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Updated June 9, 2015
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The American Institute of Architects CEO Robert Ivy
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Too big to succeed

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

    I worked at The American Institute of Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Department collegiality, occasional social gatherings during the work day, good location (near the White House). easy access to mass transit (especially bus lines)

    Cons

    Very siloed organization (i.e., not much willing collaboration between departments), leadership seemed divorced from everyday concerns that led to a fair amount of turnover


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The American Institute of Architects

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, competitive salary, collaborative, supportive senior management, work stays at work - ideal for work/life balance, plenty of community/ departmental activities.

    Cons

    Currently restructuring - this can be a good thing if you are looking for opportunities to effect change but can be difficult if you are looking for a brand with an established direction.


  3. Helpful (2)

    A bureaucratic organization mired in structural and management issues. Leadership sorely is lacking.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at The American Institute of Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High pay, good benefits, a smattering of great people and capable consultants trying to affect positive change within the organization.

    Cons

    Cronyism, back-stabbing/blaming, silos and lack of collaboration across teams, no support for career growth, managers are fearful of change, frequent hiring and firing, incompetent people in critical management roles (especially in communications and marketing, and senior leadership). There are too many negatives. Don't be seduced by the money that they throw at you, this organization will be a bad move for your career.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people below you and support them in their careers instead of being fearful that they will take your position--embrace change. Do not trick people when you hire them--be honest about the state of the organization and company culture so that people know what they are getting into. Hire carefully so that there is less hiring and firing. Get rid of toxic people.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    AIA's got a serious case of Poison Ivy

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at The American Institute of Architects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, generous time off, collegial environment, fun co-workers.

    Cons

    Where to begin. In the last year the CEO developed a serious case of megalomania and the result is that staff is leaving the place in droves. He has a myopic view that only allows for those who adhere to his vision to feel welcome within the organization. The problem is that he has been unable to articulate what that vision would be, leaving members confused and staff walking on eggshells. Those who don't toe the line of his un-articulated vision (again no one has any idea what it is) are publicly labeled as naysayers, quiters, or unwilling to change. I'd hazard to guess the only people that truly enjoy working in the place now are the yes persons he has surrounded himself with, other wise known as the senior leadership team, as misnomer if there ever was one because they do not provide leadership and instead prepfer to stay in COA mode. I guess you could toss in the large handful of Ivy loyalists who received promotions as enjoying the place as well, but if you are on the lines or in a position lower than VP, forget about it. I could go on and on regarding the organizational disfunction that this so-called "leader" has wrought, but I think you get the point. Suffice to say, Ivy is poison.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to others at the organization and stop perpetuating activities and actions that lead to hierarchical stratification, an environment of distrust, and continual dysfunction.


  6. Good place to start

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

    I worked at The American Institute of Architects full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Like other associations The American Institute of Architects has a very strong benefits package that offers ample vacation time, insurance, etc. Management is willing to listen to new ideas.

    Cons

    Like others in the industry The American Institute of Architects can be slow to make changes. This is not always a bad thing of course.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good benefits for employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The American Institute of Architects full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Time off, team atmosphere and pay reasonable. I stay with the company mainly for the family friendly leave policy. But different departments interpret policies in ways that make the organization look a little bi-polar. There is no more than an ordinary amount of re-tape, silos or difficult people.

    Cons

    It is slow to change, Staff can be heavy on chefs, with too few cooks...

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees, we have insights into the membership too


  8. An organization that is struggling to overcome its past

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

    I have been working at The American Institute of Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get a lot of time off and the people are very friendly.

    Cons

    Absurd board and organizational structure, many employees without any ambition.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management knows many of the problems that exist, but politics prevent much from being done.


  9. Helpful (2)

    The organization needs new leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at The American Institute of Architects full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The organization has a great benefits package. Much of my work was interesting and offered opportunities to develop and use different skill sets.

    Cons

    Promotions and layoffs seem to be political, rather than competency based. The organization's leadership struggles to see how to move the organization forward, and seems to recycle the same positions and organizational efforts using slightly different language, rather than making any substantial change.

    Advice to Management

    You have to change the framework, not only how you work within it. Laying off staff for four years in a row is not a positive way to foster organizational change.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Run and save your soul

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at The American Institute of Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The amount of time you get to take off. You'll need it - mental health days are key to survival.

    Cons

    Anything horrible you can think of, in an office environment, is what you'll find here. A plethora of laws, both moral and written are broken. Employees are treated like pawns in a very bad chess game.

    Advice to Management

    Management is so corrupt, there is really no need to give them advice, because they are the problem. From leadership, to HR, to mid-level management, it's all bad....very bad.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Favoritism and being a part of the "in" crowd to move up here

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

    I have been working at The American Institute of Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are the best here especially the Paid Time Off. Most of the staff is friendly. Most social events for the staff during the year and some new staff recognition programs through out the year.

    Cons

    Most promotions go to senior staff and others that get promoted had to wait for someone to leave or get a promotion. There is a lot of favoritism at this organization. Favorites get bonuses and recognition. Many good workers here are being overlooked and not being recognized. Minorities are slow to move up in management. HR is not neutral here. Turnover is high, staff morale is very low because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Start recognizing and promoting staff outside of Senior management. Need to focus on diversity.



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