SmithGroupJJR

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SmithGroupJJR Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
33 Reviews
3.7
33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Company!

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    Former Employee - Architect II  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Architect II in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at SmithGroupJJR full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working w/ talented professionals, large corporate presence, great projects, work/life balance, fridays off

    Cons

    A lot of mid level architects making it diffcult to advance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Corporate architecture firm without big egos

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    SmithGroupJJR has a good work/life balance for an architecture firm, providing a dozen Fridays off each year in addition to the regular holidays and vacation time. There aren't top brass with big egos like at some other firms. And, is company culture isn't too stuffy compared to other large firms.

    Cons

    Although the corporate hierarchy is pretty flat and SGJJR provides good on-the-job training career advancement opportunities are limited just like at other large firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Approachable and friendly. All the upper management I've interacted with are happy to engage the younger staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Dedicated, talented individuals.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR

    Pros

    I've never before worked with so many smart, dedicated, hard-working people. SG's talented local management attracts great architects and engineers. The projects are high-profile, challenging, and can be very satisfying. You are treated like an adult in terms of daily flexibility in the office. Computer workflow and BIM tools are enviable.

    Cons

    Projects are consistently under-staffed, and the result is a pervasive sense of regret that - even with tons of (unpaid) OT on a project - the final product is not what it COULD have been, given the talent of the team. Benefits are on par with similar companies, but pay seems lower, at least for the majority who are not local top tier. Advancement occurs only on an annual basis, so earning intermediate credentials may take a long time to reap benefits. The review process is improving, but still not good. Open office noise and distraction takes a toll.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay close attention to the typical employee and value and support them more. Policy is designed for a good work-life balance, but dedicated employees can't help but burn themselves out trying to keep up with the workload.

    Neutral Outlook
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    kmmm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR

    Pros

    benefits, time, discuss, plan, food

    Cons

    train, consider, poor, job, company

  6.  

    Great firm

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    Current Employee - Arch  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Arch in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work life balance. New opportunities.

    Cons

    Slow growth. Not adequate wage level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    A diverse and creative team.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    SmithGroupJJR has a positive community atmosphere with a lot of talented individuals. The company has excellent human resource and support staff. The Company has a strong clear mission and values that guide each employee.

    Cons

    Like many large organizations SmithGroupJJR can feel corporate and political. For some people it seems like it is difficult to move up, however employees who are passionate will find opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    interiors

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SmithGroupJJR

    Pros

    nationwide company with lots of resources

    Cons

    studio leader did not know how to manager and inspire a design firm

  9.  

    Positive

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    Current Employee - Architect II  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Architect II in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance, talented staff, diverse projects,

    Cons

    Political environment, large organization, glass ceiling

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Interview Process at SmithGroup

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR

    Pros

    Great studio culture, great benefits and people. Work is compelling and well-designed.

    Cons

    Not as well known as other firms in the area but has great reputation nationally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better present yourself to the outside world to attract the best talent and clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good work environment. Friendly co-workers and management.

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    Current Employee - Architect I  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Architect I in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Every other Friday off in the summer!

    Cons

    Slow career advancement. Promotions/raises only given on annual cycle instead of at major career milestones (such as getting ones first architecture license).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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