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3.6
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NBBJ CEO Steve McConnell
Steve McConnell
51 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good place to work, great people, strong history in Seattle(in 9 reviews)

  • "(in 6 reviews)

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

  • "Very political, top down, and segregated office culture(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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    Current Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NBBJ full-time for more than 20 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. "Great Experience and nice staff"

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    Former Employee - Intern in West Seattle, WA

    I worked at NBBJ full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great experience, people there are very kind. No overtime working there.

    Cons

    There is nothing cons to say about the firm

  3. "Designer"

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    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

  4. "Good people"

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    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.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at NBBJ full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Family oriented culture and talented people

    Cons

    Not transparent about decision making

  6. Helpful (3)

    "Stay Far Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NBBJ full-time for more 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

  7. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.

  8. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NBBJ full-time for more than 6 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.

  9. "heart in the right place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NBBJ full-time for more than 6 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

  10. Helpful (11)

    "Unprofessional and inappropriate HR department - Seattle"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at NBBJ full-time for more than 4 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...

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    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".

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