Sasaki Associates Reviews
Pros – nice work environment in a beautiful location, diverse and peremier projects from all over the world
Cons – strange office environment, some of the terrible people tend to dominate the atmosphere , though most of the people are nice and helpful.
Advice to Senior Management – should 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
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Pros – A lot of great people to work with at a social and professional level. Good benefits package. Great commitment to sustainability work. Excellent commuter benefits.
Cons – Lack 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 Management – Since 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.
Pros – Interdisciplinary firm
Nice work environment
Great firm legacy
Cons – Lack of unification at top levels of management
Too top heavy
Advice to Senior Management – Leverage design talent through career development opportunities.
Hire more design leaders and less management leaders.
Pros – Exposure to a lot of different projects types and locations
Friendly work atmosphere and activities
Competitive benefits and pay
Cons – The path to career advancement is not very clear or consistent
Projects overall are pretty average for a national firm
Increasingly dreary with frequent layoffs, lack of work, and the poor economy.
Advice to Senior Management – Too 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.
Pros – Project types are unique. Equal opportunity benefits for men and women.
Cons – Pay 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 Management – Look more closely at equivalent pay scales for the specific disciplines, for the greater Boston area.