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Elkus-Manfredi Architects Reviews

Updated August 5, 2017
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Elkus-Manfredi Architects President Howard F Elkus
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  1. "Project Manager"

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

    I have been working at Elkus-Manfredi Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative, fast paced, exciting work, expansive repete client list

    Cons

    Upper management tend to be very commendable, but are spread thin


  2. "Recent shift"

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    Current Employee - Project Architect in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Elkus-Manfredi Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay in the past. Great support from HR, staffing and managers. Colleagues are like family.

    Cons

    With one of the principals passing away, there is uncertainty in the firms future. The restructuring has yielded minuscule salary increases and is starting to feel more corporate which is the opposite of what it felt like just a few months ago.

  3. "Great Work Environment"

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

    I worked at Elkus-Manfredi Architects full-time

    Pros

    Lots of resources
    Good pay
    Frequent social/food events
    Bike parking & showers

    Cons

    Need to take Silver Line to get there


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Lacks Innovation in thinking."

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    Former Employee - Urban Designer/Planner in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Urban Designer/Planner in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Elkus-Manfredi Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay. Quick turnaround of projects for architects.

    Cons

    Limited scope for women in senior leadership, except in interior design studio.

    Advice to Management

    Need to build software and human capacity to grow in urban design and planning.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Basically, Basic"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Designer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Elkus-Manfredi Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Biggest locally grown architecture firm in the state of Massachusetts. Because it is locally grown, it has a vast network of local clients and the work is never ending. It is also the highest paying firm in the state with amazing annual salary increases and bonuses.

    Cons

    Money is great, but don't get too comfortable. For the younger architects and recent grads, this may not be the place to grow, learn, and advance in your career because it is a very large firm. Because of its size, it lacks innovation, guidance, culture, and does not encourage you to think on your own. However, for someone who has 10 years or more of professional experience may have a slightly better experience when they start working here.

    Advice to Management

    It is not always just about working long hours, but focus more on providing people more autonomy and challenges, as well as a design culture which can build a foundation for the next generation of architects.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Architectural Designer"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Elkus-Manfredi Architects (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great office, lots of sunlight, there seems to be a caring about employees. People are pretty relaxed, people tend to work very different schedules.

    Cons

    Vacation is not too great. Work-life balance can be difficult sometimes, sometimes quite early mornings and sometimes quite late nights.


  7. "Great opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Architect in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Elkus-Manfredi Architects full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wide range of work done by a very talented staff. Expects a diverse skill set from employees, making it a good environment for learning. Lots of work with a large range of project types.

    Cons

    Lacks clear path for career advancement. At times feels like three distinct companies, separated by principal. Hasn't embraced technology as thoroughly as some other firms, but is improving in this regard.

    Advice to Management

    I think the firm needs to focus on its internal career development program. This has recently been revamped, but feels more like a tool to help in one's own personal reflection and assessment of her or his career and less like a tool to help anyone achieve any particular goals. The career development program, as it stands, seems to put it mostly on the employee to lift themself up - when there are obviously aspects of career advancement which are solely under the control of management.

  8. "Architect"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Architect in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Elkus-Manfredi Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great View. Good projects. Good coworkers.

    Cons

    Feel anonymous. No ability to work from home.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pigeon hole employees.
    Give opportunity for growth.
    More flexibility


  9. "Designer"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's work. That's about it

    Cons

    It's a sweat-shop. There's not much culture, but they are making efforts.


  10. "Architect"

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    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the most passionate designers I have ever worked with, their care and concern for the built environment is unsurpassed.

    Cons

    Experience can contribute vastly to success, those who strive for it, might well listen to those how have achieved it.

    Advice to Management

    Value and reward those that sacrifice for you or you will find that they will seek out those who will.


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