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Updated September 20, 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 9 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  2. "Amazing global design practice!"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Designer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible design culture and visionary leadership.

    Cons

    This is a place for self starters and people who want to own their future - not folks who want to be told what to do.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t change!

  3. "Associate"

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    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.


  4. "heart in the right place"

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    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


  5. Helpful (8)

    "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".


  6. "Great Company"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Fight against status quo"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally responsive/supportive of professional goals, good life/work balance, can create opportunities for leadership if pro-active, and put in the “extra” time, some very good projects...but too few and far between.

    Cons

    Project work tends to settle on mediocre, lead designers are almost all male— the office culture is very much white men supporting other white men. Female PA leadership, especially as a non-interiors or non-healthcare Architect, is practically non-existent. This model contributes to an overall tone for project team dynamics that lack in real collaboration, trust and inventiveness. Project development lacking in strong QC process, experimentation, relationship with academia, and interest in research. Management stigmatizes millenials, and are too comfortable settling into the industry status quo... which is an attitude that appears to accept an inevitable expiration date.

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment that promotes strong female leadership. Take more risks, and be open to failure. The industry is changing faster than you care to admit, and NBBJ is going to have to find a way to attract and retain younger talent if they want to remain relevant.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Less attention to Design and excellence"

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    Former Employee - Project Architect in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Architect in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NBBJ full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is good experience for young architects. They get big complex projects and give you good experience for awhile. And then you hit a ceiling. It is a good old boy kind of place. If you have a partner supporting you, it can be good.

    Cons

    Mostly white males, I am and it was hard to keep women very long. Older employees often have a hard time surviving, especially lately.
    Marketing and Financial get a lot of attention, without equal support for Design.

    Advice to Management

    Stop rewarding a few supposedly stellar individuals. Do a better job of building design teams


  9. "San Francisco Office: Best Architectural office I have worked for"

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

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

    Pros

    Supportive environment, innovative, creative, great projects, design focused, great mentor-ship, great resources and support expertise from other offices, fun & exciting, great benefits!

    Cons

    They need a new monitor in the conference room. Lighter laptops


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Senior Interior Designer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Interior Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Interior Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NBBJ (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you like politics, then this is definitely the place for you. If you want to do real architecture, then run as far away, especially from the London office, which was really a glorified kindergarten. The New York office is just as bad, with incompetent leaders heading the interior design studio.

    Cons

    So many, I do not know where to begin. Leadership in Seattle choked on the corporate kool-aid, and it trickles down to all the other offices. It is more important here to know the Revit software, than to actually design.

    Advice to Management

    Stop drinking the kool-aid, and start doing real architecture, not parametric designed nonsense. Celebrate diversity, don't condemn it.


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