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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.


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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?



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.


Our firm consists of great people designing enriching experiences for our clients and 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.


  • Forbes magazine names Gensler one of America’s Best Midsize Employers in 2018
  • Forbes magazine names Gensler one of America’s Best Midsize Employers in 2018• Fast Company recognizes Gensler as One of the Most Innovative Companies in 2018
  • Architectural Record 2018 Top 300 Architecture Firms: #1 Firm
  • Building Design 2018 World Architecture 100: #1 Most Admired US Firm and #1 Firm Overall
  • Building Design + Construction 2018 Giants 300: #1 Architecture Firm, #1 Hotel Sector Architecture Firm, #1 Office Sector Architecture Firm, #1 University Sector Architecture Firm
  • ENR 2018 Top 500 Design Firms: #1 Architecture Firm
  • ENR 2018 Top 100 Green Building Design Firms: #1 Firm
  • Interior Design 2018 Top 100 Giants: #1 Architecture Firm, #1 Culture, #1 Education, #1 Office, #1 Retail, #1 Transportation 

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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    One thing that really stands out to me is the company culture and how Gensler makes people the #1 priority. I go to work excited every day knowing that I have a chance to make a difference in peoples lives.

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    None that I can think of at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hard work and dedication to finding incredible talent!

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Gensler Photos

Gensler photo of: The Boston Consulting Group (Photo Credit: Garrett Rowland)
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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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    Application

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

    Interview

    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

  • America's Best Midsize Employers, Forbes Magazine, 2018
  • The World's Most Innovative Companies, Fast Company, 2018
  • #1 for Interior Design, World Architecture 100, 2013
  • 2016 Top 300 Architecture Firms - #1 Overall, Architectural Record, 2016
  • 2016 Giants 300: Top Architecture Firms - #1 Convention, Building Design + Construction Magazine, 2016
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