IA Interior Architects Reviews

Updated 9 Apr 2020

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IA Interior Architects Co President/ CEOs David Bourke & Tom Powers
David Bourke & Tom Powers
31 Ratings
Pros
  • "Working at IA was a very fun and insightful experience for me(in 17 reviews)

  • "Passionate about wellness and taking care of the staff, managing work/life balance and career opportunities(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Larger organization so you have to be self-driven, the resources are there but you make your own way at a firm like IA which some might not like(in 9 reviews)

  • "Long hours are ok if the so called leaders would be real leaders and inspire rather than dictate(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "This company has got it together!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IA Interior Architects full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Having only been there a short time, I can say without hesitation that I have never worked at a company where almost everything that you can think of has been thought of with infrastructure and training videos/documents readily available. Great group of people and always willing to help no matter what level you are. The level of design talent I am seeing as well as theie documentation standards are some of the best that I have seen.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

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  2. "Not Perfect, but Pretty Good"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IA Interior Architects full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Diverse project opportunities which equals professional growth; Initiatives like giving back to the local community, firm wide mentorship program, and rewarding design talent; Flexible vacation and work schedule programs; Multiple offices that work together to achieve success; Employee owned company

    Cons

    Can be a fast paced environment

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  3. "Well rounded firm ;)"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great group of professionals, forward moving culture, always the right level of challenge with comfort of adequate support. Great clientle with projects of diversified size and sectors. Outstanding technology...Plenty of internal support programs that help facilitate growth in the right direction. Unlimited vacation time, every other Friday off, and financial support for professional licensure. You can take your career in whatever direction you want to at IA it's totally up to you and the leadership team will help support you on your journey ;)

    Cons

    Nothing major to list out here

  4. Helpful (12)

    "ATLANTA: Bullies Masked as Southern Hospitality"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. To be apart of one of the top financial grossing interior design companies in the world 2. Good healthcare coverage

    Cons

    1. VERY corporate - NOT a fun and collaborative design working environment like they want you to think it is 2. TOXIC management in the Atlanta office; very high school, mean girls situation...and if you aren't their friend - you will know quickly. They make fun of people behind their backs/talk awful about all coworkers, belittle their staff and say inappropriate/demeaning comments all the time (especially in their "management"meetings) 3. The Atlanta MD's best friends (from outside of work), who she hired from her previous company, are under her management umbrella and 2 of them are complained about ALL THE TIME about their rude behavior, inability to work with and hostile working techniques...but, nothing happens to them and their positions because the MD doesn't report those complaints to HQ; so, any complaints about her best friends never go beyond her ears and instead those employees get huge bonuses and are praised and told to corporate that they are huge, valuable assets to IA (and why wouldn't they believe the MD?) 4. This is NOT a design office, I repeat: THIS IS NOT A DESIGN OFFICE - the only projects that come out of the IA Atlanta office are TI level work or supporting to other larger IA offices to continue or help on projects from them. Do not think you will work in this office and "design" or have fun, no matter how they might make their projects seem. It is production, production, production on a low budget project (paint and carpet) OR helping document/support other offices work.

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    "A lot of positives working here, varies by office"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Job Captain 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, unlimited PTO, receptive to salary negotiations, there are some really great people working at IA. Firm has done well recently and gives generous bonuses/matching. Also is an ESOP. The firm has really made efforts to unify all the offices in recent years and it shows, biggest perk is having so many office locations you can transfer to or even work from temporarily. IA was always really flexible with schedules and the CEOs really care about their employees. I also found if you are interested in getting involved in the organization/learning a new role you are always invited to as long as you make it known. Great firm for young designers who want to get "thrown into the deep end" so to speak but experiences vary by office depending on regional management.

    Cons

    Larger organization so you have to be self-driven, the resources are there but you make your own way at a firm like IA which some might not like. Some offices are not very strong on the design side and working with a remote design team can be challenging. As a whole IA does a lot of great work but for some reason is not as recognizable or awarded as other firms in the industry. As with most large companies, there are a lot of really great people in leadership but also some terrible leaders - recommend you ask around and avoid the not so great ones.

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic and bully employees"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to hi-tech clients

    Cons

    Just too many cons - terrible work culture

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "High Potential Office Struggling to Find Its Soul"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Confidential in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office design. Smart, creative resourceful design and project ,staff. Retail studio.

    Cons

    Continuing obsession with a single long-term client Limited project diversity Global confederation of locally managed offices never achieves the stated promise of a "One IA" ethos.

  8. "Great clients"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IA Interior Architects full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible supportive work environment nice office

    Cons

    Occasional long hours Distribution of work is uneven

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  9. "Great"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Architect 

    I worked at IA Interior Architects full-time

    Pros

    Good paying job with benefits

    Cons

    Hard to balace Work with life

  10. "Working at IA"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intermediate Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team collaboration and mentor ship

    Cons

    lack of design passion

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