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Integral Group Reviews

Updated September 30, 2017
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  1. "Energizing Work Environment, Green Mission Focus"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Integral Group full-time

    Pros

    - Energizing and inspiring to be surrounded by coworkers who are passionate about our mission to build a more sustainable world
    - High-performance, award-winning projects and a variety of building types
    - Very accessible via public transit; located right next to the 12th St Oakland BART station
    - Cute dogs in the office to pet
    - Casual dress code and social co-workers
    - A lot of natural light and plants in the office
    - Fun events for the office which have included camping, bowling, visiting the Exploratorium, holiday party, and watching the Golden State Warriors victory parade from our 2nd-floor windows
    - Wide range of age diversity (20s up to 60s and everything in-between)
    - CEO has a fun personality; known to wear a kilt to company parties

    Cons

    - Open office layout means that the work environment can get noisy when multiple conversations happen near you; headphones recommended
    - Office has grown from 30 to 90 employees over the last 4-5 years which led to some growing pains, but management has responded over the last few months with more support (for example: increasing front desk admin staff from 1 to 2; hiring 3 separate people for HR / office manager / digital marketing when there was 1 person doing all 3 previously; announcing the rollout of an office mentorship program)

    Advice to Management

    - Be more present in the office
    - Make the org chart less confusing
    - Improve communication to from leadership level down to teams


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Integral Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most people in office are super cool. They try their best to do good work and not slot of drama in office like some places.

    Cons

    You could have warned some of the new hires that you moving to encino BEFORE they accept the offer. Telling them you moving after one month you hire them is messed up. This mean many people will have to find a new job again closer to home.

    Also too many project are just disorganized. This is probably in part to low budget and no hours left to do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so selfish. Think of the lower people.

  3. "Lots of good folks but need for senior leadership change is imminent"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Integral Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People, culture, projects, diversity, clients, relationships, social, tech, flexibility, tools, location, benefits, forward thinking....there are a lot of good things why one will consider working here!

    Cons

    A must need for senior technical folks, quality project managers and leaders in Oakland office as youngsters need constant training, supervision and guidance.

    Advice to Management

    When you promise your valuable employees something you better deliver rather then waiting forever to make it happen and wondering why are you losing great folks!


  4. "New to he job"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Integral Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Just started and love this company super cool peeeps and fun. Very progressive and busy. Looking forward to the future with exciting new projects.

    Cons

    None that I know so far. Perhaps better benefits especially in regards to training compensations

    Some staff seem overburden though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. You doing a good job and love this place


  5. "Inspiring Place to Work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Integral Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - interesting and impactful projects
    - passionate and dedicated staff. This is especially important and impressive. It's not at every firm that you get to work with people who love and believe in what they do.
    - being truly inspired each and every day by the people that surround you
    - the chance to work on challenging projects and grow your skillset
    - sustainable and green office culture- for real! Not just on paper
    - a great place to learn about high performance, low-energy, sustainable design practices
    - positive office culture - not a lot of gossip

    Cons

    - disconnect between mission statement and the actions of upper management
    - breakdown of communication between staff and upper management on major office decisions
    - poor financial management and low profit margins


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Fearless Design Engineers, Disorganized Management"

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    Former Employee - Principal in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Principal in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Integral Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Crunchy people, many of the younger staff do actually want to make a difference
    - Deep bench in sustainability on the LEED and LBC green building certification programs
    - Above average energy modeling capabilities and team.
    - Having Jason McLennan (at least on paper) on the "Thought Leadership" group although don't count on actually seeing him in any of the offices.
    - Qualified and inspiring CEO with an impressive track record in the area of sustainability for the built environment.

