Sasaki Associates Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. Sasaki Architecture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Sasaki Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. "Easy" hours. Great working ambiance with little stress.

    Cons

    Proud of being a "horizontal" structure and non-hierarchical, but in reality very top heavy. Employees have to struggle on daily basis to be given opportunities to grow and advance professionally. The firm finds lot of difficulties in creating teams and the leadership is somehow unable to clearly define and communicate roles of each team member.


  2. Landscape Designer, Watertown

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    Former Employee - Landscape Designer in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Landscape Designer in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sasaki Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Various types of projects going on with good benefits. Many interesting lectures and happy hours.

    Cons

    Unhealthy culture cause talent people left. Poor management and staffing and less communication.

    Advice to Management

    Have more communication with your employee and get them to do their best work.


  3. A Mixed Bag

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    All the perks of the best design firms: In-house lectures, art exhibits, happy hours, you name it. Academic-tinted firm with close ties to interesting research going on at Harvard and MIT (which are feeder schools to the firm). Many amazing designers, with a number of standout professionals who I'm honored to call my coworkers. The firm’s software development group, “Sasaki Strategies,” is an industry leader. Open, casual, and relaxed atmosphere in a restored mill along the Charles River. A full range of ages represented, with young people looking to make friends and older folks open to mentoring opportunities (this coming from a younger perspective).

    Cons

    Very high turnover for those under age 30. Few young employees make it past the 2 year mark; work-life balance is a very real problem, as is recognition of contributions from junior level staff. Never ending deadlines foster a high stress environment (no overtime pay, nor a comp time policy). Very poor staffing and management processes that result in unexpected weekends in the office, overstaffed employees, and under-budgeted projects. Management of the company will always be a pawn to "design" in this office (some think that's good, some do not). If you are not a planner/designer, you are a [far] second class citizen. Opportunities for growth and recognition within the Marketing, IT, and Accounting teams are, plain and simple, very poor. The executive leadership team is inexperienced (fact) and it shows (opinion). The firm recently went through a leadership overhaul and there have been serious missteps throughout that process, some of which resulted in the departure of folks who many considered to be the firm's best designers. If you are popular with this new leadership group, Sasaki is a great place to be. But if you make waves or speak out, good luck to you.

    Advice to Management

    You have an amazing base of talented professionals capable of great work. Buzzwords like innovation and collaboration aren't going to make them stick around. Focus on actually retaining talent by implementing real management practices and giving people the space to do their best work.


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    Sasaki

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Firm has a wide range of projects

    Cons

    Firm doesn't take care of its employees; you're just a number, churning out work making money for the partners


  6. Helpful (4)

    Ship is sinking for senior staff that care about how the place used to be ...

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sasaki Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great teams and people to work with. Our client focus is the ideal when trying to collaborate. Great benefits, and an amazing office to work in with great human & physical resources.

    Cons

    The office has not been listening to our clients. And this is reflecting on the projects we are loosing to other companies that do listen. This is fostering a culture that everyone is replaceable and not really key to the success of the firm. Collaboration happens in silos, and not across the firm as advertised.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people and try to retain them by giving respect, opportunities and salary before they are ready and decided to leave.


  7. Graphic Design Intern

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    Former Employee - Graphic Design Intern in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Graphic Design Intern in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wide variety of clients, interesting work, definite appreciation for all iterations of design, very multi-disciplinary, clearly value their interns, didn't feel belittled

    Cons

    Not a huge amount of cohesion within the Graphic Design Department, some work was particularly tedious, graphic designers often were asked to do menial work because they were the only ones with knowledge of the Creative Suite

    Advice to Management

    Expand the Graphic Design department to include production artists and project managers that cater specifically to the work being done within the department.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great hands on experience with all phases of the design projects in a wide variety of design sectors

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    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sasaki Associates full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working schedules, casual and informal working atmosphere, strong focus on interdisciplinary design

    Cons

    Poor staffing strategies, continuous flow of projects with poor clients/contractors/consultants


  9. Love working here!

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    Current Employee - Landscape Designer
    Current Employee - Landscape Designer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company who values their employees. Looks to retain talent w/ work life balance. Great resources and projects.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say so far!


  10. large established firm. . . collaborative environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    initial experience was greatly positive, there are many obvious perks that are offered (yoga classes, in house art exhibits,) also many young talented designers who work here

    Cons

    the firm is a long standing establishment with over 200 employees, change and flexible structure is not something that happens quickly

    Advice to Management

    suggestions would include less structured presentations/meetings and more simplified conversations addressing the firm's vision/ design/ goals


  11. excellent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    interdiscplinary environment good management and nice professional training

    Cons

    less design orientated, best of work orientated



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