Sasaki Associates Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. A great place to work with wonderful office culture

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    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are incredibly smart and passionate about what they do Collaboration between disciplines happens on a daily basis Generous salary and benefits packages

    Cons

    There is not enough parking


  2. Best entrepreneurial environment and diverse firm that I have worked for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Great people and amazing projects and clients. A great place to develop your career.

    Cons

    Sasaki has a great reputation internationally for planning and we need to make that the case for our other disciplines too.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to shake things up and try new things. Change is not a bad thing!


  3. Helpful (2)

    it was disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Boston, NY
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Boston, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good city nearby the office fairly good people good benefits

    Cons

    work work and work! low payment competitions not efficient communications


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  5. Generally a good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Professional Staff Architect in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Professional Staff Architect in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good office culture with professionals who care about design and innovation

    Cons

    i didn't feel that i had opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Management

    allow more professional advancement


  6. Helpful (1)

    limited opportunities at a prestigious firm

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Landscape Architect in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Landscape Architect in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice work environment in a beautiful location, diverse and peremier projects from all over the world

    Cons

    strange office environment, some of the terrible people tend to dominate the atmosphere , though most of the people are nice and helpful.

    Advice to Management

    should be smart in telling what is the most important and what is not important in implementing work, and should encouraging the passion of their fellow coworkers and


  7. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Landscape Architect in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Landscape Architect in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lack of hierarchy allows for best ideas to shine through. Good potential for growth and success because of support of an entrepenurial spirit

    Cons

    Deadlines can sometimes be difficult and create work/life balance issues. Travel requirements increase as individuals become more senior.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more responsibility to younger professionals and trust them to take on more.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Highly "siloed" work environment; multidisciplinary, but lack of collaboration

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Landscape Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Landscape Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The corporate structure provides some level of organization, which many design firms lack. Access to interesting project work, if you get on the right teams and in with the right Principals.

    Cons

    I expected a more collaborative environment coming to a multidisciplinary firm, but the departments feel surprisingly separate, and even antagonistic at times.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Use to be a good, respectable place. Seems to be struggling with recovery and leadership.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Watertown, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of great people to work with at a social and professional level. Good benefits package. Great commitment to sustainability work. Excellent commuter benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of competitive salaries. Far too many partners (40+) for the size of the firm (240). A divide has formed between the older and younger partners. Morale is low due to ongoing layoffs, lack of work, and poor leadership. Layoffs were expected in 2009 and 2010 due to the economy, but a few weeks after a company meeting in 2011 where they said no more layoffs they laid off about a dozen more people. Other firms appear to be recovering in the Boston area (hiring) while things remain flat at Sasaki. People are really beginning to question management, just not directly.

    Advice to Management

    Since the CEO is retiring the idea of leading the company by committee is certain death. The partners have always had difficulty agreeing and for some reason they think it is going to work to run the company by committee.


  10. If you like Higher Education

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interior Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Interior Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great collaboration, talented people, nice office environment

    Cons

    Repetitious building types, top heavy management, "playing it safe"


  11. Helpful (1)

    A disappointing work experience, largely due to a lack of leadership and poor management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Landscape Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Landscape Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, reasonable salary, some interesting project work, and a respectable level of commitment to quality work products and solid design. There are some good, talented people who work here. The multidisciplinary environment provides opportunities for better collaboration among the different disciplines.

    Cons

    Very poor, uninspiring leadership and mismanagement that lacks vision and big-picture thinking -- too many knee-jerk reactions and short-term solutions to problems that are systemic within the organization. A lot of micro-managers -- there needs to be a macro-visionary in the landscape architecture group. The SF office plays a very secondary role to Watertown, which diminishes the opportunities for the SF office to work on world-class projects, and the environment is overly corporate for an office that is not very big. Much of the design work, while competent, lacks imagination and innovation, and input from talented junior staff is too often disregarded. A severe lack of transparency regarding business decisions made by the leadership. Junior staff often get pigeon-holed very quickly into doing a certain type of work and certain kinds of tasks, which does not yield a solid foundation for professional development. Multidisciplinary office lacks interdisciplinary collaboration and is more "silo-ed" than many single-discipline offices.

    Advice to Management

    Management should nurture the talents of the existing staff and promote a meritocracy. Good work and efforts to show initiative often go unrecognized at Sasaki, which is demoralizing. While the company has laid off a number of people because of the economic circumstances, many others have left voluntarily because of such low morale. Management also needs to promote a more collaborative, interdisciplinary environment, and managers in the landscape architecture department need to push for more responsibility and leverage in design conversations by landscape architecture staff rather than relegate the landscape architect's role to providing assistance to the architects and planners.



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