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Gensler Interior Designer Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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Gensler Executive Directors Andy Cohen and Diane Hoskins
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  • Work-life balance is a challenge (in 28 reviews)

  • Work long hours, not very competitive salary (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Gensler full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, friendly place to work

    Cons

    There is not really any cons during the time I worked there.


  2. "Great Place for Career Growth and Comradery"

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    Former Employee - Associate Interior Designer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Interior Designer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gensler full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Without a doubt, one of the best reasons to work here are the people. Everyone in this office acts like a friend, a confidant, a teacher, and your personal cheerleader. The office truly feels and acts like a family. Another reason this office rocks is because it allows you to maximize career growth and create your own career path. The opportunities are limitless if you work hard and get involved at the office and firm level. There are also ton of resources available and information sharing in the office and between offices is fantastic. Last but not least, there are a ton of celebrations and opportunities to bond with your fellow co-workers.

    Cons

    Unsurprisingly, demanding clients and project schedules. Regular long hours, which aren't so bad because you like the people you're working with, like what you're working on, and have the flexibility to work from home.

    Advice to Management

    Spread the work load more evenly instead of overloading your high performers.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Resume Builder"

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    Former Employee - Interior Designer
    Former Employee - Interior Designer

    I worked at Gensler full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to design resources and industry leading research.
    High-Profile projects and clients. Opportunity to grow and learn from the best.

    Cons

    Very intense work environment. You have to be passionate about the work to survive long hours and high pressure deadlines.


  4. "Salary Review"

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    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global firm, lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the crowd, bosses play favorites, competitive.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Very dissatisfied"

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    Former Employee - Senior Interior Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Interior Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large projects, lots of work, 401k, medical insurance,
    Work in NYC, polite and friendly receptionist, lunch hour, basic vacation of two weeks, close to transportation

    Cons

    No professional growth, micro managing, work hard, but not respected of your efforts on projects, not credited for your work or contributions, management takes credit for your work, favoritism by principals, work hard ethic not rewarded, no respect from management, no salary increases, no mentoring , no room for growth or position growth, lots of promises but very little action, principals get lots of professional credit and great bonuses while staff are ignored and are expected to just work hard and stop complaining, overtime pay isn't given unless approved , so staff still expected to work for free


  6. "Interior Designer"

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    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gensler full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people and great projects!

    Cons

    The Work-Life balance can fluctuate.


  7. "interior design"

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    Current Employee - Interior Architectural Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Interior Architectural Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gensler full-time

    Pros

    Equal opportunities employer,great work place and life balance

    Cons

    never experienced a downside at gensler

    Advice to Management

    keep on the good work

  8. "Fantastic Internship"

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    Former Employee - Junior Interior Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Junior Interior Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly, willing to help, and good networking connections! I loved the time I spent working as a Interior Design Intern at Gensler's Boston location. They always had work for me to do, I was never bored and I learned a lot of useful tools.

    Cons

    I wish they had an open office environment, seemed very closed off and hard to get to know people (if you weren't willing to walk into the different cubicle groups)


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Designer - Interiors"

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    Current Employee - Interior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn new skills and add the biggest name in design to your CV. It will open many doors to you. Stay for the name then jump to more fun and inclusive firms.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, governed by office politics. If you believe in your own design skills and views this is not the place for you. At gensler you are, like in any large firm of this size, just a number in a money making machine. Its like joining a scientology cult. Not suitable for designers who enjoy having a voice. Everyone is there fighting for the next round of promotions or bonuses. If you put your head down and quietly be part of the machine you might go up very quick.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as people not numbers. Many awards and events dont make 'teams' cohesive.


  10. "great work and great people"

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    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really great opportunities if you can find them.

    Cons

    Regional office becoming very top heavy