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Gensler Overview

San Francisco, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Gensler is widely recognized as the world’s leading collaborative design firm. We offer the design industry’s deepest bench of expertise, matched with experience gained by working with our clients across the global economy.

Mission: Leveraging the power of design to create a better world.

Glassdoor Awards

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

Company Updates

  • Gensler Named Interior Design Architect for Chase Center!

    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."


    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?

At Gensler, we put human experience at the center of everything we do. Our integrated, interdisciplinary teams include a panoramic range of talent: architects and interior designers work hand in hand with strategists, economists, technologists, planners, experience designers, analysts, researchers, and more. Our goal is to create compelling solutions for the complex and multifaceted challenges people and organizations face every single day. We do this through a holistic blend of design innovation and strategy to ensure our solutions align with client needs and engender cohesive experiences across every channel of user engagement. 

Gensler is committed to creating positive change within the communities we call home. A powerful sense of civic responsibility—rooted in our people’s values and strongly supported by the Gensler culture—compels us to give 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. 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.

Gensler's entrepreneurial culture attracts the industry's top talent and rewards risk-taking, exploration, and invention. We celebrate diversity, recognizing that the collective intelligence of our firm expands and grows richer when it includes the perspectives of people from different places and cultures. We constantly share knowledge, techniques, and insights to produce richer outcomes and more innovative solutions.

We are also as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering best-in-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions to “Well-being Week,” our offices reflect our people’s diverse interests. As part of the firm’s commitment to professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, we reimburse tuition for certain eligible programs or classes. We view our professional development programs as strategic investments in our people.

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.

When you join Gensler, you become part of the one-firm firm culture that has stood as the foundation of our practice for over 50 years. Our people represent the design industry’s top talent, and we want every person at our firm to have the opportunity to pursue their passions and make a difference in the world.

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.

Gensler Reviews

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  • "Warm and Welcome"

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    Although we are a larger firm, I never feel like a small part here. It feels as though a warm sense of welcome exudes from the top down. I genuinely feel as though the company has my best interests at heart, not only professionally but from a work-life balance perspective as well. All this contributes to my drive to succeed here at Gensler because I know they have my back!


    slight improvement for growth opportunity withing firm may help

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Gensler Photos

Gensler photo of: Gensler Los Angeles Atrium: Photo Credit - Farshid Assassi
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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.


    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

  • 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
  • #1 for Interior Design, World Architecture 100, 2013
  • Glassdoor's Best Places to Work 2016, Glassdoor Employees Choice Awards - US, 2016
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