    Cons

    -sweatshop like hours during heavy months
    -lack of transparency and input on overall company operations and directions. Major and wide reaching decisions on company policy and directives are too often delivered to young leaders from closed door meetings from directors with little opportunity to provide input or feedback.
    -No real possibility of company ownership or majority vote; even for those gaining "Partnership" status and buying shares in the company, this will always be a minor share in a very very large corporation. Note that Integral Group is owned by Dar Group based out of Beirut, long time owner of architects Perkins + Will; a quick internet search will find the Dar Group holding website.
    -Canadian leadership on West Coast Region US offices although qualified and experiences, not always in touch with US culture (all 4 regional directors were Canadian based at time of writing).
    -Being founded as early as 2009 and now approaching 350-400 people in 2017, still dealing with major problems with firm wide standardization, quality control on deliverables and internal efficiency.
    -In last 2-3 years many staff from jr. engineers to top management quietly "disappeared" from the firm, meaning that on Monday morning several staff might be suspiciously gone with little to no explanation on how they left (quit, fired, mutual, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Actually practice what IG claims to be their "core values"( Trust, Nurture, Inspire). While IG has been very successful in inspiring other firms and collaborators within our industry, the internal environment does not inspire trust, and does not provide a "nurturing" environment for its employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great People - Unprofessional Management"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Integral Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great projects emphasize sustainability and there is room for innovation
    - Creative people
    - Award-winning designs put Integral Group ahead of the curve
    - Dog-friendly office
    - Close to public transit

    Cons

    - Rare opportunities for growth within.
    - Diversity is an issue and has been addressed on multiple occasions with little result (quotas become goals and so forth). One need only to look at the top tiers of management within the firm to realize that it reflects the industry standard 50 years ago.
    - Managers are mostly unavailable and mentorship is virtually nonexistent. Heavy reliability on junior staff to mentor each other with little to no leadership.
    - Fast growth within the company has left "bruising". Company ideology of Trust•Nurture•Inspire is not in practice due to emphasis on the bottom line instead of its people.
    - Unhealthy and sometimes hostile work environment is not conducive to a successful business. Abuse is left unaddressed as leaders are given a pass for unprofessional behavior.
    - High employee turnover has created a chaotic work environment. Long hours are unavoidable.
    - Stress levels are through the roof and reassurance comes in the form beer (sanctioned) and drug use (unsanctioned). Professionalism is a rarity.
    - Startup heart in a corporate body; growing pains are evident.

    Advice to Management

    - Adapt to changes that you anticipate before they happen
    - Be present to guide staff or hire someone to do so
    - Recognize accomplishments quickly
    - Hold people accountable to the processes you create
    - Manage your teams instead of reorganizing them
    - Lessen the gap between leadership and staff. Open communication is a necessity when practicing trust.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "A Standard MEP Firm with a Mediocre Environment"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Integral Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The workplace cares about social issues
    Some emphasis on sustainability

    Cons

    Raises below inflation for the entire office consistently. Very small bonuses.

    Not a relaxed work environment, the busy times are stressful and you are asked to work heavy overtime without being paid for it. The slow times are still not relaxed.

    Not a good place to learn or practice sustainability unless you are in the energy modeling group. Takes on projects that include fast food and small TI work that have no sustainability aspect. This is majority the work. Rarely providing innovative ways to save energy other than what is code mandated or the bare minimum to meet LEED requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees, all these people leaving is not good for the environment. Promote managers who increase moral in the office and are kind to their coworkers. The office got such a bad "Human Experience" score on our internal LEED survey that we stopped running our scores, and things continue to get worse and we continue to lose good people.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Cool Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Integral Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company has an emphasis on energy efficiency and has some really cool projects in their portfolio. Cool place to learn about good engineering design and energy efficiency.

    Cons

    Mentorship still needs development. Too much of an emphasis on staying billable.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better mentorship to keep talent

    Integral Group Response

    Feb 24, 2017 – Manager, People Department

    Thanks for your review! We agree we have room to grow when it comes to more formal mentorships. We'd love more feedback from you on this, so please reach out to our People Director, Tiffany Elston... More


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Smart amazing people, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Integral Group full-time

    Pros

    You are surrounded by very smart, interesting people who are driven to change the building industry. The projects are interesting and you work with top notch architects and clients. The social aspect of work is great. The project concepts and ideas are innovative and end up with effective and sustainable building designs. The management are very nice and put a lot of trust in many young engineers. It is a great place to get your foot in the door in the AEC industry.

    Cons

    Although the management are all very well intentioned, nice people, the actual management of staff was horrible. There was very little oversight of the young engineers which they tend to hire. There seems to be a LOT of overhead costs such as business development that add questionable value to the business. Big projects are won and very little attention is given to actually delivering quality, detail driven designs. There were virtually no standard details or processes at the company other than those spearheaded by a few individuals. There is a severe lack of experienced project engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Put REAL money and time into training and retaining employees, standards and experienced engineering staff. Slim down on high overhead expenses.


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