ZGF Architects Reviews

Updated Aug 5, 2020

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12 Ratings
  1. "Great Healthcare Design Firm"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Principal in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ZGF Architects full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great, collaborative and hard-working people and fabulous resources.

    Cons

    Big organization, but difficult to break into established relationships and roles.

  2. "New Management"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ZGF Architects full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits and profit sharing.

    Cons

    New management of finances that lacks care for the employees.

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  3. "Mediocrity is our passion"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ZGF Architects full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free coffee and Cliff Bars?

    Cons

    No real mentoring, QA, technology, design innovation or client service. Leadership consists of talking heads, not doers.

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "High powered collaborative environment"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Project Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZGF Architects full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers are amazing. Opportunities abound. Large enough to have resources and large exciting complex projects, but small enough to feel familiar. Emphasis on design and sustainability.

    Cons

    Quiet people are sometimes overlooked. Work life balance varies greatly depending on the project.

  5. "Perfect place to grow and be professional"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer 

    I have been working at ZGF Architects full-time

    Pros

    I love the environment. people and the work process

    Cons

    looking for more work travelling opportunity

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "Disorganized, disinterested in employe growth, flawed design process."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Architect in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ZGF Architects full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Compensation is compelling. Large backlog of work.

    Cons

    Disorganized, disinterested in employe growth, flawed design process.

  7. Helpful (8)

    "Forced to Jump Into Quicksand, Terrible Communication, Fake Maturity"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Marketing in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ZGF Architects full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company seems cool at the beginning everyone seems nice, but then you see the actual work and personalities for what they are. The office is fancy and looks very professional.

    Cons

    The inability to communicate and train the employees when they first begin is super disheartening. You are thrown to the wolves immediately (pretty standard) but then left to pick up the pieces when projects are done with little to no training. In the marketing department they have extremely stringent styles that no one is really able to follow and constantly change depending on the vertical. That is all pretty standard but when you take into consideration people have gotten fired for basically not being perfect always that's when the real dread sets in. There is no thought to train those who may be "struggling" but just to toss them out with the trash. Tread lightly.

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  8. Helpful (9)

    "A Mixed Bag"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZGF Architects full-time

    Pros

    Lots of high profile clients and incredibly knowledgeable staff, the people at this firm really know their stuff. The company has lots of resources in-house, and so you won’t go wanting in that department. The starting pay is higher than most places—but the raises can be meager in comparison, so it more or less evens out. The understaffing does come with the benefit that you’ll have to wear multiple hats, so you will learn a lot. The firm has a diverse portfolio of projects in some very resilient market sectors, so the fear of job loss is slim. Overall ZGF is a great place to grow, despite the frustrations.

    Cons

    The project I worked on required insane hours; I pulled 60-80 hour weeks on average for about 10 months. During that time I was doing documentation and presentation work. The middle management seems a bit bloated, with managers whose sole role is to manage managers. The culture is really left wanting, it feels a bit soulless working here—people often get caught up with the, albeit important, technical and logistical aspects of architecture and design often takes a seat on the back burner. There are a few egos in the office, but there’s no clear culture built around design, so if this is something you value it can be a frustrating place to be.

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  9. Helpful (7)

    "LA Office - Great people, Great atmosphere, Opportunity for Growth"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZGF Architects full-time

    Pros

    - A lot of opportunity for growth and experience. - Great mentorship & patience with young professionals. - Willingness to tackle big firm-wide goals: sustainability, education, diversity, etc. - Great people who work hard and care about each other. More collaborative than competitive. - Upper management is willing to work with you if you state your goals and intentions clearly

    Cons

    - ZGF could get involved with more diverse project types. It would be great to see ZGF take more risks in the type of work they go after.

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good company"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at ZGF Architects full-time

    Pros

    Nice office space, kitchen area, outdoor areas, operable windows, green office.

    Cons

    Benefits are less than what you might expect for a company of this size and number of employees.

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