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Updated Jul 6, 2014
WD Partners – Dublin – “Peace on Earth”

WD Partners – Dublin – “Peace on Earth”
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2.5 16 reviews

0% Approve of the CEO

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Chris Doerschlag

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29% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    pretentious leadership, under-appreciated work force

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsWD 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.

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementLearn 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not the firm it once was

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Dublin, OH

    ProsIn 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.

    ConsUnfortunately, 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 Senior ManagementListen to the people doing the actual work. Stop the petty politics.

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    Not what I expected

    Architect (Current Employee) Dublin, OH

    ProsNice building and web site image is impressive.

    ConsOver 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Structural Designer

    Structural Designer (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsThis 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.

    ConsAll 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 Senior ManagementTrain 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not your typical architectural firm

    Architect (Current Employee) Columbus, OH

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsUpper 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 Senior ManagementLearn 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to build up your skills, then move on

    Undisclosed (Current Employee) Dublin, OH

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

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementRestructure 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Marketing Coordinator (Former Employee) Dublin, OH

    ProsLower-level co-workers are awesome people

    ConsUpper-level management are from the depths of hell

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Designer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Dublin, OH

    ProsExposure to a lot of variety and you can use the experience to learn the basics in design, work with a diverse client list, and sometimes work with some REALLY talented people.

    ConsYou are a monkey and a number. Middle management is ego fueled and steps on fingers to keep you under them. Upper management doesn't know how to manage an agency this size and struggles with employee development. Really sad that opportunities for growth and salary advancement have to come from their name on your resume and you seeking employment elsewhere. Really a toxic environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on developing people and do not leave that job to the creative directors. They are not mature enough to do it. Also, push back on a client every once in a while.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a great opportunity

    Entitlement Coordinator (Current Employee) Irving, TX

    ProsThe company is very well organized and produces a great end result. The job allowed me to see how development projects come together for several different industries.

    ConsThe workload varied and I almost never had enough projects to work on in order to fill out a time card for a 40 hour work week.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Designer

    Environments Designer (Former Employee) Dublin, OH

    Prosgreat place to learn and gain experience.

    ConsDefinitely not a great place to stay more than a couple years as all they are efficient at is roll out work. So be prepared to work on the same job for at least one year minimum. With that said, there isn't a lot of creative freedom. WD is in reality a revolving door for freelancers, interns, and young college graduates that are willing to work a ton of hours each week.

    Advice to Senior Managementmanagement needs to stop promoting people who are not qualified to do their job. This is the biggest problem with WD Partners, they keep promoting random people into management positions who have never been through any kind of management training in the past. This causes a lot of tension within the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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