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Gensler Washington DC Reviews

Updated March 25, 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 27 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. "Salary Review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  3. Helpful (19)

    "Avoid FIRMWIDE!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great and cool offices throughout the world.
    Vibes are good, the designers/fellow architects are creative, projects are interesting.
    They host a lot of social events with tons of alcohol, weekly beer cart.
    Brown bag vendor lunch & learns.
    Great access to contacts and vendors.
    Highly structured corporate environ.

    Cons

    Do NOT work for Firmwide.

    Bureaucratic, abusive, dictatorships from leaders who have been around too long, pushing employees out, don't care about your future.

    Firmwide managers in the Oakland/SF/DC office are despicable, fake.

    Thoughtful design is not appreciated, tons of favoritism (esp to those who have either been there too long and nepotism), labeling is rampant, and if a leader doesn't like you, better leave because you are screwed.

    Low salaries so be prepared to negotiate.

    Benefits are not competitive. No 401(k) employer match. Offers ESOP. Vesting after 5 years. No wellness benefits. PTO is horrible (vacation and sick time is only 14 days per year) plus 10 holidays. Leave benefits are bare minimum. Annual bonus program is 2 weeks pay in Dec then % based on company performance in June. Salary increases rarely happen. Annual Associate promotions are biased.

    Advice to Management

    Stop telling employees to post their fake positive reviews on Glassdoor just because you are paying for the page.

    Get off your high horse, quite doing the talk and start doing the walk.

    Discipline managers that are abusing employees. The teams are suffering yet you do nothing to discipline those who are keeping the glass ceiling 20 ft thick.

    Gensler Response

    Dec 9, 2016 – Gensler Response

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your experience. At Gensler, we pride ourselves on maintaining open relationships with all of our team members. We endeavor to hire the ... More


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  5. "Entrepreneurial Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Designer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very entrepreneurial & open culture. The company supports innovation & new ideas, and they put an emphasis on design rather than just the bottom line. Everyone I have worked with is incredibly intelligent and talented. Gensler also does a good job of helping people find their strengths and specialties. If you're a 'go getter', this is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Salaries are on the lower side for the market. For those that are not as self-motivated, this may not be the right fit.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good projects, excellent retirement plans, great people

    Cons

    Office politics are very extreme - even compared to other architecture firms. Being a politician is the only way to move up the ladder - not skill nor merit.

    Advice to Management

    Promote employees based on merit. Boost base pay to well deserving employees (currently the base pay scales are well below market average).


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Seriously great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employee owned, great environment, exciting, great projects to work on. There are different perks in different offices. There is a Gensler office in so many cities.

    Cons

    not many cons, long hours sometimes. I really can't think of many cons here. Some of the work is - well work. Not exciting design - but that seems like how jobs work.

    Advice to Management

    The flatness of the company is great - and employee access to peer help and advice makes the work environment great. I say keep doing what you are doing.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to grow your career"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Design Giant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    opportunities to see a lot of different projects.
    They really do try to innovate for clients and change the way architecture is practiced

    Cons

    like other reviewers might say, low pay for long hours. depending on where you are in the firm, moving up and moving around is difficult. they don't always care about your personal goals

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach about giving people opportunities to meet their career goals


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Not positive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Interior Architectural Designer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Interior Architectural Designer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    In DC, the only firm with enough interesting work besides Baranes. Some very talented people, a couple of really grest designers, but somewhat wasted. Nice physical space.

    Cons

    No design culture. All about making money. Really poor pay. Leadership is oblivious to talent around them. Some of the clients are really horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Remember why most people go into this profession (hint: it isn't about 401k's and revenue streams).


  11. "Incredible Experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern Architect in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Gensler as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The professionals at Gensler were constantly willing to teach throughout the experience. I was able to call them, visit their desk, or ask them questions at any time. The were welcoming and valued what I could bring to the table or were pleased to let me just soak up the learning experiences with little participation.

    Cons

    Very crowded and overwhelming with people and work. I got to know a lot of faces besides those that worked on the 5th floor

    Advice to Management

    I think the company makes a strong effort to value their employees in every way except through the salary.


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