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Gensler Reviews

Updated July 19, 2018
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Gensler Executive Directors Andy Cohen and Diane Hoskins
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Pros
  • "is in large the great people that work there" (in 47 reviews)

  • "Great career support and work/life balance" (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/Life balance is not always in balance" (in 37 reviews)

  • "High pressure deadlines, long hours (varies on project to project basis)" (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Finance"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company! Amazing people/community! Lost of support and guidance from my managers. Open to new ideas and flexible. You are a part of amazing transitions in communities all around the world.

    Cons

    I haven't come across a con. People talk about work life balance as a con. I think people are so excited and entrenched in what they're creating, it's hard not to want to just keep going. So no cons, yet.

    Advice to Management

    Great job! Keep up the good work!


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Great Company but grinds you out the door"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gensler full-time

    Pros

    Great place to get started

    Cons

    The work never ends, never a break and reviews are obligatory nonsense. The review process changes every year so no measurement is really measuring anything. Be prepared for unqualified people to be appointed and promoted and quality people left unchallenged and for the most part forgotten cogs in the billable hour machine.

    Advice to Management

    overpromising has a cost and it's on the shoulders of your peers and co-workers; quit allowing clients to run projects off the rails into down into the red.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "4 Year Employee Comments"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The 1FirmFirm culture is definitely a plus. Being able to share so much information with others in different offices is amazing. Knowing that if you are unsure of a process or policy, you can reach out to anyone in the office or other offices and everyone is more than willing to help and share their knowledge and experience.

    Cons

    Sometimes the commute can be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    When employees like myself read Art's book and get inspired we tend to want to expand or grow within the company. One of the principles that stuck out to me from the book was "Grow your people. Help them find their niche and encourage them to grow it to the benefit of the company/office". That being said I would suggest to management if an employee submits a proposal for a position or process to do things better, more efficient or more cost effective. Please take the time to give them an opportunity to see if the idea will actually work and not just find ways to shut it down simply because you may be focused elsewhere at the time. Because even though the core industry is architecture and interior design, a lot of times administrative personnel have great ideas on how to improve the work flow process or increase productivity and profit margins and yes some of them would love to move up into other positions within the administration realm or may want to step out into other related fields within the company.


  4. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gensler full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn. Fun, fast paced environment.

    Cons

    A bit of turn over and high expectations to work 24/7.


  5. "Technical designer"

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    Current Employee - Tech Designer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Tech Designer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great office culture, great benifits

    Cons

    Lack quality in drawing documentation


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Need change for retaining loyal talented employees"

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    Current Employee - Job Captain in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Job Captain in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Very organized company.

    Cons

    Low base salary compare to many companies out ther

    Advice to Management

    Please give credits and appreciation eg. promotion for people who really work hard for Gensler for many many years, so they don’t feel like they are being forgotten. Many great talented and hardworking people have left and feel leave Gensler for this reason.


  7. "Finance"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing company! Great people/community! Lots of support and guidance from managers in my dept. Open to ideas.

    Cons

    I haven't come across any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  8. "Job captain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gensler full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work culture and people

    Cons

    To be honest there are no deal breakers here


  9. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gensler full-time

    Pros

    Shared community of like minded designers

    Cons

    Office politics get in the way of design


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Gensler is a great place to learn and have diverse opportunities."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Gensler “kool aid” is in large the great people that work there. There are perks like coffee, snack, learning resources, lots of lunch and learns, great tech tools, but the main reason to stay there through the years is the community of people that welcome you and mentor you.

    Cons

    The promotions process is very much like a popularity contest given the global size of the firm, it’s not uniquely based on offices and that makes it hard for introverts to be recognized for their hard work accurately. While there are lots of educational tools and opportunities within the firm it it hard to understand how to best approach the professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    I believe management needs to be more transparent about billing rates, and clarify the billing rate gaps, specifically among new lateral hires and the people to commit to Gensler across the years. There should also be more transparency on the appointment process so that it doesn’t continue to feel like a popularity contest. There needs to be more discussion and clarification on other growth/promotion opportunities.


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