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Rafael Vinoly Architects Reviews

Updated December 26, 2018
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  1. "Architect"

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

    I worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time

    Pros

    Great work culture and talented staff

    Cons

    Sometimes need to work more hours but its nature of Architecture


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Disrespectful People With No Work Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A good place to start off and gain experience.

    Cons

    Very disrespectful staff, including Vinoly, who would on multiple occasions curse and yell at employees, interns, and outside consultants. On top of the disrespect, employees are consistently forced to work exhausting UNPAID overtime hours, which management is very willing to exploit at the sacrifice of the employee and their time. Additionally, benefits leave much to be desired compared to other NY offices, including Vinoly's "bonus" (tip at most). Accepting a position at RVA is essentially volunteering yourself to be Vinoly's slave. I wouldn't waste my time with this firm unless you hate yourself or need a work visa.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees

  3. "architect"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time

    Pros

    it is big name office

    Cons

    tired, management is not working


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Architect"

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

    I have been working at Rafael Vinoly Architects (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High profile projects with an emphasis on design are available to work on. Good medical benefits, generous salary, modest vacation time initially.

    Cons

    A lot of OT. Go get dinner and then come back to the office to work some more during the week and then come on in on Sunday.


  5. "Good place to learn in the beginning of one's career,"

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    Former Employee - Junior Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great place for a young architect to learn all the professional knowledge about architecture.

    Cons

    Low pay, long hour.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Busy Busy Busy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time

    Pros

    a lot of large porjects

    Cons

    working hour over 160 hour in 2 weeks easily


  7. Helpful (1)

    "intermediate designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time

    Pros

    good place to learn for people who just graduate

    Cons

    bad management, low salary, long hour

  8. "Junior Architect"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time

    Pros

    good projects, strong design with full process

    Cons

    long hours, poor management, understaffed


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Disrespectful environment"

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    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good peers; learn a lot of software

    Cons

    Very toxic environment, very hectic


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Designer"

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    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging projects, some incredibly knowledgeable and talented staff.

    Cons

    Very poor office culture. No attempt to keep people happy or fulfilled. Rafael is a megalomaniac who has lost touch with the reality of being a normal human.

    Advice to Management

    Prepare partners to take over lead design role. Try to look at what other companies are doing to keep staff engaged and make them feel part of a something larger - not a slave for Rafael.