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Flad Architects Reviews

Updated December 28, 2018
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  1. "Interesting, technical work with an intelligent team"

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    Current Employee - Project Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flad SF has a good mix of technical work and fun design projects. If you like both, or want to explore both, its a great place to be. The people are incredibly smart with a wide range of experience. The company focuses mainly on science and technology, which brings to light many of the technical aspects of architecture. In the last few years there has been a stronger focus on design and I feel that they were making great progress in that direction. I learned a lot in my position and felt that I grew exponentially professionally.

    Cons

    Old habits die hard, and the leadership [although great people] would fall back on tradition rather than forward thinking. This was shifting while I was there and I'm sure growth has happened in this area.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a strong feedback loop with younger staff to serve two purposes: mentorship and to define honestly where they need to grow to advance their career.


  2. "Good Firm with a few changes needed"

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

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Decent work/life balance, opportunities available if you assert yourself and become your own advocate. Interesting/high profile project types

    Cons

    Limited project types (S&T/lab buildings). Weak management, poor communication at times. Smaller offices get isolated from headquarters (Madison)

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees (passions/drives/desires/skills) and push them to grow. Be consistent and present with project teams.

  3. "Great Firm with good potential in the future"

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

    I have been working at Flad Architects full-time

    Pros

    The firm is will to support your professional development and path to licensure. Good work-life balance. Company working to become better.

    Cons

    I heard that some people felt pigeonholed, though I have not experienced this.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your employees and support their career paths. This will help keep them interesting in supporting the firm and making it stronger as we make way in the future.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. 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.


  9. "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


  10. "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