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SBLM Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    A lot of learning, team work, and growth. Went from regular IT help-desk, to assisting with much larger issues at hand

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    Current Employee - IT Administrative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Administrative in New York, NY

    I have been working at SBLM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, team bonding, laid-back atmosphere. Trusted to handle all IT related issues along with the director of IT. Went out on presentations with the Principals to make sure that everything went smoothly. Felt comfortable going to any of the Principals/ upper management with any work related matters.

    Cons

    not enough structure within the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I cannot stand the dull environment and the awful treatment from management and principals.

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    Current Employee - Job Captain in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Job Captain in New York, NY

    I have been working at SBLM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It has windows. That's about it for pros.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the list is quite long. The most frustrating part about working for SBLM is management and higher up staff, most notable is the company's president, Joshua Burdick. There is a lot of criticism and rude comments from bosses throughout the company.

    Joshua Burdick can be found with his feet on his desk, yapping on the phone, and occasionally swearing his head off over the phone (that's exciting actually). When he's bored, he spends his time searching for employees to bother and threaten to fire. Strangely, he has an obsession with the marketing department, and tends to hover around there and blabber away about mediocre marketing concepts. Shouldn't he be designing a building... or can he not do that either?

    The pay is low. Benefits are good, but not as good as many fresh and forward thinking companies nowadays.

    Most people that work here are over 40. Anyone under that age, tends to leave quickly.

    Summer Friday's? - does not ever happen.

    Leave early before a holiday? - not a chance

    Take a lunch that's a little longer than usual? - you'll come back to the office with people yelling for you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Worse than any place I have ever worked in my life

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at SBLM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are no pros. Honestly. This place is a toxic and unhealthy environment filled with last generation, washed-up, lifeless people.

    Cons

    Ever heard the expression "manager breathing down your back"? At SBLM Architects, it's not expression, there is literally people standing behind you, watching you, telling you what to do; specifically, the president of the firm, Joshua Burdick. There is no organization in this company. Joshua Burdick runs the office like its the 1940s. He is constantly yelling at his employees and bothering them, cutting them off from productive work to do some silly assignment for himself. Joshua will sometimes get so mad, that he swears left and right at employees, and all the employees look like they're just being scolded! It's bizarre!

    The partners in the firm and Joshua Burdick praise the idea of fresh and innovative design and ideas, but once its presented and thought out from their employees, they shoot it down. They are too afraid to move away from what they've always, done... because they've done it that way the whole time.

    The turnover rate is shocking here! Within the first two months of me working here 11 people left! It really just shows how awful this place is.

    If you are young and "just need a job" or you're "just out of college" or whatever it is, i'm telling you, this is not the place for you to work. Move on, forget this place, ignore the job posting and find something else. You will be better off not dealing with this company. It adds too much stress and anger in your life.

    And not to mention the pay. The pay here is awful. If they want to hire you, they will even make it seem like the pay they offer is competitive - it's not. The pay is very low, especially if you live in New York City. And they baby certain employees, offering them raises as they please, regardless of performance. I've also seen two assistants, become directors overnight. Which is very weird. After the Director of IT, and Director of Marketing were fired, the next day the assistants for the department were promoted to director... No interview... no review... small raise... One of the assistants was there for less than a year!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Joshua Burdick

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at SBLM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free lunch Wednesdays. Good people and they strive to teach you skills.

    Cons

    Negative atmosphere, lots of yelling, long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so negative. Help your employees feel like they are part of team and not just a slave. Management needs to treat their employees like they are worth something and just yell and place pressure on them. However, the employees that do work their are a group of very talented and creative minds and only because of them that the day to day life was manageable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Selective Comradery

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    Current Employee - Job Captain in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Job Captain in New York, NY

    I have been working at SBLM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The comradery of a select few is a tremendous plus making the experience all the worthwhile...

    Cons

    The VERY obvious favoritism, salary and promotional imbalance between the men and the women. Nothing's being done to make it a little more discreet or to cure it. Promotions are for the less experienced and clueless... Backstabbing openly is the name of the game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully they may be able to rescue what is every departing and internal employees' rant...fairness in evaluating the employees' efforts and gratifying accordingly, regardless of sex.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    A Corrosive Culture

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    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY

    I worked at SBLM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A good culture for those who doesn’t have a firm grip or stance in this profession.

    Cons

    A place riven by internal tensions and poor leadership that ripples into cronyism, hostile environment, extremely difficult staff, to make matters worst some of them are the so-called leaders, a lack of professional conduct both from associate managers and admin staff. Not a place for a conscious, driven and motivated young mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Creating a healthy climate where professional code of conduct is enforced will keep talents and reduce the chaos rippling from within. Destructive organizational habits is a breeding ground for dangerous patterns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Boys Club specializing in Box Retail

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at SBLM

    Pros

    Very laid back in terms of hours worked

    Cons

    Awful management and no leadership
    The paycheck simply isn't worth the pain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This a top down organization, and unfortunately, there are too many people with differing visions at the top. The trickle down effect is nothing short of chaos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    None

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    Former Employee - Senior Architecture Drafter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Architecture Drafter in New York, NY

    I worked at SBLM

    Pros

    Good place to work. Good management and satisfied with the compensation and workload. Would change very little of the company.

    Cons

    There were no major problems within the company. Only issue was the standard office gossip of who was sleeping with whom. That is in every office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on IDP and A.R.E then on LEED.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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