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Gensler Overview

San Francisco, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
1965
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Gensler is a global design firm grounded in the belief that designing for the human experience is the purpose of design. Our 6,000+ practitioners networked across 48 global offices use industry-specific expertise and local perspective to shape the future of cities and serve our ... Read more

Mission: At Gensler, we seek to Create a Better World Through the Power of Design. We do this through every project we undertake and with the knowledge that enriching human experience and making a difference in the world are the highest callings of our profession.


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2019 (#91), 2017 (#49), 2016 (#38)

Company Updates

  • We are so proud to be recognized as the top firm in Building Design's 2019 World Architecture 100 for fourth straight year.

    Recognition | News | Gensler

    An integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm - 6,000+ professionals networked across 48 offices-providing global reach with local touch.

  • As we see it, mobility is all about the vehicle, the path, and the experience. Understanding these components, and the interplay between them, helps us use design to connect people to place and, more importantly, to each other.

    From Railroads to Electric Scooters: How Mobility Shapes the City of Today and Tomorrow | In Focus | Research & Insight | Gensler

    From GPS-enabled electric scooters, to driverless cars, and even aerial ride-share services, disruptive mobility is on the rise. With the explosion of these services, it's critical that we build a common language of understanding as we shape a vision for the cities of tomorrow.

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Gensler – Why Work For Us?



When you join Gensler, you become part of the “we vs. I” family culture that has been the foundation of our practice for over 50 years. We want to give you the opportunity to pursue your passions and make a difference in our world. We want you to enjoy a fulfilling career and satisfactory work-life balance. We want you to be part of the Gensler family for the rest of your career.

At Gensler, your career will revolve around people, purpose, and passion. You’ll work side-by-side with the design industry’s top talent and collaborate with exceptional clients who are leaders in their respective industries. You’ll have the opportunity to do meaningful work that enriches human experience and fulfills our collective purpose of creating a better world. And you’ll be part of a practice that is passionate about the role design of every scale plays in solving the world’s most pressing challenges while making the places we live, work, and play more inspiring and more enriching.


Every single day, we design enriching experiences for our clients and our communities. These are the ideas we continue to cherish:

Diversity: We a celebrate diversity of people and ideas, recognizing that the collective intelligence of the firm grows richer when it includes the perspectives and ideas of designers from different places and cultures. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination. We encourage our people to be themselves and to treat their colleagues and clients with respect.

Growth: We encourage personal growth through professional opportunity. We challenge our people to design career paths that are unique to them, and we provide the mentoring they need to realize their professional aspirations.

Empowerment: We empower our people to shine as individuals and succeed as part of our One Community. We help people pursue the passions they bring to our firm and align the work they do with their personal goals.

Community: We are a global firm committed to helping the local communities we call home thrive. Our internal sense of community distinguishes our firm in a profession where individualism has long been the norm, and we strive to perpetuate a professional environment where collaboration and cooperation are the norm.

Respect: We are committed to conducting business with integrity and respect. The values we embrace—integrity, trust, honesty, and mutual respect—are the foundation upon which Gensler was built.

Impact: We recognize and reward our people based on the impact they make for our clients, our colleagues, and our communities. We know that millions of people around the world experience the places Gensler creates and that we have a responsibility to ensure the work we deliver enriches human experience and makes a difference.


Everything we do drives us toward our vision of Creating a Better World Through the Power of Design, which is why we are committed to effecting positive change within the communities we call home. We understand that people and cities throughout the world face significant challenges, from environmental degradation to overcrowding. We want to be a part of the solution, which is why we donate to and partner with hundreds of deserving organizations every year.

We’ve developed products with local university students for solar powered homes, designed masterplans for community neighborhoods, and rebuilt schools and homes in communities recovering from natural disasters. Our firm is part of a global network with more than 200 community partner organizations. This helps amplify our outreach activities and foster new relationships with like-minded partners and clients, like the ACE Mentor Program, the American Red Cross, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Canstruction, DIFFA, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, We Care, and many more.


