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Updated May 23, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is a challenge (in 27 reviews)

  • You have to be passionate about the work to survive long hours and high pressure deadlines (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "A wonderful place to work and share information"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  2. "Job Captain"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Job Captain in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Job Captain in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It provides the staff with a lot of resources and support. Everyone is generally nice and friendly - there're much less ego compared to other well-known firms. Lots of extracurricular activities if you're into that kind of thing. Very talented people all across.

    Cons

    It has a great culture, but still very corporate at times. There's a tendency to undervalue technical staff and overvalue designers causing a lot of people not willing to go the technical route.

    Advice to Management

    Support work life balance and flexible hours. Need to value technical staff more than designers doing pretty renderings.


  3. "Boss"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in Mission Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in Mission Viejo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Architecture is a demanding profession, but it can also be a very interesting, creative one. As architects gain more experience, they become more involved in actual design work rather than technical issues and routine construction documents.
    Architecture is also never a boring career because of the variety of tasks it demands. No project is ever the same as the one that came before. Architects are also constantly dealing with different issues, such as meeting with clients and contractors, drawing plans, looking at estimates, or working out last-minute details and requests.
    Even though many architecture schools have heavy math requirements, many architects say that very little math is actually involved in their day-to-day routines. Anything that requires advanced levels of math such as calculus is usually handled by engineers or other specialists involved with a project. General overall intelligence, good drawing skills, an inquiring nature, and excellent listening and speaking abilities are actually the most important qualities for architects to possess.
    Most architects work in the profession not for the money but because they have a passion for their work, and this passion makes everything else worthwhile. Even with below-average pay, many architects know they are providing a valuable service and love every minute of it, especially when a client truly appreciates their finished work on a project. Also, the pay usually does increase with experience and can even be lucrative if you reach the top levels of the profession.

    Cons

    The process of becoming an architect is long, competitive, and expensive. It takes five years of school to earn a Bachelor of Architecture degree, plus an additional two to four years for a master’s. Although admission requirements vary considerably, the most reputable architecture schools usually have extremely competitive standards with a heavy emphasis on the physical sciences, geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. After schooling comes three years of internship that, like other internships, can involve long hours and low pay. The Architect Registration Exam, which all aspiring architects must pass in order to become licensed, is also very difficult, with seven separate divisions and pass rates varying from 56% to 71% per division in 2009.
    Starting salaries for architects are considered lower than average when compared with other professional careers with similar requirements, such as medicine and law. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the lowest ten percent of architects earned an annual salary of $42,320 in May 2009. The average annual wage was $72,700. Salary prospects generally rise after architects have spent several years in the profession and have worked their way up the ranks. Starting architects are often advised to practice good money management skills and perhaps even work a second job.
    Architecture is a very challenging and demanding field. The scope of issues that an architect is accountable for on a project is tremendous. Architects actually spend twice the amount of time working on a project as it takes to build it, in order to address various start-up and close-out issues. Architects often have to carry large amounts of insurance to protect themselves in case projects do not meet the client’s requirements or develop problems.
    The architectural field is very subject to the ups and downs of the economy. Architects depend on economic growth for their living. If the economy is depressed, construction of new buildings is one of the first things that will be in less demand, along with architects.

    Advice to Management

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  5. "great environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice people and environment to work

    Cons

    salary is not high like some other firms


  6. Helpful (5)

    "To say you will stretch and grow your talents is an understatement..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's no work culture quite like Gensler...LOTS of events, mixers, internal celebrations and vendors go all out for interesting lunch and learns and vendor parties. Im talking cloth napkin vendor parties. Your peers are the best in the biz, so you need to constantly be refining and developing your talents...quickly. The professional connections and experience are top-notch. When your card has the Gensler logo on it, doors open.

    Cons

    The pay...Gensler is famous for low-balling people. Fight for a good salary, because once you're locked in, your pay doesn't really go up that much.

    The insurance plans are meh.

    Not a con, just a disclaimer...the LA office is for Alphas only! If you don't come to work everyday and give 110%, if you just want a 9-5, if you aren't quick to learn or passionate about design, this place isn't for you. Go-getters only...you are fully expected to bring it and there is zero hand-holding.

    Advice to Management

    Too big, not enough mentorship...its very easy for people to be hand-selected for greatness and for other just as talented people to be overlooked and frustrated.

    The management is always talking about wanting to promote retention and boomerangs (staff that leave and then come back) but then don't really compensate people. If you want people to stay past 5 years, pay them better.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Project Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing work environment, fun people, lots of company sponsored events. Wine downs after work once a month, where you are encouraged to get buzzed with your co-workers. Fulfilling sense of development and plenty of access to professional development resources

    Cons

    Enforcing Accounting standards at Gensler is somewhat of an exercise in futility because invoicing drives revenue, and project managers subjectively drive invoicing. Lots of work (regular hours, not long though) can feel overwhelming at times but thats normal for accounting.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the status quo, Its a great place to work.


  8. "Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - "Great Place to Experience!" in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - "Great Place to Experience!" in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with
    Good working environment
    Diverse project typologies to be able to work on

    Cons

    Fast paced schedule.
    Bad design quality
    Work-life balance is a challenge.
    Pay lower than industry standard


  9. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cypress, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cypress, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Friend and talented people. High profile project. Good program for continue education and training. Studio family like working style.

    Cons

    The working hour is not very flexible if you have kids and need to pick up kids from day care or school.

    Advice to Management

    More flexible working hour


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Quality Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality people
    Quality projects
    Great resources and design culture
    Great industry connections and reputation
    Diverse project typologies to be able to work on

    Cons

    Pay lower than industry standard
    Inadequate training and lack of quality mentoring
    Opportunities and career advancement is studio specific


  11. "Salary Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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