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Updated March 29, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed bag at Sasaki"

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    Former Employee - Planner in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Planner in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, fun and relaxed office culture

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities; management not transparent

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to employee advancement and overall wellness. Though nice, office perks like espresso makers don't replace work-life balance


  2. "asdfadf"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sasaki full-time

    Pros

    dynamic good friendly busy good

    Cons

    underpaid unorganized boring nice nice

  3. Helpful (3)

    "urban designer"

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    Former Employee - Urban Designer
    Former Employee - Urban Designer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sasaki full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    creative work environment, projects and people. diverse team structure.
    big name in the states, has good international reputation

    Cons

    office is too far from the city, bad management, no supervisor/mentor system, may stuck with repetitive work for a long time, and the principals don't appreciate criticism.

    Advice to Management

    should be as creative as the firm may appear so, more cares on employees growth than principals' personal achevemnet


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Ship is sinking for senior staff that care about how the place used to be ..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great teams and people to work with. Our client focus is the ideal when trying to collaborate. Great benefits, and an amazing office to work in with great human & physical resources.

    Cons

    The office has not been listening to our clients. And this is reflecting on the projects we are loosing to other companies that do listen. This is fostering a culture that everyone is replaceable and not really key to the success of the firm. Collaboration happens in silos, and not across the firm as advertised.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people and try to retain them by giving respect, opportunities and salary before they are ready and decided to leave.


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "limited opportunities at a prestigious firm"

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    Former Employee - Landscape Architect in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Landscape Architect in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice work environment in a beautiful location, diverse and peremier projects from all over the world

    Cons

    strange office environment, some of the terrible people tend to dominate the atmosphere , though most of the people are nice and helpful.

    Advice to Management

    should be smart in telling what is the most important and what is not important in implementing work, and should encouraging the passion of their fellow coworkers and

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Use to be a good, respectable place. Seems to be struggling with recovery and leadership."

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Watertown, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of great people to work with at a social and professional level. Good benefits package. Great commitment to sustainability work. Excellent commuter benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of competitive salaries. Far too many partners (40+) for the size of the firm (240). A divide has formed between the older and younger partners. Morale is low due to ongoing layoffs, lack of work, and poor leadership. Layoffs were expected in 2009 and 2010 due to the economy, but a few weeks after a company meeting in 2011 where they said no more layoffs they laid off about a dozen more people. Other firms appear to be recovering in the Boston area (hiring) while things remain flat at Sasaki. People are really beginning to question management, just not directly.

    Advice to Management

    Since the CEO is retiring the idea of leading the company by committee is certain death. The partners have always had difficulty agreeing and for some reason they think it is going to work to run the company by committee.


  9. "Lots of potential"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Watertown, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interdisciplinary firm
    Pleasant people
    Nice work environment
    Great firm legacy
    Huge potential

    Cons

    Lack of unification at top levels of management
    Too top heavy

    Advice to Management

    Leverage design talent through career development opportunities.
    Hire more design leaders and less management leaders.


  10. "Seen better days"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to a lot of different projects types and locations
    Friendly work atmosphere and activities
    Competitive benefits and pay
    Nice co-workers

    Cons

    The path to career advancement is not very clear or consistent
    Projects overall are pretty average for a national firm
    Long hours
    Increasingly dreary with frequent layoffs, lack of work, and the poor economy.

    Advice to Management

    Too top heavy. There are way too many principals. The firm's legacy has been built on creating world class landscape design, but there is little to show. The international practice remains a very small sector of the firm, with little work outside planning. Seems like a missed opportunity.


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