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Callison Architecture Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Interesting large scale projects, co-workers were nice people with good skills, nice working environment and office, good work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Great location with amazing views of downtown Seattle and the bay from the office (in 4 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. "A Good Run"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Callison Architecture full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, a wide range of project types to work on

    Cons

    Constant state of change around executive leadership left some of the corporate procedures a bit confused


  2. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Callison Architecture full-time

    Pros

    Great support and resources are available to employees

    Cons

    Difficult to climb the proverbial ladder quickly

  3. "Designer"

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    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


  4. "Good exposure"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Callison Architecture full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart employees and good teamwork

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities and some political issues


  5. "Director"

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    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.


  6. "It was great...."

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    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.


  7. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Callison Architecture full-time

    Pros

    Some very good experts as senior staff.

    Cons

    Management consistently makes bad decisions and refuses to change even though many of their staff are leaving for other girls.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Stressful place to work"

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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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good for Understanding Level of Work in Developing Project"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It is a great firm to understand how a project goes from a design idea into a fully built space. The LA office is great for master planning. The NY office is great for people interested in retail. The firm offers a good deal of exposure to working with consultants, engineers, and clients hands on.

    Cons

    The firm focuses on more on construction drawings and works mostly with designs from other firm/designers, working to translate design into a built space.


  10. "Great people and great projects"

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    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.


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