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Updated October 31, 2017
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  1. "A great place to grow."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company looks out for it's employees in all aspects.

    Cons

    Like any company it is difficult to balance work & life.


  2. "Architect"

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    Current Employee - Architect
    Current Employee - Architect
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at LS3P full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great office culture, team collaboration, and laid back atmosphere. The people in the office are great to work with and have a lot of talent. Definitely opportunities to growth within the firm if working your way up the corporate ladder is your thing.

    Cons

    Although it is the firm's mission to have design excellence, that is not the case with most projects. It varies from office to office, but overall excellence in design is not consistent from project to project especially when the clients are calling ALL the shots. The firm has great talent across the board and definitely has great potential be a high design firm, but there seems to be a certain comfort level to designing the same "style" time and time again. Boundaries are not being pushed to excel in design.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to be more selective with projects that come through the door. If clients want poor design and a design team is put in a position where the firm's mission "Design First" is being challenged, perhaps it's a project/client that should be reconsidered. High quality design should be a priority!

  3. "company culture."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at LS3P (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of work, great tools and software, good software training, very good self branding. Great place for internships and those new in your career.

    Cons

    Each office is run independently, with seemingly only financial oversight from the board, leading to great variations in office culture. There are a lot of principals and associate principals. There was a lot of politics, self promotion , and a very obvious glass ceiling. Because of the lack of corporate oversight into culture and daily life in each office, the culture can vary widely. If you want to work there for a long time, get to know the office and studio leaders and other employees at that location, before you interview. HR.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO, and two EVPs need to engage in each office regularly, all the way down to the interns. It is the only way to see beyond the sales pitch. Look at turn over, it is an obvious indicator of culture problems. Focus more on employee retention and a little less on outward expansion. I've seen a lot of talent leave over the politics. Cross office mentoring would help pull the curtain back. Less focus on the fruit baskets.


  4. "Architect, Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Architect in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at LS3P full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for growth and professional development

    Cons

    Experiencing period of longer hours


  5. "Excellent Architecture Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at LS3P full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    a leading low country architecture firm with a strong corporate work ethic and culture. Provides great benefits, flexible working hours, and a path of advancement.

    Cons

    company is overly focused on corporate culture and branding. At times can operate as separate silos of architecture opposed to a large cohesive firm.