SmithGroup - Don't become another "Mr. or Mrs. SmithGroup" SmithGroup SF 10 years | Glassdoor
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    "Don't become another "Mr. or Mrs. SmithGroup" SmithGroup SF 10 years"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SmithGroup full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people who are in the same prison... most do tend to stick together... others take advantage. You might make a friend... hopefully you'll meet someone who will get you a better job.

    Cons

    Everything. Even the "bagel Monday" is stale... The office design is a junk shop of wannabe progressive, the administrative staff is hired on a "bored, poor and just need a job" basis. If there is any talent there it sinks to the level of working at the DMV. And don't even think about Senior Management. This is a place in which Senior Management dislikes everyone and tells them on a daily basis. This is not...

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    Advice to Management

    Suicide? Familycide? Please remove yourselves from the business, architecture and human community.

    SmithGroup2014-11-18
  1. "Great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Landscape Architect in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmithGroup full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, pay, and mentorship.

    Cons

    Feels like a corporate enterprise.

    SmithGroup2019-06-27
  2. "Good company, but lack of direction & mentorship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SmithGroup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits - starting employees get 15 days off with the ability to buy and sell time. Also get 16 Fridays off a year working overtime every other week. Perks like lots of free food and service activities. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not enough professional development for young employees. Starting salaries are considerably lower than industry standard. Assigned a mentor who, while nice, really didn't help me professionally much at all. Huge company means lots of hoops to jump through and lots of bureaucracy and politics.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the professional development of younger employees and assign mentors who have been trained to coach. Listen to employee ideas rather than dismissing them simply because of experience or age.

    SmithGroup2019-08-23

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