Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Managing Partner, San Francisco Gene Schnair
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Pros
  • Great Projects and opportunity for advancement (in 8 reviews)

  • High Profile projects and clients (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours including weekends, too much hierarchy (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. World-class design

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Commissions include some of the world's most interesting and high-profile projects. Opportunity to work with world-class talented designers, technical designers and project managers.

    Cons

    Flexibility in working environment is more rigid than other firms in a similar level. Boundaries are often blurred between work and personal time.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate retention of talented current employees.


  2. My favorite firm!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I value the experience I had at SOM for the summer. They know how build the biggest buildings.

    Cons

    The hours were a little extreme but everyone is expected to put in those hours. Even the senior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Support young talent.


  3. Big Corporate Architecture Office

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Architectural Professional (Level E) in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Architectural Professional (Level E) in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

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

    Pros

    Great group of professionals, lots of large projects

    Cons

    Crazy schedules, sometimes you need a thick skin


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  5. Nice working environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

    Pros

    people are all positive about their work; intelligent; hardworking

    Cons

    too busy in the New York Office


  6. Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic Projects, extremely smart and talented designers

    Cons

    Management could care less about employees, after working 3 months of 100+ hour weeks, not even a thank you for your hard work, and this is even when part of management.


  7. Good experience for a few years

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Top notch projects and coworkers, inspiring design experience.

    Cons

    Long hours, corporate atmosphere, tough competitive environment


  8. SOM's Culture, Structure, and Values keep it from reaching potenial

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architectural Professional in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Architectural Professional in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    some of the most talented people I have ever worked with--all leave after 2-3 years though for better opportunities

    Cons

    oppprtunity not shared evenly across team making it difficult to take on new roles and learn--firm leaders like to work with the same people making it difficult to ever work on something different

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people -- the work you produce is dependent on the quality of your staff.


  9. The Machine

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architectural Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Architectural Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Corporate security blanket, talented employees, opportunities to learn a lot if you know how to leverage your talents and manipulate your experience.

    Cons

    Bad hours, little to no recognition for achievements, no room for financial growth, extreme gender imbalance, sterile work culture and slightly competitive / secretive work atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in younger staff. They will produce better work. Provide stronger mentorship for new employees.


  10. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP part-time

    Pros

    Great place to network with skilled team

    Cons

    Long work hours need to be improved

    Advice to Management

    Cut down hours


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    Designer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The office is full of strong designers and capable people with many opportunities to design.

    Cons

    The experience is inconsistent from one team to another. The office is prone to office politics like many large offices

    Advice to Management

    Have a stronger communication with everyone on the team to get a better sense of the morale.



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