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Gensler Reviews

Updated September 17, 2018
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Gensler Executive Directors Andy Cohen and Diane Hoskins
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Pros
  • "Great career support and work/life balance" (in 23 reviews)

  • "is in large the great people that work there" (in 47 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/Life balance is not always in balance" (in 38 reviews)

  • "High pressure deadlines, long hours (varies on project to project basis)" (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Warm and Welcome"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Although we are a larger firm, I never feel like a small part here. It feels as though a warm sense of welcome exudes from the top down. I genuinely feel as though the company has my best interests at heart, not only professionally but from a work-life balance perspective as well. All this contributes to my drive to succeed here at Gensler because I know they have my back!

    Cons

    slight improvement for growth opportunity withing firm may help


  2. "Great environment"

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

    For the most part it is a very motivating, accepting and educational environment. Everyone has your back, and the concept of working and succeeding as a team is greatly embraced.

    Cons

    Lots of projects to handle at once and can be very overwhelming.

  3. "Architectural Designer"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    A lot of resources. Huge range of projects. Great for career development.

    Cons

    Very political. Face paced work environment.


  4. "Studio Technical Director 12th Year Employment Anniversary"

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

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

    Pros

    The level of client (and therefore projects) we are exposed to is almost limitless. As part of the lifestyles NYC studios, I have participated in interviews, documentation and construction of multiple retail projcts that include corner storefronts along Fifth Avenue between 45th street up to 53rd Street. I have been fortunate to work on multiple building types including workplace, entertainment, hospitality, retail and science/technology. You are given the opportunity at Gensler to really spread your wings but you must get used to being out of your comfort zone in order to continue to grow.

    Cons

    The firm is known for their expertise in their multiple practice areas. However, it is possible to stay in a single area of expertise and not grow beyond that area. That can be detrimental to the individual and the firm at large.

    Advice to Management

    Promotion is very distinctive at Gensler. I was told that I needed to get out of the weeds as technical director and get more exposure at the studio, office and firm wide levels to be promoted. This was good advice and I am a senior associate. However, for those that are not naturally extroverts, they are at a disadvantage. Although seniority should not and is not criteria for promotion, I do see people that are passed over due to quiet personalities and lack of participation in extracurricular activities. There is a designer I know that literally was advised to bake a cake just to get promoted. I think the promotion method can be improved to allow equal recognition for all and not limited to the most extroverted.


  5. "Great firm with amazing opportunities for young designer like myself"

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

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

    Pros

    Gensler possesses the talent, resources and standing of a world class firm yet the studio environment has the intimacy of a small office.
    I have been able to pursue my own interests and tie them to my work life, for example being able to participate in and create my own mentor programs within the firm.
    The people are generally amazing and very nice.
    The work life balance is pretty good, if you find yourself working in a good project which most are.

    Cons

    Although we have a strong vision as firm, it can sometimes feel fabricated and forced upon us. The culture at our particular office has changed and evolved over my first four years.
    Some projects can be tedious, long and repetitive with long hours and if you find yourself stuck on them it is very hard to get out and stay motivated.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in mentoring the younger employees as it can be the reason they stay motivated, continue to grow and ultimately stay with the firm. In my case I've had very good opportunities and strong mentor relationships but I know of some coworkers at my level who have not had the same fortune as me.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Design Manager"

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    Former Employee - Design Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Design Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gensler (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Top clients and trusted industry relationships
    - Wide-ranging project access across many verticals
    - Top name recognition
    - Superior IT support, file sharing infrastructure, and cross office collaboration

    Cons

    - Poor compensation despite promises of non-salary benefits (profit sharing, etc). - There were literally collection jars for designers who didn't make enough money for food [as of 2018], which was appalling.
    - No time for learning or mentorship, slave to the 40 hour timesheet


  7. "Specialist"

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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

    Wonderful work culture, many opportunities for taking on new skills and challenges.

    Cons

    Salaries start low, but long-term there is opportunity to significantly improve that.

  8. "Great projet experince"

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    Former Employee - Technical Architect in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Architect in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good stepping stone. Challenging projects, Fast Pace. Knowledgeable staff.

    Cons

    A lot or competition, must give 110 percent to sustain growth. Salary

    Advice to Management

    Leave enough rope for the next aspiring leader.


  9. "New York - Consulting Studio"

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

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues with passion and drive

    Cons

    Consulting Studio compensation is not market.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to motivate your team by keeping up with the competition.


  10. "Design Manager/Architect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The projects, the culture, the opportunities, the people...

    Cons

    You do have to be patient when considering compensation.


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