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Valerio Dewalt Train Associates Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  1. "Opportunity for Independent Self-Motivated Employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Architect in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Valerio Dewalt Train Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is an excellent opportunity if you are independent, resourceful and self-motivated. The office culture is great, and sharing personal passions is encouraged. It's not uncommon for employees to bring in a home brew or enjoy a jam session late on Friday afternoon if you don't have a deadline.
    High design opportunities are often available.

    Cons

    If you require a lot of structure and direction, this is probably not the firm for you. Don't expect anyone to give you a set of redlines or ask you to mindlessly pump out a drawing set. Upper management is happy to help if you need support, but once you are assigned a project, it's really up to you and your team to complete your work, address complex technical problems, and manage your time including architectural production, communication with clients, consultants, city officials, etc.


  2. "VDTA"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Manager/Executive Assistant/Hospitality Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Office Manager/Executive Assistant/Hospitality Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Valerio Dewalt Train Associates (More than a year)

    Pros

    The office has a steady work flow. Many employees are getting steady work

    Cons

    Unorganized work place. Not enough work at times. Too much turn around in staff.

  3. "Project Architect"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valerio Dewalt Train Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work. Awesome people. Gives you the freedom, opportunity and support to be as ambitious as you want to be in your career.

    Cons

    Required to pull the occasional long day/days to make a deadline.


  4. "Challenging and fulfilling"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Valerio Dewalt Train Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Independent, challenging environment filled with talented coworkers and a dedication to both high-design & a fantastic social environment.

    Cons

    Challenging projects bring late hours every so often.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "autonomy to manage projects, opportunity to work on great design projects"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    proj mgmt experience
    potential to work on high design projects
    great work environment

    Cons

    moderate benefits
    not the pay of a giant firm
    bread and butter work (in addition to design work)


  6. Helpful (5)

    "tough"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Studio Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Studio Architect in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    the people are very personable and fun. the social aspects of the firm are very lively and strong. once/twice yearly parties and activities are always fun

    Cons

    this is not a place to work if you are looking for career advancement. there is a severe lack of organization amongst the leadership, causing things to fall through the cracks quite often. the managers, in general, are not good at managing people.

    Advice to Management

    invest in your employees in a way that makes them feel valuable. there needs to be attainable goals if you expect to have any sort of people retention for the longevity of this company's success.


  7. "Good Firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valerio Dewalt Train Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great energy and very personable group. Good projects and ability to make your experience your own. Flexible work life but requires full commitment to work. Great opportunities there for the taking if you're a squeaky wheel

    Cons

    Moderate benefits. Leadership is concerned about "not being corporate" and staying "boutique" in attitude to the detriment of employee support. Staff is tasked with a lot of what is sold as "power" and "decision making opps" but boils down to extra and unnecessary work due to lack of basic structure and support

    Advice to Management

    Spend the money to hire support people for employees. Spend the money for adequate benefits. Stop trying to multi task everyone

  8. "Studio Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place, good people
    Good projects
    Good office structure
    Good team

    Cons

    Try really hard to not be considered corporate. Works against themselves.
    Boss' son is an entitled arrogant dimwit whose laziness is the highlight of his career


  9. "Project Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work, really talented people

    Cons

    open office setting. Gets noisy sometimes