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Boulder Associates, Inc. Reviews

Updated February 6, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to go to work everyday."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great principals and employees, amazing benefits, fun work environment, lots of opportunities to work your way up in the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes too quiet in the work area, very specific focus on healthcare and senior living. Not many travel opportunities.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "An awsome place to grow in your career while still being able to live your life."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Architect in Boulder, CO
    Recommends

    Pros

    Energetic, cooperative environment, with a great culture and lots of opportunities to direct your career. Projects tend to be reasonably funded for the pursuit of higher quality design. The same benefits as firms several times the size. Client satisfaction driven rather than strictly profit driven.

    Cons

    While there are lots of opportunities, you can get pigeon-holed if you don't speak up about what you want to work on. An impression of stingy and imbalanced pay.

    Advice to Management

    Offer up more praise for those that are doing well for you rather than just commenting at times when people falter. Offer up more advice on how to advance and what competencies to work on.


  3. "Gratitude"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Boulder Associates, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    I am thankful to work for a company where taking care of employees is ALWAYS at the top of minds and hearts of the leaders. We have kind, well intended leaders, amazing benefits, healthy salaries, generous bonuses, support for our professional development, and a lot of fun.

    Cons

    sometimes projects are unpredictable. This is common in all design firms though.

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you are doing.


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  5. "Nice firm, but. . ."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boulder Associates, Inc. full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They do try to remember and apply their core values.

    Cons

    Pay is way below industry standards


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Loved my experience but the pay was unreasonable"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning environment, Interior Design department provided a lot of lunches, great office culture!

    Cons

    Although it was a great learning experience, the pay was so low it did not cover basic living expenses. I would never even consider working there again.

    Advice to Management

    Loved my experience but the pay was unreasonable.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate AIA"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salaries, benefits, and exposure to many aspects in the design process.

    Cons

    Lack of mentorship, not a creative work environment, and an overall lack of passion for design.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more mentorship opportunities for all employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome Company & Culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect
    Current Employee - Architect
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Boulder Associates, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -B.A. values employees who have a life outside of work! Employees are encouraged to pursue a passion outside of architecture; this is almost unheard of in this profession.

    -They prefer to have employees stay on projects from start to finish, which fosters a trend of well-rounded designers and architects who know schematic design through construction administration. Boulder does not pigeon-hole design staff into "schematic-only" designers, or "C.A. staff" or "renderers". They want employees who can do it all.

    -Upper management is great about asking what I'm interested in, and they find ways to help me learn those things (project-related, design-related).

    -Working more than a couple hours overtime in a week is somewhat rare. This obviously ebbs and flows with project workload.

    -Although healthcare design isn't very glamorous, it's rewarding to work on projects that benefit society.

    -There are dozens of talented designers and experienced architects in the firm, but nobody has a snobby attitude or the "Starchitect" mentality. This is really refreshing.

    -GREAT benefits: 100% paid healthcare coverage for employees (80% coverage for spouses), 3 weeks paid vacation, quarterly bonuses, 401(k), profit sharing, health club membership, licensure and exam fees paid, company fun days

    Cons

    -I won't lie: healthcare design isn't the most exciting type of architecture. It can be very challenging, prescriptive, and heavily regulated by building codes (especially in California).

    -Good design has not historically been emphasized on projects, but management is actively working to make this a priority for the firm. Lean methods of working have helped reduce overtime hours for employees, but it often makes us rush through the design process rather than spending time innovating and creating beautifully-designed projects.

    Advice to Management

    -Think about providing leadership training for project managers, senior associates, and principals. It's apparent that some leaders have not received proper training on how to manage staff, communicate effectively, or conduct themselves professionally when disputes arise among team members.

    -As the company continues to grow, I think it's important to clearly define staff positions and what the expectations are for employees who want to move up. This would help dispel some mysteries in the performance review process too.