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  1. "Great people!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MBH Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and family oriented

    Cons

    Low salaries and very tight schedules


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great People, Good Perks, Repetitive Work, Set your limits"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great community of over 160 people to share knowledge and project experience, but only if you take the time to take advantage of it. New open office. Great perks - The adjacent office park has a free gym for employees and there's another local gym at a discount. Monthly chair massages by professionals. Fresh fruit is put out a few times a week. Vendors come at least twice a week - for a 10 at 10 on Tuesday, and Wine and Cheese Thursday evenings. Staff puts on fun events- beer night, waffle-off, weekly yoga sessions (licensed instructor on staff), craft/skill share. There's a bike committee (indoor bike parking), ARE/AxP/IDP/path to licensure committee, and multiple ways to get involved within the community.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be tough with high volume of work, high turnover, and the firm seems to be chronically understaffed. Workload is not evenly distributed amongst all levels of the team. Burn-out and stress levels ebb and flow but can be pretty bad amongst the mid level and higher management. Retail work can be monotonous and high-demand bleeding into evenings and weekends. Some studios have a lack of training - more of a learn as you go, slip and fall and fail with a client, and retail clients have noticed the high turnover of staff and constant retraining of new staff.

    Advice to Management

    Say no to too much work, grow and train your teams, getting paid overtime is a good incentive for some, but many folks would rather have a work-life balance.

  3. "Sr Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MBH Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good support and training to the company culture; positive workplace; very good in their sweet spot of multi-family apartments for large builders

    Cons

    Very tight deadlines and schedules; could be more frequent and individualized feedback on professional performance; otherwise a very good place to work

    Advice to Management

    I suggest planning workflow so as to avoid ups and downs within market cycles, although it's sometimes impossible to predict what issues will come up for clients causing them to put the project on hold


  4. "You have to be pretty desperate to consider working here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Office perks + events
    Easy access to parking + great place's to eat
    Great place for recent grads
    3D printing technology
    Great resources with others willing to help/mentor

    Cons

    Office politics/hierarchical systems
    Poor compensation
    Nature of work can be extremely repetitive
    Office environment feels like a factory powerhouse

    Advice to Management

    Listen and engage with those below you - they're human and are just as important in the success of the company


  5. "Great Culture!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MBH Architects full-time

    Pros

    Lots of events focused on getting to know your team and the rest of the company - Summer BBQ, Waffle Off, Holiday Party, etc. Monthly fun activities include yoga, chair massages, cake day, and more.

    This a family-oriented company that actively helps you grow towards your goals - paid time for certifications exams and professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    The company is broken up into studios, so sometimes it can be hard to meet people from other teams. The All Company events and having everyone in one office does make it easier, but you will have to go out of your way to meet people that you don't work with on a daily basis.


  6. "Design"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This place had great people.

    Cons

    But this place did not have a great Salary.


  7. "Great company to start your career!"

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    Former Employee - Studio Administrator
    Former Employee - Studio Administrator
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, there is room to grow, fun events, great benefits, approachable Principals

    Cons

    Just like any other companies there is politics but it is common in the workplace probably more often than not.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up on being nice guys! I read that people do not leave bad companies...they leave bad bosses. I know you value your people so please continue to do so. Thanks for the wonderful years I had at MBH!

  8. "Architectural designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good life/work balance compare to other architectural firms

    Cons

    lack of interesting design projects.. mostly cookie cutting retail projects.


  9. "Good Place to start career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MBH Architects full-time

    Pros

    given opportunity to work on a verity of project phases in the retail group.

    Cons

    little room for promotion due to the nature of retail


  10. "Architect"

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    Current Employee - Project Architect in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Mentorship, teamwork, and work-life balance

    Cons

    mostly retail - so client and economy driven


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