S/L/A/M Collaborative Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
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  1. interior designer

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    Current Employee - Senior Interior Designer in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Interior Designer in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at S/L/A/M Collaborative

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

    Pros

    This firm offers a relaxed environment with open floor plan flexible work schedule and a very modest level of supervisory oversight.

    Cons

    This is a production oriented firm with little opportunity for professional development. It can be a difficult environment to grow professionally.

    Advice to Management

    Incorporate a mentoring program and offer workshops for entry and intermediate level employees to grow in their role and to have their work exposed to the overall industry.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great Projects, Talented Pool of Professionals, Management needs Improvement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glastonbury, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glastonbury, CT

    I worked at S/L/A/M Collaborative full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You work on very interesting projects, the people are great to work with, flexible hours, great work atmosphere

    Cons

    Management tends to struggle with communication, they tend to treat non-architects (landscape architects, interior designers, and engineers) as second class citizens, Principals need to improve communication with staff. Very often work is promised to clients without discussing with project managers or studio leaders. It is not right when a Principal promises a client a project by a certain date without consulting your managers. Then the team is spending the weekend in the office while the Principal is in Cape Cod. Lead by example!

    Advice to Management

    Show respect and value the talent you have. You never know where good suggestions will come from.


  3. Good for the few at the top. Just do what you're told and don't offer suggestions.

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    Former Employee - Architect in Glastonbury, CT
    Former Employee - Architect in Glastonbury, CT

    I worked at S/L/A/M Collaborative

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good Designers, Some exciting projects

    Cons

    Lack of mentoring, lack of communication to employees. Performance appraisals based on the old 'number system' rating. No vehicles for communication to management. Indifference to 'worker bees'. Bonuses were nowhere near what was represented. Raises were minimal once pay is established regardless of performance.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize efforts of employees at all levels. Involve employees in issues and let all be part of the solution. Communicate with employees and don't isolate upper management from the rest of the staff.



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