Woods Bagot Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. Interesting

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The pay seems lower than expected


  2. Helpful (2)

    Don't trust the leadership

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    Current Employee - Executive
    Current Employee - Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Woods Bagot full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are not too many pros regarding this company. The locations of their offices tend to be quite central, this is good for lunch and coffee breaks.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership that does not communicate honestly to staff. The financial position of the business is generally poor. Profit is controlled through immediate staff down sizing. Designers are typically ego driven pre-madonnas.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest, stop playing favorites, be inclusive and importantly stop lieing.


  3. Badly managed NYC office

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Woods Bagot full-time (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 Management

    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.


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  5. Good projects bad leaders

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good relationship between colleagues,good working environment,good projects

    Cons

    bad design leaders and super long hours,12hours every days


  6. Helpful (1)

    Ambitious but not people centric

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    WB is a very ambitious firm - grown from their Australian roots into USA, China, UK and ME - and into the Top 10 globally. With that comes career opportunity. If you can demonstrate high-end design or technical skills, or better yet, win work then there will be opportunities if you can get noticed by the right people.

    Cons

    Career success in most locations is more dependent on how you play the politics than merit - so if you are prepared to play the game well then align yourself and provide great support to influential Directors & Principals and you will do well. While they might say the right things, there is very little genuine interest in people and setting the right culture. The tone for this is set right at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Put some genuine focus and intent behind setting the right culture


  7. 300% exploitation, poor pay and kick in the a.. as soon you ask.

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    Former Employee - Architecture Graduate in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Architecture Graduate in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Huge turn over nearly 70% of all colleagues I know were there for an year or two or longer. Good chance to meet talented and ambitious people.

    Cons

    They have their BELOVED on the list which are given severity and the second class working bees which are there just to survive. The bees are usually emigrants, students, people hoping to find a better place under the sun which have no idea about the real situation. They are used as long as they do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Hopeless guys. All what you do is keeping your people continuously on the HOT PLATE which is resulting in a psycho terror. Seeing every week new people coming and other leaving and replaced with other innocent souls. This is just not good for anybody! Help the people who work for don't kill them slowly!


  8. Helpful (2)

    Poor management, nice staff

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good location, reasonable social aspect

    Cons

    Poor management prone to preferential treatment of staff. Noticeable gap between management and other staff members. Opportunity for growth is limited. High staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Be more inclusive of all employees


  9. Interior Designer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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


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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive in Global Village (India)
    Former Employee - Executive in Global Village (India)
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Woods Bagot full-time (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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    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)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Woods Bagot full-time (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 Management

    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.



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