Construction Manager (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – March 10, 2018
This company was not big on family or paid for much of anything other than salary. For the salary one was expected to exceed 60 hours per week and often more. While the work they produced was of exceptional quality.more could have been done to compensate their employees for said work. The bosses took all the credit and shifted blame easily.
Poor treatment of employees unless they were in upper management.
INTERN (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – October 11, 2017
Being a part of the PBK team was a true honor. I loved my position. I was originally just supposed to be a summer intern, however, my work ethic and commitment helped me go from intern to employee. The staff is extremely hardworking.
Corporate type of job. Good place to work. Great experiences taken. I worked as an admin/project coordinator for the company. The admins do a lot for the company and their team and it was a great learning experience.
Met a lot of hard working, dedicated engineers, drafters and architects. Very diverse work environment and it taught me how to deal with others in a tense situation, while staying positive and friendly.
You will learn to work under stress, thrown under the bus by the upper management. When is the deadline you might ask, it is whatever the upper management promised the client in the meeting, in the end it needs to be presented by the upper management, so check the upper management for the font. Designers are considered puppets to impress the upper management, those that choose not to be part of the show are simply let go. People are considered heroes for pulling all nighters. If you have a family stay away! Most designers live across the street as roommates and complete projects at odd hours, they treat the office like an architecture studio my teammate clocked in 94 hours one week (3 all nighters in a row!) This place hires and fires haphazardly for ex: they hired 2 in February, laid off 3, hired 6 in March laid off 32, due to a project ending, while hiring 7 and told the latest employee that we are growing. If you windup joining the office ask around how long everyone has been there, you will find no one stay past 3 years. They select a few that tenure for the reputation of the firm. The clients are shown a "good time." While those 32 employees are being laid off the Design Director ran a personal errand in the company's car to avoid, "stressed" employees.
Salary and benefits
Short breaks, younger designers scape goats for upper management, unethical business practices, large workload with unreasonable deadlines, lack of job security
Architect (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – June 17, 2014
Management is terrible. Nobody in management accepts responsibility for their own mistakes as they would rather throw anyone and everyone under the bus. It is extremely cut-throat. Run away as fast as you can.
First, if you choose to accept employment at PBK, get EVERYTHING in writing. They will make promises they have no intention of keeping. Second, employees are considered expendable and the general attitude is that the employee should be grateful to be working there. Third, there have been numerous people start working there and leave within a few days (some not showing up the next day, in fact) due to the horrible treatment they received or witnessed. Fourth, there is a severe lack of leadership skills at the levels where it is most important. Fifth, expect to be bird-dogged. This should be a very professional organization but is run like every employee is an hourly blue-collar worker. Sixth, many of the folks there who think it's great have never worked in a professional setting elsewhere.
Field Representative and Quality Assurance (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – February 2, 2014
Aside from having to arrive at work at odd hours (sometimes 12:00 a.m., sometimes 2:00 a.m., but mostly 4:00 or 7:00 a.m) for concrete pours, a typical workday consisted of carrying around a half-sized set of architectural drawings/plans and fielding any questions regarding procedures, methods, inconsistencies, or know-how related to my experience working in the industry and with the architects. Basically, the architect's first line of defense. The go-to trouble-shooter. I would have to travel to several job sites a day, answering any questions I could. I hardly met my fellow representatives as we had our own projects to attend to.
No micromanagement, longevity
Traveling once fellow representatives were laid off, no advancement
Confidential (Current Employee) – Texas – September 2, 2012
Employee morale is the lowest priority. They expect very long hours for long durations and virtually no compensation for the extra work. The general atmosphere is "employees are expendable". Management handles downturns poorly.
most are good to work with, decent office environment.
white collar sweatshop, non-family, mis-guided priorities
This company was my family and I thought they were my friends for over 12 years. It turned out that I was just an employee and not a friend. They laid me off for making more money but hired someone for less, which is not turning out so well. Well I guess you get what you pay for. Hopefully they will learn from theor mistakes.