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  1. "I had a great experience working at Flad. The people are wonderful and there is a sense of community and camaraderie."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The feeling of cameraderie and community. CEO's, interns and admins ate lunch together as a team.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons. The office had a cozy and stylish feel but it's not a large company environment.


  2. "Structural Designer"

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    Current Employee - Structural Designer in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Structural Designer in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Flad Architects (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very professional and friendly environment

    Cons

    I don't see any cons working for Flad.

  3. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent people, pay is above average, interesting projects if you like S&T .

    Cons

    Conservative office management, not at all progressive, headquarter in Madison, lots of cultural influences from the headquarter. Not very focus on employee's professional development. The office is so quiet at time you'd think you work in a graveyard.

    Advice to Management

    Be a San Francisco company. Focus on employee's, not principals.


  4. "Great learning experience"

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

    I worked at Flad Architects full-time

    Pros

    Worked on project of different scales. Coworkers are very knowlegable and willing to teach.

    Cons

    Can be quite difficult to move up since it is a corporate firm.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to office internal operation. Need a dedicated office manaher.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Nice company, good pay relative to other firms, big projects."

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    Former Employee - Architectural Intern in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Architectural Intern in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The firm has a nice office in a good location. The work atmosphere is good. The people are very nice. Company parties are held often and are fun. Overtime is reasonable and work/life balance seems to be respected. President is awesome -- everyone admires and respects him.

    Cons

    There are periodic layoffs which cause unease among the remaining staff. It goes in cycles but, in general, people are let go pretty regularly.


  6. "Great corporate culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Diverse and really professional employees

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for promotion


  7. "Great people to work with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Flad Architects full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with. Offices in different cities allowed you to think local yet be working on projects elsewhere. Project type challenging and kept me developing profesionally

    Cons

    nothing different from any other architectural firm

  8. "good employeer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    conservative firm with opportunities for growth

    Cons

    madison may be a little difficult for outsiders


  9. "A firm in search of a mission"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good pay, some really good colleagues.

    Cons

    No sense of direction for the firm, ineffective (or absent) leadership, firm doesn't seem to understand its position in the marketplace.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Out of Touch"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some interesting projects in important market sectors, fiscally conservative, some good and talented folks on staff, work is shared among locations

    Cons

    Poor management structure and decision making: All decisions are top-down management style even for what most of us would consider minor, resulting in folks either going rogue or not willing to take any responsibility. Since upper management cannot know everything intimately then this leads to poor choices.
    Employees: Politics can only explain why some people are overworked while others do nothing all day. Diversity is poor even for the architectural field. Too many are short on technical skills and planning concepts.
    Outlook: On the surface it may appear that they are into current trends, but these are just for show and in reality they are still stuck in the distant past, since many folks do only what is comfortable for them.

    Advice to Management

    Give people the power to manage and make decisions without being overridden by upper management. Staff needs to be more diversified, but women and minorities need to feel that their input is just as valuable. Office standards, methods and policy should be followed unless there is a good reason not to. Upper management needs to take a long tour of major cities to see what is being built these days and how.


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