Woods Bagot

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Updated Mar 5, 2014

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2.8 11 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

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Ross Donaldson

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Interesting

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsLots of opportunities to make design decisions even at a Junior level

    ConsThe pay seems lower than expected

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    Self Centred Management and Work Environment that's only partially integrated

    Executive (Former Employee) Global Village (India)

    ProsBecause the business is old it's well known in the industry.

    ConsThe most difficult part of Woods Bagot is the leadership. Whilst their are many partners there remains an inner core of a group of older partners that cannot be trusted and will ruthlessly undermine those they do not like. They will lie directly to your face and act extremely unethically. Whilst the business puts on a facade of being design orientated it actually a very standard stale corporate business. It is bureaucratic with lots of paperwork and meaningless procedures that make project delivery difficult. In addition the environment is extremely political where back slapping and issuance of praise to the leaders is very necessary for promotion. The business wastes a lot and I mean a lot of money on useless marketing and publications to send illusions to clients on its culture and approach to design. Culturally it's like going to a cafe everyday where all design work is silo'ed into the hands of a few pretentious "designers". It's not a place for serious architects, and it's definitely not a people orientated business at its core. The business at times is very financially unstable, and a hire fire approach is core to its functionality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest stop lying and be transparent rather than secretive. Stop wasting money on being a publishing company and focus on design and project delivery. Stop pretending to be a people orientated business and start to act like a people orientated business. Remove the old boys club of partners and retire the stale directors unscrupulous ones. Most importantly you need to focus on becoming financially stable and acting honestly and ethically.

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    Low in culture, High in design

    Project Professional (Current Employee) Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    ProsVery interesting projects, no limitation in creativity, opportunity to make a good portfolio and move to other companies with moral values.

    ConsA lot of office politics, lots of gossips, no trust between coworkers, frustrating office environment, culture-wise WB is way below standard.
    Management is another story, making deliberate mistakes then try to cover it up by more mistakes, employees being used like slaves, working late and on weekends is a norm, no realistic time sheets...

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis company is definition of 'modern slavery'. The management has this mentality that they are Gods on Earth - employees being the slaves. They are beyond help.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Difficult environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    ProsNice office to work at

    Consdifficult place to do good architecture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCoordinate decision making, reduce mid management politics

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

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    Amazing Infrastructure, poor management

    Associate (Former Employee) Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    ProsFantastic infrastructure set up for a highly capable global company. Highly qualified individuals in every studio worldwide, all with the desire and drive to work well individually or as a team.

    ConsManagement lacks the structure and/or discipline to run the company to its full potential. Too many chiefs not enough indians as it were, and the upper management 'principals' are more of a boys club than a board of professionals wanting to bind their company together to take it to fruition.

    Advice to Senior Managementwork together. allow employees to log their actual worked hours so you can get a true overview of the resources required. praise employees for doing good work, rather than just announcing another big win and dumping it on them without word.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Opportunity to grow your knowledge and career

    Associate (Current Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    ProsDiversity of projects, strong talented people to work with and learn from. Great clients

    ConsThe challenges are also the opportunities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    challenging but learned a lot

    Architectural Designer (Former Employee)

    Prosenergetic environment and lots of project range. Good clients and design ideas.

    Constoo busy sometimes, but good feeling in my team

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to give more structure to young staff to help them learn more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I had an pleasure experience working there.

    Architectural Intern (Former Employee) Beijing, Beijing (China)

    ProsProjects are range all over the world. Workmates are really nice.

    ConsIt is a little busy during the period when I worked there.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unfriendly work environment, cultural territorial differences amongst employees, non communicative environment

    Administration (Former Employee) Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    ProsThe company is a global design studio specializing in the design and planning across the three key sectors. Lifestyle, Workplace and Education. They have a great research department referred as 'Public' which underpins their approach and sets benchmarks for the sectors.

    ConsThe company tries to distribute global studio resources on major projects but fails to implement and carry on thru. There is an entire lack of management decision within the company which effects critical strategy making among important projects. A formal infrastructure is design and built within the organization but there is a great lack of consistency on functioning. A major flaw in the company is it's cultural prejudice. Not being within the culture felt alienated and not trusted. Too much political territory amongst senior management. Lack of communication amongst executive management. Project management is the weakest link within the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should practice and commit the companies standards and policies. Management should make more effective executive decisions not based on territorial regions. It should be a global communication decision making among all executive management people.

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

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    Disappointing experience!

    Graduate Architect (Former Employee)

    Pros- On paper, this company presents itself well.
    - Has studios throughout the world which means a wide variety of projects to work on and the possibility of travelling.
    - Studio is in a great location in Melbourne.

    Cons- In Melbourne, most of upper management seem to have obscure personalities.
    - Redundancies are common on a yearly basis. Junior and overworked staff showing signs of low productivity are generally let go.
    - Hours are long. 10-12 hours per day is standard for many staff.
    - Salaries are very low.
    - Poor project support and mentoring from Principals and Directors.
    - Studio environment can be quite stressful at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to listen to lower ranking staff and follow up on your promises, in particular the core values Woods Bagot so often publicises to the world.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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