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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Managing Partner, San Francisco Gene Schnair
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Pros
  • My working experience at SOM gave me the possibility to learn a lot, working on very interesting projects in an exciting and dynamic environment (in 9 reviews)

  • Lots of great projects around the World (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, Not very good entry level salaries (in 35 reviews)

  • work life balance is terrible, stressful hierarchical environment, too many meetings, low morale in office overall (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great company - your potential is what you make it."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    SOM is what you make it to be. There are amazing and brilliant minds here. You will learn quite a bit in a short time. If you are not driven, detail oriented, and direct, this is not the place for you. Gorgeous offices and they truly take great care of their employees with compensation.

    Cons

    The hours can be exhausting, but that is the industry we work in. The projects are large and sometimes there can be a disconnect between departments.


  2. "Structural Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time

    Pros

    The projects are really good!

    Cons

    Nothing, I just love my job.

  3. "Chicago Architect Level D"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer Level D in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer Level D in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Able to work on important projects from all over the world,
    High quality of building documentation,
    Full of talents in the technical side of architecture,
    Good design presentation quality

    Cons

    Intense long unpaid overtime, unsubstainable work culture, lesser and lesser projects.
    Population had drastically decreased since 5years ago, unable to grow business...
    Annual pay raise increases had in general throughout the Chicago office decreases.

    Advice to Management

    Do you intend to grow the business?


  4. "Great Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great working environment. Great resources and experts from diverse fields.
    Many lectures and events for interns. Great overtime pay

    Cons

    Little bit too systematic. Very competitive atmosphere


  5. Helpful (1)

    "It's a good place to learn industry standards"

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    Current Employee - Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a good place to learn industry standards

    Cons

    you do not get to design much other than making sure things align.
    The company has extremely rigid 'style'.

    Advice to Management

    don't be afraid to design something new. please. you're killing our souls.


  6. "SOM"

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    Current Employee - PR Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PR Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, wide variety of projects. Very credible firm to work for.

    Cons

    Corporate, traditional, un-imaginative offices.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Brilliant Architects But Too Overworked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time

    Pros

    Work on amazing projects with super smart people

    Cons

    work, work and more work, environment not conducive to comfort or collaboration.

  8. "Fine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced. Lots of talented people

    Cons

    Can be anonymous. Long Hours


  9. "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Experienced wonderful jobs and met some truly amazing people

    Cons

    Lots of work and responsibility


  10. "SOM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time

    Pros

    large scale inter national projects

    Cons

    large company with a corporate feel


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