SmithGroupJJR

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SmithGroupJJR Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
36 Reviews
3.6
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great overall company

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 an 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
  2.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Great Company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  6.  

    Corporate architecture firm without big egos

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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 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dedicated, talented individuals.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    kmmm

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    benefits, time, discuss, plan, food

    Cons

    train, consider, poor, job, company

  9.  

    Great firm

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. New opportunities.

    Cons

    Slow growth. Not adequate wage level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    A diverse and creative team.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time (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
  11.  

    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

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