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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great firm and very friendly environment

    Cons

    Not Applicable - N / A


  2. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Payette Associates full-time

    Pros

    Get to work on some impressive buildings
    Commitment to design rigor
    Take employee development seriously

    Cons

    A bit of an old boys club; if you're not a 'joiner' its difficult to feel at home.
    They talk about work life balance but many projects rely on massive amounts of overtime near deadlines. Extra effort is more expected than rewarded.
    Low Pay

  3. "Architect"

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    Former Employee - Architect in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Architect in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great environment, driven employees, interesting projects

    Cons

    Stuffy, east coast vibe. Hierarchical structure

    Advice to Management

    Give us a chance


  4. "Solid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Payette Associates full-time

    Pros

    Good culture, nice people, good work-life balance. Lots of "extracurricular" activities to participate in.

    Cons

    Top-heavy, very slow advancement path. Overly conservative design depending on the principal in charge.

    Advice to Management

    Give more freedom to younger staff in terms of design and responsibility. Allow employees to download things to their computer without having to go through IT!


  5. "Great People, Questionable Management and Culture"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Designer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    This is a great place for young designers. A good platform to get a sense and idea of the diversity of skills to learn in the architectural practice. Work-life balance is a plus and there are many people that you can meet to be good friends with on the designer level.

    Cons

    There is just a lack of communication, connection, and investment in the firm. Despite giving the ability to meet and make friends, the firm lacks the fundamentals in creating a firm-culture. The firm has a Young Designers Core and many other clubs that make people bond and talk, but the fundamentals and mentality of team building, that really gets everyone to feel like they are part of a cause, is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees; develop a real relationship with them; trust, listen, and understand their perspectives.


  6. "So many bright talented coworkers, but environment is very hierarchical and management is myopic."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great projects and clients, first rate colleagues

    Cons

    It is very easy to get stuck having a very limited role on project after project unless you have been identified and blessed by the principals as a rising star.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the humanity, warmth, and openness back to the culture. Encourage candor.


  7. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    talented co-workers, great location, good benefits

    Cons

    questionable management, people treated like resources than humans on an management level,

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes too many designers on a project

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Review after a short stay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, good sized firm with a lot of capacity to grow. Free and optional weekly lunches geared towards continued education on architectural ideas, concepts and engineering. Not too big of a firm that you feel you are in a sea of workers. Most employees tend to know each other. Management is very kind, understanding and fun to be around. Open floor plan concept; the higher-ups and other staff all sit and work together. Everyone works with everyone and is very thoughtful and willing to listen to new ideas. Great HR, benefits and flexibility.

    Cons

    A bit hard for me to connect with and make friends. At least with the younger crowd, many people seemed to be young urban professionals/yuppies. Would have liked to connect with someone younger who was a bit more down to earth.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They treat staff with care and compassion when it comes to things outside of work. And are accommodating of flexible hours and extra-curricular opportunities.

    Cons

    There is a big difference in design intent and process between each of the Principles and depending on who you work with it will alter your perception.

    Advice to Management

    I would work to give staff more autonomy in the design process, and stress to the senior staff that they need to be more flexible in their design approach.


  10. "Mixed Feelings"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Designer in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Size: Lots of resources.
    Design: Performance-minded architecture with lots of constraints makes for interesting and fun challenges.
    Education: entrepreneurial professional development opportunities available if you know how to look for and leverage them.
    Open Office: great setting for young designers to develop understanding of the practice osmitically.
    Location: Ideal for commuters.

    Cons

    Size: Lots of holes, miss-management, lack of communication between management and production staff.
    Education: mentorship is hit or miss, skills development seriously lacking - office leans more on importation of talent than developing talent in-house.
    The Practice: these issues are endemic in the practice but that's not excuse.

    Advice to Management

    Communication.


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