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Lionakis Reviews

Updated July 15, 2017
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  1. "Interiors Project Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Constant education opportunities and mentorship

    Cons

    Pay may be on the lower end


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Mediocre leadership at best"

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    Current Employee - Project Designer - Architecture in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Designer - Architecture in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lionakis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is a variety of markets, Healthcare, Civic, Education, Interiors. Some Coworkers are generally nice and fun to be with day to day.

    Cons

    There is no leadership. The firm leaders do not motivate,encourage, or mentor. They look to all staff levels below principal to provide the hard work that pays their salaries. Principals climbing the corporate ladder eliminate people on the way up rather than work hard to get there. All principals should be architects with their licenses, many are not licensed and the next senior level down is signing the drawings.

    Advice to Management

    To much emphasis is placed on tenure and not on hard work. Leaders need to lead, mentor, motivate and train. Eliminating others on your way up the ladder is only self serving and does nothing for the firm as a whole. Too many people in leadership pulling a big salary without the ability to get or do the work. Clean up your house and stop protecting each other.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not a design firm and certainly not an architecture firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lionakis full-time

    Pros

    work/life balance, friendly atmosphere, professional development opportunities

    Cons

    top heavy. Senior leadership makes the appearance of being busy at the expense of being inefficient. Lionakis has the goal to become the number one design firm in CA by 2027 (shooting for top 100 in CA would be a lofty goal).

    Advice to Management

    There are thousands of architects, engineers, and designers in California that want to be apart of being at the number one design firm. The majority of those that are succeeding in this realm are graduates of ivy-league universities and/or are willing to work 60+ hours a week. They care about design and are not all egomaniacs as is suggested. Hire these people and get rid of those that are milking the system.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Average"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lionakis full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of work and projects. Solid company with good reputation. The architects are truly nice people and great to work with.

    Cons

    Wasn't stood up for when a coworker, one who had only joined the office a few months prior, bullied me. Was berated and yelled at in the office in front of peers. Worst job experience to date and extremely stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Stop showing favoritism and recognize when someone is toxic on staff.


  5. "Looking Ahead"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lionakis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great variety of projects and opportunities to grow
    Firm is diversified by market, region, and service
    Deep legacy and commitment to community
    Great people and culture - ideas, contribution, initiative expected from all levels

    Cons

    Leadership not always on same page but there seems to be a transition going on, for the better

    Advice to Management

    Be ready to transition to next level of leadership ownership - it is around the corner
    Work on stronger relationships between staff and leadership


  6. "Takes care of their employee's"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lionakis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Trains employee's in Revit. Reimburses you after you take your ARE's. Great firm culture. Great work environment

    Cons

    Sometimes healthcare architecture can be a little boring, but once jobs are lined up work can fly by. We work off the cloud and sometimes it can be a little frustratingly slow.

    Advice to Management

    Machines and network can use a little update. Compensation could be adjusted. Other than that this company is a great company to work for!


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good company, bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very nice people in the office, believe in the industry and services

    Cons

    Too much talk about training but not really offered, horrible management, can't make a decision, Sacramento runs everything, low salary, technology doesn't work half the time

    Advice to Management

    Pay competitive wages and listen when people have ideas

  8. Helpful (2)

    "All about image"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lionakis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good location, nice offices, a lot of support staff, there are opportunities for in-house continuing education, some recreational after-work activities.

    Cons

    Extremely top heavy, which leaves little opportunity to advance, they give no benefit to those having seniority, benefits are less-than-mediocre, bonuses are rare, and less-than-mediocre when given, management is on an island by themselves and no loyalty/benefit is given to those not on the island, and too much loyalty/benefit is given to those on the island. They are fascinated with image and the new and shiny, whether or not it is good for the people who work in the trenches and use it every day or not, they are so fascinated with how things look and the image of how they look to others that they rarely consult with the folks who do the bulk of the actual work they bill for.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees like you treat your clients, value and appreciate them.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Project Designer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Project Designer in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent office culture, fun work events
    Supportive of young professionals trying to get licensed
    Many people have been with the company for over 10 years
    Company is trying to stay current, relevant with the times and technology

    Cons

    Horrible pay; some of the upper management staff are really cheap and won't pay overtime, will allow staff to work late and not pay them, but will allow flexible work hours
    Benefits do not make up for lack of pay
    Management is very committee oriented, slow to make things happen
    Lead architects tend to be out of date and bad at design
    Younger, newer staff are not taken very seriously with their ideas; older architects are very controlling and don't want to let younger designers design projects
    95% of the projects in the firm are just buildings, not thoughtful good architecture
    Some of the management practices are questionable, not sure why they value certain people so much.
    The firm is really set on keeping each market sector separate. This makes things efficient, but encourages projects and designs to become repetitive. Upper level staff seem like they would be happy if the same materials and details were used on all the projects. Some of the projects really suffer because senior staff is afraid to take any risks on design.
    Seems like it is very difficult to advance in this firm. Many people go many years before receiving any meaningful recognition or promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth
    Allow lower level staff other than senior staff to make design decisions to improve projects
    Don't let senior staff be so controlling over designs
    Don't let projects become too top heavy
    Don't take every project that comes your way, some projects are born losers and will hurt the company profits in the long run.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Teamwork-oriented, positive culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Many of the people that work here have been here for 10+ years. They value relationships with the people that they sit next to day in and day out. Co-workers connect both in and outside of the office, and the culture of the workplace is that of a family. Knowledgeable leadership looks to develop skills of new talent.

    Cons

    Work can be fast-paced and stressful, and the onus is on employees to get their work done whether or not it is a reasonable request. Also, demographics reflect that much of the leadership is male- women may have a tougher time gaining respect in certain situations.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a 360 degree review process. In addition to giving feedback to the employees you manage, give them an opportunity and a forum to give feedback about how they feel they are being managed and what would help them feel more successful.


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