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tvsdesign Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
14 Reviews
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Love the people - hate the workplace.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at tvsdesign full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people make this firm enjoyable, and there's a ton of young, energetic talent coming in. Lots of opportunities for socializing/networking inside the firm. Everyone is professional and friendly. The chance to work on very large, impressive projects in a variety of segments is enticing. Studios are run more like small, individual offices, making for a good sense of community.

    Cons

    The firm has gone from top-heavy to extremely bottom-heavy in the past year. Mid-level leadership is evaporating, leaving interns and juniors to do the heavy lifting. Upper management is not in touch with the needs of this workforce, leading to difficulty obtaining the tools and means necessary to get the job done (i.e. Principles all get iPads, whereas interns have to fight to use a Photoshop license or a rendering machine.) It is no secret that most employees are grossly under-compensated, as there are no bonuses or overtime paid. This is openly (and frequently) complained about among coworkers. The stock program is only relevant to old-timers who are ready to retire and will probably not benefit new employees as much as a 401k match. Experiences vary dramatically from studio to studio, and this hurts the firm's overall reputation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technology is a money pit, but our profession relies heavily on it - invest more proportionally and strategically on the tools, people, and resources needed to support 100+ designers. Be more attuned to the needs/desires of the upcoming workforce - millennials are not accepting the status quo. Don't rationalize below-par compensation rates - reward your employees for the long hours and dedication they put into their work. Otherwise, you will see (and are seeing) them leave for better opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at tvsdesign full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to large and high-profile architectural projects, both domestic and abroad. Exposure to programs and some great people who love architecture. The chance to cultivate some lasting professional friendships.

    Cons

    The firm is running on it's reputation at this point, as some of the more promising employees leave for better opportunities after working under conditions of bias, favoritism, a sweatshop mentality, low pay, and lack of appreciation. The management is top-heavy and the leadership weak. People in the firm rate each other as either "chosen ones" or "not chosen." Those "not chosen" will remain stagnant workhorses or be forced out, while those "chosen" can say, do, go how far they choose. It's common knowledge. Management makes no attempt to hide this flaw in the corporate culture. Money, talent, and time are all squandered due to poor project management and ego. Excellence, effort, and love for architecture are devalued. Programs to be learned are often not supported; training is spotty. Best practices not shared firmwide. Profits don't seem to trickle down to the ones doing the actual work...they haven't yet loosened the lock on the Splenda supply even after boasting big profits and purchasing iPads for all bosses and large screen TVs that many cannot efficiently operate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize those who are truly talented, love architecture, and work hard.

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

    Not as good as it used to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at tvsdesign full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of talented designers who are with this firm.

    Cons

    Senior managers have their "favorites" and these are the only designers who get recognized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Convenient office location.
    Potential great projects.

    Cons

    Sweatshop. Prepare to live at the office with no reward. Rewards, recognition and career advancement is not based on skill and talent but a popularity contest (with no merit) No work/life balance. No appreciation for your hard work and talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together before you ruin the tvsdesign name. Hold everyone accountable (especially upper management). Appreciate the REAL talent you have accordingly. Re-evaluate who you think your real talent is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    full of potential, but still in transition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at tvsdesign full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    wonderful people. camaraderie is some of the best in the industry.

    Cons

    limited clients, culture driven by headquarters in Atlanta. Great leadership, but from a distance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage your team, be involved in the studio. dont manage from a distance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Firm has great employees who are focused on exceeding cient expectations through excellent design.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Very employee oriented firm with exciting project opportunities. They invest a great deal of time and effort in hiring the best and keeping them informed about changing trends in the profession.

    Cons

    The Arch./Design profession as a whole, is going through very tough times!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on doing great things for your clients and employees. Embrace change openly and realize the different needs of our multi-generational workforce!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you aren't one of the chosen, you will NOT advance

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at tvsdesign full-time

    Pros

    For the most part I loved my coworkers. When I was there they had a great crop of young talented designers who also happened to be great people in general-Years after I left i still count many of them as close friends. The younger Project Managers I worked with were good and providing guidance to interns. The work wasn't cutting edge or anything but the projects could be interesting program wise and there was a lot to learn.

    Cons

    The pay is crap-well below average even for Atlanta. They justified it by saying you reap the benefits of an employee earned company but the stock isn't worth anything. As the economy has improved the salary continues to lag behind similar firms. They also got rid of the most talented people they had during layoffs and kept the 'favorites.' The rest of the true talent left for other opportunities after struggling for years to advance in the company. If you aren't a good ol (white) boy or some hot young Southern belle you aren't going to go anywhere in this place. The bias was obvious-I remember busting my butt on deadlines and competitions only to have some intern girl who didn't even work on them get assigned as lead designer and go on the overseas site visit. People who didn't even meet the written qualifications for advancement were promoted over other deserving people because they had personal relationships with senior management. My final straw was walking by the office of my Principal and seeing him literally making martinis in his office with said intern while the rest of the section slaved away producing work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your best asset is your people-You aren't going to be able to hire and retain good talent with low salaries and advancement opportunities. Nurture talent in all your employees (not just the hot ones) and for goodness sakes you need to pay more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to begin a career, learn skills and the industry, and establish long-lasting relationships.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Interior Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Junior Interior Designer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Broad disciplines, international projects, strong development of relationships. Opportunities for growth and advancement.

    Cons

    Company struggled to foster growth within employees. Hard work and creativity was over-shadowed and downplayed by "experienced" designers. Difficult learning environment... new skills, programs had to be learned independently, and often not supported. Expected overtime hours as a result of ineffecient project management. Pay compensation not equivilent to amount of responsibility, industry standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish guidelines for learning growth. Set up training within each discipline for new employees to fully understand project and process. Encourage and listen to opinions, even and especially if different than "what has always been done".

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Frustrating - balance between potential opportunities and conservative management styles.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at tvsdesign full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great quality of work, great family oriented atmosphere

    Cons

    Out of date technology, software, work habits and infrastructure; very top heavy, conservative management who appeared fearful/unwilling to move with agility towards market trends and needs. Felt career progression was really slow (bid your time) and unrealistic given modern workplace trends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    OK place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Architect in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at tvsdesign full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very kind place, great people, great location, great office environment,Very kind place, great people, great location, great office environment,

    Cons

    Conservative, office topics, if you are not the golden boy, you have no future. Conservative, office topics, if you are not the golden boy, you have no future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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