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Pros
  • Great people to work with, various opportunities if you are in the right studio, office is filled with type a overachievers (in 10 reviews)

  • Great benefits, overtime pay, profit sharing, health, etc (in 7 reviews)

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

  • Depending on what project you are staffed on, deadlines/working long hours can come in waves (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Great company to work for!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Gensler full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great open environment. Staff is great, work is great, office is beautiful, espresso machines are amazing!

    Cons

    Workload is a lot and days can get extremely busy. Must go in everyday with an attitude to work!

    Advice to Management

    Work-life balance is great; Gensler really encourages its employees to socially interact with one another.


  2. Helpful (1)

    OK

    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Gensler full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Resources, Structured Management, and Overhead Benefit

    Cons

    Hierarchy prevent staffs from professional growth


  3. Great corporate internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Gensler as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work especially for those new to the corporate lifestyle. The DC office is pretty "chill" and there's a lot of workshops and things to do outside of work. The pay is decent for an internship. A lot of opportunities to work collaboratively with other disciplines.

    Cons

    Meetings about meetings about meetings. Too many meetings. I just want to do my work.
    Wasn't a big fan of DC but the corporate lifestyle is something you get used to.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Gensler full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    encouragement, encouragement, encouragement, encouragement, encouragement, encouragement,

    Cons

    low income, similar project, low income, similar project, low income, similar project, low income, similar project,


  6. Helpful (2)

    It is corporate design for corporate clients. Not a lot design or creativity. Keep it clean lines and of the book spec.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning programs and knowledge stuff.

    Cons

    No back bone for Design direction. Just make client happy.

    Advice to Management

    They need to pay more attention to existing employees, rather then look for new hire


  7. Happy to come to work everyday

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Gensler

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gensler pays overtime which is not common for architecture firms. I am respected and treated well by my leadership and management.

    Cons

    Working at a larger firm is harder to get noticed and get promoted. Someone will always complain about lower salaries/raises/bonuses during this economic climate.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the people that work for Gensler (in the way of industry conferences and events) so that they may feel valued and inspired.


  8. Helpful (1)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Gensler

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The ability to work with teams and various levels of expertise and experience is invaluable. You learn more in one day at work than several years at any university. Gensler affords the opportunity to expand your knowledge and to be exposed to various types of projects.

    Cons

    Its a very large firm, so it takes more effort to stand out amongst the rest. If moving ahead at Gensler was based on knowledge, performance, and the potential to grow that would be amazing. More often than not, its who you work with directly that puts in a good word for you in order to move up this corporate ladder...

    Advice to Management

    Mentor the junior/intermediate designers so that they may be able to fill your shoes in 10-15 years. Managemnet is something that needs to be instilled and trained early on, so that it enables the designers to integrate budget and staffing seemlessly into design processes.



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