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Updated November 16, 2017
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  1. "Great Place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Architect in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Project Architect in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good work environment, smaller office (20 employees) that has a nice mix of experienced staff and younger employees with lots of energy and enthusiasm. Management allows for and encourages staff to have a healthy work/life balance.

    Cons

    Smaller office staff means you have to be more flexible in your duties / job title. IT Support is remote which at times can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Do not loose the laid-back office atmosphere as you continue to grow.


  2. "EYP"

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

    I have been working at EYP full-time

    Pros

    competitive in the industry with salary and benefits

    Cons

    to big to fast, slower would have equaled greater growth.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Satisifed but not excited"

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    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    EYP generally has a relaxed work environment, well established clients, knowledgeable senior management, and would be a good company for a person ready to settle down with a family.

    Cons

    Bonuses, raises, and other incentives are minimal and often nonexistent. Coworkers can be high maintenance and at times childish. Opportunities for advancement are up to one or two people who may or may not see you as worthy. Pay is decent so far but becoming less competitive. Sometimes too formal and corporate of an environment for today's workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate a younger generation by finding ways to incorporate them into decision making processes. Innovate inside the office through new work structures and outside the office through more compelling and modern designs.


  4. "Architectural Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY

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

    Pros

    In-house engineers are easily accessible and provide architectural staff with the added benefit of in-house coordination.

    Cons

    Communication between administrative staff and lower-level staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep everyone informed of their performance and of potential opportunities within the firm.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Delusions of Grandeur"

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    Current Employee - Architect
    Current Employee - Architect
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EYP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    With the exception of only a few the majority of the people that I have met at EYP have been extraordinarily nice.

    Cons

    The firm is rudderless, disorganized and lacks strong leadership. The CEO, Tom Birdsey, has taken temporary leave due to health reasons and there appears to be no transition plan in place. The CEO, John Kempf, recently resigned after it was acknowledged that there are dire financial problems which have resulted in two layoffs this year and low employee morale. Recent growth, mergers and acquisitions have been poorly handled and there is a lack of clarity regarding roles, responsibilities and advancement company-wide.

    Advice to Management

    What Management? 500+ lives are at stake. Get your act together. People aren’t stupid. Recognize that they are your biggest asset. If you don’t right the ship then staff will continue to jump overboard and seek employment elsewhere. Worse yet, the ship could sink.


  6. "Staff Architect"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EYP full-time

    Pros

    Very nice colleagues who are collaborative

    Cons

    Disorganized project management and disorganized hierarchy of decision making

    Advice to Management

    Improve team communication and have Project Managers trained if they are inexperienced at managing teams and clients


  7. "Great colleagues - poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues who care passionately about projects.

    Cons

    Recent mergers & acquisitions has left management struggling to cope with new size of firm - as a result balls are dropped and only squeaky wheels get grease. Management often makes decisions or enact policies that inadvertently creates unnecessary hurdles to staff, while simple necessary decisions become mired in new red tape. Every 3 to 5 years senior management developed a new top-down corporate strategy & buzzwords that ultimately do not achieve their intended purposes and instead waste time & effort.

    Advice to Management

    Don't market to your own employees - just do good work.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Was once a great Firm."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great projects, Great people.
    Back in the early 2000's the firm had amazing projects all over the country with a diversified portfolio of Higher Education, Government, and Historic Preservation projects. EYP did pay competitive salaries and offered an opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Once Tom Birdsey, CEO decided to move the firm from Downtown Albany and focus on mergers and acquisitions, EYP seemed to lose focus. The entire firm culture changed when the company left downtown Albany and moved to the CNSE Office Park near SUNY Albany.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down on the mergers and cultivate the culture within the firm.
    Most mergers present a threat to a firm's culture-both yours and theirs. Changing the name on the door does not promote compatibility, nor does it mean that the two cultures are easily combined into one enhanced culture.


  9. "Not my style"

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

    I have been working at EYP full-time

    Pros

    Nice People, some after hours, though not more than anywhere else. if you want to be lazy, you probably could.

    Cons

    Requires specialists, management seems a bit out of touch. when they don't talk - you know things are not great,


  10. "Stable company with average benefits"

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    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EYP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Stable job security

    Opportunity to work on prestigious higher education and healthcare (WHR) projects. Great way to build your portfolio and experience

    Cons

    Benefits are not so great. 401K match is especially terrible.


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