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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Reviews

Updated December 30, 2017
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Managing Partner, San Francisco Gene Schnair
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Pros
  • If you meet good supervisor, you can learn a lot (in 9 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Long hours, Not very good entry level salaries (in 36 reviews)

  • work life balance is terrible, stressful hierarchical environment, too many meetings, low morale in office overall (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Professional and Fast-Paced"

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

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment
    Partners are professional
    Interesting projects
    Outstanding office environment

    Cons

    Working 24/7
    Heavy deadlines
    Internal employee concerns mismanaged

    Advice to Management

    Work with each employees to ensure happiness in their role. Give space for employees to share how SOM can do better internally.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Architectural Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architectural Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, resources, some great people and leaders

    Cons

    too much hierarchy, poor outdated management, unrealistic deadlines

    Advice to Management

    You are overworking your employees... in addition, culture needs a lot of work. I've encountered many Harvey Weinstein-esque guys in the office..

  3. "Structural Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Structural Engineer
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good big projects
    - Interaction with in-house architects
    - Freedom to do coordination with architects and other disciplines
    - Focus on research, optimization in the projects

    Cons

    - Politics in senior management (starting from associate level)
    - No overtime and working hours are really long.
    - Associates/directors sometime are not respectful to junior engineers.

    Advice to Management

    - Try to make the environment less stressful


  4. "SOM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Prestigious firm, enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    Felt like a cog-let in a (very large) wheel.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Slave labor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    personal loyalties and many amazing staff

    Cons

    Underappreciated junior staff and potential. Difficult job growth within firm.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Corrupt. Horrible Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brilliant colleagues. Interesting projects. Descent salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Management is awful. Zero retention. Highly political. Toxic culture. Unqualified, snarly, nasty, arrogant, deceitful and disrespectful management with no values. Meloncohly environment.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.


  7. "Learn very few at Interiors"

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    Former Employee - Interiors Architect (Level C) in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Interiors Architect (Level C) in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company’s reputation brand your resume. Recommend for junior architects or designers to join. You can meet talented people here.

    Cons

    You have to learn by yourself. Everyone else seems busy all day. Partners are not that involved in project design phase.

  8. "Senior specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice projects and people. Some nice management people.

    Cons

    Not a great working environment but not too bad


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

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    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.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Horrible place to work - the absolute worst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Okay benefits and salary

    Cons

    Worst place I have ever worked. Management is terrible. The partners and majority of the directors were awful people and beyond arrogant. The admins were unqualified and terrible and the office manager at the time was both unqualified and incompetent (I assume she is retired by now). Overall terrible culture and place to work.


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