SmithGroupJJR Reviews

Updated May 29, 2015
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SmithGroupJJR President and CEO Carl Roehling
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  1. Architect 1

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Occasional Friday's off because of 8.5 hour days

    Cons

    Long hours and no overtime if salaried


  2. Great first job for professional growth!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time

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

    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.


  3. Interior Designer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR

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

    Pros

    Good management and lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Life and Work balance


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  5. Love this job!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Quality Architecture; Limited Design Leadership

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Overall job satisfaction

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    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


  8. Good people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Stable company that produces solid work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    • Senior Management
    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.



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