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SmithGroupJJR Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
41 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Company, Great Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC

    I worked at SmithGroupJJR as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits
    Having every other Friday off is the best benefit an employer can offer.
    People can move up and increase their responsibilities.
    Creative people.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons other than that I moved away, so I no longer work for them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SmithGroupJJR

    Pros

    Great People and great attitude, lot of help.

    Cons

    Lack of work and slow down in economy caused us to leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Architect in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Employee oriented, good people and resonable work life balance

    Cons

    a bit boring and bureaucratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    act like small firms do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Stable company that produces solid work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR

    Pros

    Opportunities to work in variety of markets. Industry leader in technology and application.

    Cons

    No star designers to win showcase projects. Design ideals/direction can get muddled when too many cooks are in the kitchen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Stepping Stone Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR

    Pros

    Great, professional staff. Professional office environment.

    Cons

    Career path up to employee. Advancement not easily obtained. Once a year bonuses, management looks out for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your staff as they are the company. Bonuses should be more fairly distributed. Balance work load, many on the staff are over-worked. Focus on career development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great overall company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, talented employees with great personalities, lots of projects, plenty of continuing educational resources to help staff develop skills

    Cons

    many projects are understaffed, some project managers are not as engaged as they could be and do not provide enough managerial assistance/ resources to help staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Studio Leaders: try to develop a closer relationship with junior and mid-level staff and be willing to help them with reaching their professional goals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Don't become another "Mr. or Mrs. SmithGroup" SmithGroup SF 10 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people who are in the same prison... most do tend to stick together... others take advantage.

    You might make a friend... hopefully you'll meet someone who will get you a better job.

    Cons

    Everything. Even the "bagel Monday" is stale...

    The office design is a junk shop of wannabe progressive, the administrative staff is hired on a "bored, poor and just need a job" basis. If there is any talent there it sinks to the level of working at the DMV. And don't even think about Senior Management.

    This is a place in which Senior Management dislikes everyone and tells them on a daily basis. This is not a long term career place. Get in, take as much (sloppy) documentation, then leave and advance your career.

    Stay FAR away from Workplace. It is an asp nest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Suicide? Familycide? Please remove yourselves from the business, architecture and human community.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A wonderful company to work for. Dynamic work environment, supportive and amicable staff throughout all offices.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SmithGroupJJR full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Busy and professional yet down-to-earth and friendly office. Offers benefits and perks not offered in many similar architecture workplaces. Creative and interesting employees, from support/administrative staff to upper management.

    Cons

    Projects can be put on hold indefinitely. Sometimes corporate can put restraints on other offices based on their projections.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allowing employees to move up within the ranks when recognized as motivated individuals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architect II in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Architect II in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at SmithGroupJJR full-time (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
  11.  

    Corporate architecture firm without big egos

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time (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

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