TPG Architects

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TPG Architects Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    A big firm that is what you make of it as an employee

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

    I worked at TPG Architects as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    TPG has a lot of bright people working for them, and if you are good at what you do, they care very much about keeping you happy there. The office is excellent and there are many in-office niceties.

    Cons

    As with any large firm, you have to work hard at making yourself something more than a number. A lot of the work they do is the "roll out" type that can be painfully monotonous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Unprofessional. Terrible experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TPG Architects

    Pros

    Unfortunately I experienced very few pros working here. Some people were ok. Management was a mess. No direction. Chaotic, half-assed workflow.

    Cons

    Leadership is a sad sight. This company is run heavily by a bunch of burnt out older men. The directors are young and inexperienced and have no idea what they're doing (or at least that was my experience, unfortunately). No opportunity for growth. Highest turn over rate I've ever seen - it's not the kind of place you can plan on being at for more than a year or two, so careful with your resume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not interested in wasting my brain power on advice. Glad I'm out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Currently working at TPG and extremely satisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Architect in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and collegiate activities, flexible schedule, excellent compensation and benefits, amazing office and great location

    Cons

    Hmmmm can't think of any...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for everything!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Dysfunctional leadership, unimaginative and stagnant operational policies, no succession plan.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at TPG Architects full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    TPG Architecture has a good reputation in the industry in terms of level of service, affordability and quality design. Many of the folks working there are collegial with one another and there is a decent social vibe in the place. The clients range in all sectors of business and are frequently leaders in their industry.

    Cons

    The leadership is extremely insensitive to the personal and professional needs of its staff. This feels particularly disingenuous given the firm's motto includes verbiage about the importance of people. In eight years I saw the best and brightest leave TPG because of lack of stimulation, frustration and disenchantment. At some point, to those thinking and operating on a higher level, it is necessary to leave or risk being pushed out. Somehow instead of finding constructive solutions, the leadership manages to marginalize individuals to the point of utter loss of meaning in the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen and find a way to engender actual interest in and compassion for your employees in the professional setting. Communicate more openly and with a higher degree of fairness. It's for your own good for a high functioning business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Bad management, friendly staff

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

    I worked at TPG Architects full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Close knit employees, nice space, and possibility of a fairly light workload.

    Cons

    No accountability or leadership within the firm, no bonuses, no yearly reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean the firm of unprofitable partners, assess profitability of projects rather than relying upon change orders and add on services, and learn how to quantify the value of existing and incoming employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    eh.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Architect in New York, NY

    I worked at TPG Architects full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful office, lots of events, nice people

    Cons

    There are a lot of really incompetent people at this firm, no accountability or ownership of projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mediocrity and poor oversight shouldn't be the norm

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    casual dress, close support, sharing information

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architect in New York, NY

    I have been working at TPG Architects

    Pros

    Close contact between architect, interior designer, project manager and principals

    Cons

    work week is 37.5 hours

    Recommends
  9.  

    TPG: NOT FOR ME

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

    I worked at TPG Architects

    Pros

    The principals are very hands off so you get fairly direct involvement with clients. Most other firms, principals are very involved and proud to participate in the project work.

    Cons

    The leadership (remaining) is just terrible. The head of the company is an ego driven 'all for me' kind of guy who is completely out of touch with the employees. The work there is volume driven and design happens by chance not by intent. There were 6 excellent principals there a few years ago who were making it a better place... but they all left, probably in frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close up shop

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Great possibilities but bring your game face and war paint.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Architect in New York, NY

    I worked at TPG Architects

    Pros

    Good reputation for good design. Good compensation ($$$) when in a good market. Well known client base. Major contender in the NY corporate design scene. Fast paced (if you're a fan of the pace).

    Cons

    Lots of political bs. Too much favortism and unequal opportunities. Too much of a political game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a better connection between designers and production staff. Close the gap between upper management and lower management communication.

  11.  

    Company on the decline

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    Current Employee - Designer
    Current Employee - Designer

    I have been working at TPG Architects

    Pros

    The employees generally care about each other.

    Cons

    Company doesn't pay bonuses. (even before the recession)
    Company doesn't conduct reviews. Period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like people instead of "hired help"

    Doesn't Recommend

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