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Gensler Overview

www.gensler.com
San Francisco, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
1965
Company - Private
Business Services
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Gensler is a global architecture and design firm grounded in the belief that design strategy optimizes business performance and human potential. Our 5,000 practitioners networked across 46 offices use global perspective and local presence to innovate at every scale. Whether we ... Read more

Mission: To enrich the human experience using the power of design.


Glassdoor Awards

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

Company Updates

  • Gensler Named Interior Design Architect for Chase Center! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIqS4

    Chase Center

    "Of the top 25 most populous cities in the U.S., San Francisco is the only one that lacks an indoor arena of 12,000 seats or more. Now, with Chase Center, the city will get the state-of-the-art venue it has long deserved - without any public subsidies."

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    Here's How Architecture And Design Giant Gensler Mobilizes Good Ideas

    With 5,000 employees across 47 offices in 114 countries, Gensler takes its internal communication strategy very seriously. As one of the world's largest architecture and design firms, Gensler churns out about 3,000 projects a year, everything from building skyscrapers like the Shanghai Tower to interior design.

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Gensler – Why Work For Us?



Gensler designs for people. We’re not just designers. We’re tinkerers, craftspeople, visionaries, innovators, and thought leaders. Fueled by passion and entrepreneurial spirit, our people use new ideas to solve challenging problems. Whether you’re into sketching new design solutions, hacking a building, or growing client relationships in global markets, there’s something here for everyone.

Our projects span the globe: we’ve worked in 112 countries, across 47 locations. Our expanded Gensler team now includes 5,000+ people in 16 countries on five continents. Yet our global footprint is just a collection of many smaller, local footprints. Each Gensler location boasts local talent that’s supported by a multidisciplinary global team. Each office is committed to building an exemplary local design practice. Our communities are unique, yet connected to an infinite network of talent and support.

With more than 2,400 active clients, we work across the global economy. Our clients are remarkably diverse: large and small, private and public, for-profit and nonprofit. We help them grow, sustain and transform: whatever it takes to embrace their future. Client needs, expectations, and strategy provide the context for every project we carry out together. Whatever their size, wherever our clients need us, we're set up to deliver.

With 50 years of achievements behind us, we’re positioned to respond to the forces of change. As the boundaries of work, life, and play blur even further, our cross-disciplinary expertise will help us connect the pieces. Our collaborative culture speaks many languages and blends many traditions, leveraging a diverse array of talent to enrich the human experiences and shape a better, more inclusive future.

 


Gensler is committed to creating positive change within communities. A powerful sense of civic responsibility—rooted in our staff’s values and strongly supported by the Gensler culture—finds many outlets for giving back to the cities and regions where we live and work. 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.

Gensler is part of a global network with more than 200 community partner organizations. This allows us to amplify our outreach activities and create new opportunities to foster relationships with like-minded partners and clients, like the ACE Mentor Program, the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Canstruction, DIFFA, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, We Care, and many more.



At Gensler, “learning” and “doing” are intertwined. Learning influences everything we do, including our ability to deliver cutting-edge creativity to our clients. It is a hallmark of professional excellence. Gensler offers 3,500+ internal learning programs each year. From cross-cultural, inter-country exchanges and job shadowing programs to our Gensler University programs that build leadership at every level, our talent development network strengthens our capabilities to work all over the world and share knowledge globally. We cultivate a community that thrives on fun and creativity while spurring collaboration and learning every single day, through all sorts of activities.

As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, Gensler reimburses tuition for certain eligible programs or classes. Gensler also matches monetary contributions to educational institutions made by employees up to an annual maximum.


Gensler has been recognized as one of Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in 2017 and 2016, and appeared on Forbes 2016 list of “America's Best Midsize Employers.”

Business Insider ranks Gensler #25 on “Top 100 Creators” list.

Gensler is the World Architecture 100’s #1 Most Admired U.S. Firm and the recipient of the AIA’s Institute Honor Awards for Architecture in 2014.

For the 34th consecutive year, Gensler tops Interior Design magazine’s “Top 100 Giants” list.


Though our reach is global, Gensler believes in the importance of being connected to our local community. We look to hire people with compelling connections 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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    I have been working at Gensler full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I am happy to go to work each day because I work with a such talented people, on beautiful, innovative projects for outstanding, appreciative clients. It's a great position to be in.

    Cons

    It's a large company, so the onus is on the individual to seek out ways to feel connected. With that said, Gensler provides ample opportunities to feel plugged in, if the individual takes advantage of it.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to stay connected to your staff and be integrated in the day to day, even as upper management.

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Gensler Interviews

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    Design Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Gensler (Boston, MA) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Online interview, only my webcam worked, so I looked at a blank screen while they could see me....
    They asked me to tell them about myself and then asked me typical interview questions about fit at the company and about my experience. Asked me to explain one project I had worked on. They asked to confirm that I was eligible to work in the US.

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Gensler Awards & Accolades

  • 2016 Top 300 Architecture Firms - #1 Overall, Architectural Record, 2016
  • 2016 Giants 300: Top Architecture Firms - #1 Convention, Building Design + Construction Magazine, 2016
  • 2016 Top 100 Giants - #1 Overall, #1 Most Admired, #1 Office, #1 Culture, #1 Transportation, #1 Education, Interior Design Magazine, 2016
  • Glassdoor's Best Places to Work 2016, Glassdoor Employees Choice Awards - US, 2016
  • 2015 Top Giants - #1 Overall, #1 Most Admired, Interior Design, 2016
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