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Woods Bagot Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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  • Can often be long hours on projects with little reward, some favoritism within certain teams and streams (in 9 reviews)

  • long hours and struggled with work life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "create your own career path"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woods Bagot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    lots of opportunity if you are open, flexible and grab it
    Many sectors to gain exposure to/experience
    Lots of diverse talented people to learn from, if you seek them out
    Great design vision
    Mobility, ability to balance family and work schedule

    Cons

    if you need clear defined structure to step through your career, this will be challenging. The beauty is you are enabled to drive your own career.

    Advice to Management

    Stop and celebrate more often on our achievements big & small


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Look elsewhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Woods Bagot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work alongside

    Cons

    Low pay, lots of favoritism, required overtime without extra pay, poor management, untrustworthy HR, stressful office culture, unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people with their own lives and pay them what they deserve instead of paying yourselves more and more.


  3. "Good Work Culture"

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

    I have been working at Woods Bagot full-time (More than a year)

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate with staff what works and does not work for the company to keep us working at optimal level


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Project Professional"

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

    I have been working at Woods Bagot full-time (More than a year)

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Talk more to staff about how they fit in to the office and how you see them progressing in the firm. I have at times felt disoriented and confused about my position in the firm or passed over.
    I know we have regular reviews, however after discussing career progression or such topics, little was done to follow up in any real manner.


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

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

    I have been working at Woods Bagot full-time (More than a year)

    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.


  7. "amazing place to work at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly environment- cool projects- not much overtime work like other firms- they have great outlook on how to grow in the future

    Cons

    not much option on which project to work on


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great People- Poor Leadership from Associates on up at US Offices"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great People: you bond over the poorly managed projects and long work hours
    -A promise that the office will get better
    -Some great projects

    Cons

    -low pay
    -long hours
    -no real path to being promoted

    Advice to Management

    Leave and start fresh somewhere else


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Get ready for a post fordist architectural factory ride"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Professional in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Woods Bagot full-time (More than a year)

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Welcome to 2016. Start recognising talents an strengths and give up big slogans and this 'football team' spirit. Base your ethos around good design not brown nosing clients. Take care of your people not your bank accounts. Hire seniors that know how to use a computer not just the ones that take up this sad job.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "If you likel design, run from that place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Be more meritocratic and less political.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "international firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good exposure if you work on international projects or international clients. Great learning experience working with the architects.

    Cons

    Long working hours, underpay, bad IT support, lack of resources on projects with low fee.


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