Rafael Vinoly Architects Reviews

Updated May 29, 2020

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16 Ratings
  1. "This is a real Architectural firm!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Designer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Rafael Vinoly and partners really control design and project quality, lots of attention to details and a very contemporary beautiful architecture. You will feel proud to be working here where your talents and capabilities can be well developed. The teams are really talented and in general terms helpful to each other.

    Cons

    Long hours when needed. Sometimes lots of tension.... but that's the life of an Architect.

  2. "good office"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Model Maker in New York, NY

    I have been working at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good location and interesting design

    Cons

    some overnight work, but not too crazy


  3. "It has been an amazing experience- would recommend"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rafael Vinoly Architects

    Pros

    This is a firm that lets you have initiative, so if your are bold, confident and don’t need anyone to hold your hand or tell you what to do- this is an ideal firm. Here you have the capability of learning the trade fairly quickly if you put in the effort without the need of doing long hours- it really depends on how you manage your own time.

    Cons

    The only con is that there is of course one designer - Mr. Viñoly- but then again- you should of known that it would be this way... (doesn’t mean that you don’t have influence on design- you just need to be convincing)

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  4. "Designer Experience"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -great design -talented group of people -great projects

    Cons

    -office culture -mentorship -transparency -compensation for consistent over time

  5. "Great Firm"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Project Manager 

    I worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time

    Pros

    You can learn much about design, especially of large scale projects. You may not always agree with the designs coming out of the firm, but you can learn a lot from that too.

    Cons

    They will work you unto death, especially younger staff

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good projects long hours"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good projects to work on. Lots to be learned.

    Cons

    Long hours. High turnover, inefficient process.

  7. Helpful (6)

    "Disrespectful People With No Work Life Balance"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 for 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.

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  8. "architect"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time

    Pros

    it is big name office

    Cons

    tired, management is not working

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Architect"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Architect 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rafael Vinoly Architects for 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.

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

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects full-time for 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.

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