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Updated February 12, 2017
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Gensler Executive Directors Andy Cohen and Diane Hoskins
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  • Work-life balance is a challenge (in 26 reviews)

  • not many cons, long hours sometimes (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Long Term Career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Management in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gensler full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The office I work in and the firm as a whole continue to evolve, grow and innovate that has allowed me many opportunities and the opportunity to be a part of the direction.

    Cons

    It's a dynamic environment and expectations are high.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain junior staff engagement, so they see how valued they are by leadership.


  2. "Associate / Project Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Projects - Smart People - amazing support for research - Everyone one I've come across is really nice and helpful.

    Cons

    Would like flex hours but I am in a good studio where it is civilized.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "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


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  5. "Excellent firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Senior Partner of Paul Segal Associate Architects for 39 Years in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Former Senior Partner of Paul Segal Associate Architects for 39 Years in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, talented incredibly well organized firm, in which everyone in all offices (40 plus) shares info and help.

    Cons

    None I am aware of.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Keeps getting better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gensler full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people here are the best in the business. Profit Sharing and Employee Stock Ownership contributions are excellent and helps keep everyone accountable for the firm, since we own it. Our culture is strong across all offices and you feel supported globally.

    Cons

    Compensation can be perceived as lower than other firms, but the bonuses and Profit Sharing/ESOP make up for it. Unfortunately, you need to make it through the first year and a half before you appreciate all of the benefits.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on professional development for the admin teams that connect them to the business. Engage them. The more connected they are, you will see a better ROI.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great People, wish some benfits were better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    i really like the team that i'm on. the people are really helpful and everyone has been incredibly nice ever since i joined.
    Bonuses paid twice yearly (not sure how yet-i'm still pretty new)
    Causal dress code

    Cons

    not a great vacation/sick day package. you get 14 days of PTO that you have to accrue over time and there is no sick time. if you are sick, you have to use PTO or use unpaid time off.
    i know i will be coming in sick this winter because i need to get paid.
    also wish there was a 401k match.

    Advice to Management

    modernize the vacation policy (see Netflix or any big tech company).


  8. "NY office"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is real advocacy to bring up talent and mentor through collaboration and identification of bright stars. The staff is filled with experts in their practice areas and people who want to be there. There are also so many extracurricular programs to encourage community and culture.

    Cons

    Such a large office can lead to people getting overlooked and stuck in ruts, however if you're able to shine and prove your worth you can be ushered into new opportunities and working with leadership. This will of course put you under a microscope, which is a pro/con in itself.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, cultivating a team of motivated, creative designers.


  9. "Gensler"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of career growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Base salary compensation could be higher.


  10. "Architectural Job Captain"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Job Captain in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architectural Job Captain in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Great people all around.

    Cons

    Company size conducive to getting lost in the crowd.


  11. "Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Gensler full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work! Management was very professional, understanding and treated you with respect. Office space was nice with a great environment.

    Cons

    Long hours, pay not great



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