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Updated April 20, 2017
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  1. "great experience"

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    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sasaki (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice place . Good people to work with

    Cons

    limited project type, office is focused on landscape


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Improving Design Chops"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Architect in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sasaki is at an interesting point in its identity as a firm where it seems to be beginning to embrace the idea that it can have a global footprint. The planning and urban design work being done around the world is at the top of its class. Landscape architecture projects are also getting better. Architizer even named Sasaki one of the 15 landscape architecture firms to watch... It would be great if the architecture group embraced this design ethos. Architecture is still dragging the rest of the firm down, failing to really have any breakthrough projects with a very regional and campus focus instead of embracing an opportunity to do something truly cutting edge.

    Cons

    Still a very parochial feel in the architecture group, despite others in the office doing amazing work around the world. Maybe that's because we are stuck in Watertown. Leadership doesn't seem to embrace that they are perceived as one of the top international design firms and don't really celebrate that type of work.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on improving design quality of the architecture studio and try to lead the conversation in the industry by doing something bold instead of the status quo of safe project types.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Working at Sasaki"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Sasaki (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best thing about this practice is great people who work here. It’s a very relaxed and friendliest environment possible. Easy hours and flexible work environment.

    Cons

    While the planning and urban design departments seem to be doing good work and getting international and domestic recognition, architecture is still struggling in terms of quality. A very top heavy firm (around 40 principals on 200 employees) is not finding a common language and unable to have a clear direction of what the firm should be.
    The same top heavy structure reflects on teams. It is a very though working place for mid-level and senior architect (who are not in the project management) with strong design abilities and knowledge of CAD programs. Instead of promoting and supporting this profile, letting them grow and giving more responsibilities, they end up doing all the production work, because “nobody else knows how to do it”. A paradox where people with less knowledge of the profession (technical, creative or production abilities) are put in managerial positions because they “can’t do things”, and the most capable end up being “punished” for that doing all the work (including the one that junior staff should be doing -and learning how to do it).
    It’s an unstructured environment where junior staff aspires to do project management or business development, while some principals are actively building Revit models. Very few people aspire of do design or a better architecture, as being a designer is perceived as the person who is coming in the end of the process to do the heavy production work and embellishments.
    Promotions don’t mean a salary raise nor a yearly bonus increase.


  4. "Great firm with a historic legacy and a progressive outlook"

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

    I have been working at Sasaki full-time

    Pros

    Young firm, offers full range of benefits and professional development opportunities most other firms in this industry can provide. Excellent projects and engaged leadership committed to continually improving the office culture.

    Cons

    Lots of talented people here - can be a competitive environment but that is to be expected at a firm with an international reputation like Sasaki has.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Landscape Architect"

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    Current Employee - Landscape Architect in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Landscape Architect in Watertown, MA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting, nice people. A place that offers flexible opportunities to learn, interesting presentations, and a vast array or interests.

    Cons

    Top heavy management, poor communication between upper management and staff. Poor staff retention. Unbalanced staffing between extremely heavy and extremely light workloads. Lacking in built work integrity.


  6. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    integrating work spaces, interesting pepple

    Cons

    projects mainly about institutional buildings


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Sasaki Architecture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Sasaki full-time

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. "Easy" hours. Great working ambiance with little stress.

    Cons

    Proud of being a "horizontal" structure and non-hierarchical, but in reality very top heavy. Employees have to struggle on daily basis to be given opportunities to grow and advance professionally. The firm finds lot of difficulties in creating teams and the leadership is somehow unable to clearly define and communicate roles of each team member.

  8. "Love working here!"

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    Current Employee - Landscape Designer
    Current Employee - Landscape Designer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company who values their employees. Looks to retain talent w/ work life balance. Great resources and projects.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say so far!


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great hands on experience with all phases of the design projects in a wide variety of design sectors"

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    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sasaki full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working schedules, casual and informal working atmosphere, strong focus on interdisciplinary design

    Cons

    Poor staffing strategies, continuous flow of projects with poor clients/contractors/consultants


  10. "large established firm. . . collaborative environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    initial experience was greatly positive, there are many obvious perks that are offered (yoga classes, in house art exhibits,) also many young talented designers who work here

    Cons

    the firm is a long standing establishment with over 200 employees, change and flexible structure is not something that happens quickly

    Advice to Management

    suggestions would include less structured presentations/meetings and more simplified conversations addressing the firm's vision/ design/ goals


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