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Larson Design Group Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  1. "Designer 1"

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    Current Employee - Designer I in Wexford, PA
    Current Employee - Designer I in Wexford, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are awesome here. It's a smaller company so it's nice to have an opportunity to interact with everyone and be part of a company on the upswing.

    Cons

    There really is no downside to working here that is coming to mind.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Struggling to Organize"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsport, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsport, PA

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

    Pros

    Endless supplies of caffeine.

    Cons

    Presumably, if you're an engineer, they treat and pay you better. There were no incentives to stay, no encouragement to grow in roles, just endless stress and automatic raises that were put on hold. The company was fractured, leadership was struggling.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Larson Design Group full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere. High priority in continuing ed for career advancement. Great co-workers. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Not much transparency between upper management and employees. Upper management has become increasingly disconnected from the employees with the continued desire for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Stop and take a look around and get back to the roots of the company. Bigger is not always better. Employees are more than just numbers.


  4. "Great Company and great learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Technician II in Williamsport, PA
    Former Employee - Architectural Technician II in Williamsport, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Larson Design Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company keeps employees continually learning and up on their required professional learning requirements. Lots of overtime if you want it, and great benefits.

    Cons

    Growth was too quick too fast and not enough experienced managers for employees. Need to train managers from date of hire

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee matters


  5. "Great Growth Goals and Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Larson Design Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    LDG has been a great place to work for the past few years. The corporate service team is transparent with their growth vision and goals and does a good job at keeping everyone updated on the company stats. There is room to grow in this company if you are willing to put in the time and effort it takes and don't just expect a hand out. They have done a good job with their recent compensation plan to be competitive in order to retain their employees. Just within the past few years I've been here, LDG has improved with leaps and bounds toward making this a top place of employment. There seems to be a good work life balance that managers are respectful of, and they just implemented summer hours which is also another great incentive, I hope they continue to progress with their employee engagement and retention plans.

    Cons

    There have been groups that have struggled with employee turnover and having issues with burning out some of the employees, however the company recognizes this issue and is working toward creating a better employee environment for those groups. Also to put it in perspective, those groups are just a small piece of the pie that make up LDG, so the few who had a poor experience here were unfortunately just part of a team that has some work to be done so that they can be brought up to speed with the rest of the company. In some instances it pays to hold out, or furthermore to stand up as a leader and help make those groups successful. If you always do what you've always done, then you'll always get what you've always gotten.

    Advice to Management

    If you want more leaders and want people to grow in the company, you need to provide them with the right tools to learn instead of allowing only certain tools and information of the company be available to PM's and up. Help them train to be in the position they want to be in so that when they make it there, they are prepared without having to jump through hoops or be thrown into a sink or swim position and expect instant success and profit.


  6. "Working here is a good investment in your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Larson Design Group full-time

    Pros

    Growing company working in diverse industries nationwide; the CEO seems to really live up to the values that he promotes; challenging (in a good way) work due to rapid growth

    Cons

    Definitely has an engineering firm vibe, even though they do architecture as well. I would prefer that the environment be a little more modern, creative, and artistic.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from modern companies how to shake things up a bit and be innovative with employee culture.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "CEO is self-focused and an incredibly poor leader."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsport, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsport, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Larson Design Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    LDG provided a good place to develop skills in REVIT and learn how to put projects together.

    Cons

    If you want to do real Architecture and not just canned retail repeat work over and over with no growth opportunity then stay away from LDG. Supervisors are clueless and untrustworthy and senior management is just looking out for their retirement fund at the cost of all else.

    Advice to Management

    Get a capable management trained supervisor for the Architecture department that is trustworthy.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "If ur not a salary employee stay away!"

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    Former Employee - Laborer in Williamsport, PA
    Former Employee - Laborer in Williamsport, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Larson Design Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent learning experience, but pay vs responsibility is not aligned with what employees should be earning based on their education, background, and other company payscales

    Cons

    If your fresh out of college, and you want to earn money do not work here! Company has difficult time keeping employees, their profit margins are #1 priority, employee happiness and pay is last. Lots of extra unpaid survey questionnaires and mandatory training that's wares you out.

    Advice to Management

    Are u still trying to figure out why you can't retain employees?


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away from this firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Only game in town so they have you trapped.

    Cons

    This is a firm that if you are not one of the chosen few you have no chance getting anywhere. A majority of the management from directors on up are clueless that seem to have no education in business management, just engineers. They just happened to be in the right place at the right time and inherited their positions. They did an internal poll of management and the biggest issue is they are totally untrustworthy. There seems to be a lot of discrimination in the firm as well.

    Advice to Management

    Leave

    Larson Design Group Response

    Apr 22, 2016 – Vice President, Human Resources

    We appreciate the time you took to write about LDG. It is unfortunate that you seem to have had such a bad experience. As was the case during your employment, I’d like to extend our open door... More


  10. "Good company with a strong desire to do the right thing"

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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 Larson Design Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Vision and values have created a good basis for driving employee behavior. Can employees understand and step up. Walk the talk is key.

    Cons

    Growing too fast and trying to do too many things in a short period of time. Do all employees real know and understand the values

    Advice to Management

    Look for more ways to engage employees

    Larson Design Group Response

    Mar 3, 2016 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Thank you so much for your review and kind words. Our Vision and Values are the core of the company and we are learning a lot as we grow. That includes the proper staging and timing of initiatives... More


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