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Review averages

  • 2 employees say

    Excellent (0)
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    Good (0)
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    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (2)
    100%
    1.32
  • 0 applicants say

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    Good (0)
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    Satisfactory (0)
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    0.00

Reviews for Howell Belanger Castelli Architects, P.C.

Reviews - What employees say

1.32 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 24.Sep 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

You're just a CAD monkey here.

Support from management

The principals tell recent grads to figure things out on their own and then blame you for getting things done wrong. Only one PM cares about younger employees professional growth.

Teamwork

Teams are a PM and you. Large projects only get more people when it's crunch time.

Freedom to work independently

Only one PM at this company will allow you to make decisions on your own after guiding you on what to accomplish. He treats you with respect and patience and doesn't think younger employees are incapable of learning anything.

Internal Communication

When a principal is asked about a projects due date, you get a vague answer and then are blamed for not accomplishing their hidden goals on time.

Gender Equality

A good mix of male and female, even on the management side. All principals are male, however.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Not treated much better than even the new employees.

Career Development

They don't care about your growth. They only want you there to churn out drawing set after drawing set.

Overall compensation for your work

Compensation is very below national average, let alone a high cost of living NYC average. Benefits are a joke since they don't pay for them and perks are non-existent.

Office / Work Environment

It's an open office plan designed to squeeze as many drones in as possible with zero privacy.

Environmental Friendliness

Zero thought towards environmental concerns in their projects or in their office. Almost all lighting is energy draining, outdated and inefficient incandescent light which are constantly going out.

Work-Life Balance

Everyone goes home at the end of official office hours. No incentive to work unpaid overtime.

Company Image

None of my friends in this field have ever heard of them. They don't work on projects that will ever get them recognition.

Job Security

If you don't do everything to their vague, unspoken, contradictory and ever changing standards, your days are numbered. High turnover for a small firm.

Handicapped Accessibility

Walkways are narrow and cramped. Toilet rooms would never accommodate a wheelchair.

Workplace Safety

Why do they let messengers and delivery guys use the toilets? Neighborhood isn't the best either. I wouldn't want to be here too long after hours.

Challenging Work

Very boring, repetitive and unchallenging work. There are very few good one off projects and they only go to certain employees.

Inclusive / Diverse

A diverse mix of people from different backgrounds.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Offer better compensation or at least some perks such as summer hours, not having at least this shows how outdated you are. Even the worst company gives their employees at least donuts once a week. Strive to become a real architectural firm and do some real architecture. You can't expect people to work constantly on projects that they are embarrassed to put in a portfolio and limits their future chances in a real architecture firm.
  • The climate here isn't hostile but it isn't exactly warm and inviting. Principals are cold, uncaring and aloof and clearly have their favorites that they coddle and it shows clearly to everyone.

What I like about the company

Not a lot of unpaid overtime, except when projects are due. The people I worked with were great for the most part.

What I dislike about the company

Very monotonous work on projects that would never be put in anyone's portfolio. Compensation is very low.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered
  • Company
    Howell Belanger Castelli Architects, P.C.
  • City
    New York
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2015
  • Position
    Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • Open mind

What I like about the company

Nothing

What I dislike about the company

Everything

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00
  • Company
    Howell Belanger Castelli Architects, P.C.
  • City
    New York
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2007
  • Position
    Others
  • Department
    Design

The following perks were offered to me

Employee events is offered

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Review averages

  • 2 employees say

    Excellent (0)
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    Good (0)
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    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (2)
    100%
    1.32
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
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    0.00

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Howell Belanger Castelli Architects, P.C.
1.32
2 reviews

Industry average (Construction/Architecture & Planning)
3.25
44,284 reviews

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3.30
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