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Updated November 18, 2017
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  1. "NORR internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Relaxed office environment and friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Some of the work is tedious.


  2. "Architectural Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NORR full-time

    Pros

    Good experience in different parts of architecture.

    Cons

    There wasn't much opportunity for creative design or to participate in it, personally. A lot of time was spent as a draftsman or doing existing condition reports. Minimal raises or opportunities for advancement.

  3. "Salary Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice Environment to be in.

    Cons

    Too relaxes, and people take advantade


  4. "Needs large improvement"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NORR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small office, work closely with architects and interior designers

    Cons

    Shortage of good mentors; simple and smaller projects; not good for young professionals trying to learn and progress in their field

    Advice to Management

    Needs to get involved. Senior management is non existent.


  5. "Director"

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    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


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "All Around Awful"

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    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!!!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "architect"

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    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


  9. "Disappointing experience with non genuine management"

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    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.


  10. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary was competitive.
    Work load balance.

    Cons

    In some disciplines, team was small.


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