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Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Reviews

Updated February 25, 2017
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  1. "all in all"

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

    I have been working at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I’ve worked here a lot more than a year, but don’t want to incriminate myself. I'm commenting here as a form of recruitment, telling the good and bad.

    So all in all, I’d say it's the best Architectural firm to work for in Albuquerque, and I've worked in a few. I would not consider any other firm in Albuquerque. The firm is at looking to expand, and is at a turning point in its history (regional expansion, succession from original big three partners) so there is lots of room for growth professionally, no matter what level you come in. If you’re sharp and good with people, it’s kind of ridiculous how quick you can make a splash.
    The local reputation among Architects and Architectural students may be that D/P/S is a big corporate machine that is soulless and boring, which is not at all true. It’s a compassionate and humane place with very solid ethics and values, and a growing commitment to quality design and an awakening to the potential of competing in a larger market.
    There is a huge commitment to the employees here- in their well being, family lives, and professional growth. Once in a while some real Architecture gets done, which is always tough, especially in New Mexico where the attitudes and economy are not geared towards appreciating design.
    It’s a conservative culture in terms of business and design, but I see that changing as newer leadership steps up, at least as far as design goes. Conservative in terms of business also means stability. Probably the best pay and benefits for Architecture in Albuquerque.
    In-house Planning, Structural Engineering, Landscape Architecture, and Interiors means there’s a lot to learn from other disciplines, and it makes for a very fertile work environment.
    Being more corporate would probably make D/P/S better organized, so no, not really corporate.
    Client service always comes first, but competing on the basis of quality design and specialized expertise is increasingly becoming part of the culture here.
    Lots of support for continuing education, wellness, business development.
    Steve Perich is a class act, impeccable. Bill Sabatini is The Real Deal. You can learn a ton from Dale, a true leader in the community.

    Cons

    Internal politics and tribalism reduces efficiency and teamwork, sometimes in the extreme. Being big means a lot of overhead, some of which is great to have on staff, some of it is superfluous at times. There are a lot of mouths to feed, which means taking a lot of work where the potential for Architecture (design) is scarce. Often feels like the vision of the firm is vague and poorly articulated by the leadership. Salesmanship and cheer-leading is highly valued, sometimes over substance. A very gossipy environment. Management process/methods in some groups (practice areas) is minimal to non-existent. Often seems like the place is run like a bunch of small firms that share an accounting department, without a coherent set of values or standards.


  2. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people. Great projects. Great environment.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about DPS

  3. "Place to work... to work somewhere else"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people, nice office location, good company reputation, strong work environment that will improve your technical skill, interest in community engagement

    Cons

    Lots of internal politics and compartmentalization between practice areas. Retains drawbacks typical of a corporation but also has those of a small business, Roles are largely confined and specific in nature, little interest in process improvement, Overly saturated management structure, occasional long hours

    Advice to Management

    There is a narrative that D/P/S is a great place to work, yet turnover is high and the environment feels cold despite a lot of effort by people to counter that. They've built a good outside reputation, and there are definitely some great people there, but a majority of staff are entry levels or senior principals, with a revolving door in between. An employee's experience there will vary wildly based on where they land, as other reviews may suggest. There seems to be a lot of interest by staff to help usher development, but a beauroracy and need for managerial control tends to just spin the wheel until things end up where they start. Until this is addressed D/P/S will be a resume bullet for most.


  4. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Marketing in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work! Lots of opportunity for growth and to develop skills. They have informal events/programs that demonstrate a genuine desire to create strong teams, value individuals, include families, and support work-life balance. They also care about what they do, from creating places with a focus on the environment and human health to donating and fundraising for numerous causes. It brings a lot of meaning to the work.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication across departments.


  5. "Best Place I've Ever Worked"

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

    Pros

    Great culture, awesome bosses (CEO voted best in Albuquerque!), beautiful building (also won an award), fun place to work, bonuses, etc.

    Cons

    I can't think of any


  6. "Good office"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Albuquerque, NM
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Full benefits
    Welcoming people and very professionals in the work everyone does
    The company really cares about the employees

    Cons

    It is normal to work extra hours


  7. "Good place to work, with less than the normal reservations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly cultures are rare in design offices (from past work experiences, or even from most colleagues'), and DPS was a pleasant exception. There was a seat at the table when you had ideas,

    Cons

    A bit corporate in feel, too many meetings even when busy on deadlines. One can expect to work some painfully long hours just like smaller or most any other design office, especially if you don't have CAD-based support.

    Advice to Management

    Lose outdated dress requirements, implement more out-of-office work ability for those demonstrating responsibility

  8. "Great firm, good people, great projects."

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    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people, supportive management, & great office environment

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay