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Updated January 13, 2018
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Gensler Executive Directors Andy Cohen and Diane Hoskins
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Pros
  • Great company to work for, great people and very strong culture (in 44 reviews)

  • Stimulating Work environment to help personal growth for those who are self starters (in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is a challenge (in 30 reviews)

  • High pressure deadlines, long hours (varies on project to project basis) (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (20)

    "A wonderful place to work and share information"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing talent and wonderful coworkers. Information sharing happens every day, all the time. It feels like you grow just by being in that environment and breathing the same air to so many talented individuals. Everyone was incredibly open and friendly from my first day with the company and this never changed. I love everyone I work with and I love the fact that there are not cliques and no gossip. We all work hard and play hard together. The company is invested in mentoring and growing each team member and they actually listen to everyone's desires and concerns and try to address them immediately. For such a large organization, they are very successful at making it feel like a small team where you quickly get to know and care about everyone.

    Cons

    The company gives you full ownership of your work which is great however it can also be tiring at peak times. Also the hiring process is slow as we want to make sure we can hire long term and not for quick burns so peak times are tougher for the current staff.

    Advice to Management

    Hire faster.

    Gensler Response

    Sep 21, 2017 – Gensler Response

    Thanks for the fantastic feedback! We wholeheartedly agree that our people are our firm’s greatest asset, and we are glad to hear that information sharing, mentoring, and collaboration are happening... More


  2. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Balanced work environment and good culture that encourages people to help each other

    Cons

    Large firm, sometimes people need to speak louder to be heard and work harder to stand out

    Gensler Response

    Jan 16, 2018 – Gensler Response

    Wow! Thanks for sharing such terrific feedback! We certainly agree that our people are our firm’s greatest asset and appreciate your mention of our balanced work environment and culture of sharing... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Gensler had a lot of resources and a numerous opportunities to expand your career.

    Cons

    It's a very big company and it's easy to get lost if you're not very extroverted.

    Gensler Response

    Jan 16, 2018 – Gensler Response

    Thanks for sharing such terrific feedback on your experience at Gensler! Please know that we will continue to seek new ways to help our practitioners, regardless of personality type, design unique... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good work gets noticed."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gensler full-time

    Pros

    An independent style working environment with people who put their trust in you to get your work done. If you do well, it gets noticed.

    Cons

    Pressure to put your own time into volunteer projects outside of normal work hours

    Gensler Response

    Jan 12, 2018 – Gensler Response

    Thanks for providing feedback on your experience at Gensler! We are glad to hear that mutual trust is an intrinsic part of your office’s culture and that great work receives the notice it deserves... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Impressive global company with extensive local impact"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gensler full-time

    Pros

    Great people, amazing clients and projects, paid overtime

    Cons

    High pressure deadlines, long hours (varies on project to project basis)

    Gensler Response

    Jan 12, 2018 – Gensler Response

    Thanks for the feedback on your experience at Gensler! We appreciate your mention of our people, who are our greatest asset, as well as our exceptional clients and projects. Please continue to give... More


  6. "Interior Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, great people and very strong culture.

    Cons

    Nothing out of the ordinary (can be long hours, navigating politics)

    Advice to Management

    Be careful of overlooking strong talent that may not put themselves “in your face.”

    Gensler Response

    Jan 9, 2018 – Gensler Response

    Thanks for the positive feedback! We truly appreciate it! Please know that we are always endeavoring to find new ways to help our talented practitioners design unique, satisfying career paths, and we... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Overall great place to be"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Designer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Technical Designer in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is a huge resource and really believes in its people. At a smaller office like this one the environment is like a family, no negative competitive attitudes between coworkers. There is opportunity but you have to be proactive, ask for it, go above and beyond your minimum tasks, and pay attention. The worldwide network is a great way to work on projects beyond your local office and a unique resource for working beyond projects. Work life balance is very well respected and you are not expected to work beyond your 40 hours unless you want to (at this location).

    Cons

    While the company aspires to very high standards, they are not always realistic. Once you accept the way the system works though, it becomes much more manageable. The company believes in long-term development, concentrated work in a specific project type, and aiming for expertise. So while there are many exciting projects around the company, you might be a bit restrained in which type you can work in based on your location and practice area - can definitely be frustrating. If you don't ask for change, you can get in a stalemate. As a newer office you can feel the growing pains of changing management Pay is not as competitive.

    Advice to Management

    More proactive mentoring for younger staff and open to more flexible staffing across disciplines. Some opportunities seem to be pre-assigned instead of offered.

    Gensler Response

    Jan 8, 2018 – Gensler Response

    Thanks for providing feedback on your experience at Gensler! We appreciate the mention of your office’s familial environment and the opportunities available to entrepreneurial individuals. We remain... More

  8. "Best Job ever"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great office environment. Wonderful work life balance. they practice what they preach about working 40 hours and being able to take time off

    Cons

    we have dynamic seating which I personally like but is not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    everyone should work here it's amazing

    Gensler Response

    Jan 4, 2018 – Gensler Response

    Wow! Thanks for the terrific feedback! We are truly flattered by your kind words and appreciate everything you do on behalf of our firm and our clients!


  9. "Great work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gensler full-time

    Pros

    Job security is good, lot so projects coming in always. Lots of cool projects to work on and lots of clients.

    Cons

    A lot of people competing against each other since there are so many employees. People who have stayed with the company get more recognition even if they don’t necessarily have more skills or knowledge as newer employees

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say here. Management is pretty good in my opinion.

    Gensler Response

    Jan 2, 2018 – Gensler Response

    Wow! Thanks for sharing such terrific feedback on your experience at Gensler! We appreciate your positive appraisal of our environment and project work and will continue to do everything we can to... More


  10. "Architectural Summer Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, good working environment and hours, weekly lectures and events, exposure to people with different expertise

    Cons

    Work could be less aspiring depends on which studio you work in

    Gensler Response

    Jan 2, 2018 – Gensler Response

    Thanks for the terrific feedback on your internship at Gensler. We greatly appreciate the contributions you made and wish you the best of luck in all future endeavors.


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