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  1. "Urban design"

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    Former Employee - Senior Urban Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Urban Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Johnson Fain part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting, challenging work local, national and international ... people work well together

    Cons

    work is cyclical and down at this time


  2. "Welcome to the Machine"

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    Former Employee - Intermediate Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intermediate Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Johnson Fain full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Variety of project types from Hospitality, Urban Design, High- Rise, and commercial all done at high level of design. Nice model shop and nice office.

    Cons

    The two principals control all design decisions for every project. The firm exists as function of the principal's narcissism. This means: no real room for advancement, no design responsibility, and that welfare of the employees is not a concern. You will not learn transferable skills at this company. The firm is extremely top heavy with most managers having worked at the office for more than 20 years. There are very few people who worked between 5 to 20 years due to high rate of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    The management has practicing in the same manner of over 30 years, so I doubt any advice given will be heeded.

  3. "Designer"

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    Current Employee - Designer I in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Designer I in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good tech support/printing/computer. Model shop. Quality design

    Cons

    Very little room for growth. No design responsibility. Huge disconnect between management and staff, management has little to no understanding of the technical side of design software.

    Advice to Management

    Learn more about the software your employees use everyday. A seemingly small change may clog up time and workflow for hours. Weigh that cost benefit. Mentorship.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Run away"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Portos on Wednesdays and bagels on fridays, open office, hi-tech support, Can't think of more pros, but I have to type 20 words.

    Cons

    High turnovers, Top heavy hierarchy, poor management, not willing to listen to any comments from "junior" staffs, lack of creativity in architectural design, no teamwork at all, no mentorship from the seniors, outdoor parking, unflexible working hour and lunch hour, very little or no opportunity for promotion, not much of opportunity that the project will be built.

    Advice to Management

    Please mentor and provide leadership to employees. Please provide support for licensure exams for junior staffs. More efficient time and budget management, please.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "The ups are good, but the downs are very bad."

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    Former Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    quality of design work; variety of projects from skyscrapers to residential, hospitality, educational, office buildings; planning department is very strong; social environment is great; good design support (ie. model making and computer graphics); nice office environment (the studio is a converted car dealership so a very large open space); good reprographic machines; full medical benefits; matching 401k; offers yearly educational allowance

    Cons

    tremendous turn-over ratio; risk of getting laid off (downward turns occur every 5 years and the firm looses 80% of it's workforce); not enough design responsibility for all levels of employees (design responsibility only occurs at the very top); furthermore decision making only occurs at the very top (principals and above); self-centered firm

    Advice to Management

    offer better mentorship; create better economic environment for the firm; learn how to retain employees; hire more senior technical staff


  6. "Architectural Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quality design, reasonable hours, competitive compensation

    Cons

    No opportunities for promotion/expand skill set/acquire more responsibilities


  7. "Good Design Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent design office. Variety of types of work.

    Cons

    You will never get to design. Design is done solely by the Principals