SmithGroupJJR Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Love this job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment, supportive coworkers

    Cons

    Pay seems a little low for job and area

  2. Quality Architecture; Limited Design Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Architect in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Architecture and engineering under one roof allows for rich collaboration and growth across disciplines; lots of senior staff with technical expertise and the chance to work on complex and well-executed institutional projects.

    Cons

    If interested in more of a design rather than a technical role, growth opportunities are limited. Senior designers tend to overshadow young talent rather than nurture it to create more leaders.

  3. Great Company, Great Benefits

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.

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  5. Overall job satisfaction

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

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity - large projects - more responsibility

    Cons

    compensation rates NOT competitive or market rate, salaried employees feel exploited - more work less pay

  6. Good people

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Employee oriented, good people and resonable work life balance

    Cons

    a bit boring and bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    act like small firms do

  7. Project Manager

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

    I worked at SmithGroupJJR

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great People and great attitude, lot of help.

    Cons

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

  8. Stable company that produces solid work

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

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.

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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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. 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)

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

    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 Management

    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

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

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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

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

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