Ghafari's #YearInReview video debuted at last week's Bi-Annual Employee Town Hall Meeting and we couldn't be more proud of our global team's 2017 accomplishments. What can we do for you in 2018? #GhafariCo http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ2mP
Ghafari leadership, including Chairman + Founder Yousif B. Ghafari and CEO + President Kouhaila G. Hammer, celebrated our “Design Firm of the Year” recognition at ENR Midwest’s Regional Best Projects Awards ceremony in Chicago on November 29.
ENR editors announced their “Design Firm of the Year” selection in April, choosing Ghafari in part because of our track record of continuous growth and ever-strengthening position in the Midwest region. In May, they published an in-depth profile on the firm’s 35-year legacy as an innovator in our industry and a powerhouse in the Midwest.
When you join the team at Ghafari, you join a diverse community bent on advancing the EAC industry.
We work together — engineers and sustainability experts, process designers and architects — to spark new possibilities for our clients and for each other. Through cross-disciplinary collaborations across an array of state-of-the-art projects, we keep our global clients and colleagues at the cutting edge. Join Ghafari and discover what you can really do.
Ghafari Associates offers competitive compensation and benefit packages for our employees. While these programs may vary slightly for international employees, key benefits include:
I have been working at Ghafari Associates full-time (Less than a year)
Ghafari offers some unique design challenges working for prestigious clientele. The company offers competitive benefits and pay, as well as a multitude of corporate discounts. The office environment is fresh and modern, with a workforce that's very culturally diverse. They also offer amenities like a fitness center, and complementary snacks. Ghafari has the resources to stay up with cutting edge technology as well as a diversified clientele and market share, to weather fluctuations in the economy. There is much room for advancement and opportunities to work in locations across the globe. It is a destination firm for the best of the best in the A/E industry.
The level of prestige is both a blessing and a curse. Things were a little frustrating at first. My skill set was definitely under the microscope, and I had much to prove about my own capabilities and knowledge of Autodesk software applications. I had to make sure if I was suggesting improvements or pointing out discrepancies, I had absolutely every detail covered. I think some people may have felt threatened, or possibly like their work and ideas were being overridden? I don’t know, my original suggestions were met with a bit of hostility like “who do you think you are to tell us what to do?”. Being patient, diplomatic and concise eventually led to a good rapport and earned level of respect. Software is progressive, so the mindset to stay up with it has to be as well. Things in the Revit system were not built to industry standards, and I had to be very concise and detailed to prove that my suggestions were valid, practical and possible. Be prepared to have your opinions backed by multiple sources of fact and industry “best practices”.
Advice to Management
Listen to the folks on the front lines. If someone does a similar job every day, and has years of experience in doing so, they would be the best source of information on how to improve workflows. Don't lose connection with your lower level designers; they are the foundation of efficiency and profitability. Develop more concise training and reference material for software and design applications. As an experienced designer, I was only very very briefly shown the systems and documentation. I was left to figure much out on my own. Had I not been so experienced, it would have been difficult to reach the point of being productive independently.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Ghafari Associates (Dearborn, MI) in January 2017.
I noticed they were hiring my position online, so I submitted a resume and followed up with a phone call. After a few phone interviews I met with the head of HR, The Head of Practice technology, and The head of electrical engineering in a conference room to discuss some of the working of the company and some of the projects and accomplishments I have been associated with