SBLM Reviews

Updated July 15, 2014
Updated July 15, 2014
8 Reviews

2.2
8 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Joshua Burdick
8 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    A good Architectural firm on the rise.

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

    I have been working at SBLM

    Pros

    Friendly work environment and focus on LEED design.

    Cons

    Not the best paying firm in the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fruitless place for young and curious architects

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

    I worked at SBLM full-time

    Pros

    You do learn a lot about professional mistakes to avoid
    Friendly lower level coworkers
    Relaxed hours for most employees

    If you're a parent and you're interested in a steady paycheck and leaving before 6, this firm can do that for you.

    Cons

    Pay: low, with great resistance to raises

    Office vibe: an undertone of apathy and hopelessness. Accented by insecurity, passive aggression, and occasional outbursts of hostility.

    To young ambitious architects: this firm is not for you. Management is unwilling to invest their resources or any trust in you to take on new and challenging tasks. Instead, they will train you to do one task until you master it, and then relegate you to perform that task over and over, which helps keep their costs down and your risk level low. They also refuse to invest in you because they see you as a fungible asset.

    The work at this firm does not reward creatively minded and design conscious people; it is more suited to methodical people who can follow tasks.

    Management is unwilling to listen to employees, and dismisses their concerns and suggestions. They really believe that they know best, despite being unable to solve the ongoing problems in their own office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have many admirable goals, but you're taking the wrong approach to try to achieve them. You really ought to be more confident because your lack of confidence is hurting your opportunities and keeping many doors closed. You have very competent and well trained people under you - please start to think of them as an asset rather than a collective liability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Former employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at SBLM full-time for less than a 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
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Selective Comradery

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Job Captain  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Job Captain in New York, NY

    I have been working at SBLM full-time for 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Corrosive Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architect  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY

    I worked at SBLM full-time for less than a 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
  7.  

    Boys Club specializing in Box Retail

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    None

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Poor Management

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

    I worked at SBLM

    Pros

    Learn how to deal with difficult people

    Cons

    Employees are not treated with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

Worked for SBLM? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.