    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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  5. Helpful (1)

    A hit or miss

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architect
    Former Employee - Architect

    I worked at RTKL Associates

    Pros

    Flex work environment. Coworkers are friendly.

    Cons

    DO not expect bonus. base pay is not high.

  6. Great location, nice layout and interesting events.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at RTKL Associates as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good location, high-end office, great people..

    Cons

    Old-school design methods, not creative enough.

  7. Working in Chinese projects in Beijing

    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at RTKL Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a very interesting experience, well paid for a foreign architect, big interesting projects and good work-life balance

    Cons

    There weren't much cons in this office in Beijing, besides the typical cultural difference that foreigners encounter in China

  8. Helpful (3)

    Good overall

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

    I have been working at RTKL Associates full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    I have been able to learn a lot about architecture since I have been here. Office culture is good and is getting better. Benefits have improved over the years. Work-life balance is improving, however, when there are deadlines, the balance goes away.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges are making sure the right staff is hired with the right skillsets. Sometimes companies hire warm bodies, and that is not always a good thing.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management may travel a lot, however, it behooves them to still make time for subordinates. Need to let the staff know they are important.

  9. A new experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RTKL Associates

    Pros

    I enjoyed the Downtown Dallas location.

    Cons

    It is a growing compay.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Descent place to work

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

    I worked at RTKL Associates full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very good projects and nice people.

    Cons

    The salary and benefits could be better.

  11. BIG BUSINESS, NICE PROJECTS

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern Architect in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The projects is definitely world class

    Cons

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

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