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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Reviews

Updated January 20, 2019
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Pros
  • "great projects and very talented people" (in 18 reviews)

  • "very friendly environment and you can learn a lot" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours and upper management can give the impression you are easily replaceable" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Work life balance was really bad" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Scale of projects, international travel, quality of people

    Cons

    Limited staff availability for staffing projects


  2. "Part-time urban design intern"

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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 part-time

    Pros

    It was a very good experience - the design team is very professional and productive.

    Cons

    The communications between difference branches are not always productive.

  3. "Architect"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Projects, great resources, intelligent colleagues

    Cons

    Work-life balance, salary, growth opportunities


  4. "Good place to gain a solid understanding of the industry, culture needs work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Architectural Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Architectural Professional in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of experts and if you seek it a lot of opportunity for learning. They are starting to care more about culture and mentorship, at least they are trying....

    Cons

    No diversity within leadership. Depending on the team, hours can be long. The split between "design" and "technical" doesn't make sense for an individual's personal growth. Some managers are more focused on their own promotion than helping develop juniors on their team.

    Advice to Management

    Promote women and people of color. Invest in your people through mentorship and $.


  5. "Architectural Professional"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architectural Professional in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun projects. Colleagues are professional.

    Cons

    Working long hours. No life.


  6. "Mandarin Translator is not a job but a test if your supervisors like you or not"

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    Former Employee - Mandarin Translator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Mandarin Translator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, benefits are great, downtown Chicago location, flexible hours and work at home is possible.

    Cons

    It’s all about favoritism and nothing to do with professionalism. The other mandarin translators are there for over 10 years and they thought they can say or do whatever they want since nobody can speak Mandarin or the Chinese partner is too busy to deal with HR stuff. I can’t believe one translator worked as Chinese and English for 14 years has no idea about content this word in English. But they need to cover their limitations and mistakes up in order to stay there.

    Advice to Management

    It is not okay to lie or promise that you say it takes 1-3 years to be able to work independently and after 2 months you find a better translator and deny all your promises.


  7. "Not bad, not great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great projects, well known company

    Cons

    Workload, little room to advance

  8. "Great work and people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting design work that is always cutting edge and pushing the boundaries of the architectural industry.

    Cons

    Long hours and upper management can give the impression you are easily replaceable.


  9. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome place to work with talented people

    Cons

    slightly boring sometimes, but overall good


  10. "Architectural Intern"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architectural Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    SOM has a great intern program with a lot of activities and lunch and learns.
    The digital library has a lot of resources for learning on your own time.
    Colleagues are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Your work is based on your studio so if your studio is busy you might be displaced for a while. The office is on the more stressed side of architectural offices.