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Carrier Johnson Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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  1. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Urban Designer in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Urban Designer in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carrier Johnson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall a great company to work for.

    Cons

    There are no cons for this company.


  2. "Designer"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carrier Johnson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Almost every project is amazingly designed. You will be working on award-winning projects and you will be given HUGE amounts of responsibility. Even junior staff has the opportunity to make significant contributions to the design of large-scale projects. This is a DESIGN oriented firm that wins many awards.

    Cons

    It doesn't matter if you're an Intern or Senior Project Manager... They will work you into emotional and physical stress. They tend to pay below national averages, they don't offer 401K matching, hard to get vacation time off, and every project is understaffed. Yearly bonuses are difficult to attain, not guaranteed, and often as low as $250.

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    "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    CarrierJohnson + CULTURE has a great company culture. All of the employees are easy to work with and extremely knowledgeable.

    Cons

    There is a lack of diversity of the project types done by the practice, mostly developer drive mixed-use housing and commercial TI's with a little amount of higher education lab work.

    Advice to Management

    Design and Production teams are kept separate which can lead to development issues when completing documentation of the project. Deeper integration would be more helpful.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Love the work and the people - management not so much"

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    Current Employee - Architect in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carrier Johnson full-time

    Pros

    If you love big complicated architectural projects this is the place for you. Amazing projects with great clients. These kinds of projects attract very smart and talented coworkers and I would rate the projects and my team mates at five stars. The project work is amazing and fun and if that is enough for you then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    This is a difficult place to work if you don't believe that architecture with a capital A is more important than anything else (a la the Fountain Head). There is no work/life balance as culturally it is not okay to say "no" when you are asked to work more. The office is way behind in terms of embracing technology with no centralized database and less than half of the staff working in 3D. There is no clear transition plan as the owners prepare to retire. There is very little actual management of people so projects and systems are very inefficient. Designers are highly valued and everyone else is not.

    Advice to Management

    Put in place and share with your employees a clear transition plan. Who will be running the company and how? Start moving towards that by truly empowering those people now that will be the leaders. Not just project responsibility but business management responsibility. Put a plan in place to bring the company forward technologically and then manage to that plan. Value your people and their individual talents so that there are different paths for success, not just the two that seem to exist currently - design and landing new work. Don't just critique but praise your employees when they succeed.


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    "Designer"

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

    I have been working at Carrier Johnson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very open to new ideas and independence. Willing to mentor and teach the profession. A lot of great minds and leaders to learn from.

    Cons

    Very demanding workplace with not a lot of room for a work/life balance. Will work a majority of weekends.