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Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects Reviews

Updated January 17, 2017
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  1. "6 mo. Inter"

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    Former Intern - Architecture Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Architecture Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great internship experience. The set 6-month timeframe and established internship program meant I had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, including installations, residential, and commercial. Great firm culture and close working conditions with other interns.

    Cons

    It took awhile to get up to speed and the 6-months were over right when I felt like I was hitting a good stride. You may jump around from project to project as needed. This isn't a big detriment because you get to work on many projects and meet more people, but you might only experience one stage of a project.

    Advice to Management

    Good job actively working on firm culture and mentorship. This was a great experience.


  2. "Good experience, great exposure to high quality architecture"

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

    I have been working at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Project types, quality of work, work culture, people, great events, great lecture series and weekly internal project critique, very collaborative environment, experimental

    Cons

    Work/life balance, long hours, pay, entitled, isolates itself from other architectural professionals in the city, no incentive for licensure, short staffed projects


  3. "Architect"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    cool projects. smart & dedicated people

    Cons

    don't think we get paid that much


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  5. "Great design work, management improving."

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

    I have been working at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Impressive commitment to top level design and sustainability. Interesting projects and interesting people to work with. High level of integrity.

    Cons

    Management could be more efficient. Change happens very slowly. Little communication with upper management/partners. Not enough leadership and growth opportunities to go around.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate people as highly as your able. Provide more opportunities to mid-level employees wanting to gain experience and rise.


  6. "Extremely professional organization."

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    Former Employee - CAD Manager/Job Captain in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - CAD Manager/Job Captain in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Team Architecture practiced here. Everyone has a chance to make suggestions about any project at review meetings.

    Cons

    Perhaps a little snobbish... "Blue Collar", "Nuts and Bolts" designers have a difficult time achieving.

    Advice to Management

    It's been a long time since I worked there. Perhaps the employee review process needed to change.


  7. "World-class, innovative design and a growing company."

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    Current Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are smart, talented, creative problem-solvers. Projects provide incredible opportunities to stretch your abilities. Integrity and authenticity are highly valued.

    Cons

    Process could be more rigorous and consistent throughout the company. Management doesn't always grow talent.

    Advice to Management

    Provide opportunities for mid-level employees to rise. Be aware of what is happening in all departments.


  8. "Short Term Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern Architect in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern Architect in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great office atmosphere. Nice, talented people who were always willing to chat over coffee. Thursday Crits and Friday Happy Hour!

    Cons

    As an intern your responsibilities are understandably limited. Pay was not great.


  9. "Good but chaotic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There a lot of nice people and the company works on a lot of creative projects.

    Cons

    Can be quite political. Their spending of money can be a little erratic and reckless.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the company culture.


  10. "Very weird mix of good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are certainly some brilliant designers, and many exciting projects in all corners of the world, but lots of local connections as well. Jim Olson is a treasure. Kegerator was a plus.

    Cons

    Pretty toxic, elitist snobbery in some corners of the office. Lots of big ego designs. Plenty of 1% clients, projects that leave you feeling dirty and like a sellout, like part of the problem, not the solution. Ridiculous hiring/firing decisions, full of passive-aggressive, back-stabbing and rampant rumor-milling.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the legacy you want to leave. Get rid of the brown-nosing yes-people who haven't added value in a decade. Make the world a *better* place, not just prettier.