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SAA is a challenging place for international architects. Very competitive, full of creativity. SAA is good practice platform for junior architect and designer and a place for life long learning area for architectural practice. Having good working environment for international practitioner.
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Flat organization with no direction

I'm really impressed with how invested SAA is in your well-being and career growth. Getting project approval is indefinite and project completion is most likely a subpar quality. Fancy titles come easily, regardless of one's skills and knowledge.The flat organization structure allows the leaders to abandon control and let the structure run by itself. They focus on increasing sales and expect the teams to continue to perform and know where they are heading. People are generally nice, but some are the total opposite.SAA feels like they are really living in the jurasic era.

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fully stocked pantry, dnd, flat organization

Cons

God complex attitude, poor management style, travelling time
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No mentoring, High expectation

The mentor would directly say that it is not his/her job to teach you this/that. You are not supposed to request fro a specific task or move to the department as you are not in school. Paid job task is something that is absolute, no room for improvement, no advancement through courses or transfer.

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D&D and in house food caterings feast if you love food

Cons

Expect Dinner with colleagues and return to work
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Architectural company

The company is established and reputable. The work culture is flexible but not corporate. Management is approachable and follow hierachy i.e. top down. Although feedback is allowed, not much is done to follow through on problems/issues. There is little/no system the way things are done and weak support from operations. Backward on IT/software. Learning & training opportunities seem to be on budget. The most enjoyable part of the job is the family atmosphere. Staff are friendly and look out for each other.
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My story at SAA Architect

My first experience in a new working environment as a newbie. I learnt a lot from the seniors and it's a nice environment to work in with the support from the bosses and peers.
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great working enbironment

typical day at work - going to my table and completing my task what i learned - the difference between doing work in school and working in a real life architectural company feels like -time management -self discipline hardest part of the job - looking at the computer screen for long hours most enjoyable part of the job -being able to put in the skills i learn in school to real life -the working environment and people around made it a memorable 6months for me
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Not sufficient IT Staff

There was only one IT Staff in this company. Co-workers are very friendly & helpful. Management was not systematic. Management couldn't have budget to hire more staff.
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A carrer oriented office where it gives employees all the chance to advance.

The work starts with meetings with the technical team for the activities for the projects handled, together with the coordination with Authorities and Contractors. I had learned a lot when I was assigned with Rail Projects. It taught me the technical side of the Rail system, different architectural treatments and material requirements for the below and above ground of the station. It also taught me the different requirements to comply with the authorities requirements. The management gave their employees a fair assessment to advance in their careers. The co-workers are different races but get well along and with this the coordination is much easier and faster. The hardest part of the job is when you are given 2 or more projects to manage and coordinate with. The most enjoyable part of the job is when you are learning new things and participate in the office design forums.

Pros

They are very lax on the time and they prepare activities for their employees to ease stress.

Cons

Due to shortness of staff, we are always working on long hours in the office.
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Nice working culture

The management try to balance between tight projects schedule and rushing hours tasks with good compensations for day off and recreation.

Pros

Day off compesation after overtime, design critics, revit course, library

Cons

Tight schedule of projects, overlapped coordination
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Quite a reasonable work place.

I'd learn some latest design software B.I.M (Revit Architecture) in this office. It's a good enhancement for all staffs for their future carrier.Most of my colleagues are helpful & friendly.

Pros

Monthly design forum is good for knowledge sharing practices for me.

Cons

Working long hours.
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International Work experience

International Work experience and opportunity for self growth and Competition work

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2.8 out of 5 stars for Management
3.3 out of 5 stars for Culture

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