I have been working at Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning full-time (Less than a year)
There has been a lot of new projects for the firm and with that, a wave of fresh faces. This has certainly given the company a vivacious energy that inspires the employees to come to work. We have weekly "Eat, Drink, Crit" sessions that alternate between technology tutorials/updates and firm-wide critiques on a particular project's design, which makes for great bonding time. We also have an Education Grant that goes towards personal study beyond just covering the AREs. All in all, the benefits are pretty good and the company culture is uplifting.
We are really top-heavy, which makes it difficult to have uniform decisions and there's always a bit of confusion when one principal dictates one thing and the other contradicts it with another statement. There are also people who have been here for many years who have been given PM roles when they are clearly not interested/good at it. The firm tends to try to empower people without truly accessing the quality of their work and potential to grow into the role they are given.
Advice to Management
Perhaps management retreats should take place twice a year and make sure the communication channels and messages are properly aligned. Younger staff are impressionable and absorb information like a sponge, so it is important articulate clearly and transparently. Take some time to organize the structure to see what works. Kwan Henmi has so much potential.
I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning (San Francisco, CA) in July 2015.
I submitted my resume and portfolio by email, and I was contacted by HR few days after for interview. I interviewed with few people at management level, and I was notified that they are moving forward with another candidate few days after the interview.
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