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DES Architects Engineers Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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  1. "Excellent work environment while challenging even the best employees."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DES Architects Engineers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great corporate leadership. Good work life balance. High profile clients & projects. Challenging work with accomplished and friendly people.

    Cons

    Pay is at statistical average for your title. local (SF bay, peninsula) adjustment desired. Moving up the ladder is a bit slow.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing it the DES way. Vision is good.


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    "Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DES Architects Engineers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a great company with great culture; very family-oriented and offers great benefits! You get to work with amazing talent and friendly co-workers/boss, who mentor and support your work and career growth. Everyone is open and easy to go to for questions and answers, which make your work more efficient and productive. If you care and do a great work, you eventually will be recognized and rewarded!

    - Offers 401K match and make annual profit sharing contributions!!! Great way to save!
    - Promote wellness (pay $25 fitness membership) where you feel inspired to be more healthy
    - Provide daily fruits and healthy snacks
    - Many perks

    Cons

    The company gives you full ownership of your work, it can be tiring at peak time, but well compensated:)

    Advice to Management

    Super energetic. Keep up the positive!

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    "Great Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Job Captain in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Architectural Job Captain in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    DES offers positions in the architectural and engineering industry that will allow individuals to build careers. All the disciplines under one roof expose you to how these projects really come together. Once you have orientated yourself to the project types and staffing procedures you can find a way to pursue your own path. With perseverance and patience the full potential of what DES has to offer will make itself clear. Loyalty is valued and reciprocated by ownership.

    Cons

    Not many cons. Inter-office politics exist in any corporate architectural environment but at DES they are a minor distraction compared to other practices of this size. Focus on the work and keep an eye on your long term goals. You will get there.

    Advice to Management

    Continue instilling the core values of creativity, respect, hard work, continuous learning and positive attitude through example. Though I am no longer at DES I take these values with me wherever I go. Forever grateful.


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    "Good benefits but ..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DES Architects Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Good employee benefits. Salary above state average. Several company sponsored activities and events. Several company sponsored educational seminars and workshops.

    Cons

    Favoritism. Not an equal opportunity employer as advertised. You either need to be a Cal Poly graduate or an extreme boss pleaser in order to climb the corporate ladder. There are several hardworking individuals who never get recognized, given more opportunities to grow and promoted due to favoritism. On the flip side, there are several green and unqualified individuals who mysteriously get promoted or given more opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to take time and carefully review any individual that is due for promotion, salary increase or about to be given more responsibilities. Management should be wary and apprehend several staff who are slackers...who come in way past 9:30pm, practically does nothing at work other than surf the web and take off on or before 5:30pm. Lastly management should rightfully recognize hardworking individuals even if they're not Cal Poly graduates or boss pleasers.


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    "So Good I Had to Come Back For More"

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    Current Employee - Project Architect in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DES Architects Engineers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great projects. Room to grow which they encourage. Best of all the people are fantastic. The working is interesting and since the office is multi-discipline you can learn about other aspects of the building environment at any time. The structural engineering department is great. There are also a lot of fun things to participate in outside of the office; softball, basketball, and happy hour.

    Cons

    Since the company is large for an A+E firm sometimes it hectic and chaotic.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the open door policy that you have encouraged. You can speak to any of the principals at any time.


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    "Dinosaur"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DES Architects Engineers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Graphics team is great, does great work, and has great talent employed. Which is a bit of an anomaly considering they are an AEC type firm. There are also individual Architects and Designers that have great potential if given proper leadership.

    Cons

    Leadership is out of touch and really grasping at anything for relevancy. Upper management has no clue about the tools used in today's technology driven workplace environment. This is also atypical, considering where the firm is located. HR management does not create a fair working environment, instead choosing to play favorites. Typical fitness award programs are rigged. Not trustworthy at all.

    Advice to Management

    Retire


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    "Dinasours"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some of the staff is awesome, but they are not the ones getting the credit. DES will be lucky if they keep their talent.

    Cons

    They are the opposite of nimble. If they mismanaged project staffing, look out. It's not their fault, you're the one getting written up. You won't know you were written up until much later, at that point you're one step away from the door.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to get out of the way, especially the managent that doesn't have a degree in Architecture from an accredited university or a license. The recession more than decimated them, so no one is willing to shake anything up. They are in dire need of finding their soul. Many of the recent new hires are destined for greater things.

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    "Faking it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at DES Architects Engineers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun. Great personal relationships with some staff members. Overtime is occasional and always paid. Use to have pretty significant projects. Good structure and project support.

    Cons

    Favoritism. Need to fit in a little box and be nice. Schematic and Design Development team is separated from the more technical / construction documentation and construction administration team. Slave of old clients (all local developers).

    Advice to Management

    Stop to act as a primadonna and be more in touch with the personnel.