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Helpful (1)

Use to be a good, respectable place. Seems to be struggling with recovery and leadership.

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Current Employee - Senior Associate in Watertown, MA
Current Employee - Senior Associate in Watertown, MA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

A lot of great people to work with at a social and professional level. Good benefits package. Great commitment to sustainability work. Excellent commuter benefits.

Cons

Lack of competitive salaries. Far too many partners (40+) for the size of the firm (240). A divide has formed between the older and younger partners. Morale is low due to ongoing layoffs, lack of work, and poor leadership. Layoffs were expected in 2009 and 2010 due to the economy, but a few weeks after a company meeting in 2011 where they said no more layoffs they laid off about a dozen more people. Other firms appear to be recovering in the Boston area (hiring) while things remain flat at Sasaki. People are really beginning to question management, just not directly.

Advice to Management

Since the CEO is retiring the idea of leading the company by committee is certain death. The partners have always had difficulty agreeing and for some reason they think it is going to work to run the company by committee.

Other Employee Reviews for Sasaki Associates

  1. If you like Higher Education

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    Former Employee - Interior Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Interior Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great collaboration, talented people, nice office environment

    Cons

    Repetitious building types, top heavy management, "playing it safe"


  2. Helpful (1)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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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