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Updated Mar 16, 2020

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Intense work environment and long working hours"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at DP Architects full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good office location, many social activities, big company, and big projects. It is good for fresh graduates to gain experience, and put its name on their CV.

    Cons

    Official working hours is 8.5 hours, but many of the staffs, from junior members to senior members, work overtime/overnight frequently due to unproductive management, lack of manpower as well as last minutes changes from the top management level. No work-life balance in this intense work place, and it affects my family life. Their bonus and annual leave is below average among the same industry.

    DP Architects2017-09-06
  2. "Assistant Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at DP Architects full-time

    Pros

    targets a specific market of clients, strong during recession

    Cons

    long work hours, no work-life balance

    DP Architects2016-04-26
  3. "Experience depends on team"

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    Former Intern - Architectural Trainee in Singapore
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DP Architects for less than a year

    Pros

    Good leadership, work life balance, compensation in Singapore's market.

    Cons

    Heard not so good things from other interns based in other teams. Experience seems to depend on which design team you are in. Projects are not very interesting.

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    DP Architects2015-06-15
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Architectural Assistant Employment Review"

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    Architectural Assistant in Singapore
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DP Architects for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Great colleagues at work and colleagues bond easily (but depends on which team you work at and individual) 2. Great benefits and salary pay out is considered one of the best few among many architecture firm (implied more for the locals fresh graduates and below Executive level. Foreigners increment could be tough unless you have years of great experiences or good design portfolio) 3. Good working environment (you will not need to worry whether you have a problem with your computer system that prevent you from doing your work properly because they have a very established IT dept to help solve these problems. Pantry is also fully equipped with food and drinks. So one should be very comfortable there.) 5. Good place to learn and enhance knowledge (e.g many small seminars and sharing sessions to enhance your knowledge in current architecture design trends, what are the do's and dont's during a tender, authority submissions. They also have in-house skills upgrading making sure you learn the right technical tools e.g. latest Revit, Autocad, Microstation to perform at work. 6. Encourage fresh graduate to obtain QPs. (Qualified Personal Certification) (Many seminars available and mentorship allow you to be prepared for QP exam)

    Cons

    1. Its a big firm with many people. Therefore many a times 1 project can be segregated into several small parts per person to be in charge e.g Person A design toilets, Person B design Swimming Pool. This usually result in many not able to grasp the entire picture of the project. If one is looking to know a project from Design Stage to Hand Over. You need to be very self motivated and skillful. This is necessary to allow you to complete the task as soon as possible to cover work of a different scope from the same project in order to learn. Fresh graduate need to learn fast to be able to do so. 2. No work life balance (depends on the competency of the team, team leader and director). If your team leader/director constantly feels the need to change many parts of the overall design during submission period then, overtime will be required to catch up lost time. Competency is very important in this case. 3. Too many leaders to report to and worst when many of them has a different vision and idea of what need to be achieve. Very tough to follow instructions ending up with many mistakes or work done with many standards.

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    DP Architects2015-06-14
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Monotonous"

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    Current Employee - Junior Architect in Bangalore
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DP Architects full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Learn the workings of execution of big projects. Interact with clients at all levels.

    Cons

    Poor pay. No work life balance. No fixed hierarchies.

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    DP Architects2015-05-08
  6. Helpful (1)

    "No work life balance"

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    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at DP Architects

    Pros

    Nothing good about it other than reputation.

    Cons

    Do not expect any work life balance on this company. Director would not appreciate staff and expect you to work like a horse. Turnover is very high. Be prepared, guys!

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    DP Architects2014-12-23
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Mad overtime with no compensation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DP Architects full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you are lucky, you get put into teams that do high profile projects.

    Cons

    Is a commercial firm. Everything is about money, and using the design to help the client achieve maximum profits. If you are expecting to do great design with amazing details, you shouldn't be here - is quite obvious, so not sure if this belongs under "Cons". Like what others mentioned, you work like a pig. They may preach work/life balance a lot, but the UNSPOKEN RULE is: "whoever stays behind the longest gets preferential treatment by the bosses." You may complain that this is hypocritical, or you can exploit this knowledge to your advantage. Know what you want: Some people like to work, some people want balance. Know which bosses don't like which bosses, and don't sabotage yourself by transgressing any other unspoken rules.

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    DP Architects2014-06-05
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Positive and negatives of a large scale architectural practice"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Assistant in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DP Architects full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good exposure to large projects, access to government projects. Lots of teams to choose from in order to grow

    Cons

    Bad work-life balance, no natural daylight leading to a rather factory based production context. Working hours are a little longer from 9 to 6.30pm with no overtime compensation for full time employees. Little opportunities for career prospect

    DP Architects2014-05-19
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Join if you have no family commitment."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DP Architects full-time

    Pros

    Co workers seem nice enough but politics behind the scene typical of larger corporations.

    Cons

    Work culture is a competition of who stays later. No work life balance.

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    DP Architects2013-08-09
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Company culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DP Architects full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great focus on learning and development. The company has a very flat structure and it is very easy to talk to the senior management. The culture is very good and most people are approachable for advice and help.

    Cons

    For a big corporation it sometimes still operates as a small company. Hence it can be frustrating at times to get things done. The passion and work excellence culture can get in the way of work/life balance (so definitely expect long hours)

    DP Architects2012-11-14
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