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Updated April 21, 2017
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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    NORR has Supportive leadership, that listens and cares about their employees. Good benifits and opportunity to learn and grow. Nice downtown location.

    Cons

    Once hired into a studio it USB very difficult to move out of the spacidic studio. Could get stuck working on the same project type.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "All Around Awful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of work and responsibility
    Travel for site surveys
    Put together full project sets by yourself
    See a project from beginning to end
    Get paid overtime

    Cons

    Bad management and disorganization
    Constantly understaffed
    No mentoring nor opportunity for growth
    Cannot really rise nor be promoted within company
    Pigeonholed into a position (cannot be promoted from a Designer to anything but Project Manager)
    Pigeonholed on projects (if you're a member of the Starbucks team you will only work on Starbucks projects)
    No outreach with the architecture community, no activities or office events
    No resources for ARE Exam / No encourgement to become licensed
    Many disgruntled and overworked employees
    Members of the Starbucks team often have to work 50/60 hour weeks and come in on weekends
    Constantly in the office late at night to finish deadlines
    No break in between project deadlines (you will be working on a project set by yourself, when one project deadline is done, you move to the next project deadline)
    Large employee overturn
    Very few stay at company for over 2 years
    No laptops given out to designers, no opportunity to VPN
    Awful Coffee

    Advice to Management

    It is the little things which make the employee want to work for you. Listen to your employees and treat them with respect and you will not have so much employee overturn. The overall environment you have created is toxic and feels as if one is constantly being watched. Reward those who work hard/ don't punish them. Make the office feel as if it is not a complete sweatshop. Make the office a more social environment. Small incentives can go a long way - bonuses, competitions, free food, social events in the office, AC on weekends, heat after 5 PM, laptops to be able to work from home late at night and on weekends (cost the same as workstations), DECENT TASTING COFFEE!!!


  3. "Disappointing experience with non genuine management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved the work and industry

    Cons

    Expected to give 120% in your work, yet are abruptly laid off without reason. Management claims they are not legally responsible to explain their decision. Culture is very competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff like they are appreciated for their work and dedication.


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  5. "Salary Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice Environment to be in.

    Cons

    Too relaxes, and people take advantade


  6. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    design, retail, and hospitality oriented

    Cons

    lack of varied project experience
    more of a sweat shop


  7. Helpful (1)

    "architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    76 year history of modern design. Great firm to work for. Growing and changing as they expand into global and US markets. Each office has its own vibe

    Cons

    the technology mostly,.. old school 2D cad


  8. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NORR full-time

    Pros

    Great people, professional environment, great location!

    Cons

    Challenging projects which might be interesting to some people, project deadlines.


  9. "Good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NORR full-time

    Pros

    Lot's of projects, good learning experience for students, there's always something to do

    Cons

    Not many issues, there are periods with lots of work and periods with less work

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, good overall management


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of Energy and Creativity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Organized overall
    Big projects pertaining to infrastructures
    Hours are relatively stable, never had to stay really late

    Cons

    Impossible to get the software that deal with design (Adobe suite, Rhino etc)
    Management just want things to get done regardless if it's wrong
    No social culture, rare opportunity to have a social life with office colleagues
    No room for flexibility or authorship
    Some management micromanages
    Very outdated when it comes to technology and way of approaching design.
    Very hierarchical
    No exposure with consultants (having a masters degree it's insulting to my intelligence and skills)

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to have some authorship in their work and get them involved with consultant meetings
    Allow people to have a social life outside of the office


  11. "Senior Interior Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Interior Designer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Interior Designer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Good work environment and projects.

    Cons

    Not much room for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employee and tap into their potentials.


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