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"Top end architectural design company"

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Former Employee - Urban Designer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Urban Designer in San Francisco, CA
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I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Great projects, professional atmosphere, highest standards. A memorable entry on my CV.

Cons

Can be a bit rigid, political, hard to get ahead without stepping on others. The architectural world is littered with ex-SOM designers who prematurely reached a ceiling they couldn't break through. Also, you kind of have to fit into the SOM design ethos and style, there seems little divergence or tolerance thereof. Also at the time (10 years ago) management seemed unconcerned with turnover and burnout. They always get new talent lining up.

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    "An interesting journey"

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    Current Employee - Architect Level C in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Architect Level C in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Architecture is conceived in a very integral manner. For the most part coworkers are friendly and truly talented. The magnitude, scale and quality of projects is outstanding.

    Cons

    The decision making process is awkward at times. The design approach tends to be extremely conservative and constrained by corporative standards.

    Advice to Management

    To be more transparent. To share and communicate to their employees the firm's aspirations and ultimate goals for the years to come.


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    "Tough place but amazing experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The scale of the projects is amazing and junior staff is given a lot of responsibility if you prove you are capable of it. The most professional place I have ever worked. Brilliant co-workers. Excellent resources of working for a big firm. You are given great opportunity but it is up to you to seize it. You have to be hardworking, strong, and speak up or you will be overlooked.

    Cons

    The corporate professional culture can be completely isolating and at times down right rude. Many people will not say "Good Morning." In order to succeed, you must dedicate your life to the firm. While I think this is typical of most American corporations, it takes much longer to get promoted here than elsewhere. The firm burns people out because reward is too little too late for all their hard work and long hours. For the hours worked, the pay is not the best, and you have to dedicate 6+ years before you are eligible for promotion. Also being a large corporation, the design caters to big conservative developers. If you are looking to push the envelope with design, this is not the place for you. There is a corporate aesthetic across most of the projects.

    Advice to Management

    Push the company harder to be a true industry leader. Take sustainability seriously and require all projects to surpass Ashrae 90.1. Push the design envelope more and allow Associate and Associate Directors more control over the design to foster creativity.

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