LandDesign - Not a company but a collection of individual studios | Glassdoor
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"Not a company but a collection of individual studios"

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Current Employee - Rather Not Say in Charlotte, NC
Current Employee - Rather Not Say in Charlotte, NC
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at LandDesign full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Some genuinely nice people, but mostly in middle and lower levels.

Cons

This is a design firm that is run by engineers (President & COO). That is a bad combination, since engineers believe they really make the money that makes the firm stay afloat.

The firm stresses a collaborative atmosphere, but that's nonsense. They are just a dozen or so individual studios, each run by a partner. There is lots of territoriality. In their definition, "collaborating" means sharing us junior staff across projects, not really collaborating between studios and practices. And there is very little chance for advancement.

This firm lost a ton of money and people during the recession - many firms did. They also lost a lot of offices - at least half of their locations are now gone.

Advice to Management

Stop running like a bunch of private studios led by engineers.

Other Employee Reviews for LandDesign

  1. "Great people, no work."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great staff of young professionals, great projects before the development bust.

    Cons

    Most of the projects were for private developers who started going out of business in 2008. Management has tried to chase new work, but still could not prevent massive lay-offs.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify, diversify, diversify


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Creative, Fun, Challenging and Meaningful"

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

    Pros

    I was skeptical about taking the position here because some of the glassdoor reviews were negative... but that has not been my experience at all. Working at LandDesign I have contributed to some of the most meaningful and elaborate projects of my career. The partners and directors challenge me to refine and present my best on a daily basis. The firms leadership cares about the success of the company, but also the success of the individual.

    Cons

    As with any job, there can occasionally be long hours, but they almost always come with free beer.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

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