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Updated November 30, 2014
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  1. Oozing with talent. Exciting projects. Overtime baby.

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Architect in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill full-time (less than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Oozing with talent. Exciting projects.

    Cons

    differential treatment, depending on whether a person is a "contract" employee

  2. Helpful (1)

    Very interesting projects, lot of work...work

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    Former Employee - ARCHITECT E in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - ARCHITECT E in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the projects are very interesting, internationally known, design oriented and cutting edged. All ways use the most current technology.

    Cons

    Lots of work...work & work, lack of resources such as technical support, lack of communication between team members. Relatively new company. Therefore, employment is Very vulnerable to short term work load.

    Advice to Management

    Quality work requires strong support of experienced team members' efforts also. Please respect & appreciate your hard working team members.

  3. interesting

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

    Pros

    the atmosphere is great and pay was decent

    Cons

    we worked many long hours

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Exciting projects, bad team and time management

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    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great projects; innovative approach to design; ideas incubator; talented team

    Cons

    Effort disposal; disconnect from client needs; bad time management; firm first - team last business model

    Advice to Management

    stay true to your goals and ideas.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Design

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Exposure to and learning form the best in the field is invaluable.
    Exposure to complex, thoughtful design
    Exposure to many different solutions for distance cultures not considered in most studies.
    Intelligent, invigorating, young staff that bring life to the work space and culture of the office.
    Exposure to the insights, presentations, and life experiences of Gordon and Adrian are invaluable.

    Cons

    Long hours with little compensation.
    Not a lot of upeard mobility
    Lots of turn over at the lower level motivates some but scares others.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Overtime, baby!

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    Former Contractor - Junior Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Junior Architect in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    1.) Hourly salary with overtime amounts to huge payoff

    2.) You get to work with very talented designers on fantastic international projects

    3.) Work culture can be fun at times. Free dinners/ drinks

    Cons

    1.) You will have little or no life outside of the office. Work hours range from 70 to 100+ hrs/wk

    2.) Confrontationalism can get over the top.

    3.) No work load planning. You may be bounced from project to project which results in long weekly work hours and a very stressful work environment

  8. Helpful (2)

    Junior Architect

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    Former Employee - Entry Level Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Entry Level Designer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill part-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good experience and friendly people

    Cons

    Bad delegation of tasks and time management for office as whole

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people

  9. Helpful (4)

    Extremely poor time and resource management

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    Former Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You get to work for a renowned architect, Adrian Smith.

    Cons

    This place has an inexplicable management organization. Extraordinarily inexperienced persons who are typically just designers who followed Adrian Smith from SOM are put in positions of personnel and resource management for which they are utterly and completely ill-equipped.

    "Personal life" is not in the lexicon of this company. If you don't spend 12 hours a day in the office, you're a slacker. It's ridiculous and insulting. And of course they operate on the corporate architecture hire 200/fire 200 persons at a time model.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize from the ground, up.

  10. Helpful (3)

    some great work, very demanding with little pay

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    Former Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

    Pros

    At the time great project were happening in the office.

    Cons

    horrible management of employees required to work 70+ hours a week with little or no appreciation. Company would hire new people and three days later lay off other because they couldn't support the work. (Why hire any more at all?)

    Advice to Management

    rethink of the values of your firm. a good group of employees can make a project even better.

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