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Ziegler Cooper Architects Reviews

Updated July 15, 2017
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  1. "Good not great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good People and pleasant work environment

    Cons

    Heavy work load and projects are always scheduled with tight deadlines


  2. "Love this place!"

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    Current Employee - Administration Department in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administration Department in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ziegler Cooper Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Highly paid, great people, beautiful office space, weekly massages and organic fresh fruit, great benefits, hefty bonuses

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement but I get pay raises and bonuses that make up for that.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to thrive in their position and show what they can really do without having to always wait for approval.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "good place to start, but not to end"

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    Former Employee - Interiors in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Interiors in Houston, TX

    Pros

    lots of work experience, great employees.

    Cons

    upper management/principles would not let "younger" designers prove talents and move forward with design and projects. Too much micromanagement in the work place. No respect for time it takes designers to complete projects. Projects often suffered. Promissing clients too much and not delivering.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like they are worth something and give them the respect the deserve. Promote talent and don't mircomanage them. Get some fresh new design talent at the top. You won't be able to compete in the market place if you don't move over.


  4. "Start here but don't stay"

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    Former Employee - Designer
    Former Employee - Designer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are really great people to learn from with really great ideas. You can learn lots about the field especially as someone coming straight out of school into the field. It's a great place to start. The pay was pretty great once you add the bi- annual bonus, and it's in a great space.

    Cons

    At a point you stop learning as much as you could be depending on your PIC, and PM and workplace drama can become so toxic it's hard to function in.The firms focus is on efficiency not design,although younger more energetic designers are trying to change this. It also suffers from a lack of transparency and could focus on developing their managers more. Some managers had very questionable ethics at times, or were so grossly unprofessional, and toxic That they impeded work and made life miserable for those around them. Leadership also obsess over making sure every single minute of every workday is billable which ultimately winds up being both counter productive and you feel pressured to be dishonest.

    Advice to Management

    There is more than one way to design, and more than one way to work.

    Train your PM's, and develop them, but pay attention to what's happening in your studios. Conflict between PIC's and PM's is hurting productivity and ultimately your bottom line.


  5. "Design"

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

    I worked at Ziegler Cooper Architects full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful office and nice perks

    Cons

    Poor management and too much micromanagement. Employees are pigeonholed and stifled in growth.

    Advice to Management

    Replace your management and broaden employee roles.


  6. "Terrible in the Long Run"

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

    I worked at Ziegler Cooper Architects full-time

    Pros

    Staff is, for the most part, talented, smart and welcoming (albeit, underpaid).

    Cons

    Management is grossly and overtly sexist in hiring and promoting policies, spoken and otherwise. Moreover, they brag about these outlooks regularly before the entire company. Also, micromanagement is a major problem within every studio. This is the sort of place to make a quick dime while you seek employment at a company you actually respect.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up.


  7. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ziegler Cooper Architects as an intern

    Pros

    You get to work in specialized teams - i.e. corporate, interiors, schools/churches - which really brings you closer to your co-workers and the work being done.

    Cons

    It's easy to get stuck where you are: the Revit guy, there renderer, etc. It really depends on what team your in, but make sure you do all you can to move around!

    Advice to Management

    Try moving people around to different teams so no one is stuck doing one task for months. It seemed like some people were frustrated in that they were so attached to specific tasks that there was no way to move up/out.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "The more things appear to change, the more they stay the same"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Talented people
    Office space is nice, but noisy
    Good place for an entry level person

    Cons

    Some obvious favoritism within the Studios
    Too many policies which are presented by not followed by all
    Growth opportunity is presented as achievable but only given to a select few

    Advice to Management

    Allow ALL employees the freedom to have flexibility within the jobs.
    Upper and Lower Management should have management training on how to manage people (since we are the ones being managed along with the projects)
    Since a large part of the company consist of young design professionals, management should provide a mentorship program instead of creating new policies for those few who don't know how to act responsible.


  9. "Great firm to learn bit don't stay long."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Their office is impressive to look at.

    Cons

    opportunity to design are few. Handful of designers keep churning out same things over and over.

    Advice to Management

    promote within and don't look to big names like Roger Soto to save the firm......cause that didn't work out.