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RTKL Associates Reviews

Updated April 5, 2017
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RTKL Associates President & CEO Lance K. Josal
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance, except for a few deadlines once in while that demand some overtime (in 5 reviews)

  • Overall, great people to work with (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Cost driven, profit driven, few projects could make you really proud as being an architect (in 4 reviews)

  • low salary, low growth opportunity, corporate culture (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Some good, some bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at RTKL Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Met some thoughtful female leaders here

    Cons

    Hierarchy and political issues got in the way of trying to do great work for a client because leadership was not aligned


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company, But Not Enough Pay"

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    Former Employee - Project Accountant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Project Accountant in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RTKL Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall, great people to work with. They provide training.

    Cons

    Not very flexible. No bonuses unless you're at the top. Low salary compared to the rest of the industry. Too much work and not enough pay. Not much upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more, so that you can keep your employees longer. Hire more people, so you don't overwork your current employees.


  3. "Designer"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Designer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RTKL Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    longer PTO, flexible work hour schedule, good learning place for young staff, good Arcadis global program(Arcadis quest, Global shaper)

    Cons

    low pay, hard to make a live especially in a expensive city like DC! profit driven projects. lots of nonsense competitions. It's a place making you lose hope for architectural design industry.

    Advice to Management

    Improve employee benefit! cut down overhead.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Mundane"

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RTKL Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, longer PTO compared to other similar companies, get the opportunity to design and follow up your project consistently, more or less, but still, for a large firm like this you need to switch around projects.

    Cons

    Not innovative enough in terms of design, though the corporate level pushes so. Cost driven, profit driven, few projects could make you really proud as being an architect. Low pay, even consider the longer PTO, if I convert the extra PTO into value based on RTKL standard, my salary is still way lower than other firms in market.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to design.


  5. "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RTKL Associates (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    RTKL is a great place to start your career. It affords those just starting out the opportunity to get exposure and hone their skills. It is also a great place to hold up if you're between opportunities but do not plan on getting comfortable unless you know the right person.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, RTKL is not a place in which one is allowed fair opportunity for growth. There are no clearly defined processes, no metric system to measure career growth and nepotism is blatant. If you want career growth, have a social relationship with upper management because hard work and dedication is not recognized.

    Advice to Management

    People want to be appreciated and recognized for their hard work. Make a conscience effort to make your entire staff feel as if they are part of the team. You would be amazed at how far actual team work will go. Also, make a note that in a competitive market provide competitive wages or you will continue to lose highly qualified people to the highest bidder.


  6. "Marketing Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RTKL Associates (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible hours
    laid back office
    causal dress code
    coworkers for the most part are cool

    Cons

    no room for advancement
    pay is low
    hard to get response from executives when you're on a tight timeframe


  7. "Senior designer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Design in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Design in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RTKL Associates (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent design opportunities to be had.

    Cons

    Construction administration is difficult to get.


  8. "Chance to design"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at RTKL Associates (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Support for innovative design and planning. One of the first firms to build an urban design portfolio.

    Cons

    Schedules were sometimes very aggressive, but no more than many firms. Work with developers sometimes resulted in greater downturns when the economy was slow.


  9. "Full of possibilities"

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    Former Employee - Associate Vice President in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Associate Vice President in Baltimore, MD
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RTKL Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the company provides funds to get training related to your position. As any big company, it has diverse career paths.

    Cons

    It is a public company, so profit is very important. Too much office politics that sometimes affects team performance.

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Designer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at RTKL Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good options for benefits. Senior Designers 5 years accrue vacation time at 2.6 hr/wk. Int'l and domestic work to add to your profile. Domestic and int'l offices could offer transfer abilities. Travel for work provides opportunity to see new cities and countries, RTKL will foot the bill, no per diem. They have a budget for professional development, they reimburse education that is related to your field. They may not pay for your professional organization's conferences for travel not related to projects.

    Cons

    No sick time, must take PTO. Work/life balance is very hard for at least half of the employees. Travel for higher positions is not optional, tends to be hard to put family first. Every VP is different, some are hard drivers, others are happy to hear your thoughts and express yourself. You have to be 100% billable. Office meetings can have your come in early, take your lunch time (frequently). The VPs (even across offices) hold favorites, if you aren't on that list, you aren't getting pick for cross-office meetings. Communication/transparency is less than ideal. You'll be constantly bombarded to take surveys and answer anonymous for RTKL to improve, but it is surely a ruse to make you feel like you'd been listened to.


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