Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

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Top end architectural design company

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Former Employee - Urban Designer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Urban Designer in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Great projects, professional atmosphere, highest standards. A memorable entry on my CV.

Cons

Can be a bit rigid, political, hard to get ahead without stepping on others. The architectural world is littered with ex-SOM designers who prematurely reached a ceiling they couldn't break through. Also, you kind of have to fit into the SOM design ethos and style, there seems little divergence or tolerance thereof. Also at the time (10 years ago) management seemed unconcerned with turnover and burnout. They always get new talent lining up.

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Neutral Outlook

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    good architecture, unfriendly office culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Architectural Professional in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Architectural Professional in New York, NY

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great opportunities on international projects
    good resources
    some highly talented and experienced people but many are truly weird dudes!
    diverse staff

    Cons

    ineffective design and delivery process
    unfriendly and outdated culture of separation between design and technical staff
    marginal BIM delivery experience
    arbitrary and useless performance review process
    missing mid level design talent

    disconnected, arrogant senior management
    communication deficits on all senior levels
    dysfunctional ownership
    profit greedy partners focused only on their own pockets

    Partner owned, not an employee owned company
    you get a pay check, thats it
    and when its over you get two weeks severance
    and au revoir!
    no 401K employer contributions
    no pension schemes or stock options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get management and communications training
    implement bottom up performance reviews for senior leadership, yes there is room for improvement for you too

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Architectectural Professional - TC - C level

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    Former Employee - Architectural Professional - TC - C Level in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architectural Professional - TC - C Level in New York, NY

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Best design projects and consultant resources, salary, and benefits

    Cons

    Long hours due to the competitive nature of employment, lack of ethnic diversity. I was one of a handful of African-Americans with over 100 employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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