SmithGroupJJR Reviews

Updated August 14, 2015
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SmithGroupJJR President and CEO Carl Roehling
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  1. Great experiece and people

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    Former Employee - Landscape Architect in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Landscape Architect in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends

    I worked at SmithGroupJJR full-time

    Pros

    The Ann Arbor office is full of very knowledgeable people that are great to work alongside. The breadth and size of project types for a landscape architect are fantastic. It was overall a great place to work.

    Cons

    I don't have really anything bad to say. The only downside at times is it is a more corporate working environment than your typical design studio. But the amenities that go along with that have their perks.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to work more cohesively with the other offices and get exposure to broader project types across offices.


  2. Good People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SmithGroupJJR full-time

    Pros

    SmithGroupJJR DC has a creative culture and is design focused. Most staff members are dedicated and hardworking. In the DC office SmithGroupJJR practices what they preach with regard to sustainability. Green design is a part of the culture and employees are actively engaged in environmental issues.

    Cons

    Integrated design practices are espoused but not practiced. Management sells integrated design as a differentiator to clients however this shop is no different from any other AE firm.

    Advice to Management

    International portfolio is nonexistent, Detroit has been successful due to decreased competition in the market (competitors have gone bankrupt).


  3. Architect 1

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time

    Pros

    Occasional Friday's off because of 8.5 hour days

    Cons

    Long hours and no overtime if salaried


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  5. Great first job for professional growth!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time

    Pros

    Being a corporate firm, SmithgroupJJR is still a little more relaxed in it's work hour policy. Great opportunities to get the right kind of responsibilities and exposure to some of the best work out there. Working in smaller teams allows for a better experience as opposed to the general scenario of working with larger groups on projects.

    Cons

    Not compensated fairly based on the level of responsibility. Still a little traditional in their way of design. Slow growth within the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Doing a great job and getting better but the time management on projects and interviews can be much better and definitely help win more jobs along with creating meaningful work.


  6. Interior Designer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good management and lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Life and Work balance


  7. Love this job!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning environment, supportive coworkers

    Cons

    Pay seems a little low for job and area


  8. Quality Architecture; Limited Design Leadership

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    Current Employee - Architect in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Architect in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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.


  9. Overall job satisfaction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  10. Good people

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    Current Employee - Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    act like small firms do


  11. Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.



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