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  1. "Architectural designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Steinberg Architects full-time

    Pros

    The working office space is very nice and there is a sense of companionship among the colleagues. Despite not having the most working experience compared to others, I was taught and mentored by my team and colleagues. They were understanding and patient with me which gave me the opportunity to learn and experience at the firm.

    Cons

    Cannot really think of much


  2. "Lessons Learned"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Steinberg Architects part-time

    Pros

    * Great people to work with at staff level
    * Flexibility
    * Professional Development
    * Benefits
    * Activities

    Cons

    * Decisions in San Jose made by Los Angeles
    * Principals are not always aligned

    Advice to Management

    * Better communications among Principals
    * Improved staff appreciation

  3. "Lots of potential for growth"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office has a lot of young energy. The principals are fairly young and embraces people with passion and initiatives. The projects are diverse with many high profile projects in urban mixed use residential, hotels, student housing, and college/university facilities. The managers are receptive to individual professional growth and allow designers to work on different project types if you request. There is a good camaraderie and a sense of family.

    Cons

    The office is very busy so sometimes you are working on multiple projects. There are a lot of office initiatives and learning opportunities but sometimes not enough time to get involved without spending own time to participate.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire great people


  4. "Junior Designer"

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    Former Employee - Junior Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Culture. People are very nice. Firm is looking towards the future for more diverse projects. Work hours and salary are pretty good, not great.

    Cons

    The structure of the firm is a little discombobulated, and un-organized. Its hard to get off a certain project once started if you want to.


  5. "If you're looking for mentorship or learning opportunities, keep moving"

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    Current Employee - Intermediate Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Intermediate Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office location in nicer than most and the motto of everyone functioning as an entrepreneur is enticing. The office is fairly diverse with regards to age and nationalities

    Cons

    There is virtually no graphic standards for construction documentation. They have been on REVIT for a couple of years but have yet to invest in the program as to allow it to function optimally thereby creating more work than necessary. Studio is not friendly and can be very cliquish. There is an air of cattiness that impedes the efforts of Junior staff. There are no systems in place to ensure the proper training and development of junior staff. As mentioned earlier, that's a tall order considering they're aren't any foundational standards on which to develop a training/mentorship initiative

    Advice to Management

    Those working here are looking to contribute. Loosen the reigns a bit and allow them to do so under supervision. You need to take ownership and accountability of your role as management and ensure that all those appointed beneath you are receiving the tools and guidance requisite to meeting your expectations.


  6. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Steinberg Architects (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Steinberg is a young company that is doing great work.

    Cons

    Like many architecture firms, the staff is overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Create incentives to retain talent.


  7. "Ruthless in a down economy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Talented staff. Some interesting projects. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Leadership cares more about their profits than their staff. In the 2 years I worked there, we had 9 sets of layoffs. Many principals and very little agreement. Lots of infighting.

    Advice to Management

    Retire

  8. "Projects types may provide great experience though work commitment expectations are often excessive with limited rewards"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Steinberg Architects full-time

    Pros

    Great range of projects; Great people to work with. Some PMs are great mentors.

    Cons

    Generally understaffed to meet schedules; Management unresponsive to balancing current needs vs. marketing vs networking. Limited support from Principals. Design process sporadic. Easy to get pigeon-hold for assignments.

    Advice to Management

    Be accessible and supportive of staff; Listen to staff; Reward staff.


  9. "Experience in housing and higher education. Needs more focus on developing employees skill-sets and mentorship."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Steinberg Architects full-time

    Pros

    Great Office, Some Particular Great Staff, Social Activities

    Cons

    Stickler Office Management, Unfriendly Vibes at Times, Needs More Encouraged Collaboration, Some PMs Disorganized, Lack of Education, Understaffed, Reward Good Work

    Advice to Management

    Sincere mentorship strongly needed, office management needs to be friendly and easy-going, needed fiscal rewards for acknowledging talent and good work, encourage transparency, steer away from pigeon holing, education towards employees


  10. "Broad range of good projects and experiences"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Steinberg Architects full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Projects are generally high quality in the type and attention to design with quality clients. Generally good availability of good quality staff.

    Cons

    Design process can get bogged down by going through multiple redesigns. Focus on internal finances can trump quality approach to project and staff.


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