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Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC
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Neutral Outlook

I have been working at Gensler full-time (More than 3 years)

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Other Employee Reviews for Gensler

  1. Helpful (5)

    "It is corporate design for corporate clients. Not a lot design or creativity. Keep it clean lines and of the book spec."

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gensler full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great learning programs and knowledge stuff.

    Cons

    No back bone for Design direction. Just make client happy.

    Advice to Management

    They need to pay more attention to existing employees, rather then look for new hire


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Not what it used to be..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Architect
    Former Employee - Senior Architect
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gensler full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great national recognition in the design industry. Meeting lots of different people who come from different work background. Work in different offices and project types (retail, office, campus, etc) if theres an opportunity. Bonus is good when you are there for a long time.

    Cons

    I was there a long time and worked in 3 offices, so I can say its not just a one office problem. I would give it 4-5 stars when I joined in 2000 to only 2 stars when I left in 2011 because it was less about design and more about just drafting and managing. They put in collaborating spaces all offices but don't want you to spend time just sitting talking about project with so tight deadlines. They tell you not to charge overtime because job is out of money but insist on deadlines so production have to work free weekends or into the night, but where are the managers. You don't see the negative because marketing department is always a step ahead with the next great thing. Theres competition between offices, and alot of picking favoirtes. I can say that cause I was a favorite in 2 of the places so not just sour grapes. I saw lots of senior people make huge mistakes and blame juniors. Promotions based on favorites for sure. When you are there you drink the Cool Aid and believe it. I decided to leave to see if other places of same size had less politics, and found several that were better.

    Advice to Management

    Too many layers of senior management that are out of touch with offices. They got so big and mighty that they lost alot of the personal aspects and made false promises. Many have been there 20-30 years and don't know how to change with the time. Young staff are learning the bad habits.

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