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Perkins & Will Reviews

Updated February 7, 2019
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  • "I have found so many incredibly supportive people who have genuinely cared in various ways including mentorship and work/life balance" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Good exposure to projects and nice work environment" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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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

    People are so nice.!

    Cons

    150+ people, big office!


  2. "Overall - great conpany"

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    Former Employee - Interior Designer II
    Former Employee - Interior Designer II
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    -Great network of talent
    -Genuinely nice people
    -Accommodating and well designed work environment

    Cons

    -long work hours : would work 90 hours a week at times
    -low compensation

    Advice to Management

    Allow younger designers to give presentations to clients and be more face forward. Not just production. They have some great ideas!

  3. "Good environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Corporate job, bland office culture


  4. "produce documentation and client facing"

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    Current Employee - Interior Designer II in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Interior Designer II in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    a lot of learning opportunities

    Cons

    long hours and heavy work load


  5. "okay experience"

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

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

    Pros

    great to have on a resume, variety of big profile projects, fun office environment

    Cons

    compensation, slow career growth, there are boards/committees they want you to serve in addition to doing your job


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Experience after College"

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    Former Employee - Arch I in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Arch I in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool office, fun culture, you get overtime pay as an Arch 1, interesting projects

    Cons

    If you aren't willing to dedicate all of your time and energy to work, they will see you as replaceable. They would only recognize people that worked nonstop during the week and weekends. It often felt like it didn't matter about the work you did, is was more about "how many hours are you in the office?" There are no career opportunities unless you work at least 60+ hours a week and do whatever management wants. There is SO much turnover and employee unhappiness because lower-level employees are not respected or given opportunities unless they agree to being overworked and underpaid. A top designer was told by management that he had to give up his community service volunteering so he could stay at the office longer. A few employees got married and had kids and were intimidated by management for taking PTO. Somebody couldn't stay late one night and was called a "p*ssy."

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees properly. If you want to retain talent, focus on cultivating talent and developing employees. So many people get burnt out after 2 years and feel underappreciated. While some studios do a great job, pay attention to the studios that have entirely new teams every 2 years. There is a reason for this. There are so many enthusiastic/talented people that leave very quickly and develop incredible amounts of stress and mental health problems.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "P+W Dallas office review"

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

    I worked at Perkins & Will full-time

    Pros

    Lots of foods and drinks

    Cons

    Little to no career progression

  8. "Project Architect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time

    Pros

    Great office culture and people

    Cons

    Healthcare /medical plan is expensive


  9. "Good Corporate firm"

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    Current Employee - Architect
    Current Employee - Architect
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Initiatives at the corporate level available.

    Cons

    Initiatives are not always supported locally


  10. "stabilized, strong outlook"

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    Current Employee - Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great mix of people, disciplines and backgrounds. down to a person, almost everyone cares about the projects and the office.

    Cons

    lots of transitions over past few years although has settled down and current team continues to build on strong reputation and portfoilo.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify and confirm vision so crystal clear for all. Vision is there, just not everyone is as familiar with it as senior leadership.