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"You can make the best of it."

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Current Employee - Interior Designer in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Interior Designer in Chicago, IL
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Gensler full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Over-time pay, Freedom to move around studios/ offices and have the opportunity to explore different design sectors.
Collaborative environment.

Cons

Work is entirely design/branding/marketing oriented. Not a lot of experience/ care in construction documents, documentation skills. If you are a junior person is bad for your fundamentals. If you are experienced, you can really show off and advance. Lower salaries than other big offices - but they pay over time.

Advice to Management

Too many projects with tight budget and schedule = not good for design excellence. Many people fill that ideas are just copy/paste from one project to the other.

Other Employee Reviews for Gensler

  1. "Good internship program"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good internship program with lots of opportunities to learn about the business. The company also pushed us to expand our professional capabilities. It is also fun being around other interns to learn about their experiences in school.

    Cons

    Low intern pay, somewhat corporate environment. Very prone to macroeconomic conditions and this office has experienced some major layoffs through the years when bubbles have burst.

    Advice to Management

    Take interns to job meetings more often.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "A Design BUSINESS. Business is first- then design"

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    Current Employee - Interior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a well oiled machine and there is strength in numbers. Knowing that there are over 40 offices worldwide and the reach that has with both clientele and colleagues is a definite pro. There is a strong brand and a community. The size and reputation does attract some great clientele as well and with those are some global possibilities.

    Cons

    The size of the NY office has become too big and impersonal unfortunate and since the last recession, leadership has preferred to take on almost all work that comes it's way without consideration of the staff. There is a tendency by leadership and project managers to say yes to incredibly tight schedules and budgets without understanding how the work actually gets done. There seems to be a big gap in that consideration. Promotion is done by who has become close to leadership and played their game. Sometimes it's those people that make the biggest mistakes that get rewarded as well because they know how to pass the buck so well. All businesses have these kind of people and their egos, unfortunately in this leadership, this is what is rewarded and not actual good design. The word/ initiative to be 'innovative' is spread around as the key phrase but no one understands really what true innovation really is - or do they allow it. Rather there are innovation standards.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and really see the true talent you have and nourish it. Cultivate it. Stop squashing it with being safe. Stop judging by appearance and background. Yes, you do that. Understand that True Leadership is wanting and helping and inspiring those around you and those that work for you is what this is. You are only as successful as those that work for you are.

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