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Pentagram Design Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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Pentagram Design Partner, New York and Graphic Designer Michael Bierut
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great exposure, little learning"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Becoming familiar with icons of design is very inspiring. Learning and interacting with them is the only reason this is worth it.

    Cons

    Working with designers with a bloated ego can be truly painful. Count your blessings so that the team you work with wont have this issue. Experience at the company varies wildly from working under different partners. A lot of tasks as intern are menial. You could be learning, earning and doing more elsewhere. Work is outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate success of work more critically. Recruit inspired designers interested in innovation, beyond pursuing the same idea that partners are proposing over and over. Watch out for predatorial employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pentagram Design (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good for starting your career

    Cons

    no work life balance

  3. Helpful (6)

    "No collaboration space, big egos, poor wages, at the computer 99% of the day"

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company used to have a great reputation, but their work is looking very old-fashioned now. The office is near Madison Square Park which is nice for a break.

    Cons

    The workers seem dissatisfied because they get paid so poorly for such long hours. There are some very big egos downstairs and that is unpleasant to listen to. The company has too many people for such a small space.

    Advice to Management

    Make changes now to ensure the company is around once the well known partners leave.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Excellent company"

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    Former Employee - Senior in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top flight design firm, amazing clients and great partners who share their experience and skills with small teams. Very effective working arrangements.

    Cons

    Flat company structure means little room for advancement. You learn a lot from the great clients and jobs that come in but you essentially end up having to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. You guys are buddies (mostly..) and you can have your favorites so watch that the approach to the staff is inclusive. The company is very flat so the staff have access to you, that also means they can see all your flaws...


  5. "Impeccable design, incredible people."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pentagram Austin is where I learned impeccable graphic design skills under the guidance of incredibly lovely, patient, talented people.

    Cons

    Gaining weight from the free lunches every day.


  6. "Outstanding Experience, Zero Infrastructure"

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer
    Current Employee - Senior Designer
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looks great on the resume, top-shelf clients, talented people everywhere

    Cons

    The shoddiest infrastructure I've ever encountered—from payroll to benefits to project management to HR. Flat structure can be interesting but frequently is problematic. Professional development nil.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "good for young employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pentagram Design full-time

    Pros

    Hands-on high-end design work, lunch provided

    Cons

    low salaries, overworked and underpaid, little to no interaction between departments.

  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse range of projects. Free lunch.

    Cons

    Small shop setup. Lacks professional organization.


  9. "great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice person, great work culture.

    Cons

    Share some of downside working at Pentagram


  10. "Design Intern"

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    Former Employee - Designer
    Former Employee - Designer

    Pros

    great environment, smart people, clients with big names

    Cons

    below average compensation, long hours


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