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Ghafari Associates Reviews

Updated February 2, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company Steadily Improving"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Recently renovated gym and locker room, snacks everyday, free Lebanese food frequently, flexible work schedule, recently renovated space with more renovations coming, complex and challenging projects, good with keeping up on the latest software and technology available, supportive of continuing education and professional licensure, good pay and decent bonuses/raises, many talented coworkers to work with and learn from.

    Cons

    The nature of the AE industry seems to be waves of very busy times, when work/life balance is hard to keep, and difficult or sometimes completely incompetent clients. Overtime pay starts at 45 hours. Only 7 recognized holidays. Wellness program and penalties for lack of participation. Insurance deductibles and out of pocket maximums are pretty high although plans are cheap.

    Advice to Management

    Read and respect the criticisms given on this website. While many are from angry and overly dramatic ex-employees, there is usually grains of truth to the criticisms given and certainly areas of improvement do exist. Do your best to keep work weeks reasonable despite ridiculous client demands.


  2. "Architecture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ghafari Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers to work with. A lot of talented staff back then!

    Cons

    Salary could be a lot better. Some competition out there offers a lot more


  3. "Great Place to work. You are not just a number."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ghafari Associates full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A company that cares about their staff. They invest in their knowledge and development. Company has many different opportunities for growth. The global reach for a company this size is impressive.

    Cons

    The company is very busy and have demanding schedules and clients. This is the nature of the business and not really a reflection on the company. It is not for those that want to sit and do the same thing every day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. The company is growing and projects keep coming in.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company cares about its employees and has a great work environment.

    Cons

    No different than any other company I have worked for

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Employee"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BIM Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - BIM Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ghafari Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, good staff - even better people.

    Cons

    Complex projects, international work, not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward to One Ghafari


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The team was very young and energetic, incredibly diverse office. Friendly environment, had a overall good internship experience. As an intern got a chance to meet the CEO.

    Cons

    I haven't experience anything bad/ negative in my time. However as I talked to some people I was told that circulation was fast.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the diversity.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Proud to work at Ghafari"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Ghafari makes you feel you are a member of the family and you have someone takes care of you , not just an employee in the company

    Cons

    I work at GHafari for more than a year and honestly I did not see or feel any downsides at all , they are always helping you to go forward in your career, supporting you in all sides of the life( personally or proffisionally).


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Only for the desperate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ghafari Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are alright. There really aren't much pros here to meet the 20 word minimum. Maybe good for someone just getting out of college to be able to work downtown.

    Cons

    Don't expect a raise even if you have to put in 60 hour weeks on end due to projects being under budgeted. Then expect to get reprimanded for not being able to complete those projects in the ridiculously low amount of hours

    Advice to Management

    Sit in employee's shoes for one project and maybe you will lean a thing or two.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Unprofessional Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ghafari Associates full-time

    Pros

    Ghafari As. has many good architects & engineers that work together as a team despite most projects being mismanaged.
    The diversity and size of some of the projects makes the job sometimes exciting.

    Cons

    The worst thing about Ghafari is the management. This extends from project managers all the way to the top. Clueless about the scope of projects, managers have a high tendency to overpromise clients and other employees have to work insane hours to compensate for that. Unappreciative of the hard work, senior managers often yell and threaten to fire employees over minor mistakes that could only be attributed to poor management and not design.
    As far as pay and benefits go, Ghafari As. isn't good at all. Talent and performance isn't recognized at this company. A work week at Ghafari is 45 hours and not 40 hours. This is one of the many methods that this company uses to cheat employees and get them to work 5 hours of unpaid overtime.

    Advice to Management

    A major change in the company's attitude needs to happen. Most of the management needs to be replaced with qualified individuals that are knowledgeable and that cooperate and communicate with the rest of the team.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ghafari Associates full-time

    Pros

    good work back log always

    Cons

    bad holidays off for family



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