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S/L/A/M Collaborative Reviews

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  1. "company review"

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

    I worked at S/L/A/M Collaborative full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    SLAM is a reasonably good place

    Cons

    Opportunities were a little constrained


  2. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glastonbury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glastonbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You will get to work on many projects.

    Cons

    The senior architects are very mediocre in their design skills. They have no respect for other contractors and vendors on site. They are very disrespectful and arrogant to non architects and other players in the industry. The commitments are made to clients with no regard for people who needs to execute the project. Not an environment that helps you grow personally or professionally.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the people in the industry and treat them like they are humans worth your respect. Learn the technicalities that goes into construction or consult the right people before making decisions for them. Train some of the senior people to be less sarcastic and more professional.

  3. "interior designer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Interior Designer in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Interior Designer in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This firm offers a relaxed environment with open floor plan flexible work schedule and a very modest level of supervisory oversight.

    Cons

    This is a production oriented firm with little opportunity for professional development. It can be a difficult environment to grow professionally.

    Advice to Management

    Incorporate a mentoring program and offer workshops for entry and intermediate level employees to grow in their role and to have their work exposed to the overall industry.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Great Projects, Talented Pool of Professionals, Management needs Improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glastonbury, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glastonbury, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at S/L/A/M Collaborative full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You work on very interesting projects, the people are great to work with, flexible hours, great work atmosphere

    Cons

    Management tends to struggle with communication, they tend to treat non-architects (landscape architects, interior designers, and engineers) as second class citizens, Principals need to improve communication with staff. Very often work is promised to clients without discussing with project managers or studio leaders. It is not right when a Principal promises a client a project by a certain date without consulting your managers. Then the team is spending the weekend in the office while the Principal is in Cape Cod. Lead by example!

    Advice to Management

    Show respect and value the talent you have. You never know where good suggestions will come from.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good for the few at the top. Just do what you're told and don't offer suggestions."

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    Former Employee - Architect in Glastonbury, CT
    Former Employee - Architect in Glastonbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good Designers, Some exciting projects

    Cons

    Lack of mentoring, lack of communication to employees. Performance appraisals based on the old 'number system' rating. No vehicles for communication to management. Indifference to 'worker bees'. Bonuses were nowhere near what was represented. Raises were minimal once pay is established regardless of performance.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize efforts of employees at all levels. Involve employees in issues and let all be part of the solution. Communicate with employees and don't isolate upper management from the rest of the staff.