Sasaki Associates

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

Landscape Architect (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

ProsGood 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.

ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementManagement 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of potential

    Associate (Current Employee) 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 Senior Management: Leverage design talent through career development opportunities. Hire more design… More

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    Seen better days

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Watertown, MA

    I have been working at Sasaki Associates

    Pros: Exposure to a lot of different projects types and locations Friendly… Cons: The path to career advancement is not very clear or consistent Projects overall are pretty average… Advice to Senior Management: 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… More

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