Sasaki Associates
3.2 of 5 17 reviews Watertown, MA 150 to 499 Employees

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3.2 17 reviews


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Sasaki Associates Managing Principal James Miner

James Miner

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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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    Following the economy and going downhill fast

    (Former Employee)

    ProsCo-workers are great - for the most part, very talented, bright, fun, interesting people who want to do good work and make a difference in the world

    ConsCommunication from senior management is laughable - they think they're great at it, but its meaningless white noise. The silence around the continuing layoffs is unsettling, to put it mildly.
    The feeling we get from senior management is that everyone is replaceable; we should all feel lucky to have a job; its the haves versus the have nots.
    Too many principals, and many don't like or respect each other, or want to work together; feels like high school, but at least in HS you have the excuse of being young and immature. So much for the 'collaborative, interdisciplinary' culture!
    Bottom line and utilization rates are all that matter.
    Level of stress in no way equals the 'rewards'
    HR is a joke; not advocates for the staff.
    People tend to show their true colors when the going gets tough, and those colors are not pretty.
    Many of the good people have left or will leave; unfortunately, some useless people remain.
    Too bad - used to be a respectable design firm and a decent place to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet serious management advisor in ASAP, before its too late
    Throw out (almost) everyone at the top and start over

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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