Woods Bagot

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Woods Bagot Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
13 Reviews
2.7
13 Reviews
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Ross Donaldson
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  1.  

    Interesting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Woods Bagot

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The pay seems lower than expected

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    Badly managed NYC office

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Woods Bagot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good design, some nice people to work with, some good and talented managers but mostly it's the opposite.

    Cons

    Badly managed, ruthless firing tactics, no continuity on projects... On some projects there are no "survivors" after less than a year - everyone was fired. The management just screws up the projects. Proportion of managers/architects on some projects is 4/1. Ridiculous corporate culture. The office is surviving in NYC only because of the backup of the global office. They would not last a year in NYC if not for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of adding more and more useless managers to struggling projects, hire people who will actually do the work, not just "manage" it. Don't treat people as inventory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Interior Designer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Woods Bagot full-time

    Pros

    1. Large scale projects to work on
    2. Good location of office/environment

    Cons

    1. Management is poor, people are overworked and under qualified
    2. Overtime is rampant

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Self Centred Management and Work Environment that's only partially integrated

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    Former Employee - Executive  in  Global Village (India)
    Former Employee - Executive in Global Village (India)

    I worked at Woods Bagot full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Low in culture, High in design

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

    I have been working at Woods Bagot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    This 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Difficult environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Woods Bagot as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice office to work at

    Cons

    difficult place to do good architecture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coordinate decision making, reduce mid management politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Amazing Infrastructure, poor management

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Associate in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I worked at Woods Bagot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fantastic 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.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    work 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Opportunity to grow your knowledge and career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Associate in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Woods Bagot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The challenges are also the opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    challenging but learned a lot

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer

    I worked at Woods Bagot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    too busy sometimes, but good feeling in my team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to give more structure to young staff to help them learn more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I had an pleasure experience working there.

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

    I worked at Woods Bagot as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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