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WD Partners Reviews

Updated October 30, 2017
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  • Long hours, career growth is not a focus, particular areas of the business get more attention than others (big brother vs little brother) (in 3 reviews)

  • Implementation of a Project Management by non- architectural or engineering professionals (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Environments Designer"

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    Current Employee - Environments Designer in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Environments Designer in Dublin, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WD Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Variety of work, collaborative, great place to learn, care about growth

    Cons

    Pressure to work long hours, location, not a lot of boutique clients, discrepancies in management


  2. Helpful (1)

    "No for you if you want a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WD Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people at the ground level. Nice/although always changing work environment (building). Ok benefits.

    Cons

    This is not a company you want to join if you want a career. If you are looking for something short term to get a couple years of experience, then it might be ok. There is no consistency or planning. Everything is done on a whim or on the emotions of an unstable leadership. The “leadership” does not communicate very well, if at all, and when they do, they talk out of both sides of their mouth. There is no transparency and most of the time one area of the company has no idea what the other is doing. There is no sense of loyalty and you will be constantly told that everyone is replaceable. They will sell you a bill of goods on an awesome culture, but when they are told that culture and morale has tanked they act like they don’t understand why or how. They treat everyone like they should be happy they just have a job. People below the manager level seem to know what is going on (or as much as leadership will allow them to know), but they are usually so overworked that they don’t have time to mentor or manage the people under them.

    They have had RIFs for the last 4 years right before the holidays, and then they do not discuss it with the remaining employees. They also hire and promote people during these RIFs. This place is horribly dysfunctional and it is from the top down. No organization, no one is held accountable, and people who have absolutely no experience doing things get put into positions they have no business being in. You get promoted based on popularity, your best friend being your manager, or being a jerk to the people who work under you, it is not based on your work ethic or work produced.

    Advice to Management

    Ignoring a problem will not make it go away. If you keep repeating the same mistakes you will never become the company you promise people it can be.

  3. "No financial appreciation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at WD Partners full-time

    Pros

    Good people, good teams, good work ethic

    Cons

    No financial appreciation for your efforts

    Advice to Management

    Pay raises above national inflation rate, bonuses to those that help improve profits


  4. "Design Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Intern in Dublin, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WD Partners part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, fun environment, fast and creative projects

    Cons

    A lot of office politics


  5. "Great Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Project Designer
    Current Employee - Architectural Project Designer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WD Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Evolving culture at WD has great outlook. Great camaraderie and professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    Can't think of any at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to allow growth of team through mentoring exercises and training.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Smoke and Mirrors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WD Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back/open environment.
    Some talented co-workers.

    Cons

    No plans for personal growth.
    Low-to-no raises.
    Unstable financials.
    Lack of creative structure.
    Poor "project management".
    Frequent turn over rate.
    These reasons and more create a strange, toxic environment at WD. Where employees constantly feel uneasy and unsure about what's "really going on".

    Advice to Management

    Stop drinking your own Kool-Aid and take a look at WD objectively. Come up with an actual plan for the future.
    Be honest/more transparent with your employees.
    Allow culture to form instead of stifling it.


  7. "Excellent Company + High Talent"

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    Former Employee - Project Architect in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Project Architect in Dublin, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WD Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great professional company with so many perks...gym, ping pong, work-life balance, inspiring atmosphere, talented coworkers. Great senior staff and support. Great project workflow.

    Cons

    Not too many, I felt very comfortable discussing any issues with various senior staff and getting the direction and/or challenge. Opportunities are there if you ask.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good for Entry Position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WD Partners full-time

    Pros

    Nicely designed office, casual and creative atmosphere with friendly staff and pandora on speakers. Good exposure to many different projects and talented designers and high profile clients

    Cons

    designer salary is acceptable only for entry level, there are many promises for advancement and salary increase, but no follow through. poor work/life balance with little respect from management on a personal level


  9. "The Irvine office has a small office collaborative feel to it."

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

    I have been working at WD Partners full-time

    Pros

    The teams are fully integrated with all disciplines. They function as one. Great comradery, great local leader. I see changes moving in the right direction.

    Cons

    As with most satellite locations, you are looked upon by corporate as a stepchild. However that seems to also be changing.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the great people you have on board and make them feel their hard work has not gone unnoticed.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at WD Partners full-time

    Pros

    - People are generally nice and pretty casual work environment
    - You could get some diverse projects to work on which can help your portfolio if you are young.

    Cons

    - Ridiculous turn over rate: talented people leave quickly and others get fired after just few months (even weeks).
    - The company layoff is crazy and rude. People lose jobs when the work is slow (around December) and they over hire during the year. The company has no concern for people's livelihood.
    - Management acts like everything is great but they could care less if you are gone the next day.
    - No project management. There's one person who "directs" PM somehow has lots of power over getting rid of people she doesn't like.
    - Director level people rarely show up to work yet they complain when others take off more than 2 weeks.
    - People who stay here for more than 5 years are generally bought into company's BS and not very ambitious. They literally recycle ideas for every project they work on.
    - Bunch of senior designers have no skills or talent but get promoted when people leave and/or if certain directors like them personally.

    Advice to Management

    - Organize core team and keep them rather than hire bunch of unqualified people.
    - You do not need large number of "Directors" who do not do anything but say bunch of key works and go to meetings.
    - Learn how to actually interview and find talent.
    - Hire actual cleaning service so the staff bathrooms, kitchen and office areas aren't disgusting.
    - Get rid of overhead but firing dead weight in management.


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