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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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    limited opportunities at a prestigious firm

    Landscape Architect (Former Employee) Watertown, MA

    Prosnice work environment in a beautiful location, diverse and peremier projects from all over the world

    Consstrange office environment, some of the terrible people tend to dominate the atmosphere , though most of the people are nice and helpful.

    Advice to Senior Managementshould be smart in telling what is the most important and what is not important in implementing work, and should encouraging the passion of their fellow coworkers and

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

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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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    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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    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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