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Perkins & Will Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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  • Sometimes work/life balance is very hard to attain (in 6 reviews)

  • Relatively low pay compared to other companies in the industry, especially considering the high living costs in Boston (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Perkins & Will full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing resources, learning tools and independence. Can be a fun, yet stressful environment.

    Cons

    Too many late nights working alone.

    Advice to Management

    CREATE teamwork


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great place for young designers"

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    Current Employee - Arch I in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Arch I in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture
    Fun, outgoing employees
    Access to lots of resources
    Very transparent
    Lots of opportunities for design and leadership
    Overtime pay for new hires
    Competitive salaries

    Cons

    None! The company does a really good job at making work enjoyable. This is the 4th architecture firm that I have worked for, and it is by far the best all around.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Top name firm with a lot of deadweight and office politics"

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    Former Employee - Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Perkins & Will full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There aren't many other than the transit subsidy. Unfortunately there's a 20 word minimum that I must fulfill for this section.

    Cons

    Horrible office culture at LA office. Office politics at a whole new level. Unprofessional HR. Certain upper management plays favorites while the "non favorites" are left to do all the work with no appreciation. They're also left to do the work with no support and unreasonable deadlines. Management doesn't do anything to provide support that's needed. A lot of good hardworking people have left and more are leaving. Also, too many initiatives and social activities. Office is laid out like a sweatshop where employees are squished tightly next to each other with no desk space (forget about having anywhere to put drawings).

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the employees who put in the effort rather than the ones who schmooze and waste time walking around the office socializing. Provide adequate support to teams that need it.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good Design Culture / Ineffectual Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Perkins & Will full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong Design Culture locally and globally

    Cons

    Management not skilled in staffing/ managing projects or acquiring new work. Hopefully getting better.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Project Architect"

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

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great designers. Great people. Culture is great for a large company.

    Cons

    Staff management could be better.


  6. "Quiet, focused environment"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Designer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of employee centered events, free food, flexibility for working at home, good pay and a responsive management, at least in my department. The top floors are a great space to work in and a nice change of pace from the very quiet office spaces.

    Cons

    I wish there was more diversity within the employee population.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great office culture, very supportive of initiatives.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not a big enough priority.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Arch II"

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    Current Employee - Arch II in Coral Gables, FL
    Current Employee - Arch II in Coral Gables, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good comPant to work for

    Cons

    Not enough culture and work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example


  9. Helpful (2)

    "would not be my top choice for employment"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, paid professional development and license exams

    Cons

    Too many inexperienced employees are in positions that are beyond their level of expertise.

    Advice to Management

    Be more present in the office. Look past the sycophants and employees that just looks busy and don't accomplish much and pay attention to the employees that actually make a contribution.


  10. "Intern Architect"

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    Former Employee - Architect I in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Architect I in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Perkins & Will full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Endless possibilities for career goals and opportunities, variety of project types, focus on equality and work/life balance, a lot of focus on recognition, good benefits (PTO, 401k match, etc)

    Cons

    Lack of mentorship for unlicensed staff, very competitive among staff, poor location

    Advice to Management

    Fix mentorship structure, avoid pinning employees against one another, team recognition


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