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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Reviews

Updated March 25, 2017
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  1. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Designer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting projects, lots of talent around

    Cons

    overtime, overtime, overtime - then boom! lay off coming from nowhere.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency


  2. "team leader"

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    Current Employee - Lead Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Lead Designer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    you can have more chance to pursue higher opportunity

    Cons

    low salary and too much overtimes

    Advice to Management

    if you want to have design opportunity in this office, you need to prove very high level of proficiency on all programs


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very interesting projects, lot of work...work"

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    Former Employee - ARCHITECT E in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - ARCHITECT E in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the projects are very interesting, internationally known, design oriented and cutting edged. All ways use the most current technology.

    Cons

    Lots of work...work & work, lack of resources such as technical support, lack of communication between team members. Relatively new company. Therefore, employment is Very vulnerable to short term work load.

    Advice to Management

    Quality work requires strong support of experienced team members' efforts also. Please respect & appreciate your hard working team members.


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  5. "Oozing with talent. Exciting projects. Overtime baby."

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Architect in Chicago, IL
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Oozing with talent. Exciting projects.

    Cons

    differential treatment, depending on whether a person is a "contract" employee


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting projects, bad team and time management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great projects; innovative approach to design; ideas incubator; talented team

    Cons

    Effort disposal; disconnect from client needs; bad time management; firm first - team last business model

    Advice to Management

    stay true to your goals and ideas.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Design"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to and learning form the best in the field is invaluable.
    Exposure to complex, thoughtful design
    Exposure to many different solutions for distance cultures not considered in most studies.
    Intelligent, invigorating, young staff that bring life to the work space and culture of the office.
    Exposure to the insights, presentations, and life experiences of Gordon and Adrian are invaluable.

    Cons

    Long hours with little compensation.
    Not a lot of upeard mobility
    Lots of turn over at the lower level motivates some but scares others.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Junior Architect"

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    Former Employee - Entry Level Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Entry Level Designer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience and friendly people

    Cons

    Bad delegation of tasks and time management for office as whole

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Extremely poor time and resource management"

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    Former Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You get to work for a renowned architect, Adrian Smith.

    Cons

    This place has an inexplicable management organization. Extraordinarily inexperienced persons who are typically just designers who followed Adrian Smith from SOM are put in positions of personnel and resource management for which they are utterly and completely ill-equipped.

    "Personal life" is not in the lexicon of this company. If you don't spend 12 hours a day in the office, you're a slacker. It's ridiculous and insulting. And of course they operate on the corporate architecture hire 200/fire 200 persons at a time model.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize from the ground, up.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "some great work, very demanding with little pay"

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    Former Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    At the time great project were happening in the office.

    Cons

    horrible management of employees required to work 70+ hours a week with little or no appreciation. Company would hire new people and three days later lay off other because they couldn't support the work. (Why hire any more at all?)

    Advice to Management

    rethink of the values of your firm. a good group of employees can make a project even better.


  11. "grow really fast"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill full-time

    Pros

    a good place to learn about creative design

    Cons

    work late a lot, very intense working environment


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