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ZGF Architects Reviews

Updated September 27, 2017
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  1. "great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZGF Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good exposure to projects and nice work environment. Very flexible, great benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    Not much career advancement, most people are just going with the flow.


  2. "2.5 Stars"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ZGF Architects full-time

    Pros

    Most people are nice. Professional environment.

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics amongst employees as well as the Partners. Partners can't seem to get along and every office has its own culture and agendas so high level decisions are not made quickly. Upper management historically has not done a good job at giving employee feedback and communicating expectations and company updates has been light.

  3. "Your experience may vary. 3.5 stars would be my true rating."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ZGF Architects full-time

    Pros

    Strong focus on integration of sustainability into projects.
    Great resources with model shop, 3d printing, VR technology is being explored.
    Dedicated. talented visualization crew to help concepts look awesome.

    Cons

    Politics between offices was an issue.
    Disagreements between partners and divisive behaviors that was visible to staff.
    This means there are disconnects between experiences at each location and tensions between how resources are shared, where the profit flows from/to, etc
    PDX is still somehow considered the center, but LA runs DC and NY. SEA is it's own entity in many ways, and tries to exert strong influence over the partnership with ZGF Cotter in Vancouver. A few years ago, ZGF hired a CFO to make the firm run more efficiently, but it also led to some bloodletting with loyal seasoned employees. The big family vibe no longer exists at ZGF.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget where you came from. Older partners that helped build the practice should not be maligned. It's great to hire a CFO that helps make the business most profitable, but it won't be sustainable if the individuals who do the work are treated like a number.


  4. "Good design - lots of changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ZGF Architects full-time

    Pros

    Good design
    Great firm wide support

    Cons

    Lots of turn over
    Difficult work environment


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great firm, great potential"

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

    I have been working at ZGF Architects full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Highly qualified and talented staff, great projects and clients

    Cons

    Communication can be challenged at times, firm has had growing pains

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in and foster talented staff, ensure people want to build careers, keep focusing on design


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Big fish in a small pond"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Architect in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ZGF Architects full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, generous and patient. Projects locally and nationally.

    Cons

    Large firms will suck your soul out of your body unless you set limits, especially with your own expectations.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Team Oriented Envoronment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many team building activities, very professional and relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    Projects can seem repetitive, similar client types and design process and execution. The end product follows a predictable pattern.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great design firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great projects for all staff.

    Cons

    Management is disorganized and lacks communication.


  9. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Intern in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Architectural Intern in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Treated very well, many opportunities to advance if you take initiative and express interest, Great overtime pay, great culture

    Cons

    Overtime can be grueling but rewarding

    Advice to Management

    Some projects suffered from "too many cooks in the kitchen" causing meetings to be less successful than they could be, some obvious cliques


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good Company with Flaws"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ZGF Architects full-time

    Pros

    The company is very flexible and supportive with understanding your personal life and allowing you to balance personal and work when the time comes. The pay is decent as well.

    Cons

    The organization does not value their employee's especially the Administrative group. When you first start at the organization, it can come off pretty clique-ish. It's almost like you have to be into "design" to feel apart of the organization or team. It's also difficult for new or younger employees to really ingratiate themselves within a project team. Teams typically do not make it easy for newbies or younger staff to get involved in the project details. When it comes to management of the administrative staff, this organization seems to really undervalue their administrative staff. There seems to be little focus on the administrative staff and it seems as though they tend to be an afterthought. There are also no advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Provide advancement opportunities for the younger staff as well as for the administrative staff. Allow staff to grow professionally.


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