SWA Group – United States
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I worked at SWA Group full-time (More than a year)
Exhausted but very kind co-workers. Good benefits for health and dental. Clean, well-maintained working environment. Good tech support and staff. Paid sick days.
AVOID. Many people have toiled here for years receiving pittances for raises and with no hope of receiving a major promotion.This office is a really awful place to work and no one working there would disagree almost entirely due to the fact that the managing and executive principal are more or less incompetent at running a business. Able to slide by on the reputation of the firm (they have almost no built work) you will seldom see them bragging about the projects they produce in their own office - most of which are developers overseas and almost none of them with any positive environmental or social aspects. If you want to do good in the world, dont work here. If you want to be manipulated into working thousands of hours of free overtime for billionaire developers in china and the middle east - go for it. Overseas projects have big budgets, insane clients and absolutely ridiculous timelines that a skeleton crew are expected to complete. If the firm is billing a project for 4 full-time staff, you'll be lucky to find 1 person working on it. Meanwhile, the inability of the principals to make meaningful inroads with local architects and developers mean that local work is ludicrously low-budget and employees are more or less expected to 'donate' weekends and nights and early mornings to the cause in order to complete them. And what is the cause you're donating your time to? The career ambitions of two incompetentss. There is no ethical basement for these people, if they can make you miss your own birthday to pull an all-nighter, if they can use funds from one projects to fund another, they'll do that... In the end, its not a surprise this place is literally a revolving door... the reputation pulls people in and the grievous incompetence of management and chronic stress drives them right back out.
Advice to Management
Stealing from the budget of as state-funded community project to pay for your over-budget developer bs is ethically questionable and probably considered fraud or, at the very least, tax-evasion. The only thing that could save this business is if you stepped down. Stop treating your employees like little vessels to be filled-up with work - everything you whine and complain about is your fault - the buck stops with YOU. Also, you're not cool, no one buys the cutesy act. Stop trying to be Adrian Greuze, its embarrassing for everyone.