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PBK Reviews

Updated September 5, 2017
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  1. "Project Leader"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PBK (More than a year)

    Pros

    overall great company to work for overall depending on the office location your in. , good people that want to see you grow. full benefits given, also some wellness programs are given as well for free. AIA credits are given ,PBK is really good about keeping professional development fresh, bonuses are given after yearly review and during holidays , if you like to take charge and be a leader they highly support you. pbk 1st friday sessions are given to update you on company standards , architectural drawing processes and any industry advancements .

    Cons

    they lied saying there was a 401k match after working 6 months to a year and there isnt one . its up to the discretion of the company on whether or not they want to do it.

    low on drafting support , you have to in a sense scream for help when needing drafting support. there are a few shady upper level individuals who smile in your face then will send you chestizing emails. keep eyes open for that person or two.
    no work life balance, they expect you to work on weekends when the majority decides too. even if its a special occasion that weekend .

    Advice to Management

    hire more people who know revit


  2. "project manager"

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

    Pros

    biannual bonus, 3 weeks vacations starting off, nice office space, clean environment

    Cons

    Turn over rate is so high here. Every other week someone leaves. Why? Because this is a sweat shop. You will work very long hours and weekends too. If you leave on time, people will judge you as being lazy. Overall it is a very toxic environment. If you're gonna work here, make sure they pay you well because you need to count for all of the extra unpaid hours you will be there.

    Advice to Management

    Change the work culture. Stop the fear culture. Work/Life balance review.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A really cool environment where talent gets recognized"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PBK full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay Good bonuses and benefits. Fun environment. A lot of opportunity for growth. The firm is always expanding. The client service mantra is very real here

    Cons

    No real big cons. The company is always changing with the times and conditions. Some times it's tough to keep up with all the new things going on.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your people on a personal level.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "PBK 2.0"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dominant K-12 market share plus happy clients equals job security.
    Fun and collaborative environment.
    Big Firm resources with Smaller Firm feel, due to the project team structure.
    Pay can be very very good if you've proven your worth, put in your time, and fight a little for it.
    Staffing and scheduling leading to constant overtime on every project used to be a major problem a few years ago, but Upper Management has finally learned their error of their ways and has been correcting this.
    Major 9 month renovation of the entire floor has just completed - Pool table, Ping Pong table, Sit/stand desks. 2 years ago this would have been unimaginable, but kudos to Dan for loosening his tie a little and making this an enjoyable place to work.
    In-house MEP and Civil consultants is a good thing.

    Cons

    You will still sometimes put in overtime hours when projects are finishing up.
    "PBK way" is client service above all, so be prepared to work hard.
    QA/QC still needs work.
    Work/Life balance is what you make it, but it's hard to keep it skewed in the right direction sometimes.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "The greatest cover-up in history"

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    Current Employee - Architect Production
    Current Employee - Architect Production
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Without a doubt I made really good friends here. Having said that, I don't give credit to management for the friends I made here. As you read other comments you will notice people saying the same and this should be a red flag where friends is about as good this place gets. The pay is a little above average but that pay comes with a hefty price. They offer good benefits but the 401k is a joke.

    Cons

    The office is new bright and shiny but don't be deceived. They work you like a slave. They expect you to work overtime and come in on the weekends without pay. When you tell them you can't come in on the weekend cause you have a life and they get disappointed in you. Thats why they prefer to hire young fresh off school cause they don't have kids or major responsibilities to take care off. They will value clients above you. Clients request something for next week? You will have something for them tomorrow. No questions asked, just obey. If you're working on multiple projects, there's no management of hours to input on each of them so I don't know how they're billing the clients. When clients come in to the office, they put random people at different conference tables to pretend they're working on something, make the office look busy, very fake and very counter productive. If you're looking for a well managed company, do not waste your time here cause you will not grow. If you do come, get ready to be pigeon-holed. Majority of partners here not even licensed.Ready to leave soon.

    Advice to Management

    Don't throw 3-4 projects on an employee to work on and have them juggle the hours, set specific hours dedicated to each project every week for them to work. And bill the clients correctly, don't charge a 40 hr work that was done in 120 hrs.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Innovative Fast Paced Firm"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Architect in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Architect in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PBK full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Aside from daily assignments, there is great latitude to explore your own niche simultaneously. It's nice to have that freedom. Management welcomes these ideas openly. The design skills have been elevated recently as well. A lot of nice designs are being produced.

    Cons

    During deadline time, it can be very fast paced and extra hours will be involved, but these projects schedules are so long. It's really pretty minimal and which firm doesn't have this experience anyways?

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to have more mentoring available to interns. Given the schedules of some senior employees, making more time for this effort would be helpful.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great start but be mindful of Revolving door"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Architectural Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at PBK (Less than a year)

    Pros

    PBK got my foot into the architectural door. I am forever grateful for the friendships, mentoring, and guidance i received from team members.

    Cons

    You will be worked to the bone. Weekends will more than likely be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Put your employees first and don't just make it about what great salaries and benefits you provide. Company culture must be priority.

  8. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The growth potential for young people who just start the career is good. As they say, sky is the limit.

    Cons

    Work hours can be extremely long at times. However that is not atypical in the architectural industry because you just have to meet the deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management need to be more organized. They need to have more respect for their employees as much as for their clients.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "a fancy place, but to many going and comings"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a very fancy place to work. too many jobs

    Cons

    lack of appreciation from managers. too many extra hour working. weekends working

    Advice to Management

    Have some attention to your people


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Client Executive"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, great projects, great career prospects

    Cons

    They are understaffed at times


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