WD Partners

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WD Partners Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
19 Reviews
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19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good place to work for awhile, don't plan a career there, have a plan "B"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH

    I worked at WD Partners full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fair compensation to start with, competitive benefits with a 401k. Good smart people to work with that take pride in the work they accomplish.

    Cons

    Seems to lack a vision for the future. Appears to be in a mode of revolving door of adding people then letting them go. Growth strategy seems to lack a good plan for implementation. Do not expect generous pay increases for the time you work at WD.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen to others more from outside the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A job, not a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH

    I worked at WD Partners full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most of the employees are good, hard-working people. They care about each other and work well together. The company provides good benefits and a pleasant working environment. If you want a career in retail design and development, having WD Partners on your resume looks good.

    Cons

    The leadership, especially the CEO, are out of touch with the employees and don't seem to care. Whenever the company's finances dip, they lay off people. They try to keep it secret but everyone knows about it. There is a feeling of distrust, that employees are replaceable cogs in the WD machine and don't need to be told why decisions are made. You never know if or when the axe might fall on you. Compensation is below market. There's zero recognition and almost zero incentive pay. Human Resources is a joke. Their focus is on hiring and terminations. I wouldn't trust them with a personal problem. While there are opportunities for personal growth, it is all on the employees to train themselves. The most talented employees are much too busy to train you. If you join WD Partners, don't expect it to last. I saw employees with 10+ years of service shown the door through no fault of theirs. Bottom line: The company doesn't value its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have allowed a once-proud culture to deteriorate. Low pay, no bonuses, no recognition for exceptional work, and fear of layoff make for a toxic environment. Hire a chief people officer and get a true handle on how people feel about their jobs. Make "growing people" a priority. Recognize and reward great performance, and don't wait until someone threatens to resign before raising his/her pay to a competitive level. You will find your finances improving when engaged, passionate employees work hard because they want to, not because they have to. And to the CEO, listen to your employees and stop making decisions based on spreadsheets inside your ivory tower. When you address a gathering of employees to talk about what's going on, rehearse your comments with someone beforehand. The employees want to hear from you why they should be excited about THEIR future, not yours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Flavor of the month

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at WD Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people here, and some great clients too. WD uses their reputation in the industry to get involved with many substantial and influential clients in the retail industry.

    Cons

    Management and corporate structure seems to vary based on whatever the latest book is on the nightstand of the CEO. Too often, they rely on their reputation in the industry to bring in new business, but unfortunately, in a competitive market, that's not going to be enough. In a competitive RFP, WD will usually be the highest quote, and when the projects is awarded to someone else, the feeling is, "well, that client is missing out. We're better then those other guys, but they just don't know it.". Hiring sprees and significant reductions in force are common place depending on forecasted business, which makes it a very unstable environment to work. Salaries are not competitive, but you are supposed to accept this to work at such a prestigious company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to stop drinking their own Kool-Aid and look at WD objectively. You're spending too much effort to pad the bottom line, and your company has become a very poisonous place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    pretentious leadership, under-appreciated work force

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at WD Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    WD can inspire your mind and expose you to new industries. Great people do work here, and you will learn a lot. I think management is making an effort to use more modern management styles, but implementation is poor, and not sure why. Also benefits are good, although not like a tech company would be. The office is in a great location if you don't want to work downtown.

    Cons

    Poor moral and they under-pay. Don't expect significant raises. I wouldn't stay long at entry level, or you'll be discrediting yourself and losing a lot of money in the long run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to walk the walk, for a firm that wants to be cutting edge, the culture here is not progressive because management can be out of touch. Regarding compensation of your work force, this is case of a little more can go a long way. If you want to be an industry leader, your workforce should be the best in their fields, and you'll only get that by paying them more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the firm it once was

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH

    I worked at WD Partners full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    In general, the people are great to work with and the office environment is pleasant. Like any other consulting firm, there were good and less good projects and programs to be involved with. Compensation and benefits are comparable, maybe a bit better than other firms the same size.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, most of the other reviews regarding management and leadership are fairly accurate. Accounts are run by people with a PMI certification and little background in architecture. Management and 'leadership' is very disconnected from the people doing the work. Opportunities for professional development and career growth are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people doing the actual work. Stop the petty politics.

