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Ankrom Moisan Architects Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 2019

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  1. "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ankrom Moisan Architects full-time

    Pros

    Great people, beautiful office space.

    Cons

    Folks were overworked. Felt like most people were sticking around for the culture, not because they were particularly passionate about the work.

    Ankrom Moisan Architects2017-11-01
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great firm going through some changes"

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    Current Employee - Associate Architectural Designer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ankrom Moisan Architects full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people are great, the office atmosphere is generally also very comfortable. A large firm, but has the feeling of smaller firms within. Even after moving to a new and open office, I think that has strengthened our visions of ourselves. They have prided themselves on the support of their employees, and historically that has been true. People high up and in HR truly care about the employees.

    Cons

    Due to recent financial issues and layoffs, that positive office atmosphere has been noticeably subdued. Tendency toward specialization over time leads to less variety in tasks project to project. Salary is lower than expected, offset by bonuses when things are going well, but not when they're not. They try to match AIA job/title definitions and be competitive with salary, but seem to not accurately classify staff's...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep transparency and honesty with your staff about how things are going at the higher levels of the office. The success of the firm has been the atmosphere, comfort people have in working here, the comradery and friendships, and knowing it is not a corporate experience, though a large firm. Work on developing mentorship, not just for interns, but for future project management and company leadership.

    Ankrom Moisan Architects2017-10-12
  3. Helpful (2)

    "It's actually the best job i've had, and i'm not a particularly "cheerful" person."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ankrom Moisan Architects full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunities are given to everyone if they pursue the things they want to do. Great offices and work environments Great people. They do good work overall, so the finished projects are rewarding if you've worked on them.

    Cons

    Not much help is given if you don't seek it out. Portland vs Seattle office work culture can clash from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a closer eye on the abilities of your employees, and highlight resources when you see exceptional talent.

    Ankrom Moisan Architects2017-09-08
  4. Helpful (7)

    "Great people, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ankrom Moisan Architects full-time

    Pros

    Culture is very laid back and fun, lots of opportunities to connect with your peers. The new office space in Portland is beautiful and promotes collaboration with its open floor plan. All in all I found it to be a very welcoming and positive environment.

    Cons

    2016 was a big spending year for the firm and the negative impacts of that are being brought to light now in 2017. Layoffs, spending freezes, and firm service cuts are drastically affecting the positive culture that I mentioned as more people are becoming aware of the poor leadership. What was once a leading company with a bright future is now spiraling downwards and it will take a lot of effort (and hopefully changes...

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to the financial metrics and the people on your team providing them. They are trained to follow trends and advise the company on how/when to spend - it is in your best interests to follow their advice and not "go in a different direction". It may also benefit the firm to hire an Operations manager or someone who knows business practices better than a group of architects. You had a strong firm services team that...

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    Ankrom Moisan Architects2017-09-14
  5. Helpful (1)

    "They are an incredible company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ankrom Moisan Architects full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The culture is fantastic, friendly, encouraging. Willing to teach and always looking to promote.

    Cons

    It is a tight group of people yet very diverse. I really saw no downfalls.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on with growth, fresh ideas and cultivating the encouragement you give new hires or people looking to further their education.

    Ankrom Moisan Architects2017-09-06
  6. Helpful (12)

    "Nice People but Bad Managers in Execution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ankrom Moisan Architects full-time

    Pros

    The environment is positive and supportive. There is a genuine desire to make it a good place to work. The people here are for the most part good people.

    Cons

    The Seattle office grew rapidly and tripled in size in a few years. They kept the mentality of a scrappy upstart firm (because they felt that image served them) while trying grow and execute projects beyond the capabilities of that kind of firm. So they introduced corporate feeling elements and ended up with the worst of both worlds. Upper management lacks the skills need to operate a company like this. A recurring...

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    Advice to Management

    Reacquaint yourselves with what it actually takes to complete a project. Put a pillow over the face of the "elevate design" initiative and bear down until it stops kicking. There are projects you are already under contract to deliver on and not doing a great job. Plus it's creating a class system within your own architectural staff.

    Ankrom Moisan Architects2017-08-28
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Architect"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ankrom Moisan Architects full-time

    Pros

    A lot of great people work here.

    Cons

    This is an unruly ship run by many different heads - none of whom get along with each other. Finger pointing is the norm. Principals don't take responsibility for their actions.

    Ankrom Moisan Architects2017-09-13
  8. "Still best firm in town"

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      Current Employee - Interior Designer in Portland, OR
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Ankrom Moisan Architects full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      great team leaders, diverse project types, good benefits, supportive of those with families, lots of opportunities to socialize in and out of the office, free beer

      Cons

      leadership can be a little shaky sometimes

      Advice to Management

      wish there was more transparency

      Ankrom Moisan Architects2017-08-30
    • Helpful (8)

      "keyword, was"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Ankrom Moisan Architects full-time

      Pros

      This was a great place to work for and I saw myself there for a long time. Great co-workers and there was a family-like atmosphere. Since it's a small firm, there were a bunch of opportunities to work on a variety of things. Also the benefits were great.

      Cons

      Remember the title, all of the pros are of the past (except for the great co-workers). Executive Leadership and their decisions. They did a poor job in trying to be transparent with everyone and in the end, the firm seems to be tumbling downward (and it isn't because of the economy smh). If you read this, please make note of the date this was written, and be skeptical of any positive review that happens after.

      Advice to Management

      Change should start from the top down and not the other way around. And learn from your mistakes and also remember what made this firm great. The perks, the people, and the laid back but professional atmosphere.

      Ankrom Moisan Architects2017-09-28
    • Helpful (4)

      "AMA review"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Ankrom Moisan Architects full-time

      Pros

      Relatively low-stress work environment. Ability to work on large and complex projects.

      Cons

      Pay maybe below competitors. Does not match 401K.

      Ankrom Moisan Architects2017-08-06
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