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Payette Associates Reviews

Updated January 19, 2019
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  1. "Overall, a great place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Architect in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They’re making a consistent effort to be and to do better... they recognize everyone has commitments outside of work. Great support, camaraderie and projects.

    Cons

    Like all large firms, you need to be a good self-advocate for recognition and promotions.


  2. "Payroll Benefits Manager"

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    Former Employee - Payroll in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Payroll in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The group of people that I got to work with were great. Helpful, friendly

    Cons

    Traveling into Boston everyday made for a 12 hour day

    Advice to Management

    Don't really have any

  3. "Good place"

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

    I have been working at Payette Associates full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with, great projects, reasonable work-life balance

    Cons

    Opportunity can be hard to come by


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "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!


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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