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  1. "SHoP Architects review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SHoP Architects full-time

    Pros

    The work and the culture.

    Cons

    The office hours are long.

    Advice to Management

    Assessment of work hours and productivity.

  2. "Great place for certain kinds of people"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SHoP Architects full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    SHoP gives you a great platform to pursue your interests. Leadership is attentive to your strengths and interests and makes sure your work somehow progresses them

    Cons

    Very loose structure. Lack of expertise as a result of being an office full of young people.

  3. "Quick input for those looking at SHoP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at SHoP Architects full-time

    Pros

    -Lots of resources and opportunity to make the experience you want at SHoP. -Always a lot of amazing projects going on.

    Cons

    long hours on a consistent basis

  4. "Good for me"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SHoP Architects full-time

    Pros

    Working at SHoP has been good to me.

    Cons

    Can be stressful and chaotic depending on your team.

  5. Helpful (5)

    "Learned a lot with many regrets"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SHoP Architects full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Talented coworkers, good projects, opportunity (not guarantee) to learn a lot quickly compared to other offices. Good place for a young person who knows what they're getting in to (and plan to get out in 2-4 years).

    Cons

    Unlike self image, the social culture is very cold and impersonal. Everyone is replaceable yet competing for fleeting and insubstantial approval. Self destructive partner behavior. Partner inattention to projects in documentation phases and construction. Bizarrely still extremely focused on bringing in development work. Inability to retain experienced staff, low pay. High turnover in last 1.5 years, hemorrhaging experienced...

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    Advice to Management

    If shop really wants to be the 'McKinsey' of architecture as purported, figure out how to keep experienced people. Be known as the firm with the best work-life balance, better than average pay and vacation. To work at shop today is to know you have no long term future there. Figure out how to manage, delegate and moderate the constant frenzy (not possible if the firm is not a long term option for the vast majority).

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Shop"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at SHoP Architects full-time

      Pros

      Coworkers are easy to get along with and are some of the best in the industry. Sociable, friendly firm. Projects are usually large and complex, innovation (use of technology) is encouraged. Senior staff is diverse. Principals recognize and appreciate the staff's contributions.

      Cons

      Work week is listed from 9-7pm, so hours are longer, especially if you are on competition teams. Salaries and bonuses need improvement. Firm could use more experienced people to guide projects. High turnover.

      Advice to Management

      Pay people what they're truly worth. Develop, mentor and train junior staff. Develop senior staff to improve management.

    • Helpful (7)

      "Not the SHoP you know Anymore"

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      Former Employee - Architectural Designer 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at SHoP Architects full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      The (few) good people are great. The beer. The Pinball Machine and VR. Office culture outside of work is good. (Some) projects are still interesting. The VDC unit is doing good work.

      Cons

      Forget your life, you will have none if you work here, the ones that made it at SHoP have no life outside the office. Mostly banal projects as of now, the ethos of innovation is gone, mostly taking on bread and butter projects to grease the machine. Brutal competitiveness between peers, who often throw each other under the bus to climb a step on the ladder. Inefficient and inexperienced senior management that got to places...

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      Advice to Management

      Be more effective in how jobs, projects, and tasks are assigned to expertise. Your senior staff lacks managerial skills and balance inefficiency with longer hours which is draining their teams and your resources. Most people at SHoP are constantly burnt out and demotivated.

    • "Great employer, great office culture"

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      Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at SHoP Architects full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Tons of cool projects that give you ability to utilize multiple skill sets

      Cons

      Sometimes hard to get partner attention and engagement, and therefore fall through the cracks. Too much politics within the various associate partners

    • Helpful (4)

      "Not what it used to be"

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

      I have been working at SHoP Architects full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Some good memories of how it was 5 years ago but most of the people from that era have quit. Beer on tap. Good tech especially VR. Good health insurance.

      Cons

      Hyper political, unhealthy corporate environment. Always watching your back. Hours and mediocre salary means lots of turnover. Always promised bonuses but never get them. Office grew a lot in recent years, partners handled this growth by designating a lot of management to a new crop of unqualified yes-men who don't know what theyre doing. Now it feels like partners are very disconnected from the staff and only talk to...

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      Advice to Management

      Stop promoting the wrong people. Pay better. Spend some time with the people in the office you never seem to notice and not just your favorite clique -they are the ones doing all the work that gets your stuff built.

    • Helpful (5)

      "Burnt Out Staff, Unqualified Management"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at SHoP Architects

        Pros

        Free beer? Though with everything else it seems a weirdly cynical way of trying to convince staff what a blast the office is.

        Cons

        Major disconnect between upper management and their staff. Partners think the office is a fun, happy family where everyone gets along. Reality is a 180. Burnt out staff from working long hours, "senior staff" who are so inexperienced it's a joke, and below NYC average pay. Partners spent most of their time talking with APs and other upper level staff who got to where they are by throwing coworkers under the bus, sucking...

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        Advice to Management

        Get rid of the APs and your other pet staff who lack the experience, temperament and knowledge to properly help "manage" an office this size. Work on employee retention. Promote better work life balance by properly staffing projects. Hire a real HR person - asking to discuss office problems with one of the APs is an inherent conflict of interest and they have no understanding of how to deal with this.

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