Gensler
3.3 of 5 144 reviews
www.gensler.com San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 23, 2014
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Gensler Executive Directors Andy Cohen, David Gensler & Diane Hoskins

Andy Cohen, David Gensler & Diane Hoskins

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66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    High Turnover

    Associate (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsBeautiful office but not a surprise since they are an architectural firm.

    ConsManagement is dysfunctional, irrational and selfish. It's all about them and how much they can squeeze out of their employees for the lowest pay possible.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bizarre Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNice Office,Some Very Talented Colleagues

    ConsScared (& ultimately soul-less) Managers dominate & micro-manage so much that one learns to keep one's head DOWN. Conflicted messages and the inability to be truthful make up the communication strategy. For a while, it may seem like a great place to work, but the facade doesn't hide the paranoid & (many say) quasi-psychopathic character of this company's leadership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop sucking up & do some work. Also, the Scientology library in the Atlanta office is kinda creepy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Corporate driven, Micro-managing and Underappreciative

    Studio Coordinator (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe option to transfer to another office, they are global.

    ConsIf you are not a designer or an architect, you are not valued. Plain and simple. I suggested a process to improve the workflow of the studio coordinators and my email was intercepted by HR who reprimanded me for trying to "coerce the employees" and "disrupting the system".

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet over yourselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    RUN!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe location of the NY office...

    ConsLeadership is dysfunctional and treats employees like work-horses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time to explain what your expectations are and how the company works before chastising someone. People are not mind-readers!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Chicago office

    Interior Designer (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsFree food and parties, good location

    ConsThe senior management in this office is despicable, incompetent, and unprofessional. Not a place to find respectable or even talented mentors, especially in Interior Design, unless navigating politics and learning to be fake & corporate is your goal. Also, the same designs are chewed up and spit out over and over. Every interiors project looks similar and trendy. Verbal abuse is rampant as well as manipulation and ignorance by senior staff in the interiors studio. Interior design project managers are disrespectful and will throw anyone under the bus to get ahead. Getting ahead here and being awarded a title is not a compliment to your values or character-rather an insult that you would become one of "them". In fact, a number of people here refused promotions and left the company. In the last year and a half about 50 people have quit. Don't bother working here. Overall toxic culture, abusive environment, lack of role models for personal integrity or good design.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe real.

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    Worst experience in my design career at San Jose office

    Job Captain (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGood staff. Developed a strong bond with general staff who are in the same boat (overworked & under-paid) to mock the sub-par upper management.

    ConsLeadership cares zero for the well-being of their employees and 100% on how much profit they make. This place is nothing more than a sweatshop in silicon valley that stamps out mediocre office design.

    Advice to Senior Management"There are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or influence. Those who lead inspire us. We follow those who lead not because we have to, but because we want to. We follow those who lead not for them, but for ourselves."

    All I can say is the Gensler San Jose office only has un-influential leaders who only talk about being innovative and nothing more. Please take care of your people first, profit will fall naturally.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fast changing culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGet to work with some of the best and diverse industry talent

    ConsNo REAL teamwork , Highly political senior staff , Overworked underpaid unhappy staff, lack of mentorship, frequent working weekends

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo you have a plan in place for your Boston office, or is this office just meant to attract projects which are eventually planned/ designed by NY ?? Do you really want to train your staff to stay competitive with industry partners or train them to internally step over each others shoes in the name of healthy competition to improve quality of work ?? Hope the senior management wakes up and does something about the work culture and the undercurrent of office politics openly practiced by senior staff that is turning the office environment toxic

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Revolving Door

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsPleasing aesthetic offices, although getting crowded
    Creative and talented young professional staff
    Part of larger Gensler Brand which is world renowned and does amazing projects Worldwide

    ConsCurrent management team is highly dysfunctional and affects all levels of staff
    Questionable hiring and termination practices, high turnover
    Narrow career trajectory based upon favoritism

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management must diversify power and make employees feel more valued. Boinus and compensation is below industry standards and there are a few powerplayers there creating a toxic environment for the entire office.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible Company - Bad Management

    Prefer Not Answer (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsNice Facilities, happy hour and cool co-workers

    ConsEvery DEPARTMENT: management micro-manages, they do not like any work you complete, Long hours and pretentious people. Most of the employees are fun people, but there is not a single good person in management at this company. Dress code is very strict and management don't care about how others feel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are pretentious, arrogant and you only care about the outside. Not a single one of you are a good person, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hyped, overrated culture and values, highly political & less deserving senior management

    Senior Interior Designer (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsFree food, Friday beer socials

    ConsUnderpaid and undervalued staff, frequent 7 day weeks, no overtime, employee development here is a sham

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you don't care for design, and hard working employees have the spine to say it,than hide behind clever marketing tactics. Some of the women executives here run the office like their own personal household, making junior staff run to fetch them lunch even to mend their broken shoes ! It's pitiful !

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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