Gensler
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Gensler Reviews in New York, NY

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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3.0 16 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

Gensler Executive Directors Andy Cohen, David Gensler & Diane Hoskins

Andy Cohen, David Gensler & Diane Hoskins

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A Design BUSINESS. Business is first- then design

    Interior Designer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementOpen 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pretty systematic firm

    Architect Assist (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGeneral creativity quality could be enhance in the average speaking.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company

    Intern (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsAs 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!

    ConsYou 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 Senior ManagementNot much.

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    Corporate driven, Micro-managing and Underappreciative

    Studio Coordinator (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

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

    ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementGet over yourselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    RUN!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe location of the NY office...

    ConsLeadership is dysfunctional and treats employees like work-horses.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A small-firm culture with big-firm resources

    Architectural Designer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsHappy people, good hours, lots of resources.

    ConsLess interest in pushing design.

    Advice to Senior Managementfind us more forward-thinking clients and push the conversation toward creativity!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to meet great people

    Job Captain (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsYou 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing company, some difficult politics

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPositive, encouraging culture; many education opportunities; professional staff; great benefits. It's a fabulous place for young professionals to learn the business.

    ConsCorporate culture isn't suited for everyone, you have to choose between technical and design tracts... And technical staff is not highly valued.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to learn the ropes.

    Job Captain (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPositive community, lots of co-curricular activities to help you meet those outside your studio, great project portfolio to learn from, mentor-driven culture, good pay and bonus program

    ConsHard to get out of your studio, especially if you're not very involved with activities; can get "stuck" with one project manager for multiple projects if they want to keep you, which limits your exposure to other mentoring opportunities

    Advice to Senior ManagementEspecially with younger employees, try to focus on maximizing their exposure to different project types, management types and client situations

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay Away from the Machine

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood Benefits
    Nice office and location

    ConsNo work /balance life
    No compassion for Hurricane Sandy victim's
    Will make you work through a STORM

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more compassionte, the bottom line is important; but you will end up turning away good employees in the long run.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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