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T. Howard + Associates Architects Reviews

Updated June 6, 2017
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  1. "Architecture Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at T. Howard + Associates Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic smaller firm which gives employees huge opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Cedars Neighborhood is still up and coming. Once it is more developed, the location will be more appealing.


  2. "hostile work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at T. Howard + Associates Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    close to downtown, free sodas

    Cons

    highly aggressive work environment, management seems to enjoy intimidating employees and consultants, egotistical and arrogant atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    good employees left for a good reason

  3. "I wouldn't."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at T. Howard + Associates Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small team, neat office & office location, free coffee and tea

    Cons

    Very unfriendly working environment, help from almost no one, verbally abusive management


  4. "All the elements of a boutique firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at T. Howard + Associates Architects full-time

    Pros

    Huge potential as the firm is starting to win bigger and cooler projects; Young, talented group of production staff; Leadership is more effective and the culture has really brightened, staff usually work just over 40 hours a week and rarely more than 50; Supportive atmosphere, everyone is busy and has a high level of responsibility for projects, yes, but team members are great at helping each other through the crunch times and everyone gets along, great sign when the team hangs out after work and on the weekends outside the office; Firm is small enough to ride out tough economic times and can develop new lines of business easily; Owner really wants staff to contribute to the growth of the firm and to think of themselves as future owners.

    Cons

    Being smaller, its tough competing with the big firms for projects and talent; internal communication is good but can improve; the firm's open studio concept is common in this industry but there needs to be more options to work in private spaces when needed.

    Advice to Management

    Define your vision clearly and stay on track to achieve it. Its great to be opportunistic, but don't let it dominate your strategies. The firm's commitment to developing its future leaders internally is excellent.


  5. "The good the bad and the ugly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at T. Howard + Associates Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Being a small firm there are plenty of opportunities to work on all aspects of a project from initial design through documentation, and construction admin.

    Cons

    When I was there (and this might have changed, but I doubt it) the owner was very micro managing. He'd say he was hands off one day, but then get right down into the project minutia the next.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the owner doing the marketing and selling of the projects. The contracts, initial client meetings and the hand shakes. Let the project managers, project architects, and staff deal with the day to day after that. Have a meeting with the project managers weekly to discuss progress, or issues. No need for the owner to sit down next to a drafter while they are working and try to solve every design decision on the spot.


  6. "Best fit for entrepreneurial designers"

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Business Development in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing and Business Development in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at T. Howard + Associates Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Startup culture
    Creative freedom
    Flexible hours and time-off

    Cons

    Best fit for people who are resourceful and driven and who are not going to sit back and expect constant direction and praise. You need to be tolerant of if not excited by change both within the company and with your work approach. Your rise in rank and compensation will be based on your commitment to the client, as well as the willingness of clients to work with a startup.


  7. "Dishearten"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at T. Howard + Associates Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A small company for the newly out of school to start out with. If you enjoy working solo, this is the job for you.

    Cons

    Lack of Leadership
    A huge turn around of employees. Revolving door.
    Micromanagement at it's fullest