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LRS Architects Reviews

Updated December 21, 2016
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  1. "Interior Designer III"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    good work/life balance, fun community

    Cons

    LRS tends to make a little less than othe rfirms in the area


  2. "Architect"

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    Former Employee - Staff in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Staff in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LRS Architects full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Nice office environment. Good "middle of the road" kind of office, Not too pretentious, not too behind the times.

    Cons

    Embarrassingly low compensation compared to other firms. Management does not support staff needs as well as it should. Chaotic at times. Limited growth opportunities. Talented people do not last very long, which seems to drain moral. Above average turn-over. Better office environment than it was 10 years ago, so they are improving.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. There is a long running reputation that management does not value staff at this firm, something along "a dime a dozen". Best firms value and support employees. Good people will (and want) stick around if they believe management is supportive. They ultimately leave because of management, not because of co-workers.


  3. "A great work environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oregon City, OR
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oregon City, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LRS Architects full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people and good work-life balance. The office cares about what they do, and will strive to help employees grow if they show the interest. The office location is great.

    Cons

    They did not offer the highest salaries in the industry, but they do not expect you to work a zillion hours for what you get,


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Among the top 3 firms I've worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Marketing in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at LRS Architects full-time

    Pros

    great work life balance; they solve the "big boat to turn around" decision making challenge most partnerships face because the senior leaders trust each other and compartmentalize decision making well.

    Cons

    A few growing pains as they have grown to over 120 people, but nothing that wouldn't happen to any firm under the same circumstances. They're solving it by finding a few more people to work "on" the firm rather than just "at" the firm, including a dedicated HR person

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. You make it very easy to work with you.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great coworkers, but that's not enough to keep talent"

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    Former Employee - Project Staff in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Project Staff in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and hands-on leadership. Pretty good work-life balance. Attempts to foster good company culture by having a few casual workplace events here and there.

    Cons

    Very low pay compared to similar jobs at similar companies in the area. Not very good with talent retention - willing to let great people go to competitors instead of paying more to keep them, even while the market is booming. Strict, old-fashioned dress code.

    Advice to Management

    They really need a trained Human Resources position - having the company's lead accountant also double as HR is not healthy or appropriate, especially when that person is not very good with people. Relax the dress code - if you don't offer other perks, at least have a less old-fashioned dress code.


  7. "Great company, wonderful spirit !"

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    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LRS Architects part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Environment, culture, management, location, people

    Cons

    none, none, none ,none, none


  8. "Office of Talented and Fun Personalities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LRS Architects full-time

    Pros

    Principals are all approachable and personable. The leadership team works well together. I have been able to balance my personal and professional lives because of LRS.
    There are minimal, if any, egos in the office. Egos aren't allowed.
    Co-workers are very kind, helpful and supportive.
    I hear a lot of laughter throughout the day in our open office environment, and then moments of total silence as people do their work.
    I have been able to make suggestions and voice my opinion to management.

    Cons

    The business office manager, I keep my contact with her to a minimum.
    I know some fellow co-workers haven't felt heard a few times when making design suggestions to some of the principals.

    Advice to Management

    Continue listening to employees; Maybe ask more questions of employees; take time to connect with each member on your team.Some of my co-workers are young and shy, so they do not feel comfortable approaching managers, managers need to make a stronger effort to connect with each of their team members.


  9. "Project Staff"

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

    Pros

    Great staff and good environment.

    Cons

    Compensated lower than industry standards in the Portland metro area.


  10. "Growth And Community"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at LRS Architects full-time

    Pros

    I have been encouraged to learn and grow professionally. I am challenged daily and have the support I have never had in previous positions. They have created an environment where people really care about the company and each other.

    Cons

    None I enjoy the work and the people.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    LRS has a wonderful and creative group of employees. LRS is a perfect blend of culture and work/life balance.

    Cons

    No cons. Any challenges that may arise they are always quick to address.

    Advice to Management

    Continue listening to your employees.


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