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Berkeley, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Business Services
$5 to $10 million (USD) per year

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    "A firm in flux between small and corporate. Ratio Principle to Employees too high"

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    good project team, good general atmosphere, good humor, some flexibility regarding work hours, honest, reasonable, worthwhile for recent graduates and overall as early job experience, good efforts to reform the firm and allow space for aspiring people, insufficient results.


    very limited growth opportunities, vertical hierarchy, almost no responsibility sharing during the early years, pretty much the same as with most architecture firms, not the place to work for mid level career looking for exposure and truly responsible position including client and consultant management.

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    We are in a difficult profession but it should be taken to heart, that Architects are not drafters despite the fact, that they draw. The monotony of drafting documents, often for nothing but legal purposes, will almost certainly reduce the appeal this profession used to have. All things considered, I can imagine how ambivalent it is for firm management. Everybody knows, that a fair profit and fair salaries can only be made in this field, when a large crowd of drafter-Architects is filling plenty of sheets- day in, day out. All too often a conveyor belt job, unconnected and unrelated to many inspiring -human to human communication areas, that are a vital part of being an Architect. I wish I had solid advice, but I don't. I see a respectable profession in massive decline.
    (unrelated to the current economy). For some reason though, I am optimistic that our skills can be successfully employed, maybe in other professions.

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