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Gensler Reviews in New York, NY

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
181 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, no attitudes (that;s hard to find in the architecture industry) (in 10 reviews)

  • Professional growth, profit sharing (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be a challenge depending on the person (in 8 reviews)

  • Long hours, internal politics, tends to favor extroverts over introverts (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Wonderful people, and great working atmosphere.

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    Former Employee - Job Captain in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Job Captain in New York, NY

    I worked at Gensler full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The expected hours were very reasonable, and the compensation for work put in were very fair. The benefits were fantastic, and they knew how to treat their employees. Honestly, a model for the way an Architecture firm should be ran.

    Cons

    I did not have anything bad to say when I left.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Office Tour

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    Current Employee - Office Tour in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Office Tour in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gensler as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great office environment with talented team members who might have an answer to your problems.

    Cons

    I do not have the first hand experience, since I was only doing an office tour. However I did hear, work load is quite intense and project dead line can be tight sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Word Class Opportunities + Talent

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    Current Employee - Interior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Gensler has the widest breath and talent in the industry. Leading experts from which to learn is the greatest draw. Compensation is better than most firms and overtime is paid.

    Cons

    Gensler is a big place with a lot of competition. It takes someone who is willing to stand up and to take charge in order to be successful and promoted. Just showing up from 9-5 isn't enough here to be successful. Personally I don't consider this a bad thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    A Design BUSINESS. Business is first- then design

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    Current Employee - Interior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gensler full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a well oiled machine and there is strength in numbers. Knowing that there are over 40 offices worldwide and the reach that has with both clientele and colleagues is a definite pro. There is a strong brand and a community. The size and reputation does attract some great clientele as well and with those are some global possibilities.

    Cons

    The size of the NY office has become too big and impersonal unfortunate and since the last recession, leadership has preferred to take on almost all work that comes it's way without consideration of the staff. There is a tendency by leadership and project managers to say yes to incredibly tight schedules and budgets without understanding how the work actually gets done. There seems to be a big gap in that consideration. Promotion is done by who has become close to leadership and played their game. Sometimes it's those people that make the biggest mistakes that get rewarded as well because they know how to pass the buck so well. All businesses have these kind of people and their egos, unfortunately in this leadership, this is what is rewarded and not actual good design. The word/ initiative to be 'innovative' is spread around as the key phrase but no one understands really what true innovation really is - or do they allow it. Rather there are innovation standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and really see the true talent you have and nourish it. Cultivate it. Stop squashing it with being safe. Stop judging by appearance and background. Yes, you do that. Understand that True Leadership is wanting and helping and inspiring those around you and those that work for you is what this is. You are only as successful as those that work for you are.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pretty systematic firm

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    Former Employee - Architect Assist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architect Assist in New York, NY

    I worked at Gensler full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good quality design and good enterprise culture. It's a good place to work in long term.

    Cons

    Depends on which office. some office is a little stressful, and most of the people are very nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    General creativity quality could be enhance in the average speaking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company

    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Gensler full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    As a big company, they have many valuable resources that would help your personal growth. They are supportive for your credits earning. People in the office are very friendly. Great lunch and learn time for fresh food, and nice happy hour on Friday! Overall, my internship experience is wonderful!

    Cons

    You don't get to know everybody in the office because there are too many studios and employees. But the chance is there if you are the kind of people enjoy holding some events or lectures. Work-life balance is Ok.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corporate driven, Micro-managing and Underappreciative

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    Former Employee - Studio Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Studio Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Gensler full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The option to transfer to another office, they are global.

    Cons

    If you are not a designer or an architect, you are not valued. Plain and simple. I suggested a process to improve the workflow of the studio coordinators and my email was intercepted by HR who reprimanded me for trying to "coerce the employees" and "disrupting the system".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    RUN!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Gensler full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The location of the NY office...

    Cons

    Leadership is dysfunctional and treats employees like work-horses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to explain what your expectations are and how the company works before chastising someone. People are not mind-readers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A small-firm culture with big-firm resources

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Happy people, good hours, lots of resources.

    Cons

    Less interest in pushing design.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find us more forward-thinking clients and push the conversation toward creativity!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to meet great people

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    Current Employee - Job Captain in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Job Captain in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You are exposed to great desing. If you are lucky you are assigned to work in several studio and have exposition to a varied of projects and get to meet a varied of professionais.

    Cons

    If you stuck to be labled as a "production worker" not much chance to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to hear veryone not only the same people all the time. Management needs to see other poitns of view, not only the three or four opinions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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