WATG Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. FIrst Full Time Job in Architecture

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Designer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at WATG full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great people. People from all different cultures work here and are always friendly and approachable.

    Cons

    I couldn't finish my IDP because I was working on hotels overseas.

    Advice to Management

    It was run well and respectable of all employees.


  2. Designer

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

    I worked at WATG full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly people and you get to travel

    Cons

    Senior management is old school and there are bunch of people who have been there for just too long


  3. Niche Market - Themed Hotels and Concept Design on overseas projects

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

    I worked at WATG full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Firm's History and Legacy of Significant Hotel Projects

    Cons

    Not a clear vision for future and growth


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  5. Company Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at WATG full-time (More than 8 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunity to experience many different cultures, within the various offices and on the many project trips, all around the world.

    Cons

    From office to office, there is somewhat of a disconnect...and within the office in which I worked, … there was a disconnect with corporate

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example...explore, engage and share with staff


  6. Helpful (1)

    "the conversations at the office were hardly about great design"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at WATG full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    A good corporate culture, Highly standardize and organized project folders which makes it easy to navigate between projects, Great opportunities to be exposed to large-scale and mid-scale work in different places in the world. It is possible to travel if you are there long enough. If you get to work with the right people you may be able to have a good experience otherwise you'll be headed for a downfall. Overall, this is an ok place to learn how to produce mid to large-scale buildings/environment.

    Cons

    somewhat on the low end in terms of salary, Very high turnover rate due to mismanagement of extremely talented employees. Junior staff jump around between studios. Several employees with great skills never get to show their real talents. The conversations at the office were never about actual contemporary designs or how to improve the status quo, they were always about presentation or what programs an individual knows (which should never be the case).Many Junior staff do not really get to learn about hospitality (the main market for WATG) but are actually treated more like production workers (this means they lose out the opportunity to learn about actual design because they are always on quick turnarounds). The Irvine office is extremely reliant on its older staff spearheading design on projects and most of the VP's do not really want to interact with their staff too much----this disconnect is unfortunate. However there are some VP's that actually interact well with their staff, and also respect their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Make the conversation about great design, senior management should learn to interact genuinely with all staff


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great culture... could use some

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WATG full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to start your career. Projects allow you to travel and meet new people. Work environment and culture are great.

    Cons

    Business processes and standard operating procedures differ from office to office and should be reviewed. Systems are old and need to be updated.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology so employees can work more efficiently.


  8. A world of experience...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at WATG full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunity to experience many different cultures, within the various offices and on the many project trips, all around the world. Also, the variety of project size, type and style offers many different experiences from team to team and project to project.

    Cons

    From office to office, there is somewhat of a disconnect...and within the office in which I worked, there was a disconnect from studio leader to studio leader. Technologically, they are not at the forefront, as some may claim.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example...explore, engage and share.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Many queen bees, few workers

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at WATG full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, good work place, decent

    Cons

    Poor corporate governance, looks after top brass before considering needs of lower tier employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good place to do large scale projects

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

    I worked at WATG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The designers get to travel often. The projects you work on are large scale and impressive

    Cons

    some parts of the company seems like a high school. There are many young people who start and stay there just because they are comfortable. You also have to be liked by "some of the management" or else regardless of your talent you will not move up.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Junior Designer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at WATG full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    could work luxurious hospitality projects all over the world

    Cons

    few projects in domestic. hard to get a chance to work construction document phase.



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