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NBBJ Reviews

Updated 18 Jul 2019

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NBBJ CEO Steve McConnell
Steve McConnell
52 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good place to work, great people, strong history in Seattle(in 9 reviews)

  • "Company offers great benefits and work/life balance(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Expected work/life balance is at times unrealistic and efforts by individuals to balance those underappreciated(in 10 reviews)

  • "It can be challenging to move between studios/market sectors(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Well organized office"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Assistant 

    I worked at NBBJ full-time

    Pros

    Very pleasant atmosphere, learned a lot from many Architects

    Cons

    Not much to say here

    NBBJ2019-07-06
  2. "Interesting place to work"

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    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NBBJ full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are many good things to say about what NBBJ produces, the quality of their design and the people that work there.

    Cons

    However, they like to believe that everyone has a seat at the table and that they encourage free speech and ideas, but you learn quickly that you will not succeed at NBBJ, unless you start drinking the Koolaid and align yourself with the way they do things. Free thinking isn't what they truly want. and not everyone is "invited to participate at the table" , (only the chosen few). They also over massage ideas, projects...

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    Advice to Management

    Since diversity is a main topic these days. Remember that diversity doesn't just mean one thing. Embrace the idea that not everyone thinks like you do and that is a good thing.

    NBBJ2019-07-18
  3. "Great exposure but overworked and underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NBBJ full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on expansive, sometimes groundbreaking design for well known companies. Some of the employees are incredible peers and mentors! WFH flexibility when life happens. Great healthcare. Recommend working here for a short time just to get exposure to the above.

    Cons

    Working late for presentations is an industry standard, but here it is relentless. Staffing and workloads are always hard to manage in this industry, but they seem to continually err on the side of understaffed, which means you'll be over worked. Too big. Principals are too protected.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more. Seattle is expensive. Having a passion for great design doesn't pay the water bill.

    NBBJ2019-07-03
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Mismanaged office, toxic culture"

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    Former Employee - Project Architect in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NBBJ full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice offices, strong portfolio of projects

    Cons

    Severe micromanagement, disorganized leadership in NYC office, people play favorites, there are unfriendly and condescending people in positions of influence in the NYC studio. Leadership style does not inspire trust or confidence. I was given no work to do for months while repeatedly asking around for work to do, and quietly let go after being totally ignored for this time. Fake friendly culture.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to run a studio and properly plan for future growth (or non-growth). Stop putting people into positions of power who have zero people skills and talk down to their team members.

    NBBJ2019-06-12
  5. "Great resume builder!"

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    Former Employee - Lighting Designer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at NBBJ full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Learned a lot and it was great networking.

    Cons

    Too corporate, felt like a little fish in the big sea.

    NBBJ2019-04-13
  6. "Innovative office"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, nice environment, good design

    Cons

    working hours are long, management level is not strong

    NBBJ2019-03-16
  7. "Great Experience and nice staff"

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    Former Employee - Intern in West Seattle, WA

    I worked at NBBJ full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great experience, people there are very kind. No overtime working there.

    Cons

    There is nothing cons to say about the firm

    NBBJ2019-02-19
  8. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NBBJ full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work , talented people, good mentorship Open communication Many opportunities for extracurricular activities

    Cons

    Some projects are understaffed therefore results in many hours of overtime

    NBBJ2018-12-18
  9. "Good people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NBBJ full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative environment with good people.

    Cons

    A big firm but a growing office. A steady stream of deadlines and often a lack of clarity around roles and responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Define what you believe in and how you are different. Give a bit more purpose to the work.

    NBBJ2018-12-01
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome experience learning, growing, stretching to be innovative, apply advanced technology, impact lives"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NBBJ full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Collaborative culture, great colleagues, fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Large scale headquarters and academic medical centers take a few years to realize

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking risks with your young talent

    NBBJ2018-10-26
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