    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Not what I expected

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    Current Employee - Architect in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Architect in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at WD Partners full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice building and web site image is impressive.

    Cons

    Over committed and lack of engineering services support. The image of the company is progressive, but it seems to be run by PMI professionals and not Design professionals. Workers always worried about being let go without notice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Structural Designer

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    Former Employee - Structural Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Structural Designer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at WD Partners as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    This place is okay if you just graduated or an intern looking for some experience while you look for a real engineering job. Most of the work are simple calculations a student in structural engineering can perform.

    Cons

    All real engineering calculations are done by the senior engineer. Even then all the work are copied over from other jobs and is streamlined. As an entry engineer I felt they didn't really challenge me enough and didn't really gain any experience. They will not train new engineer. However It does look good on my resume. If you're desperate for a job or need a gig for the time being I would apply here while looking for a real engineering job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train new engineers the skills they need to further advance their career. The VP of structural was very good guy. The main problem would be upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not your typical architectural firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Architect in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    The company culture is nice. It's a generally relaxed environment and the lower level management and non-management employees are a pleasure to work with. It's a fairly stable workplace if you have competence in your field.

    Cons

    Upper management generally seems to have no clue with regard to employee management and employee relations. It seems that the main criteria for a VP level person in this company is someone who is a good salesman. Understanding how to manage or even relate to their employees seems to be far down the qualification list. Despite whatever the current company slogan is, profit is the main focus. How does this affect the employee experience? Most employees are salaried. It's an unwritten expectation that all salaried employees work at least 44 hours a week. There is absolutely no additional compensation for salaried employees who work over a 40 hour week, no matter how many additional hours they work. Depending on which client studio the employee works in, they could easily average a 55 or 60 hour week. Management typically does not hire additional employees until their current workers are at about the breaking point.

    Another problem this company has, and this can be comes directly from the CEO, is a lack of focus. They have a lot of big ideas, but rarely give them time to be implemented properly before completely switching focus to the next. Clear and consistent communication of the direction of the company, and even things as basic as org. charts seem of little importance to WD as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how manage and relate to your employees and be honest with them. Your people, or "human capital" as we were called for awhile, aren't fooled by salesman who think they can talk their way out of anything. Create a climate where your employees feel valued. Actually make yourself available to your employees.
    Chris Doerschlag, actually get involved in your company again and see what is happening. When you moved away from Ohio, you seem to have lost interest in the company and it shows.
    Be aware that as the job market improves, you will see a lot of turnover because of the way you have treated your workers over the last few years, and your reputation in the local architectural community will continue to deteriorate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good place to build up your skills, then move on

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Undisclosed in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Undisclosed in Dublin, OH

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

    Pros

    People there are pleasant to work with. Good working environment. Interesting clients and projects. Good benefits. Company has a pretty good reputation.

    Cons

    Poor leadership; they are only interested in themselves and are obviously self-serving and phony. They intentionally keep too few workers, insufficient for the workload, in order to boost profits. Because of this, people work too many hours, the quality of their work suffers and turnover is high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure the company, promote good leaders and get rid of the incompetents and bureaucrats. Balance the staff with the workload. Provide incentive pay to reward good performance. Emphasize quality. Prove that you stand for something besides lining your own pockets.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    If you're looking to burn out quick than this is the place for you!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Dublin, OH

    I worked at WD Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lower-level co-workers are awesome people

    Cons

    Upper-level management are from the depths of hell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't care about your people at all. You're fine with letting people work 45-50-55-60 hour work weeks but you don't recognize their efforts at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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