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A disappointing work experience, largely due to a lack of leadership and poor management.

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Current Employee - Landscape Architect  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Landscape Architect in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Sasaki Associates

Pros

Good benefits, reasonable salary, some interesting project work, and a respectable level of commitment to quality work products and solid design.

There are some good, talented people who work here.

The multidisciplinary environment provides opportunities for better collaboration among the different disciplines.

Cons

Very poor, uninspiring leadership and mismanagement that lacks vision and big-picture thinking -- too many knee-jerk reactions and short-term solutions to problems that are systemic within the organization. A lot of micro-managers -- there needs to be a macro-visionary in the landscape architecture group.

The SF office plays a very secondary role to Watertown, which diminishes the opportunities for the SF office to work on world-class projects, and the environment is overly corporate for an office that is not very big.

Much of the design work, while competent, lacks imagination and innovation, and input from talented junior staff is too often disregarded.

A severe lack of transparency regarding business decisions made by the leadership.

Junior staff often get pigeon-holed very quickly into doing a certain type of work and certain kinds of tasks, which does not yield a solid foundation for professional development.

Multidisciplinary office lacks interdisciplinary collaboration and is more "silo-ed" than many single-discipline offices.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management should nurture the talents of the existing staff and promote a meritocracy. Good work and efforts to show initiative often go unrecognized at Sasaki, which is demoralizing. While the company has laid off a number of people because of the economic circumstances, many others have left voluntarily because of such low morale. Management also needs to promote a more collaborative, interdisciplinary environment, and managers in the landscape architecture department need to push for more responsibility and leverage in design conversations by landscape architecture staff rather than relegate the landscape architect's role to providing assistance to the architects and planners.

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17 Other Employee Reviews for Sasaki Associates (View Most Recent)

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    Lots of potential

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    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
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    Seen better days

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    • 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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