Glassdoor: Best Places to Work 2019

Forbes Magazine: America’s Best Midsize Employers in 2018

Fast Company: World’s Most Innovative Companies 2018 

Interior Design Best of Year Awards 2018: Mercedes-Benz USA, NVIDIA, Linework receive Best of Year Awards for 2018

Rethinking the Future: Etsy headquarters wins 2018 Global Architecture & Design Awards – First Award, Interior–Corporate (Built) 

Shaw Contract: Ellucian workspace wins Shaw Contract Design Awards 2018 – Large Office Winner

Travel + Leisure: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Wins Best City Hotels in the Continental United States

Building Design + Construction: 2018 Giants 300: Top Architecture Firms –

  • #1 Overall
  • #1 Hotel Sector Architecture Firm
  • #1 Office Sector Architecture Firm
  • #1 University Sector Architecture Firm 

Architectural Record: Top 300 Architecture Firms of 2018 (Gensler on top for seventh straight year)

Skytrax: Star Alliance Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport wins 2018 Airline Awards - Best Airline Alliance Lounge

Contract:

  • Skyline Design: Linework Glass Collection wins 2018 Best of NeoCon – Editor’s Choice Award, Architectural & Decorative Glass
  • The Honor Foundation wins 2018 Inspiration Awards – Grand Prize Winner
    Retail Design Institute: Comcast Studio Xfinity wins 2017 International Store Design Competition

ALA/IIDA: Moelis Family Grand Reading Room at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center wins 2018 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards – Single Space

Engineering News-Record: 2018 Top 500 Design Firms, Gensler is top-ranked architecture firm on ENR Top 500 list for 8th straight year

Shop! Association: b8ta 2018 Shop! Awards – B8ta recognized as Store of the Year

Interior Design 2018 Top 100 Giants:

  • Gensler tops Interior Design's Giants list for sixth straight year
  • Gensler recognized as #1 Giant in office design for 2018
  • Gensler recognized as #1 Giant in retail design for 2018
  • Gensler recognized as #1 Giant in educational design for 2018
  • Gensler recognized as #1 Giant in cultural design for 2018
  • Gensler recognized as #1 Giant in transportation design for 2018

Contract:

  • Hyundai Capital Convention Hall wins 2018 Interiors Awards – Winner, Entertainment
  • IIDA Headquarters wins 2018 Interiors Awards — Winner, Office: Small
  • Shirley Ryan AbilityLab wins 2017 Interiors Awards — Winner, Healthcare; Aventine wins 2017 Interiors Awards — Winner, Lobby Repositioning

Building Design: World Architecture 100 2018 — #1 Overall, #3 Most Admired Firm

Though our reach is global, Gensler believes in the importance of being connected to our local communities. We look to hire people with compelling ties to a particular location. For this reason, we highly recommend that you consider career opportunities in your primary location of interest, and we recommend that interns respond directly to a posted internship opportunity.

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    An excellent place to be, positive and everyone works together to have an impact on the firm, people and world.

    Cons

    Long hours, weekends, holidays... it’s your firm mentality and must always take the call.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do, thank you!

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Gensler Photos

Gensler photo of: The Boston Consulting Group (Photo Credit: Garrett Rowland)
Gensler photo of: Johnson Controls (Photo Credit: Ai Qing)
Gensler photo of: Hyatt Headquarters Relocation Project (Photo Credit: Rafael Gamo)
Gensler photo of: Reebok Boston Headquarters Relocation (Photo Credit: Garrett Rowland)
Gensler photo of: Microsoft (Photo Credit: Gareth Gardner)
Gensler photo of: Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya (Photo Credit: Hufton and Crow)
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Gensler Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Gensler (Los Angeles, CA) in August 2016.

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    Process took about a month and a half; three rounds of interviews. They skipped the initial HR phone call, but this ended up being a mistake all around. The HR person I was working with throughout the interview process was great, but the HR contact higher up who reached out to me after all the interviews were done was surprisingly unprofessional (flippant, sent an email to the wrong email address, left someone else's name at the end of my offer letter), and the offer I received was insultingly low. If this had been my initial experience, and they had stated upfront that my desired salary was too high, I would have withdrawn my application and saved everyone a lot of time.

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Gensler Awards & Accolades

  • The World's Most Innovative Companies 2018, Fast Company, 2018
  • #1 Firm, 2018 Top 300 Architecture Firms, Architectural Record, 2018
  • #1 Architecture Firm, 2018 Top 100 Giants, Interior Design, 2018
  • #1 Firm Overall, 2018 World Architecture 100, Building Design, 2018
  • America's Best Midsize Employers 2018, Forbes Magazine, 2018
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