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Callison Architecture Reviews

Updated March 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, nice sunny office (in 7 reviews)

  • Interesting large scale projects, co-workers were nice people with good skills, nice working environment and office, good work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Minimal design work as an intern (in 3 reviews)

  • Low pay and not challenging work (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "It was great...."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Callison Architecture full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    At the time of hire, we were a company with a fantastic portfolio and staff who loved working here. We were involved with the community and held many company functions for staff. There was room for growth and lots of opportunities to connect with others.

    Cons

    Not any cons at the time of hire.

    Advice to Management

    My management was very supportive of my role and functions and always provided feedback as needed.


  2. "Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Callison Architecture full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    No room for growth, high turnover, low pay

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the talent you have


  3. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Principal in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Associate Principal in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Callison Architecture (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, a fun and diverse culture.

    Cons

    They suffer from the past issues and management works in a way that is detrimental to the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the top levels and fix what still needs to be addressed.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stressful place to work"

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

    I worked at Callison Architecture full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cool projects, great CO workers in a tower downtown Seattle. Free beer on Fridays and lots of resources to enhance ones career.

    Cons

    Stressful place filled with uncertainty and lots of top down management or lack of. Many projects were very difficult and run by the demands of the clients. Long stressful days or long boring days wondering if they would be laying us off. I thought it was just my area until I found that it is in fact everyone that feels like this. Desperate for clients they will take the busy work of other more creative firms or deal with difficult clients that will overload and burn out the new grads after about a year. Turnover is high at the base of this pyramid.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know what to say


  6. "Great people and great projects"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Callison Architecture (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as a Landscape Architecture/ Planning/ Urban Design intern in the Dallas office. Coworkers were great, and Callison had a fairly relaxed corporate environment, although that may have changed after the merger with RTKL.
    Best part about the job was the project range; in my seven months as an intern I worked on domestic and foreign projects at a wide range of scales.
    They also have the resources to pay their interns well by industry standards.

    Cons

    Minimal design work as an intern. It's mostly production work, but that's to be expected in most large firms for interns.
    Retirement plans could be improved.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    decent office location downtown and plenty of people to commiserate with.

    Cons

    Truly an awful place to work ! Great it if you aren't interested in creativity and don't mind an environment of egos and passive aggressive personalities. Everyone is concerned with their own well being instead of the success of the group. Cut throat and back stabbing environment. Heavy workload falls on those lower on the chain. Management turns a blind eye. If you're not a Seattle native you will certainly not be accepted or fit in. lack of clear directives and deliverables, constantly shifting priorities. think twice before going here. Portfolio development WILL suffer and you will be worked to the bone without reward. Lacking culture and clear values.

    Advice to Management

    stop behaving as though employees beneath you are a threat. manage your own contributions in time so that employees can do their jobs well.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good for non creative people!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Intermediate Architecture Staff in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intermediate Architecture Staff in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great office culture, lovely young people. Good benefits, nice sunny office. Lots of good events and parties!

    Cons

    Really difficult to grow. Poor management. No salary raise.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "project manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, hip office, and attracts bright people straight out of school for their first professional job. attempts to be cutting edge, with lunch and learns, visiting principles and slotted studio design groups-, retail, fashion, car dealerships, etc.

    Cons

    Slotted is the word, as the New York office is basically construction drawings roll out retail. If you want to work on sun glass huts, Burrberry, or some corporate designed roll out, to turn into CD's, they this is the place for you. Salary tread low, Callison was purchased by ARCADIS, (JLL type of conglomerate ), which is actually now under RKTL, building division.

    Advice to Management

    To avoid a turn over rate higher then McDonald's, perhaps cross training staff on different accounts, would unify the office, and prevent the fiefdoms.


  10. "Good Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Callison Architecture (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Decent Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    The firm has a very corporate feel.


  11. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Interior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Interior Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Callison Architecture full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great energy and positive learning environment

    Cons

    Callison's compensation is below average



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