Kenneth D. Levien, FAIA
Location: New York, NY
Levien & Company, Inc.
Levien & Company, Inc. bases its culture around a philosophy of trust, mutual respect and collegiality. To ensure this culture is upheld, the company does its hiring through a committee with rotating members, and once hired, new employees are treated as though they own their own products and share in the firm’s success. This is because the firm lacks hierarchy, and is a flat organization with no professional titles or rankings. Levien & Company maintains flexibility in its benefits as well, offering unlimited sick days and the option of working outside the office. The company values continuous education, and hosts seminars with specialists in various fields, such as law, design and construction. What’s more, Kenneth D. Levien believes loyalty is a two-way street. That’s why he maintains a policy of “no layoffs,” even through the financial crisis in 2008.
“The firm has an annual dinner that includes significant others at a destination restaurant in the city. This is the highlight of the year and includes a set of poems/limericks by the COO that skewers [everyone] mercilessly.”