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DLR Group Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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  1. "Incredible Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DLR Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employee ownership, world leaders in K-12 design. Commitment to sustainability, thought leadership and research. Excellent leadership has kept us financially healthy even through the recession.

    Cons

    We are expanding rapidly by acquisition, so blending the firms can take time to build a cohesive culture. But we have excellent leadership to keep us on course.


  2. "Senior Mechanical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DLR Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employee Ownership, Good People, Fun

    Cons

    Might be growing too fast?


  3. "DLR Group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DLR Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employee ownership program is a big perk.
    AE firm so broad diversity of employees within one office.
    Smaller office feel within a large company.

    Cons

    Project Managers are inexperienced at managing projects or do not want to comply with DLR standards.
    Salary and bonuses are not competitive enough to hire good experienced talent.

    Advice to Management

    Excelerate the hiring process so good people can get DLR Groups offer before they receive offers from other firms. Pay employees what the market is calling for per region and not what the average pay is for the position firm wide.


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  5. "Great Company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends

    I worked at DLR Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Culture, everyone is integrated all throughout the company!

    Cons

    Honestly, I did not see any cons during my time


  6. "Salary"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    All employers are very friendly.

    Cons

    Hard to communicate because of remote location.


  7. "Generally good to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer/IT Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer/IT Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DLR Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of resources and stability with a large firm like DLR. Opportunities to move up within the company, NCARB licensing facilitation, and good design ideals. Decent but not stellar benefits

    Cons

    Projects were sometimes assigned to remote offices, so a project team wouldn't be able to regularly visit the construction site or develop a design that properly responded to its context.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making sure each project is unique and properly responds to both site context and proper resolution of client needs.


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    "DC Office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DLR Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sometimes nice people from other offices come to the DC office.

    Cons

    I felt the need to reiterate that for the DC office, refer to the reviews for Sorg Architects, as DLR Group acquired Sorg over the summer. Unfortunately, all of the Sorg management remained in position after the acquisition. Don't let the shiny new DLR Group suggest that things have changed...Sorg management in the DC office is unspeakably horrible.

    Advice to Management

    DLR Group upper management needs to look locally to discover Sorg's terrible reputation and do everything possible to eradicate it.


  9. "Good for Average"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Architect in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DLR Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of work, healthy backlog.

    Cons

    10 years behind in technology. Any new efficient ideas rarely gets noted or used. This is a top heavy firm. People are placed last and profit comes first. Guess who benefits from the profits?

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more or provide a better work/life balance


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    "Project Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DLR Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice Building, Façade of company is appealing to outsiders.

    Cons

    Pay is below average, Employee owned is pressured too much for you to sacrifice your work life balance.
    Passive aggressive Management
    Too many Clicks within the office. If you are not with the cool kids you will know it from day 1.
    Parking is worst I have experienced, because of street cleaning, so walking in the cold dark 15 or more blocks is common.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent, and encourage interactions between departments for growth.


  11. "Project Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Project Designer in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Project Designer in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some Great Projects of considerable size, multi disciplined office, really great staff and relatively nice office overall. CA Office Leader is a great person... you can see he cares but hands seems tied with new rules from the powers that direct overall

    Cons

    Managers need training and also needed to be more involved with the younger staff. At the end of the day they walked out while less senior staffed worked until very late hours/ They lost their HR person so there is no one in the CA offices you can openly speak with or trust...

    Advice to Management

    Get managers employee relations training, Principals in the Firm are not actively involved.


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