Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014
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3.4 65 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Managing Partner, San Francisco Gene Schnair

Gene Schnair

(10 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • A lot of talent, some great projects, opportunity to develop a career, a lot of resources(in 5 reviews)

  • High Profile projects and clients(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours including weekends, too much hierarchy(in 10 reviews)

  • Horrible work life balance for most(in 4 reviews)

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    Very interesting work

    Structural Intern (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros- open-office setting, and the fact that senior engineers (even up to the partner level) are generally available to answer questions and help with problems (within reason, of course).

    I was just an intern so I didn't spend enough time at the office to give a very informed opinion. Overall I had a very good experience. Would go back to work-full time after finishing my degree.

    ConsIt was not my case (since I was only there 3 months as an engineer), but it seems hours can get long sometimes - especially for the architects (maybe not so much for the engineers) and when deadlines coming up.

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

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    Very political driven corporation!!

    Senior Structural Engineering Professional (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros- Good exposure to front end architecture/engineering
    - Global recognition of your experience
    - Working with a lot of talented and skillful individuals
    - Getting you out of your comfort zone

    Cons- Super outdated management system
    - A lot of disrespectful behavior towards employees
    - "Yelling" culture is what dominates the work environment rather than treating individuals as adults
    - Very political company. You have to be able to walk over other individuals if you want to move up
    - Super unbalance work-life situation

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'd say read few books on "Organizational Behavior" to improve your interaction with people below you. Also, read articles online about new successful companies across other industries (specially tech. industry) in which they adapt more modern philosophy to improve the work environment and subsequently the quality of the final product.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Office, but heavy workload

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCulture of Design, the design quality

    ConsOver long working time and heavy burden

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    Great opportunities for exposure to all building typologies

    Architectural Professional (Level D) (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsTremendous opportunity for growth as an architect in all phases of projects with great mentoring from management if one choses to be proactive about one's development.

    ConsLong hours are expected leaving little time for life outside of work. Talent and abilities don't always prevail when promotions are made.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen times are lean, it is still important to insure that the workers are appreciated by providing pay raises and bonuses as well as enough physical space to work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Long hours, good benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLarge, complex, high profile projects. Generous healthcare benefits. Dedicated to good design and practice.

    ConsHorrible work life balance for most.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I enjoyed working for Skidmore Owings & Merrill and would work there again if the opportunity came up.

    Mail Clerk/Office Services (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI enjoyed working with the employees there.

    ConsThey do not compensate you for the years you work there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI understand it's a business, but you can take care if the little people better.

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

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    Long hours, ok pay and poor management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAble to work without much supervison

    Conspoor management, lack of concern for employees well being, no perks

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHave good benefit plans and so on

    ConsHard to stand out with talents

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    A good place to learn more, learn quickly.

    Structural Engineer (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThe firm has very famous reputation.
    SOM has won a lot of good projects all over the world.
    You will have very experienced supervisors, who will teach and guide you. You learn things every day.

    ConsThere are lots of workload, which require overtime sometimes.
    Invisible pressure comes from both peers and boss.
    US projects are relatively less, compared to international ones.

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

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    Good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHigh Profile projects and clients.

    ConsLong hours can be brutal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed employee perks/ incentive.

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