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GBD Architects Reviews

Updated Oct 19, 2016

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at GBD Architects full-time

    Pros

    GBD is a big family. We look out for each other, work hard so everyone can benefit, and have fun. We also put nose to the grindstone to be successful in a profession that can be brutal at times. Younger employees spend lots of time together, and our extracurricular functions bring together people from all levels of the office.

    Cons

    Limited diversity, but improving with time. Work-life balance can be tough, but that's architecture in general. Open office can be distracting - wish we had more private spaces to do work, or a work-from-home policy.

    Advice to Management

    Create systems for feedback (anonymous or not) that are not dependent on an "open door policy." As the firm has grown, the informal systems are more challenging to work with, and sensitive issues can be tough to air.

    GBD Architects2016-10-19
  2. "A Very Well-Managed Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at GBD Architects

    Pros

    - Because GBD is an employee owned company, it means that they are extremely transparent. They meet quarterly to tell shareholders how the company is doing, where their money is coming from, where it is going, and their goals for the future. They are also very financially responsible, because they want to maximize the dollars they are able to share with employees. They diligently study project opportunities and weigh...

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    Cons

    - As a larger firm, it can be easy to get lost. Even though everyone is extremely friendly, it can be difficult to find "your people". - Again, as a larger firm, it can be a bit confusing at first for staff to navigate the company's structure, to know who to ask for what. - The firm continues to work on welcoming a diverse workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Provide Paid Family Leave.

    GBD Architects2016-08-31
  3. "Incompetent management and poor design hinders success of this mediocre company"

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    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at GBD Architects full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    downtown location, is a well-known firm

    Cons

    This is sort of a "family business" in the sense that nepotism is the main factor for promotions. Inexperienced interns (that are related to principals) are given way more responsibility than they can handle and this is evident in how the firm is run and the work that is produced. Employees are competitive with each other for a battle of the egos. Clients and quality of work are often secondary to office politics. This...

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    Advice to Management

    promote and hire based on competence, treat clients in a way that promotes shared success rather than insincere relationships and nickel and diming.

    GBD Architects2012-12-17
  4. "Maybe okay during a recession but this sinking ship is one of the more poorly run firms in town"

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    Current Employee -  in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at GBD Architects full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    office location, firm has decent portfolio of past work

    Cons

    Nepotism and ego are king here, where low level staff members with very little experience act in senior level positions based solely on the fact that they are related to people in the firms management. Client relationships are not taken seriously and the client is usually presumed to be wrong without listening. You will work long hours with little reward or acknowledgment of your efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on talent and experience. Do not take client relationships for granted. Marketing and rebranding efforts should be handled by professionals, not interns.

    GBD Architects2012-07-17
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