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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
77 Reviews
3.3
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Managing Partner, San Francisco Gene Schnair
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Projects and opportunity for advancement (in 8 reviews)

  • High Profile projects and clients (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours are expected leaving little time for life outside of work (in 13 reviews)

  • Horrible work life balance for most (in 5 reviews)

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    Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

    Pros

    Great Internship and mentorship experience!

    Cons

    Fast paced and intense environment.

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    big buildings, big egos

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

    Pros

    unbelievably great benefits, amazing work space

    Cons

    very little trust or confidence put into lower level staff. it's a very traditional "work your way up" place, very rigid hierarchy. it's not diverse. poor management leads to project teams scrambling to complete tight deadlines very quickly - long hours are not uncommon. overall attitude is focused on working long hours - i have had many days taking no lunch and leaving late at night. overall attitude reinforces that low level employees are very insignificant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    put more trust into lower level employees and promote a more transparent and laid back culture rather than the current trend of management not mixing with low level staff at all. learn employees' names if possible...should be, everyone's got a name, it's only polite to remember it if you've been working with them for a year. project a better business plan to avoid the current trend of laying off and then hiring new staff to replace when work picks up again two months later.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Long Hours Strong Design

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architect (Level C) in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architect (Level C) in New York, NY

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with Talented highly motivated group of architects and designers in a fast paced/high intensity work environment. This can be either a pro or a con depending on your attitude. They have a fairly high turnover for lower level positions. Pay is decent and benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Very long hours, top down management style.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up the hierarchy and work to minimize your high turnover at the entry level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    learning how to design a structural system

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Can meet a lot of people who works in field currently. Learning new sustainable systems for structures

    Cons

    have to work almost 10 hours per day if you have a lot of things to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Independence discouraged

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Architectural Professional (Level E) in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Architectural Professional (Level E) in New York, NY

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Looks impressive on resume - that's it.

    Cons

    1. Definitely do not think for yourself
    2. Managers encourage people to spy on and rat out fellow employees.
    3. Innovation is definitely not encouraged.
    4. Booty kissing is the order of the day, especially at the expense of others.
    5. The arrogance of this firm borders on the supernatural.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting people based on who they walked on and start promoting based on ideas and skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sweatshop of a company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nothing great about working here except being in Wall Street and being paid the least

    Cons

    No growth for engineers , very low salary in NYC

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some money to hone talent before everyone leaves the job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A lot of thing to learn depending on the studio you are working

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architectural Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architectural Professional in New York, NY

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very good office for continuing education. You can lean a lot of software tricks from your colleagues.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not decent. Design culture is largely depends on rendering and modeling techniques and not design abilities. Projects are mostly limited to core and shell high rises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Electronic in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Electronic in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    innovation, motivation, technology, friendly, creation

    Cons

    organization, office culture, workplace, leadership, transportation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    advancement, leadreship

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working on great projects, diverse teams of designers, some partners have a wealth of experience, nice office space

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, corporate structure seems hard to climb for many people, work can seem a bit formulaic or repetitive from time to time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting but difficult

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Architectural Professional in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Architectural Professional in New York, NY

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Projects and opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Money isn't great, long hours

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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