Clients come first in everything we do
With more than 2,400 active clients, we work across the global economy. Our clients are remarkably diverse: large and small, private and public, for-profit and nonprofit. We help them grow, sustain and transform: whatever it takes to embrace their future.
We're organized around each client relationship. Client needs, expectations and strategy provide the context for every project we carry out together. Whatever their size, wherever our clients need us, we're set up to deliver.
Gensler is widely recognized as the world’s leading collaborative design firm, not just the largest. The ability to work together as an integrated team is part of our DNA, and we’ve embraced it at every level, from our Co-CEOs to our studios and project teams.
The focus of Gensler leadership is on serving our clients effectively wherever they need our services. Our one-firm firm ethos saves time, cuts costs and delivers innovation. We offer the design industry’s deepest bench of expertise, matched with experience gained by working with our clients across the global economy. We bring that broad knowledge to bear on every project and location where we work.
Design at Every Scale
Our projects span the globe: we’ve worked in 112 countries, across 46 locations. Our expanded Gensler team now includes 4,500+ people in 16 countries on five continents. Yet, our global footprint is a collection of many smaller, local footprints. Each Gensler location boasts local talent, supported by a multidisciplinary global team, all committed to building the best design practice in each Gensler location. Our communities are unique, yet connected to an infinite network of talent and support.
Some of our most important work happens outside the office. Gensler team members extend the pursuit of their passions beyond the studio, enriching their own perspectives and using their skills to help others in need.
DELIVERING COMMUNITY IMPACT
Gensler is committed to creating positive change within communities. A powerful sense of civic responsibility—rooted in our staff’s values and strongly supported by the Gensler culture—finds many outlets for giving back to the cities and regions where we live and work. We’ve developed products with local university students for solar powered homes, designed masterplans for community neighborhoods and rebuilt schools and homes in communities recovering from natural disasters.
EXPLORING THE NEXT BIG IDEA
At Gensler, “learning” and “doing” are intertwined. Learning impacts everything we do, including our ability to deliver cutting-edge innovation to our clients. It is a hallmark of professional excellence. Gensler offers 3,500+ internal learning programs for its team members across the firm each year. From cross-cultural, inter-country exchanges and job shadowing programs to our Gensler University programs that build leadership at every level, our talent development network strengthens our capabilities to work all over the world and share knowledge globally.
BEYOND THE STUDIO
From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions and hackathons, to “Well-being Week” and activities such as in-office yoga, Zumba and mini-golf, our offices channel our teams’ diverse interests into purposeful impact. We cultivate a community that thrives on fun and creativity while spurring collaboration and innovative thinking.
Partnering for Impact
By establishing a network with more than 200 community partner organizations, Gensler amplifies its outreach activities, creating new opportunities to foster relationships with like-minded partners and clients, from the ACE Mentor Program to the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Canstruction, DIFFA, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, We Care and many more.
Designers, Students Envision “Library of the Future”
Gensler New York partnered with Long Island City elementary school, P.S. 112, to redesign its library as part of a partnership with City Year, a national organization that helps build exceptional leadership skills in young adults who are dedicated to fighting the national high school dropout crisis. The team held a working session with students to envision the “library of the future,” followed by an in-office charrette to create a design solution tailored to student needs.
Affordable Housing for the Developing World
In India, Gensler has partnered with WorldHaus to provide affordable housing—ranging from single-family residences to infill slum housing, cluster housing and neighborhood communities—at a starting cost between $2,000 and $5,000. Constructed with local building materials and labor, the structures are affordable and assemble easily in 10 to 15 days. What began as a single prototype has evolved into more than 150 units in design or construction.
A Chic New Image for Rebranded Goodwill
Clever details and a color-based theme infused new energy into a rebranded Goodwill pop-up shop. A Gensler design team donated time to help curate the Washington, D.C., store called Edited for Goodwill. The contemporary, yet temporary retail pop-up shop elevated Goodwill’s retail experience, exposed the brand to new audiences and generated revenue to help fund the non-profit’s mission to improve lives through education and employment.
Rebuilding in Nagashizu
Following the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, Gensler sent a team of designers to the Miyagi prefecture to build a fishing hut to help revive the village of Nagashizu. “Their ability to produce enough food and income for their families was lost in the tsunami, and we were there to help reconstruct this aspect of their lives,” said Gensler’s Dan Winey.
In addition to our work, Gensler leads the industry with its commitment to great talent. Gensler is a winner of the 2013 Workforce Management Optimas Gold Award for the impact of its Global Talent Exchange program, and the 2010-2013 AIA IDP Outstanding Firm Award for its commitment to professional licensure. We rank among Training Magazine's "125 Top Training Firms" and Building Design + Construction's "Best AEC Firms to Work For."
Talented teams drive Gensler forward through ideas, connecting and celebrating accomplishments across our firm. Gensler’s approach to compensation and benefits echoes this commitment to collaboration and shared success. While particular rewards and benefits will depend on your position, location and years with the firm, here is just a peek at what you might be eligible for.
At Gensler, we offer a compensation package that includes an annual review of salary and twice annual bonus opportunities to reward those who demonstrate exceptional results. In addition, we recognize the importance of preparing for the future, and we’ve designed a compensation approach that includes participation in the growth and profits of the firm through profit sharing, employee stock ownership and/or stock appreciation programs. These plans, combined with our salary and bonus programs, make our approach to compensation one of the most competitive in our industry and help put our staff on the road to a financially secure future.
To demonstrate the value we place on our people, Gensler offers a broad and comprehensive benefit package to our employees and their eligible family members. While benefits may vary slightly between locations, below are the basics for full-time U.S. employees. Candidates should verify their eligibility for benefits based on location and employment details.
- Medical, dental and vision insurance
- Pre-tax plans for healthcare and dependent care savings
- Basic life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance
- Work/life balance and wellness programs, including flu shots and biometric screenings
- Employee assistance program and health advocate services
- Paid time off
- 401(k) employee savings plan
- Paid holidays
- Business travel accident and medical insurance
- Transit/parking program
LICENSURE, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION
Hiring the best people and investing in their ongoing learning is at the heart of Gensler’s enduring success. As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, Gensler reimburses tuition for certain eligible programs or classes. Gensler also matches monetary contributions to educational institutions made by employees up to an annual maximum.
Each year, Gensler’s intern class represents the best emerging talent from approximately 50 schools across the world. Internships in each of our offices provide unique hands-on experience in real projects, working side by side with our design teams and clients. In fact, Gensler has hosted more than 2,500 internships, developing a growing network of future designers.
“Given Gensler’s size, I never thought my internship would be so personalized. I was paired with a small, talented team of designers that made sure I was involved in every phase of the design process. I gained so much experience and made so many lasting connections!”
–Katie Logan, Gensler San Francisco, Interior Design
“I came to Gensler eager to learn and found that the firm was equally eager to teach! Gensler is full of mentors always willing to share knowledge.”
–Gensler Washington, D.C. intern
“If my internship is any indication of what it’s like to join the firm, then count me in. Being surrounded by so much talent, enthusiasm and drive is contagious.”
–Gensler Chicago intern
SOME HELPFUL HINTS
Though our reach is global, Gensler believes in the importance of being connected to our local community. We look to hire people with compelling connections to a particular location. For this reason, we highly recommend that you consider career opportunities in your primary location of interest, and we recommend that interns respond directly to a posted internship opportunity.
Don't see the perfect match among our career opportunities? That's okay. While it's best to respond to an open opportunity, you can tell us more about what you're looking for by completing a general application.
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