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Updated Aug 7, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Unforgettable experience

    Aug 7, 2021 - Internship in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    All the team members are professional and nice. Well-organized schedule and good collaboration. Team leaders are experienced and friendly. Always make thoughtful decisions. Learning a lot from the team.

    Cons

    Not much to tell. Good experience from internship.

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  2. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Good

    Mar 5, 2021 - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    It is good company to work in

    Cons

    There is nothing about the company

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  3. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Internship

    Sep 17, 2019 - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good place to start after graduating

    Cons

    It was difficult to advance in your career afterwards inside the company

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good Work Culture

    Mar 8, 2017 - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    There is a good energy in the studio, everyone is incredibly friendly and helpful at really all levels. The execs speak to you like a person/ equal, there isn't a sense of superiority like you see at a lot of companies where the hierarchy is drawn with thick lines so you can't miss your place at the bottom. As admin, I am not micro managed or reprimanded for mistakes, requests are made and as long as the job gets done everyone is happy. If there are mistakes, management takes the time to ask questions and discuss what changes need to be made in order to avoid similar problems in future. The NYC studio is relatively small, which allows you to jump in and help out wherever is needed, it allows you to pick up new skills which only increase your value.

    Cons

    You don't always get as much notice (or any notice) with many requests, which forces you to scramble and get creative with solutions, but since people are grateful when you come through and allow you space and freedom to figure things out, this is not necessarily a bad thing.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Project Professional

    Feb 28, 2017 - Project Professional in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good colleagues, who are interested in helping each other out Management is happy to sit down and talk out grievances Quite a few local projects to gain experience on - newer projects seem to be smaller in scale, good for younger staff to get experience Large international team of experts to learn from and participate in Global mobility seems to be a possibility Forward looking company, looking to expand in NYC and North America in general Access to international work

    Cons

    Not many engaging projects in the office, on the Architecture side. Interiors seems to be doing quite well There is a bit of tendency to sell / see people in terms of their expertise. People are divided into streams (design, management, technical, etc.). Which can be good, if you have are expressly interested in developing in only one way. Work doesn't always seem evenly distributed between staff, some people are really quite overworked.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  6. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Get ready for a post fordist architectural factory ride

    Jun 23, 2016 - Project Professional in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The technical innovation team, good office structure. The corporate system of efficiency is alive and well here. Free food (rarely)

    Cons

    Horrible hierarchy, robotic SOMers. Never dare to show signs of having a life or being a human being or it will turn badly against you. Soul sucking job in mid town where you will live the rat race with average to below average talent level (but technically knowledgable) stiff souls. Oh, and they pay low salaries. Not recommended.

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    9 people found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Truly pushing the boundaries of architecture and design at a global level

    Mar 1, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    If you are looking for a design firm that TRULY embodies international collaboration across studios and regions, look no further. From junior to principal levels, almost all projects have a stake in the global market. Having come from a much smaller local design firm, this was a breath of fresh air and continues to make the work feel new and dynamic.

    Cons

    It would be great to have a slightly larger staff to build out more multi-disciplinary teams rather on a regular basis.

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  8. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Badly managed NYC office

    Aug 13, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Interesting projects, good design, some nice people to work with, some good and talented managers but mostly it's the opposite.

    Cons

    Badly managed, ruthless firing tactics, no continuity on projects... On some projects there are no "survivors" after less than a year - everyone was fired. The management just screws up the projects. Proportion of managers/architects on some projects is 4/1. Ridiculous corporate culture. The office is surviving in NYC only because of the backup of the global office. They would not last a year in NYC if not for that.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Not bad for a corporate architecture office

    Jan 11, 2014 - Project Pro in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Many project types, large international pool of talent, semi-diverse workplace. Everyone on a team contributes to a project in many ways.

    Cons

    Very easy to get stuck at the bottom rung if you are introverted. Not many intern development or staff development programs. Deadlines can be short-sited. Tons of consultants with little permanent staff.

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  10. 1.0
    Former Employee

    If you likel design, run from that place

    Jun 21, 2016 - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    A big international company, with many high profile projects and some good people. Not too many crazy deadlines. Great place for a lifer if you know how to play internal politics.

    Cons

    Not a place for a designer or with someone with passion about their profession. They are sneaky as managers and horrible internal politics. Not a good place for good architecture. They have too many renderings from Chinese proposals but few real projects that are designed by them. Almost none. To be clear, if you are a passionate designer run from that place.

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    8 people found this review helpful
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