Associate, Dallas - October 16, 2015
Local management are very nice and supportive. Almost too nice. Constructive criticism/feedback was limited and often came when it was too late to make corrections. While supervising leadership was approachable and encouraging, an employees value is calculated by higher management using billable rates and project efficiency and not by general value added. For example, you could spend hours of overtime hours working in the office, but end up on the chopping block if that work is not considered billable.
The company is very generous in compensation and benefits. This generosity also increases the chance that the company will be over their quarterly budget and cuts will be made. They become short staffed, so the cycle continues.
The HR department works heavily on creating team building opportunities, but those opportunities are often in conflict with tight project deadlines and emphasis on maintaining a billable rate quota.
Anyone interested in working here should know that the design teams are friendly and talented, and they make an effort to make everyone feel like family. However, don't make yourself at home for at least a year. I strongly advised to have a plan B in place and I strongly discourage anyone from making major purchases dependent on your new salary.
They are currently experiencing the growing pains of being acquired by another company and merging with another large architecture firm. When the process first started, the process was fairly transparent and upbeat. However, I noticed a large shift in staff moral towards the negative as layoffs were made quietly, large decisions were made with vague explanations, and when team leaders/management began showing higher than normal signs of stress and anxiety.
Callison has a lot going for it, so if it can find a balanced ratio of employees to active projects, it has the potential to be a great place to work. For the sake of the company and the great people that work there, I hope they find their stride soon.