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Pros
  • "The work-life balance is really good" (in 27 reviews)

  • "Gensler has an incredibly creative work environment" (in 53 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is so much going on, it is too easy to let work/life balance take a back seat" (in 40 reviews)

  • "Nothing out of the ordinary (can be long hours, navigating politics)" (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Opportunities abound if you take them"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate/Senior Project Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate/Senior Project Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love my co-workers and the amazing projects I get to work on. Studios do vary so I can not speak about other studios. Mine is awesome; filled with creative, talented dedicated professionals.

    Cons

    office is getting big so culture is getting a little diluted.

    Gensler Response

    Feb 2, 2018 – Gensler Response

    Thanks for sharing such terrific feedback on your experience at Gensler! We appreciate your mention of our talented people, who are our firm’s greatest asset, and the opportunities our... More


  2. "Senior associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Can move between offices

    Cons

    Occasion too much hierarchy gets in the workflow

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Rewarding. Competitive internally. World-class projects. Long hours. Lots of Kool-aide"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gensler full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Endless awards each year working with some of the best projects and best clients
    Reputation as Global Leaders in design.
    Excellent office work environment.
    Almost 50 Gensler offices world-wide.

    Cons

    Long hours and lower than average salaries for this industry. Highly competitive internally amongst the teams and most will do anything to get better bonus pay.

    Advice to Management

    Many employees get burned out quickly and easily. Can be very stressful as Sr Leader role.
    Too many inner politics/drama


  4. "Excellent firm"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Senior Partner of Paul Segal Associate Architects for 39 Years in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Former Senior Partner of Paul Segal Associate Architects for 39 Years in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gensler part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart, talented incredibly well organized firm, in which everyone in all offices (40 plus) shares info and help.

    Cons

    None I am aware of.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Great variety of experience, relatively transparent organization."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can develop many different types of expertise within the same company. Great to interact with people from around the world in different offices.

    Cons

    Have to track all of your time to specific projects (in 30 min increments). Virtually no allowance for exploring research or other non project work. Very political.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on productivity percentage and start allowing and inspiring people to innovate.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to grow your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Project/Studio Director in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Project/Studio Director in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Gensler full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stimulating, globally focussed environment with an emphasis on the power of design to transform businesses & lives. You are encouraged to follow your passions and have them contribute to the rest of the firm. Employee ownership contributes to a feeling of collective responsibility for the future.

    Cons

    You are fully responsible for your own success which includes fighting to be on a good project team. Document all your accomplishments in a demonstrable way and be prepared to fight for recognition.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Consulting Practice"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consulting Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consulting Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Collaboration and few leaders
    Peers share knowledge
    Some good clients who come to this design and production machine

    Cons

    Crap senior management
    Salaries and compensation
    Politics
    Bad promotion prospects

    Advice to Management

    Be human and not super greedy. Connect with your people and DO something.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Know what your getting into"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gensler full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Access to lots of lectures, event and special presentations that you would not come in contact with at most smaller firms.

    Cons

    Very aggressive, boys club type work environment.
    Salaries are below the industry standard. You will see many reviews saying good benefits. After working there 10 yrs I disagree. Unfortunately because most of the staff is very young and inexperienced they don't understand that the benefits are not that good.
    You will find the interest earned on profit sharing is substantially lower than that of the 401k, you would be better off with a company that contributes to your 401k.
    The bonuses are just your normally salary broken out as additional payments. It is to the companies benefit not yours. They hold the money all year making interest on it and then give it to you in Dec and June . If they are having a bad year the bonus can be lowered and then you will make way below the industry standard. Also know Gensler has a huge marketing team and many of the interns are children of Gensler's clients. So every time a negative review is added to this website, someone from marketing or one of these children are asked to write a positive review.

    Advice to Management

    The office are just too big. 400-500 people per office under 2-3 managing principles per office. It doesn't work.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Houston office - losing ground in this market."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gensler full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great projects, best technical support in the industry, great benefits if you can hold your nose and make it through retirement age.

    Cons

    Horribly unqualified next group of leaders. Qualified have seen the light and moved on. Broker connections will be lost after this generation of Principals, if any ever retire.
    Individual ego over community very evident in all current outreach. Those being sent into the community to participate in nonprofit organizations are not team players and are being identified as self serves by multiple organization.
    Poor work/life balance 7 day a week schedule. No longer the best of a bad situation.
    Salaries very low in this market and indignant positioning if you are well informed and challenge.
    Questionable ethics with board members pushing firm wide technology from outside sources that they have invested in, very very unethical.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house.


  10. Helpful (17)

    "The Myth"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gensler full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benifits, offices in all major cities. Good for someone who wants to work the system and move around a lot.

    Cons

    Be prepaed to take a salary that is lower than industry standard.
    Be prepared to devote your whole life to the company. It is kind of a pyramid scheme. I was high enough in the company before I left that I was on the hiring committee. From the minute a person is hired it is determined if they are "super star " or a "work horse" If you are labeled super star you are introduced to all the right people given the best projects and staff to assist you. If you are labeled a work horse you will hear all the propaganda about opportunities and doing great design but trust me you will never be anything other than a work horse. You will work crazy hours,one project after the next in hopes of getting some small bonus come June. The bonus will never be equivalent to all the hours you will put in.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the original roots and vision of the company. If you stop low balling fees you can give your employees a better work life balance .