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Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
6 Reviews
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Sasaki Associates Managing Principal James Miner
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  1.  

    Great hands on experience with all phases of the design projects in a wide variety of design sectors

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Watertown, MA

    I have been working at Sasaki Associates full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working schedules, casual and informal working atmosphere, strong focus on interdisciplinary design

    Cons

    Poor staffing strategies, continuous flow of projects with poor clients/contractors/consultants

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    limited opportunities at a prestigious firm

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Landscape Architect in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Landscape Architect in Watertown, MA

    I worked at Sasaki Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Watertown, MA

    I have been working at Sasaki Associates

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Lots of potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Watertown, MA

    I have been working at Sasaki Associates

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack of unification at top levels of management
    Too top heavy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage design talent through career development opportunities.
    Hire more design leaders and less management leaders.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Seen better days

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA

    I have been working at Sasaki Associates

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Approves of CEO
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    Things to think about regarding Sasaki.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Sasaki Associates

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Look more closely at equivalent pay scales for the specific disciplines, for the greater Boston area.

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