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CallisonRTKL Reviews

Updated September 3, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work-life balance for those with kids" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Great people, great work/ life balance and flexibility of schedule" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Teams are blamed for issued caused by upper management thus causing a high turn over" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance is very hard for at least half of the employees" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CallisonRTKL full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and great opportunities. Get involved. That is the best way to meet others and make connections.

    Cons

    Communication across the firm is a work in progress and getting better.


  2. "CallisonRTKL"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CallisonRTKL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    No pressure at work, most design works are commercial that is not required high level of design.

    Cons

    Works are not creative and boring.

  3. "Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and managers overall, great place to start your career.

    Cons

    It's hard to grow in this firm, many people I know came and left because there are better opportunities elsewhere.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Designer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Life-Work Balance, employee benefit ok.

    Cons

    Most of the projects are not inspiring

    Advice to Management

    care more about how you get good client, not stay with inadequant ones just for surviving.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good for fresh grads"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good for fresh college grads. Get to expose to international projects and work with internal teams from different sectors. Good amount of PTO days, 401k matching, company HSA contribution and overall great benefits.

    Cons

    Boring corporate culture. Get your office politic game up if you want to move up on the ladder. Talented people move on after a few years.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate the employees based on their actual job performance, reward the ones who actually produce the good work, not the ones who only talks the talk.


  6. "Great place to start a career"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Designer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CallisonRTKL full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing pay and benefits
    Good managers

    Cons

    Long hours depending on time and project


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Designer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You're able to work on multiple types of projects from beginning to end

    Cons

    They don't value their employees

    Advice to Management

    Compensate your employees for what they are worth

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CallisonRTKL full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to participate in design even at a beginner level. Lots of promotion opportunity.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is hard. Compensation is low.


  9. "Great people to work with"

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

    I worked at CallisonRTKL full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great work/ life balance and flexibility of schedule. Good vacation time in addition to sick leave.

    Cons

    With the company being sold twice the environment doesn't give job security.

    Advice to Management

    Value the current employees and keep them current with what's going on in the company so that they feel their job is secure.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Build a Long Term career"

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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 CallisonRTKL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Office (while dated) is in a great location with views over Olympics and Rainer. Retail Practice is a great place to start and grow a career with young staff often given many opportunities to work on all phases of projects. Multiple career paths and relatively accelerated career growth for those with talent and entrepreneurial spirit. Lots of resources available: training, lunch and learns, education benefits. 401K Match for 3.5%. Central location good for transit, walking and biking. Many managers take active interest in their teams development and growth. Great Christmas Party, $2000 Education Benefit, pays for AREs and LEED exams. People who work there are very friendly and become a close community. There is a recent initiative to push for gender equity that has been well received and starting to change the conversation within the firm around this issue.

    Cons

    Merger with RTKL has been difficult, especially for legacy Callison staff who are used to being the HQ of the firm (now in Baltimore). The new management are poor communicators (lots of words saying very little). The merger resulted in a compensation system where adjustments don't keep up with inflation. Annual bonus for all staff and profit sharing program stopped after the merger. Not a great place for those who wait for things to happen to them rather than making their own path and putting in the effort to get to where they want to be.

    Advice to Management

    Reinstate annual bonuses for all staff not just upper management. Work on effective communication. Raise compensation and work to reward hard work and loyalty.


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