NBBJ Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2020

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3.6
62%
Recommend to a Friend
58%
Approve of CEO
NBBJ Managing Partner Steve McConnell
Steve McConnell
58 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good place to work, great people, strong history in Seattle(in 10 reviews)

  • "Company offers great benefits and work/life balance(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management does not respect work/life balance and they play favorites(in 11 reviews)

  • "It can be challenging to move between studios/market sectors(in 6 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "Draft, Modeling, Drawings"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Intern Architect in Boston, MA

    I worked at NBBJ full-time

    Pros

    Great leader in the group

    Cons

    Slow development for a young man

  2. "Review"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Engineer 

    I have been working at NBBJ full-time

    Pros

    Good food, travelling perks, good benefits

    Cons

    Lack of professional and personal growth,


  3. "Great Summer in Seattle"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NBBJ part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work environment, nice office, great design resources, variety of project types.

    Cons

    Large firm, can feel impersonal to young designers.

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  4. "Senior Project Architect"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NBBJ full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Culture, Great Projects, Great People

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit corporate due to company size

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  5. "Progressive architecture firm hindered by corporate hierarchy"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large-scale projects Progressive and upbeat company culture Nice office, good location

    Cons

    Little can be done to escape the hierarchy All work is "do and redo" Clients consistently have high expectations and low budgets All projects are the same in the end Many people do not receive annual raise Lots of grunt work Weekend work is common

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  6. "Great collegues"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at NBBJ full-time

    Pros

    Working environment, pay, benefits, responsibility

    Cons

    Design vision, standards, critical research

  7. "RUN AWAY!!! Highly Toxic Company Culture / Work Environment / Poor Management / Tons of Drama and Gossip (LA Office)"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NBBJ full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some great projects and some nice people but other than that NONE

    Cons

    Highly toxic company culture and work environment. All projects are poorly managed with unprofessional managers. All projects are with a tight budget and understaffed. Expect lots of drama and gossip around the office. Expect to work long hours inc. a weekend without any appreciation. Upper management does not respect work/life balance and they play favorites. Fake friendly culture, lack of structure, management, communication, transparency, and trust. RUN AWAY!!!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Run far away"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NBBJ full-time

    Pros

    Healthcare, some solid project architects who are severely underappreciated

    Cons

    -Highly toxic environment that enables misogyny, racism, bullying, gaslighting, and sycophantic behaviour. -If you're good at doing actual work you'll be fully taken advantage of, expected to overwork for free then conveniently forgotten about when they do flashy tours and photos. -If you're good at talking about yourself you'll go places. -No room for different opinions, if you speak up against things they'll find a way to retaliate always. -They like people who are insecure but cover it up by talking a lot, complacent, and have no mind of their own. -They're very good at selling themselves as an inclusive, open, innovative company, but don't fall for it

  9. "Disappointing"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager 

    I worked at NBBJ full-time

    Pros

    Seattle Office is good for younger staff. Lots of opportunity to get experience.

    Cons

    Management has deteriorated and lost what made the firm healthy.

  10. "Great work environment"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NBBJ full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility, openness, high efficiency and great benefit package

    Cons

    Not that transparent, too much emphasis on chargeability that it stifles research and other non-profit incentives

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