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Hobbs and Black Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2019

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  1. "Excellent place to work!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hobbs and Black full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great location in downtown Ann Arbor. Employer pays for parking. So much to do downtown when not working. Great projects and a family feel to the organization. The actual office is a gorgeous stone church that was converted into a workplace back in the 80's. If you have a great attitude and work ethic there are plenty of advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    As with any company there are cons. Sometimes different departments are played favorite to but over all it is a great place to work and build your career.

    Advice to Management

    More team building. Outside events such as ballgames and BBQ's are a great. Lets do more and get everyone involved and engaged.

    Hobbs and Black2018-06-27
  2. "Mediocre"

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    Former Employee - Architect in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hobbs and Black full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. A couple of extra days off around holidays. Pays for licensure. Free parking in downtown Ann Arbor.

    Cons

    Work is not inspiring. Design is a separate studio and generally an afterthought. Studios do not communicate and are competitive to the detriment of the staff. Leadership is generally difficult to work with. Pay is low, especially considering the cost of living of Ann Arbor. Very high turnover for younger staff, senior staff is well entrenched.

    Advice to Management

    Modernize the firm's culture. Increase pay to lower turnover rate.

    Hobbs and Black2019-04-22
  3. "Big projects, little time"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 

    I worked at Hobbs and Black

    Pros

    Pleasant culture, lots of different projects

    Cons

    Almost seemed too busy at times to gain any new knowledge or experience from other co-workers

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be open with the company and employees

    Hobbs and Black2017-06-24
  4. "Nice Work, if you "get it""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hobbs and Black full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - You can't beat the location. The office is cool, but the old building is falling apart around the edges. Lots of great eating options within walking distance. - There is a group of people who really care about trying to make it a great place to work. Staff who keep a positive focus can find a lot to like about the company. - It's a great place for people who don't like the big-firm, corporate structure. H+B is... actually a conglomeration of multiple studios who have the freedom to operate independently (which some can view as a "con" if you value corporate consistently over entrepreneurialism). - Company typically provides a raise upon becoming licensed. - There are a variety of project types to work on - big retail and healthcare projects and smaller projects of all other varieties. Typically employees stay with the same studio, unless a specific request/demand is made to move. - Free parking pass in downtown Ann Arbor is a plus - especially when coming in for off-hour events in the city. - Staff development is encouraged by staying with projects from start to finish. Jobsite tours are good teaching opportunities.

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    Cons

    - Hobbs+Black is a great place to work for the upwardly mobile, self-starters who dig in deep to do the best job and make sure they are noticed. With the fast pace of work, managers don't often have time to recognize staff for their efforts. People who have a "timeclock" mentality will not be provided advancement opportunities. - Younger staff new to the professional workforce can have a hard time understanding... that salary work includes overtime - typically 5-10% - but this should be factored in for consideration when evaluating a new job. - Promotions are slow in coming, but a little self-promotion can get noticed. - Company does not have match 401k, which is typically provided at other firms. - It's not the place for everyone, but if you are serious about good architecture and check your ego at the door, you could make a career of it.

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    Advice to Management

    Let the staff know you are listening. Lots of conversations go on behind closed doors and a variety of opinions are surely expressed, but it is not obvious to the staff if their voices are heard. Too much concern over hurting the feelings of the few can lead to non-action, indecisiveness and an apparent lack of leadership to the whole. Develop a positive, consistent message and repeat it often to foster internal... development.

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    Hobbs and Black2016-02-13
  5. "Functional but a bit outdated"

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hobbs and Black full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location in Ann arbor is great. Free parking pass to structure you can use any time. Flexible and relaxed. Not super strict as long as you work your time. They've started to be a little more transparent with staff meetings Lunch & Learns - AIA credit + free lunch once every other week on average. Snacks provided daily (pretzel, cookie, fruit snack packs) The company is currently doing well.

    Cons

    No overtime compensation. Very little vacation time. No extra time off for working overtime. Low wages and overworked without recognition. No matching 401K contributions Very little coordination with helping employees further education, take tests, gain certificates. People are friendly but stressed and too busy to actually coordinate project information. No BIM Manager. Seems a bit unorganized; different standards... throughout the offices. Lazy people are lazy and get away with it. Hard working people are not noticed either.

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    Advice to Management

    Worked here for about two years and there have been some rough times and normal times. It seems like many of the upper management have ego problems and are stuck in their ways. If you try to have a conversation about what could improve a project, productivity, or even the company, it will likely be dismissed. Listen to your employees and recognize which ones are doing the work. Compensate them adequately and you... will retain talent. Keep the relaxed environment but check in on employees every once in a while to see what they're doing. Look at how many hours they're working and what is accomplished.

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    Hobbs and Black2015-10-16
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Mediocre at best"

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hobbs and Black full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Firm is well known in michigan and they do get some awesome projects -Great place to work if you are just starting out and need industry experience (they will literally hire anyone) -Many great employees who are working hard to improve the workplace

    Cons

    -Design and technical staff do not work together -Departments do not communicate with each other at all, creating a horrible working enviornment -Some of the upper management is terrible and there are constant fights in the office -large gap in compensation between younger staff, who generally make less than 35k/year and "older" staff who make over 100k/year - terrible benefits for the "non-inimportant" staff... who actually do all the work - supervisor makes the staff work unpaid overtime and sacrifice their weekends - over 40% of the staff was hired in the last 2 years, lots of turnover, most of which are unhappy working there - very few of the upper management staff is qualified or actually have masters degrees/licenses

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    Advice to Management

    - first, actually hire qualified people who work hrd, and give fair compensation and benefits to younger staff so there is less turnover - increase communication between departments - regulate department heads (or actually enforce regulations currently in place) - increase incentives for staff to actally do IDP/ take the ARE

    Hobbs and Black2015-06-06
  7. "Architectural Intern"

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    Former Intern - Architectural Intern in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hobbs and Black for less than a year

    Pros

    Good people, nice office, decent pay.

    Cons

    Not the most interesting projects.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on finding some exciting projects

    Hobbs and Black2015-04-21
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Poorly managed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hobbs and Black full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The actual office location is awesome! Very unique building. Most of the employees are friendly and they have several opportunities for team building.

    Cons

    Upper management is horrible. There isn't strong leadership from above so each studio competes with the other, and there is constant back stabbing among the upper levels of management who cannot agree on much of anything, yet alone how to run a company. Certain members of upper management also lack scruples and are known for 'fudging' company qualifications, tracing competitor buildings and going off on long abusive... tirades to employees (worthy of HR intervention if there was a real HR department).

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    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to get along and cut loose those who are bringing the company down with their questionable character.

    Hobbs and Black2014-06-10
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Architectural firm to work in; has some room for improvement."

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     in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends

    I worked at Hobbs and Black

    Pros

    There is possiblity of advancement. Abilitiy to follow through and work on all phases of a project. Excellent location (in downtown Ann Arbor). A large majority of employees are easy to approach and 'bounce ideas off'.

    Cons

    Lack of organization. Lacks quality control. Does not have internal common standards.

    Advice to Management

    More and honest communication with employess would be good. Developing standards would streamline daily processes.

    Hobbs and Black2009-04-29
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