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IA Interior Architects Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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IA Interior Architects Co President/ CEOs David Bourke & Tom Powers
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Pros
  • We deliver great projects for awesome clients (in 5 reviews)

  • If you have a desire to learn and grow, and you let it be know to management, the opportunities are there (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The concept of work life balance is near impossible in SF with PMs caving to clients every request (in 5 reviews)

  • Long hours with little accolades (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Project Accountant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Accountant
    Current Employee - Project Accountant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule.
    Great team with a positive leader.
    Good life balance.
    Ample opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    The open office environment can sometimes make it hard to concentrate on your work, but usually people are respectful when it comes to noise levels.


  2. "Touch and Go"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Half day Fridays, causal Fridays, employee owned (esop), some really great projects and clients

    Cons

    Offices are individually managed, so it can be hit or miss. Some managing directors are inexperienced and seem to have no one overseeing them. They don't understand how the firm works as a whole, act before thinking, can be highly reactionary, and change their mind completely every other day. This results in a lot of guessing and rework from the team, a complete lack of trust in said managing director, and confusion and frustration across the board. Everyday is like walking on egg shells.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a closer eye on new managing directors. It is not okay to give someone that title and leave them to fend for themselves and mismanage an office. It might be okay for the MD, but it's not okay for all of the people who work under her. Please promote One IA in practice. Visit us, support us, and help us grow and transition. Don't leave us to the wolves or to see if we sink or swim... I think we have a leak and we're sinking but don't know it yet.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Disappointment is an understatement"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IA Interior Architects full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great IT department and technology

    Cons

    They inflate their ego that they are great in design yet they are purely a service architecture firm. No backbone and does what the client wants while claiming it was all their idea. Then all the principals take credit while throwing the team under the bus and even advocate with reviews here claiming it's a great place to work and any problem is typical in any firm - all lies. This is a sweat shop. You will learn skills here but not well rounded cause if they do that, you'd qualify for a promotions which they do not like to promote in house; therefore, they focus you on certain aspects making you less well rounded and less qualified for a promotion. They love brown nosers so if that's you, go ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously, get rid of the older generation as their methods are not affective in this type of industry anymore. Bring the young talent to design presentation since the clients are usually 30-40 years old - sending a 50-60 year old looks terrible and too corporate.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Only if you're desperate for a job"

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    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IA Interior Architects full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Say, you came out of a horrific divorce or fleein a war-torn country, this place could be your reentry to a better situation.

    Cons

    Flaccid leadership enjoys unlimited spending sprees the firm cannot afford, while those below them bust their butts for thankless pay, long hours with no OT, cheap booze and parties and empty promises of advancement unless you are someone's golden child. This place experiences turnover like nobody's business. If it's quiet for a moment, it's really the calm before the storm. There was a mass exodus last month firmwide with staff leaving even though there weren't jobs waiting. They just wanted to be human again, which this place knows nothing about. If someone next to you keels over due to being overworked and stressed, don't be surprised if these people would walk on by or even over him. Lastly, if you're in this business because you love design, well, you may have worked hard on the most innovative project this place could possibly get, and the design directors and marketing forget to submit it for awards.

    Advice to Management

    Retire and cash out, since you are really bad at leadership.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "gangster management"

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IA Interior Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They have some tech company accounts. If you are technical architect, you have loads of work for you.

    Cons

    Gangster management, there little gang groups with in the firm that they protect their own interest and fire you if they feel like you are not part of the gang. They never keep their promises, you will never get promoted if you are not working on big and famous account. As a young entry level design at IA will get burn very quickly and long working hours without over time compensation. The worse part about IA is that they don't understand design, they are still a technical company that does other design company’s drawing as their core business. IA also has some long term gang members that has no idea about design and come to instruct you what to do.


  6. "Best place I have worked so far!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IA Interior Architects full-time

    Pros

    Hard work is balanced with fun and games. Management is dedicated to growing younger staff and offering opportunities to learn and grow in a supportive environment. Top tier IT systems and software, and leaders in VR and BIM tools.

    Cons

    Some teams are more dysfunctional than others. In general, the cons here are those found in any architecture firm - demanding clients, deadlines, and the stress inherent in realizing beautiful design solutions in a competitive economy.

    Advice to Management

    Continue talking with staff at all levels about what you need and what they need, in order to create a win-win scenario for all involved.


  7. "Good for now"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Flexible hours, flex Fridays year around
    -can work from home when needed
    -dogs often in office
    -great, friendly culture
    -many firm wide resources
    -good projects
    -really flexible office transfers

    Cons

    -High turn over
    -management often promotes each other and doesn't recognize more junior staff -majority of the office are consultants
    -very rarely do they give firm title or job promotions
    -often they give you responsibilities above your title and pay range (IE: job captain is a PM on multiple projects... but still paid as a job captain)
    -associates don't do anything, all office culture done by non-firm titled employees
    -Staffing is a joke
    -good projects don't necessarily go to the better designers

    Advice to Management

    Help your staff grow, especially those you're invested in. Don't give the "Googles" to an aerotek employee that just learned revit yesterday. Promote the employees who work hard to improve office culture and engagement. Acknowledge hard workers and those who stay late or come in on weekends.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Very Disappointed with this Firm after 5 years of service"

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    Former Employee - Intermediate Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intermediate Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IA Interior Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of great people and friends I have met at IA over the +4 years. But IA scared them all away. They have great IT staff with excellent resources in the tech world. Silicon Valley staff and leadership is great!

    Cons

    They are one of the most underpaid firms (haven't changed their cost for space plans for +30 years.... 10 cents a sf... wtf - bad business model) and they pay employees bare minimum salaries. Too many people I know were making pennies at IA compared to other firms (I moved on and got a +20% salary increase right away).

    The upper management was so focused on their own goals that they disregarded the staff. The concept of work life balance is near impossible in SF with PMs caving to clients every request. They never push back which causes the staff to stay late working on unreasonable schedules and deadlines. They do not expose you to all aspects but rather focus you on certain tasks so you don't get exposure and therefore don't qualify for a promotion. They rarely promote young staff in house but do promote upper management.

    San Francisco upper management is not great and of course it is the headquarters.... founding members need to move on so there can be positive change in the culture and business model that benefits everyone in the firm, not just the upper. Do not recommend unless you want the every other Friday off

    Advice to Management

    Shed the weight of the older staff that do not promote positive change.


  9. "Interior Architects Chicago"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IA Interior Architects full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment - team is like a family. Good balance of work and fun.

    Cons

    Not very good pay. Need to get better at annual reviews and encouraging career growth.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Love this company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IA Interior Architects full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Want to have the opportunity to learn, grow, try new things, be involved in your community? This is the company. IA fully supports individual growth with great resources. LOVE IT HERE!

    Cons

    You aren't working here! If you are in the architecture or design profession, why aren't you working here????

    Advice to Management

    Keep offering us opportunities!


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