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Updated January 29, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Office and Design that is a dream come true for a young designer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The American Institute of Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The office culture is fantastic, everyone is outgoing and great at working through design problems, you learn something new everyday.

    Cons

    Employee's are blacked out and administration never really fills anyone in on what the big picture is. You are strictly on a need to know basis and if it isn't your project you don't need to know or hear anything about it.

    Advice to Management

    Weekly Staff meetings, or at least something to get everyone checked-in on the status of the office. If you have your strongest player always on the bench then their employment for a certain skill is pointless


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Headed in the right direction, but slowly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The American Institute of Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Location, facility, people, benefits, work/life balance. The organization was gaining momentum around being a more agile, relevant, diverse.

    Cons

    The priority during my tenure was reorganizing the Board to make it easier to get decisions made. As a result, many new strategic initiatives were not getting funded in a timely fashion. Also, I witnessed some outside hires which were damaging to the culture, when there were qualified candidates within.

    Advice to Management

    Look to groom existing talent and promote from within. Accelerate efforts to become more agile, relevant, diverse.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Organization of People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The American Institute of Architects part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoy the people that I work with.

    Cons

    As an Executive Director for a local chapter, you work independently without much assistance from the National Office.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Really nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Knowledge Communities Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Knowledge Communities Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment. Lots of emphasis on professional development and training. You need not look far to find employees who have been promoted from within the company.

    Cons

    None - really enjoyed working here.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Pretty good. A lot more work to be done culture wise"

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The American Institute of Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Love the work
    Different types of projects
    Travel
    Access to senior management
    Change is on the horizon

    Cons

    Operating in Silos
    People feel Disconnected with company goals
    Staff feels unimportant

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff and make then feel valued


  7. Helpful (7)

    "A bureaucratic organization mired in structural and management issues. Leadership sorely is lacking."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The American Institute of Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High pay, good benefits, a smattering of great people and capable consultants trying to affect positive change within the organization.

    Cons

    Cronyism, back-stabbing/blaming, silos and lack of collaboration across teams, no support for career growth, managers are fearful of change, frequent hiring and firing, incompetent people in critical management roles (especially in communications and marketing, and senior leadership). There are too many negatives. Don't be seduced by the money that they throw at you, this organization will be a bad move for your career.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people below you and support them in their careers instead of being fearful that they will take your position--embrace change. Do not trick people when you hire them--be honest about the state of the organization and company culture so that people know what they are getting into. Hire carefully so that there is less hiring and firing. Get rid of toxic people.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "AIA's got a serious case of Poison Ivy"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, generous time off, collegial environment, fun co-workers.

    Cons

    Where to begin. In the last year the CEO developed a serious case of megalomania and the result is that staff is leaving the place in droves. He has a myopic view that only allows for those who adhere to his vision to feel welcome within the organization. The problem is that he has been unable to articulate what that vision would be, leaving members confused and staff walking on eggshells. Those who don't toe the line of his un-articulated vision (again no one has any idea what it is) are publicly labeled as naysayers, quiters, or unwilling to change. I'd hazard to guess the only people that truly enjoy working in the place now are the yes persons he has surrounded himself with, other wise known as the senior leadership team, as misnomer if there ever was one because they do not provide leadership and instead prepfer to stay in COA mode. I guess you could toss in the large handful of Ivy loyalists who received promotions as enjoying the place as well, but if you are on the lines or in a position lower than VP, forget about it. I could go on and on regarding the organizational disfunction that this so-called "leader" has wrought, but I think you get the point. Suffice to say, Ivy is poison.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to others at the organization and stop perpetuating activities and actions that lead to hierarchical stratification, an environment of distrust, and continual dysfunction.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The American Institute of Architects full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Time off, team atmosphere and pay reasonable. I stay with the company mainly for the family friendly leave policy. But different departments interpret policies in ways that make the organization look a little bi-polar. There is no more than an ordinary amount of re-tape, silos or difficult people.

    Cons

    It is slow to change, Staff can be heavy on chefs, with too few cooks...

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees, we have insights into the membership too


  10. Helpful (1)

    "An organization that is struggling to overcome its past"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The American Institute of Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get a lot of time off and the people are very friendly.

    Cons

    Absurd board and organizational structure, many employees without any ambition.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management knows many of the problems that exist, but politics prevent much from being done.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "The organization needs new leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The American Institute of Architects full-time

    Pros

    The organization has a great benefits package. Much of my work was interesting and offered opportunities to develop and use different skill sets.

    Cons

    Promotions and layoffs seem to be political, rather than competency based. The organization's leadership struggles to see how to move the organization forward, and seems to recycle the same positions and organizational efforts using slightly different language, rather than making any substantial change.

    Advice to Management

    You have to change the framework, not only how you work within it. Laying off staff for four years in a row is not a positive way to foster organizational change.


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