SPF Architects Reviews

Updated February 1, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Learned a lot, but there is a gap between management and employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at SPF Architects full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small office, get exposed to all stages of design, if savy

    Cons

    Micro-management, and it comes from the top, gap between designers,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot of bad management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Reputation swings both ways

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    I worked at SPF Architects

    Pros

    Nice office, great location, interesting projects (if they ever get built while your are there).
    Adjoining restaurant and art gallery curated by the owner host fun occasional events.
    Well known firm in Los Angeles, albeit not always for the right reasons but none the less, reputable...

    Cons

    Zero work-life balance.
    Owners are well known for being verbally and emotionally abusive.
    Unless you LOVE building physical, this will be an issue after a few months.
    Ladies, make sure all your assets are covered if you are stuck in the model shop on Friday afternoons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Well known in Los Angeles for being a tumultuous work environment

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

    I have been working at SPF Architects

    Pros

    When you realize that it's a toxic place, there's good firms to interview at within 10 minutes in Culver City.

    Cons

    Leadership is admittingly, and boastfully, mistreats staff. Views employees as servants instead of colleagues. No work life balance or promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring full time for anyone working under the principal's minions aka 3-4 associates. At least be transparent about the turnover and compensate hourly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Worst place i ever worked.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Designer in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Designer in Culver City, CA

    I worked at SPF Architects full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good local Projects
    Being involve in many aspect of a project
    Friendly co workers(exclude managers and owner)

    Cons

    No life/ work balance (all work) you may work everyday late and some times till morning
    No respect for employees(they yell and scream at you for even minor stuff)
    Below average benefits and salary ( you only receive 7 days sick and vacation for first two year)
    Extremely bad management. You never know when the deadline is or what should be done. you overdo many stuff.
    No protocol or standard for drawings ( this issue takes you triple time to finish a presentation)
    There is no value for people here
    In past 5 month 9 people left this office which proves how tough is working here
    Uneducated manager( mostly loyal traditional people without enough knowledge)
    High stress level working under managers
    No chance to promote. if you are good at modeling or rendering you stuck with that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People need to be treated more gentle. they are not slaves or people with no value. the best way to have more efficiency is to respect hardworking employees and give them the chance to grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Very bad work environment is little to no professional growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at SPF Architects full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are interesting projects in the office. Minus Principals and associates, the coworkers are a pleasure to be with. Most architecture firms in LA knows how poorly the office is run and will understand your plight when applying.

    Cons

    Communication between management (associates & principals) to staff is nill to none. Do not expect to be part of design charrette's or meetings. Horrible office environment that adhere's to the "burn & turn" (hire & fire) philosophy of running a business. Late nights is expected (typ. 7:30-8pm leave). Caustic method of giving direction by associates and principal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key to running a business. Your staff are people. Treating them like cattle probably isn't the best way to be attractive to current or new talent. Having such a poor office culture spreads like wild-fire through the architecture community.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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