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  1. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Aspen, CO
    Current Intern - Intern in Aspen, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Design Workshop as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The nice thing about Design Workshop is that they throw you into all aspects of the project right from the start giving you thorough experience of the design process and getting the design built. The principal is always willing to help you with any questions or problems which is nice because it gives you the opportunity to rub shoulders with an experienced landscape architect, which is not usually the case with other firms. Everyone's ideas are valued and considered from the first day of being hired wether your an intern or a principal. There is a high degree of transparency within the firm. The firm is always pushing for their employees to continue their education. Also the culture is pretty great with the office feeling open and fun while producing excellent work.

    Cons

    The only con is that interns don't get any benefits which is pretty standard in the professional world but this review says I need 20 words minimum and that was he only thing I could think of. Other then that I think the firm is awesome.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  2. "Seems lost"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The projects are interesting and many of the employees are great people to work with. The health insurance and retirement benefits are good.
    Focus on learning opportunities.
    Employees are trusted with a lot of responsibility.

    Cons

    Extreme lack of work life balance. Even management doesn't practice this balance, allow they claim it exists/is important in interviews.
    Staff seems supremely unhappy.
    Management preaches being the change or "solutions, not problems" but shoots down any suggestion that isn't "change nothing -- there's no problem here".
    Pay is low for amount of work and time away from family required.

    Advice to Management

    HR staff seems to truly care about improving environment and morale issues. Take their suggestions seriously instead of going through the motion. Practice compassion toward the employees instead of becoming defensive at the suggestion of a problem with management style. This might actually fix the very real issues within the office. Don't expect your employees to be the only ones altering their behavior.

  3. "Great Projects"

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    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Austin, TX
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Design Workshop (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will work on incredible projects with the most talented people. Great travel. Learning is respected. This is a great place to sharpen skill and the work is first class.

    Cons

    True lack of work / life balance. Lack of respect of personal goals and needs. There is focus on the chosen few to groom or else you are seen as just another worker bee.

    Advice to Management

    I would tell management that all employees have something to contribute and everyone should be looked after.


  4. "Great potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Design Workshop full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, great corporate culture, great people, doing excellent and meaningful work and projects around the world

    Cons

    Promised great work/life balance and growth opportunities for anyone....neither was real. Growth opportunities weren't possible unless you were the pet of a senior leader....and you were overlooked if you were a hard, committed worker who actually tried to have healthy work/life balance


  5. "Positive Environment"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Design Workshop as an intern

    Pros

    Wonderful office to work in. All the people there are really great. Very large project diversity, worked on projects all over the world.

    Cons

    Living in Aspen is somewhat impossible for the salary of a landscape architect. It was a pain to live in Aspen during my time there.

    Advice to Management

    None. Management based of of my experience was extremely professional. The office was a little quite, but its smaller.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Firm does great work at the expense of employees."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Design Workshop full-time

    Pros

    Employees are encouraged to work in a variety of areas to help learn and grow.

    Cons

    Firm is short-staffed, so employees are forced to work a lot to get work done on short deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Value the employees you have working for you. Restore office culture of years' past. Need to also restore employee benefits / perks.


  7. "A company that actively invested in it's employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Design Workshop full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There was a great deal of personal development provided for employees. From helping to educate more about software used by the firm, to a great amount of knowledge sharing with Principles and other coworkers, and even helping to pay for training. Design Workshop also firmly believes in having a balance between work and personal life.

    Cons

    The management of offices aren't always the best at the management side of the business. It takes a special person to handle both business and the design side.

  8. "Great place for young designers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Design Workshop full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A superb starting platform for young designers for its effective career training programs and hands-on mentorship practice by senior leaders. A caring and nurturing work place with high morale and camaraderie. Truly amazing and talented colleagues, with non-hierarchical and open atmosphere. Very organized internal operational processes made the daily work efficient.

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain an ambitious career track after certain years, as the upper echelons are pretty saturated and not revolving. When you hit a ceiling it's time to go make a new nest.

    Advice to Management

    Had great respect for the senior leadership in general. If anything, the firm tended on the conventional side of current conceptual horizon within the environmental design profession. Perhaps wider and deeper explorations into the international and academic arena would bring new vigor to the theoretical and tactical discussions within the firm.