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Mithun Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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  1. "Amazing people and a company really geared to focus on the greater good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The sheer volume of really superb employees is commendable
    The work space is gorgeous
    Benefits are good and leadership are focused on working to build up both employees and community

    Cons

    While many fabulous projects are being won, growing pains sometimes make it difficult to connect with key players when trying to complete tasks. Sometimes when proposing ideas you don't always get a status of where they went which can be deflating at times.

    Advice to Management

    When ideas and thought are given to provide solutions for observed difficulties, perhaps a touch base to inform the proposer of why it could, or couldn't work would be helpful, followed by a direction that could be taken to obtain the sought after resolution.
    Also if there is a change in compensation trends it would be helpful to explain what course to take to return to a positive outcome.


  2. "Find your way"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mithun part-time

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial spirit; lots of support for taking initiative within your work and even more broadly.

    Cons

    Transparency could improve - while the structure is somewhat horizontal there is not as much communication to all staff on internal decision-making and firm strategy.

  3. "Excellent Working Environment at a Place with Heart"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Mithun full-time

    Pros

    Independence (no micro-management)
    Competitive Pay
    Support from Supervisors
    Wonderful Co-workers
    Laudable Mission

    Cons

    Subject to the ups/downs of the corporate and nonprofit construction industry


  4. "Project Architect"

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

    Pros

    Diverse project types allow you to move around and try out different projects, typologies, etc. They win amazing projects. They are also very flexible about when you show and when you leave. Amazing marketing team gives the company incredible clout outside of the company.

    Cons

    A lot of the actual work is left for junior designers to complete without a lot of oversight. Although sometimes a great opportunity for them, the absence of mentorship is deterimental to career growth and becomes problematic during construction. The work life balance is lacking for anyone who wants to move up in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Focus on people's job experience more and less on extracurricular activities that are marketable.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Striving for design excellence at a cost"

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    Former Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, strong design quality, great firm staff culture, reasonable comp time policy for overtime, very good continuing education program, beautiful waterfront location, sustainable practices, incorporates research and case studies in work, open to innovative ideas, interdisciplinary design approach is exciting

    Cons

    Top heavy, favoritism, lack of transparency, lacks diversity / equitable opportunity, big egos, reputation supersedes experience, policies doesn't align with advocated practice (lacks integrity), different principals have very different values/approaches making it nearly impossible for staff to be successful, very demanding project schedules and clients

    Advice to Management

    Be inclusive, provide opportunities to expand the skills of staff to applied projects and endeavors, respect contributions of staff, develop consistent management approaches


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Stayed too long"

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

    Pros

    Some of the designers actually do care about environmental stewardship and sustainability. Also, the view from the office is incredible on a summer evening.

    Cons

    Staff promotions seem to be decided by pulling names out of a hat -- the people who actually work hard are often overlooked or treated like production machines.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when they have suggestions.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Quick Decline in Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing workplace. Probably no better building to work at in Seattle. Pier 56 on Elliot Bay. Casual work environment. Nice coworkers. AMAZING view.

    Cons

    Senior staff at the board level are very secretive, non-sharing, and seemingly disinterested in the daily activities of the people at the firm. Trust is a big issue. The company is vastly different than it was 10 years ago when the culture was unbeatable. Much of that legacy is now gone, and it has become just another money-making machine.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your staff like you really care.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Proud to have the name mithun on my resume"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Office environment and passion for architectural excellence is high among most staff. Culture promotes travel to see successful sustainable projects in action.

    Cons

    Sustainability...my way or the highway. LEED certification a priority to maintain respect among office environment a must. This happens at the cost of clients and product types.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace more moderate approach to sustainability and generate more results. Moderate results of the many will outweigh exemplary results of the few.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "What Would Omer Do?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Mithun had some of the most talented, creative and intelligent people I've worked with. The level of design was always improving, and the general office atmosphere was exceptionally supportive and fun. Yes, there could be difficult personalities, but the firm was large enough that you could often move to a different team if there were unresolved problems.

    Cons

    One of the strengths of the firm's founder, Omer Mithun, was his ability to hire exceptional employees and empower them to flourish in whatever was their passion. This resulted in a firm that was highly diverse and decentralized. The current CEO has taken a different approach. If you agree with his centralized vision and he trusts you, opportunities will be available to you. Unfortunately, many have not been able to achieve this and the economic downturn has only accelerated the loss of many talented employees, either by choice or lay off. The result is a smaller and more sober firm with only the expertise in institutional and civic work.


  10. "like where you work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Culture, location and environmental awareness

    Cons

    the firm tends to be top heavy; too many principles and not enough worker bees. The people who do the production should be mentored and appreciated more. The design does not tend to push the limits because integration is not fully realized. I think this is changing to some degree because they have been smart and brought on some great design minds that touch multiple projects at once.

    Advice to Management

    You have done a great job in fostering a good work culture where everyone enjoys coming to work but it is important to retain visionary people to help grow the vision of the firm.


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