TEAGUE Reviews

Updated February 4, 2015
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  1. A design firm on its way back to the top.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA

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

    Pros

    People are amazing. The work is engaging. The people that understand our client move heaven and earth to deliver amazing and considered design work.

    Cons

    Very few opportunities to advance. Though I get the sense we are shifting to promoting from within. Focus on other less established studios.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give credit to the people who have established and grown the business. Invest within. Grow and cultivate instead of hiring expensive pedigree. Let the work tell the story and build the business organically. Great design after great design. Just like we've always done it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. A great company that lost its way

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Decent health benefits, profit share and pay. Nice offices in Seattle and Everett.
    The staff is really talented and motivated to do great work.

    Cons

    Teague doesn't have strong leadership. The company has hired new leadership at the highest level, but the culture has gotten worse and the staff has suffered. A lot of great people have left in the last two years and no one cares. There are a lot of internal politics at play. It's hard to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to look in the rearview mirror, nostalgia isn't all negative. The company has lost its way, but it can be great again. Consider rethinking more recent changes that have negatively impacted the culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Everything is a Rush

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    Current Employee - Technician in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Technician in Everett, WA

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

    Pros

    Nice commute, Quiet surroundings Free parking.

    Cons

    Dirty environment to work in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 6 people found this helpful

    Cares more about dollars than designers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Teague has good vacation time, offers competitive pay and generous vacation time. Work life balance is pretty good and some positions allow for flex in schedule. The talent is great, some of the best designers working in aerospace are at Teague.

    Cons

    The company generally doesn't care about people, except what their billable contribute is. The culture is the worst I have ever experienced. Corporate is more important than design and everyone feels that. I agree with another reviewer that the leadership is inexperienced and needs to be changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your own way and put your people first. Don't let the culture be an afterthought. In a people powered business culture is all that matters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Good design firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA

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

    Pros

    Teague offers a lot of benefits for its employees, good healthcare, great PTO and the overall environment is flexible. Everyone is approachable including the President/CEO. Nothing is off limits to talk about or discuss. Everyone is friendly, it is an open work environment which is great and everyone becomes family after awhile.

    Cons

    Teague does not foster it's talent from within. Many great/fantastic employees get stepped over for someone new. It doesn't know how to appreciate who it has and who they can train. There is a lack of fostering new designs and new ideas. While they may be encouraged to talk about and discuss, taking it further almost never happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too top heavy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful

    Inexperienced at the top

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    Current Employee - Industrial Designer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Industrial Designer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great office spaces downtown. The talent that stays is top notch, especially in aviation and the aviation offer is impressive. Vacation time is pretty good. Depending on your department, schedule can be flexible.

    Cons

    This company used to be great, but changed a lot in the last few years. Teague's newer executive team is extremely inexperienced and that is felt across the entire company. The culture is corporate and uninspiring. Revenue is the only motivating factor here now. If you want to have impact in the world of design and have a good time, go somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to change the company like you say, change the executive team. Hire leaders who care about people, understand the industry and have applicable experience. Teague is too top heavy, and with the wrong people at the very top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    A thoughtful practice and an incredible place to learn.

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    Former Employee - Industrial Designer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Industrial Designer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    An incredible place to learn and refine industrial design practice
    Very experienced and talented coworkers
    Great people
    Depth of projects
    Great leadership with strategic thinking and clear goals
    Very high quality coffee machine & beans

    Cons

    Corporate culture and practices due to large size
    Many business units with different design cultures (aviation, product, interaction, etc) can have very different metabolisms, needs, people, and processes.
    Seattle has terrible weather

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful

    Zero Employee Engagement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The designers and staff are great, self-motivated to do great work
    Interesting projects in aerospace

    Cons

    Upper management is controlling, inexperienced and totally disconnected
    Other than what you're hired for, career opportunities are extremely limited
    Industry brand going downhill
    Unable to retain top talent
    Benefits are below average
    Most interested in revenue results

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people you hire to do their jobs
    Act like leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Great place to grow your skills

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TEAGUE

    Pros

    Good group of people; the culture is a lot of fun. The management trusts people to do the best work they can. There is no breathing over each other's shoulders. This empowers people to produce good work and sometimes try new things.

    Cons

    Work tends to be more solo, rather than collaborative. Decisions are sometimes made very quickly, involving a minimal amount of design research.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. TEAGUE is vibrant, passionate, and genuine.

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    Former Intern - Interaction Designer in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Interaction Designer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at TEAGUE as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people there are extremely talented, driven, and tight-knit. It really feels like a family.

    Cons

    Certain expectations and communications of upper management are somewhat unrealistic and may not inspire confidence to the rest of the Design Studio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication about overall vision and strategy could be improved.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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