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Good compensation for no job security
Associate (Former Employee) –  DallasOctober 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
  more... 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.
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Pros
People, Benefits, Downtown location, Quality Design
Cons
High employee turnover
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Great for graduates, but no growth potential
Associate (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAJuly 12, 2015
The "revolving door" culture makes this company ideal for new graduates to learn the ropes, but is detrimental in the long run. When your supervisor clearly has it worse than you at no fault of his own, the motivation to take risks and seek promotions is non-existent.
Pros
-Huge firm with many different parallel departments if you are looking for a change in pace, Free coffee
Cons
-No investment in its employees, Detached upper management, Work is monotonous, Work flow is years behind the curve technologically
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Large, corporate Architectural firm with great people
Associate (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAJuly 9, 2015
Mostly dealt with production work in cranking out construction drawings but it was part of the learning process. The studio group I worked in however was fun and supportive. They were actively keen on mentorship and project success for all members of the studio.
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Dallas office is full of great people
manager (Former Employee) –  Dallas, TXDecember 2, 2013
Company provides a lot of learning opportunities. Jobs are subject to economy of course. The loss of a large client results in the loss of jobs, unfortunately.

Benefits are good including 401k match.
Pros
Lots of Lunch and Learns
Cons
Easy to lose your job with the economy
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Worst Architecture Firm to Work For
Senior Interior Designer (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAFebruary 24, 2013
You will never advance while you work for this corporate owned monstrosity. And everyone here is just as angry and incompetent with design and management. You will produce nothing of value while they expect you to stay all hours of the night. ZERO LIFE WORK BALANCE. Management in god awful from the top tier down to your daily project manager/ architect. There are a few gems of people who work here, but when push comes to shove its dog eat dog. Oh... and your pay will be below average while you slave away and they hire and fire just to get someone cheaper even after all your dedication. This sounds written out of anger... but just... DON'T. The day I quit was one of the happiest day of my life.
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Callison is a great company.
Receptionist (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAJanuary 12, 2013
During a typical day I would answer the phones, do computer work, and go on various projects such as cleaning kitchens and conference rooms, maintaining automobile fleet, and telephone projects. The work place is very professional.
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