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Handel Architects Reviews

Updated March 1, 2019
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  1. "Great projects, great place to challenge yourself"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Handel Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The firm has a strong portfolio of ground-up work and is committed to striving to do even better work. It's a great place for people who are passionate and who want to grow- you get exposed to everything and are expected to contribute to everything, so it's a great place to advance your career. There has been a big push recently to grow the office culture and to invest in things like mentorship and extracurricular related activities (whether it is sketching, parametric/computational design, sustainability, facade tech, art, construction admin, IDP/ARE stuff, or even just sports and wellness) with I think is important. Everyone looks forward to the Friday happy hours and increasingly it's been a time for people to present and share some of their team's work or even their own personal work and interests. The best part about this office is definitely the people you will work alongside of - a range of talents and really great colleagues that I miss seeing every day. It's a neat chance to learn from your peers and be a part of some really interesting projects that you can be proud of when you see built. It's surprising how many projects this company has done in the last 25 years and exciting to see what is coming next.

    Cons

    You get out of it as much as you put into it. Those who are ready to hit the ground running do really well here, but it's important to have strong work ethic and to communicate with your team/manager to be able to balance the workload and express what you need to succeed. There can be variation between management structure depending on the team and the project manager so different people have different experiences.


  2. "Handel Architects"

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    Current Employee - Handel Architects in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Handel Architects in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Handel Architects full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly people and interesting project

    Cons

    Average benefits and long hours

  3. "Management was tough to deal with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Handel Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The salaries were competitive, which was a plus (the reason I stayed)

    Cons

    Management was kind of making the company fall apart


  4. "Excellent Firm to Grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Handel Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent exposure for young staff to various phases of design and work. The mid-sized nature of the firm enables opportunities for employees to take on more responsibility and see a project develop. Great ability to work with and learn from partner and senior staff. All are extremely knowledgeable and willing to share it. Fun and collaborative environment, with social hours every few weeks!

    Cons

    Occasional long hours, mainly as deadlines occur


  5. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on which team you are assigned to, there can be interesting projects to work on. Generally nice coworkers, friendly admin staff, free snacks in office.

    Cons

    Bad management and organization, no room to grow or get promoted unless you will be working here forever, Some PMs are so awful to work with and they will be with this firm forever. Long work hours, obviously.

    Advice to Management

    People in management position should better learn how to be professional and better to know treat/teach young staff.


  6. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great firm. Small studio feel.

    Cons

    Lack of structure in management both in IT and HR.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people for management to sustain the firm.


  7. "Project Designer"

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

    I worked at Handel Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Firm is committed to employee growth
    Impressively organized projects
    Relatively transparent management

    Cons

    The work environment was too "quiet" for me...but that might be your thing!
    Not a lot of communication between separate teams.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Small firm feel for a medium sized company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to all aspects of a project. Accessibility to partners. Provide ideas and feedback on projects you are working on. Down to earth people. You are the captain of your own ship.

    Cons

    Need to invest more on administrative staff and structure. Benefits can be more comprehensive.

    Advice to Management

    Implement more structure and invest more on the admin side.


  9. "Architect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Handel Architects full-time

    Pros

    Great people and work environment

    Cons

    overtime hours, very tight project schedules


  10. "Young office with opportunity to grow"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Can be involved in profile projects if you work hard

    Cons

    Long hours and most design freedom given to favorites