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DBI Architects Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2017

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Al Storm
3 Ratings
  1. "Friendly-hardwork environment"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at DBI Architects

    Pros

    DBI seems like a big family. People in the DC office are very friendly and always ready to help. The principals are very good people and accesible to the employees. There is a constant support in listening to the employees and solving any problems there might be. It was a nice place to work in.

    Cons

    - There were some confrontations between principals. - Some principals didn't allow to use headphones while working. - Some principals DIDN'T LIKE PEOPLE SPEAKING IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGES. (!!!!)

    Advice to Management

    Working at DBI was a fabulous experience. I recommend anyone to work there. I wish headphones and Spanish speaking in the office were allowed.

    DBI Architects2012-01-16
  2. "Surveyor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at DBI Architects

    Pros

    Fine, nothing really special there

    Cons

    I had no complaints working

    DBI Architects2017-07-21
  3. "A Good Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DBI Architects full-time

    Pros

    Social work environment with a casual, family-like culture. If you take initiative, they invest in your career development and play to your strengths. Good benefits (paid over-time, flexible work schedules)

    Cons

    Projects tend to be disorganized resulting in a lot of oversight. Staff is over-worked. Design can be highly repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to mentor younger employees so that they can stand on their own or hire more experienced production staff. Start encouraging licensure and more innovative design.

    DBI Architects2017-03-08
  4. "DBI Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DBI Architects

    Pros

    DBI has a fun work culture. They like to retain employees for as long as possible and promote within the company. There is a good opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    DBI does not have a good intern development program. There is no push for licensure in either the architecture or interiors studios.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Develop your intern programs. Promote licensure as much as possible. Mix up design teams to create universal creativity and promote the distribution of opportunity.

    DBI Architects2016-09-23
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Really good experience."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DBI Architects full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity to excel and take on responsibility. Design oriented firm. Leadership tries to keep staff for a long time. Regular office team building social events and happy hours.

    Cons

    Design process can be inefficient at times, but kinda the nature of the profession. Communication with some in upper management and accounting is unresponsive at times.

    DBI Architects2015-04-11
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Zero Diversity, Zero Inclusion"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DBI Architects full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive within industry

    Cons

    Very few minorities employed Management very secretive about company status

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your staff and they will be honest with you.

    DBI Architects2013-10-10
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