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NBBJ Reviews

Updated December 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good place to work, great people, strong history in Seattle" (in 9 reviews)

  • "The company offers great benefits and has a generally liberal (progressive) stance" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Expected work/life balance is at times unrealistic and efforts by individuals to balance those underappreciated" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Long hours, though doesn't seem drastically different from other firms" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome experience learning, growing, stretching to be innovative, apply advanced technology, impact lives"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative culture, great colleagues, fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Large scale headquarters and academic medical centers take a few years to realize

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking risks with your young talent


  2. "Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NBBJ full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work , talented people, good mentorship
    Open communication
    Many opportunities for extracurricular activities

    Cons

    Some projects are understaffed therefore results in many hours of overtime

  3. "Good people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NBBJ full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative environment with good people.

    Cons

    A big firm but a growing office. A steady stream of deadlines and often a lack of clarity around roles and responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Define what you believe in and how you are different. Give a bit more purpose to the work.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Family oriented culture and talented people

    Cons

    Not transparent about decision making


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Stay Far Away"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Free coffee if that even counts for much

    Cons

    -Terrible Managment
    -Terrible pay for workload
    -Terrible work/life balance expected
    -Privileged work environment
    -Male-dominated/boys club environment

    Advice to Management

    -Hire more women
    -Care more about employees and environment you're creating


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Received great offer that I was not able to accept and really regretted."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    I have been working at NBBJ full-time

    Pros

    Great team of people. Very professional.

    Cons

    Can not think of any cons.


  7. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NBBJ full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work, great people, strong history in Seattle. Even though all the economic cycles many people there have been there a long time, which says a lot.

    Cons

    The studio structure is a good way to scale down a big office and have focus on a particular market, but the downside are the silos created as a result. It can be challenging to move between studios/market sectors.

  8. "heart in the right place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good projects, great corporate values

    Cons

    corporate values don't necessarily trickle down to individual studios

    Advice to Management

    embrace that its not a flat organization.
    will make things clearer for all


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Unprofessional and inappropriate HR department - Seattle"

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

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

    Pros

    corporate office - large scale projects

    Cons

    HR department - especially senior recruiting department- very unprofessional and demeaning to co-workers, as well as creating negative image of the firm to prospective employees. They do not seem to know the boundary and know what is appropriate and not appropriate. They need to realize their inappropriate actions and remarks will adversely affect the image of the firm in a very negative way to public or in architecture profession. The firm may be known global, but if they do not train their HR and recruiting departments to be professional, architecture world is small and the words are already spreading.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the HR and recruiting departments and train them to be professional and not be inappropriate - after all, their jobs are to be "Human Resources", not "human abuse, demeaning, arrogant and rude".


  10. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NBBJ full-time

    Pros

    A good team environment where successes as a team and as individuals are celebrated. The company benefits are also great.

    Cons

    Expected work/life balance is at times unrealistic and efforts by individuals to balance those underappreciated.