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SHoP Architects Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Shop"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Not the SHoP you know Anymore"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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 through favoritism. Ugly hierarchy of pointing fingers.

    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.

  3. "SHoP Architects review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  4. "Great employer, great office culture"

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

    I have been working at SHoP Architects full-time (More than 3 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


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SHoP Architects full-time (More than 5 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 these people who tell them what they want to hear. And in turn there is little faith in "management" by most coworkers. So problems fester instead of getting resolved and the whole environment is a lot more stressful than it once was.

    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.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Burnt Out Staff, Unqualified Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 up and playing politics right. Very little engagement with the mid or entry level staff and a major lack of gratitude.

    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.


  7. "Project Director"

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

    I worked at SHoP Architects full-time

    Pros

    Good size firm, many opportunities, many perks, access to Partners. There's also a strong presence of women leaders.

    Cons

    Hours can be demanding.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unhealthy work environment"

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SHoP Architects full-time

    Pros

    The projects are some of the most interesting work I have had the opportunity to work on. The design approach is thorough and thoughtful. The office its self is beautiful and in a great building.

    Cons

    The hours are unnecessarily long. Most of the management encourages long hours instead of efficient work days. Working normal work hours is seen as lazy. Staff is overworked and has a lot of unwarranted stress placed on them by management. There are a lot of under qualified individuals with too much control. There are a lot of sharp elbows. There are opportunities for young professionals to acquire high positions, however you have to kind of play your cards right and befriend the right individuals. Promotions are not merit based all the time.

    Advice to Management

    You bring in such amazing talent but cant keep them happy or around. There needs to be a bigger push in the office to really understand the goals and talents of each employee. There is an evaluation and review process in place but it is not working properly because the staff still does not feel like they can speak their mind and actual find the opportunities in the office they are told exist. There are a lot of false opportunities. There needs to be more open communication and less competitiveness.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Just Bad and Sad"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SHoP Architects full-time

    Pros

    - Latest technology available
    - Large scale Projects
    - Beer and Iced Coffee on tap

    Cons

    - teams are consistently understaffed
    - long working hours
    - highly competitive and aggressive work environment
    - Majority of the senior Staff is inexperienced, extremely young and lack maturity.
    - High turnover rate
    - Bad work-life balance
    - Room to grow only if you play the politics right


  10. Helpful (4)

    "dysfunctional, and ultra-competitive"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SHoP Architects full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful office/building, summer Fridays, free coffee, free lunch sometimes

    Cons

    Very long work hours. Minimum 10 hour work day (hours are 9-7pm and that if there is no deadline!). This leads to a breakdown in work/life/family balance and employees end up feeling resentful and burnt out. Management is a nightmare. The firms perceived image is very skewed from reality. There is a lack of fundamental leadership on project teams. Senior staff is very young, inexperienced and hyper-competitive. Unqualified people are typically promoted because they fawn over senior management not because they have experience or excel at their job. Overall, it seems like the company is extracting maximum profits at the expense of their employees wellbeing and career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees time and reward them when they work diligently. Recognize the effort, and hard-work that your employees do and don't humiliate staff when they ask for advice or support. There is a serious need for better management skills at this company. Be conscious of your employees well-being and stop micromanaging!


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