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Perkins & Will Reviews

Updated June 14, 2018
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  • "Work life balance is not a big enough priority" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Low pay compared to competitors" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great place to work for everone

    Cons

    there are no cons that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    everyone is great that I can tell


  2. "Arch 1"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities on a variety of project types

    Cons

    Slow promotion rate with small pay increase

    Advice to Management

    Develop strategies and ideas with collaboration as focus

  3. "I love my job!"

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    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I love coming to work each day. We have an inclusive culture that truly makes it feel like “we’re in this together”. Employees build strong friendships and mentor relationships here; advocating for each other is part of our culture. We’re given a lot of trust and responsibility early on, which can be intimidating at first, but ultimately leads to more autonomy and faster personal growth.

    Our structure is fairly “flat” and we’re not organized into studios. All employees have the opportunity to work within multiple market sectors and on projects of all sizes.

    We’re both socially and environmentally progressive. Sustainability is one of our greatest values. We care deeply about our local community and get the opportunity to work on pro-bono projects for organizations like Mary’s Place, Bailey-Boushay House, Union Gospel Mission, and more!

    We have weekly critiques with great conversation, snacks and beer! A killer Party Planning Committee and quarterly chair massages! Some other benefits off the top of my head:
    -$750 given to employees each year for professional development opportunities
    -P+W pays for us to become LEED accredited
    -P+W pays for us to become licensed
    -Free Orca card (bus/train pass)
    -Generous bonus each year
    -Sit-stand desks
    -In house IT, Revit and Printing admin
    -Diversity and Inclusion award
    -Monthly cash award to employees going above and beyond
    -Company phone at Associate level and above
    -Access to expertise throughout entire firm worldwide

    Cons

    The staffing process seems to be something we’ve struggled with for the last few years. It’s slowly becoming more transparent, but has a way to go before it’s great.

    Our performance review process is not structured. It works well for those individuals who are proactive in requesting formal feedback, but is not ideal for those who need a push to schedule a review.

    There is not a consistent process/set of tools for Project Managers. Project Architects are often required to wear both a PA and PM hat.

    Advice to Management

    (see cons)


  4. "Very Senior"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse culture, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Leadership all not on same page

    Advice to Management

    A flexible leadership engages more.


  5. "Diversity Leader"

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    Current Employee - Principal
    Current Employee - Principal
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong female leadership heading offices compared to other firms. firm takes more risks than other firms promoting younger talent to key roles.

    Cons

    a few large firm dynamics, hard to get to know everyone sometimes.


  6. "Senior Interior Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Perkins & Will full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities outside of normal project work

    Cons

    Lots of work, hard to balance

    Advice to Management

    make sure to keep listening to staff


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Interview"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience, friendly co-worker

    Cons

    No cons , great experience

  8. "Sr. Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time

    Pros

    Perkins+Will globally is an amazing company. They have a true commitment to the environment and design excellence.

    Cons

    The San Francicso Office is a mess. The new Managing Director is not qualified to run an office. The last MD had his issues but at least had passion for design and you knew what you were getting with him. Unlike the current regime who is not honest and will stab anyone in the back.

    Although the overall staff is 50/50 male/female, the office is run mostly by men and the Senior Leadership is disconnected and lack empathy.

    Culture is none existent under new management. The vision is risk management. Design is nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Get new leadership.


  9. "Great Career Experience"

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    Former Employee - Project Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Perkins & Will full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Deep, cutting edge resources and a culture that wants to change the world. World class design and a global customer base.

    Cons

    Dedication to difficult projects can throw the work life balance off balance.


  10. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Perkins & Will full-time

    Pros

    Good office environment, opportunities to be involved in a variety of projects, good work-live balance

    Cons

    Role of an intern is a little undefined at times


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