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WD Partners Reviews

Updated March 2, 2017
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Pros
  • Culture is pretty laid back with a focus on work / life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Great work environment and beautiful building (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Ownership and upper management vision do not align causing frequent change and lack of direction (in 6 reviews)

  • Opportunities for professional development and career growth are limited (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Company + High Talent"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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


  3. "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.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Stay away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Great office building, good team building exercises, good environment, lots of opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Communication could be better among management

    Advice to Management

    Communication


  7. "Great Company for Interns and Full-Time"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Electrical Designer in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Associate Electrical Designer in Dublin, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at WD Partners part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with a large variety of projects and there is a lot to learn. Everyone is very willing to answer your questions and help you out if you are having problems remembering things. Management is amazing and very personable. Everything is very organized and there aren't any cubicles. The office in Dublin, OH is very colorful and is completely open as to encourage communication in person.

    Cons

    The work can sometimes get repetitive. If you are stuck on a certain client's projects they can get very similar. If you're an intern you work on a lot of projects at once which can at times get a little overwhelming, but you get used to it.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that I am graduating and that I will be looking for full-time offers pretty early in my senior year. Start talking about full-time job offers earlier rather than later.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Laid off after a few months"

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

    Pros

    Good pay, cool coworkers, nice benifits

    Cons

    Doesn't care about employees, cheap design quality


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WD Partners full-time

    Pros

    Great creative team that was very close and a joy to work with. Strong leadership from Directors and design managers.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover. Often felt unstable even with plenty of work. Management seemed to not fully understand the role of the design staff.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Layoffs galore"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WD Partners full-time

    Pros

    Some great people to work with.

    Cons

    Cliquey, PM's removed from team's process. Layoffs happen every four months or so. No room for growth. Coworkers very concerned about everyone's business. Morale LOW. No raises or bonuses.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Stay Away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WD Partners (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the most talented environmental designers I've seen. Nice creative space. Very casual environment.

    Cons

    Typically, I do NOT write many reviews. However, my employment experience was so disappointing I felt obligated to share my thoughts to help others avoid the same mistake I made working here.
    My list of CONS.
    -Often times people are hired and placed into roles which they did not apply for making it difficult to succeed.
    -Creative structure basically doesn't exist making it extremely disorganized and confusing.
    -Ownership and upper management vision do not align causing frequent change and lack of direction.
    -Constant turnover of talented people.
    -Poor company reputation throughout the Columbus market makes it very challenging to hire local talent. As a result, most creative recruiting happens out-of-town.
    -Be aware of a few particular upper management folks on staff. These people will to do anything necessary to succeed personal gain within the company (their reputation is very well-known).
    –The in-store shopping experience is quickly dying making the company nervous in regards to staying relevant in today's marketplace. (Majority of shopping is done online today creating less demand for environmental design opportunities.)

    Advice to Management

    Ownership: Trust and respect the advice from the experienced people you hire. Understand these people can bring a fresh perspective on how other successful companies have prospered and retain talented staff members. Consider conducting exit interviews. Don't ignore their input.
    Rid your company from the upper management folks seeking power and personal gain. You are losing many talented people as a result not to mention the recruitment damage they are causing.



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