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Perkins & Will Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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  • Work life balance is not a big enough priority (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)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    +CEO rewards proactive individuals, innovative ideas
    +Company maintains strong leadership in sustainability
    +Healthy office space, lots of daylight
    +Room for advancement for proactive individuals. Good ideas are rewarded

    Cons

    Need better programs for ongoing mentorship

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging junior staff to participate and present their ideas. This is one of the greatest things about P+W.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Arch 2"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Arch II in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Arch II in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, excellent professional development, and resources.

    Cons

    It is all about the principals. Extra curricular projects are encouraged and sometimes supported, but when it comes down to it, if there is no "principal" involved, the work is not appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the staff you have, and give them a voice to do what they want to do with there careers.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Where I want to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time

    Pros

    The following applies to the Chicago office.

    Exciting, large projects that cover a wide swath of the industry. Against the major mega-firm competitors, the best balance of design, culture, and humanity.

    If you find you don’t enjoy the type of project you’re doing, it is relatively easy to switch to a different division of the firm so you can find a better fit. Lots of talented, good-hearted people to learn from. A true effort to create a vibrant, fun culture where people want to work, including myriad activities and learning opportunities. Reasonable work/life balance. Office culture shows that it is run by human beings.

    New office. Decent support for professional development and testing. Opportunities for advancement are technically possible (although see cons). General tendency to strive for the best design at any cost (also a con!).

    A lot of learning and mentorship opportunities. There is a high willingness to teach and mentor that seems to be increasing lately. It does take an assertive young architect/designer to seek the mentorship through the constant barrage of deadlines that is typical for our industry. This distinction separates the young staff who flourish in their learning vs those who get more ‘stuck’ in positions (and thus their learning).

    Cons

    Although individual growth & promotions do happen, it is imperative that you make friends with key principals who carry a lot of weight in that area. Other extremely talented (unlucky) individuals can be overlooked and thus gradually frustrated – especially if they work under principals who don’t carry as much power (or outspoken nature) in promotions. This applies not just for promotions but also other perks. The right intentions are there, but there is too much looking at only the favorite familiar faces over and over, rather than seeking out those who are under-recognized and in some cases more deserving. You really have to search and push to find a way to be recognized and known for something, or else it is easy to blend in and be overlooked. Key decision-makers unfortunately reinforce this by always looking to the familiar faces.

    At times it can be hard to get changes enacted at a firm this size. There are so many cogs in the machine, it can take an army to fix small things that would be easier at a medium sized company.
    Striving for the best design at any cost yields great projects in the magazines and in hindsight years later, but sometimes at the expense of firm profitability and sanity of staff members. No one has the nerve to say to some high-profile designers “no, we can’t redesign this on your personal whim right now, because it would take 40 hours of work and our CDs are due tomorrow.” Granted, this is a stereotypical designer request, but it is not good business sense. Design decisions rule over business decisions. Somewhat understandable, but balance and judiciousness are necessary.

    Below-average health insurance benefits. Pay is slightly lower than average.

    New staff members are sometimes hired one notch lower than their previous experience justifies; prior experience is sometimes viewed with skepticism or reduced value.

    Advice to Management

    Weigh design vs business decisions equally – or at least in an unbiased manner.

    Find a method to reward those staff members who are otherwise forgotten about, yet still work their butts off.

    Being more savvy about the tough business decisions and technical processes (thus efficiency) would allow pay to be more equivalent with skills.

    Continue to reinforcing the importance of mentorship so young staff will stick around and develop as we need them to.


  4. "Stable Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable place to work, low risk, relatively easy schedule and low stress.

    Cons

    Not much career advancement, most people are just going with the flow.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for employees to take charge of projects.


  5. "ARCH I"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, friendly people, lots of learning opportunities, rarely work overtime, has its own research teams creating new tools and softwares, great supports all over the office, lots of engagement with community/AIA/city/NPO/arts&culture

    Cons

    Many projects are not so crazy/challenging.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Architect II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect II in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Architect II in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good bonus if you have been with the company for several years. Nice coworkers. Corporate benefits - exams paid for after passing, $750 professional development money per year. Free Breakfest on Tuesdays and Thursday's.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for growth, little mentorship. Low pay. Not a lot of say for what projects you work on. Not many employees stay for long.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Project Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Perkins & Will full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, great people, modern office space, lots of social activities, management listens when you voice your opinion, everyone gets their own laptop...

    Cons

    The social activities can be a pro, but sometimes there are too many which distracts from getting work done. Renovated office is new and modern, but also inefficiently laid out as well, as there is not much table space for each employee to set their drawings on.


  8. "Designer III"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great office, great co-workers and office location

    Cons

    Underpaid, decisions do not typically incorporate a cross section of employees


  9. "Arch iii"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and office culture.

    Cons

    Not many cons outside of the typical industry.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  10. "DC Architecture Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Sustainability, workplace, high design firm

    Cons

    Bait and switch on promotion and compensation


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