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Gensler Reviews

Updated March 25, 2017
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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. Featured Review

    "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. "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.


  3. "Technical designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for the resume
    High profile projects
    Talented people

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, unless you're a brown-noser
    Hard to switch projects/ types/ roles in studios (they highly promote this in interviews)
    Project managers plays favorites, won't listen to other's opinions
    Very profit driven, Project managers care more about the project budget than employees
    Inadequate training
    Lack of collaboration/ coordination between project & design staffs
    Pay lower than industry standard, trick you with the overtime pay in the compensation/ benefits, but they don't encourage overtime
    PTO below industry standards
    More of an interior design firm than architecture.

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. "The Best Design Firm!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gensler is a very transparent and flat organization. The culture values team work, diversity, and change makers.

    Cons

    The company has some growing pains of growing larger than they ever anticipated and still being nimble and large are at times at odds.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on supporting people's passions and give them space and freedom to be creative. Don't put too much structure on anything, stay flat and not corporate.


  6. "Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  7. "Salary Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  8. "mostly a corporate interiors firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gensler full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    worked in the asia offices; company is run as a good business that makes steady revenue; great office environment; good opportunities to reach out to other offices; good opportunities to be exposed to well-known Client base.

    Cons

    not great for architects; average compensation with long work hours; bonuses and profit sharing keep salaries low; more locally run with disconnect to firm-wide in the States; playing Gensler 'family' and 'we' culture earns you badges at the expense of talent; too many in-house initiatives turn out to be overwhelming and branded as Gensler culture.


  9. "Designer level"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gensler full-time

    Pros

    Great people, big clients, fun culture

    Cons

    Pace can be very fast.


  10. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gensler full-time

    Pros

    The people are really friendly. And they feed you very well.

    Cons

    Works might not be interesting all the time.But that's something you will encounter in every corporate office.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  11. "Architecture Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gensler full-time

    Pros

    Good to staffs
    Care people
    Good PTO

    Cons

    Bad design quality
    especially in Architecture



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