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Current Employee - Project Architect in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Project Architect in Houston, TX

I have been working at Gensler full-time (more than 5 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Project diversity, lots of opportunity to find groups within firm to pursue interests related to design/profession/workplace culture, compensation package

Cons

Can get lost/buried within the sheer size of the firm, tendency to get pigeon-holed (for better or worse) based on initial/early impressions

Advice to Management

Check-in with your employees in a way that doesn't make it seem like you're being forced to do it because it's company policy or because it's the annual performance review. Give employees an opportunity to get out of their 'niche'.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Fun and creative culture with great people

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    Current Employee - Strategic Planner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Strategic Planner in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Gensler full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    creative, talented staff, surprisingly ego-less for this industry. Collegial and supportive environment

    Cons

    pretty flat organization, which is great for getting responsibility but may limit career advancement.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Not a place that fosters good design.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Gensler full-time

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

    Pros

    It can be a pro if you thrive in a highly structured corporate environment.

    Cons

    Thoughtful design is not acknowledged or rewarded at this firm. Helping
    people advance their careers is not a concern of the company.
    Working extra hours and not being paid for them are expected by their
    employees, and this is communicated through punishment if the employee fails to do so.
    They will pay you less than any other firm will and try to make up for it
    with small bi-yearly bonuses which are not as large as they promise they
    will be when you first sign on. High profit is the prevailing
    goal of this organization. Unless you are a cut-throat business person who strives in a profit-driven
    competitive environment, don't bother working here.

    Advice to Management

    You will be getting paid under market value and expected to work overtime
    without recording your hours in order to complete unrealistic goals in a
    short time frame. Upper management will use the lower level employees as scapegoats, if they
    don't make high enough profit margins. Likely, if you are not upper management
    the chances are high that you will eventually be laid off for reasons beyond your control.
    Daily you will see new faces in the office, as they rotate through people
    quite fast, using them when deemed as profitable and turning them away
    as fresh new unassuming employees roll in.

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