Sasaki Associates
3.2 of 5 17 reviews
www.sasaki.com Watertown, MA 150 to 499 Employees

Sasaki Associates Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2014
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3.2 17 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

Sasaki Associates Managing Principal James Miner

James Miner

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    large established firm. . . collaborative environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    Prosinitial experience was greatly positive, there are many obvious perks that are offered (yoga classes, in house art exhibits,) also many young talented designers who work here

    Consthe firm is a long standing establishment with over 200 employees, change and flexible structure is not something that happens quickly

    Advice to Senior Managementsuggestions would include less structured presentations/meetings and more simplified conversations addressing the firm's vision/ design/ goals

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    excellent

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosinterdiscplinary environment good management and nice professional training

    Consless design orientated, best of work orientated

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    A great place to work with wonderful office culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsPeople are incredibly smart and passionate about what they do
    Collaboration between disciplines happens on a daily basis
    Generous salary and benefits packages

    ConsThere is not enough parking

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best entrepreneurial environment and diverse firm that I have worked for!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsGreat people and amazing projects and clients. A great place to develop your career.

    ConsSasaki has a great reputation internationally for planning and we need to make that the case for our other disciplines too.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's time to shake things up and try new things. Change is not a bad thing!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Landscape Architect (Current Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsLack of hierarchy allows for best ideas to shine through.
    Good potential for growth and success because of support of an entrepenurial spirit

    ConsDeadlines can sometimes be difficult and create work/life balance issues. Travel requirements increase as individuals become more senior.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more responsibility to younger professionals and trust them to take on more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Use to be a good, respectable place. Seems to be struggling with recovery and leadership.

    Senior Associate (Current Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsA lot of great people to work with at a social and professional level. Good benefits package. Great commitment to sustainability work. Excellent commuter benefits.

    ConsLack of competitive salaries. Far too many partners (40+) for the size of the firm (240). A divide has formed between the older and younger partners. Morale is low due to ongoing layoffs, lack of work, and poor leadership. Layoffs were expected in 2009 and 2010 due to the economy, but a few weeks after a company meeting in 2011 where they said no more layoffs they laid off about a dozen more people. Other firms appear to be recovering in the Boston area (hiring) while things remain flat at Sasaki. People are really beginning to question management, just not directly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSince the CEO is retiring the idea of leading the company by committee is certain death. The partners have always had difficulty agreeing and for some reason they think it is going to work to run the company by committee.

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    A disappointing work experience, largely due to a lack of leadership and poor management.

    Landscape Architect (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood benefits, reasonable salary, some interesting project work, and a respectable level of commitment to quality work products and solid design.

    There are some good, talented people who work here.

    The multidisciplinary environment provides opportunities for better collaboration among the different disciplines.

    ConsVery poor, uninspiring leadership and mismanagement that lacks vision and big-picture thinking -- too many knee-jerk reactions and short-term solutions to problems that are systemic within the organization. A lot of micro-managers -- there needs to be a macro-visionary in the landscape architecture group.

    The SF office plays a very secondary role to Watertown, which diminishes the opportunities for the SF office to work on world-class projects, and the environment is overly corporate for an office that is not very big.

    Much of the design work, while competent, lacks imagination and innovation, and input from talented junior staff is too often disregarded.

    A severe lack of transparency regarding business decisions made by the leadership.

    Junior staff often get pigeon-holed very quickly into doing a certain type of work and certain kinds of tasks, which does not yield a solid foundation for professional development.

    Multidisciplinary office lacks interdisciplinary collaboration and is more "silo-ed" than many single-discipline offices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should nurture the talents of the existing staff and promote a meritocracy. Good work and efforts to show initiative often go unrecognized at Sasaki, which is demoralizing. While the company has laid off a number of people because of the economic circumstances, many others have left voluntarily because of such low morale. Management also needs to promote a more collaborative, interdisciplinary environment, and managers in the landscape architecture department need to push for more responsibility and leverage in design conversations by landscape architecture staff rather than relegate the landscape architect's role to providing assistance to the architects and planners.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of potential

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsInterdisciplinary firm
    Pleasant people
    Nice work environment
    Great firm legacy
    Huge potential

    ConsLack of unification at top levels of management
    Too top heavy

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeverage design talent through career development opportunities.
    Hire more design leaders and less management leaders.

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    Seen better days

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Watertown, MA

    ProsExposure to a lot of different projects types and locations
    Friendly work atmosphere and activities
    Competitive benefits and pay
    Nice co-workers

    ConsThe path to career advancement is not very clear or consistent
    Projects overall are pretty average for a national firm
    Long hours
    Increasingly dreary with frequent layoffs, lack of work, and the poor economy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo top heavy. There are way too many principals. The firm's legacy has been built on creating world class landscape design, but there is little to show. The international practice remains a very small sector of the firm, with little work outside planning. Seems like a missed opportunity.

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    Things to think about regarding Sasaki.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsProject types are unique. Equal opportunity benefits for men and women.

    ConsPay scale for engineers is low. It is a top heavy firm with limited opportunity to get into the top tier (partner) as most are not ready to retire for another 10-15 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook more closely at equivalent pay scales for the specific disciplines, for the greater Boston area.

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