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Pros
  • "great projects and very talented people(in 19 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 18 reviews)

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  1. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Structural Engineer Intern 
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Free and motivating working environment & culture. They really care interns! My tutor was a patient and knowledgable person who was willing to give me a lot of good guidance.

    Cons

    Their structural department in some offices are not quite large. I hope more positions can be added to improve the circulation.

  2. "SOM Chicago"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Professional in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Professional staff and significant projects, from which you'll learn a lot. Great location and health package.

    Cons

    Hard work most of the time, but that's expected in architecture and corporate world.

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    "Interesting projects, talented staff"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    SOM has opportunities to design projects of all size and scales in all parts of the world. The greatest asset is the talented and dedicated staff. Mentoring is prominent and younger staff has all the abilities to contribute extensively to the design process

    Cons

    It is common to work extensive hours on nights and weekends.

  4. "Good environment, reasonable working hours"

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    Former Employee - Intern 

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

    Pros

    Good environment, reasonable working hours

    Cons

    You are part of the large engine

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Three year reflection"

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

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    smart, hard-working staff. many notable commissions

    Cons

    staff needs wax and wane, creating a long term sense of hire and fire

    Advice to Management

    revise and rebuild the partnership system. it is dated and no longers is a viable way to run a business.

  6. "Great Design, Long Hours"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, creative and professional colleagues

    Cons

    Long hours, limited upward mobility

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Mediocre would be an overstatement"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Professional in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    I'll let you know when I have one

    Cons

    Overabundance of talented staff, however they aren't utilized, mentored, trained or valued. They have a yearly "Normalization" in which senior staff literally takes 3 days to put the pictures of all intermediate and junior staff on the wall (behind closed doors) and simply pick off the ones they don't like. Your reviews are based on opportunities you aren't given. They over-project workload, so they perform massive...

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    Advice to Management

    Move aside and let the new generation learn and contribute. Remember that you too at one point needed the opportunity to prove yourself. Get a grip and realize that the best offices are diverse and interesting, comprised of people from multiple backgrounds. Try defining your values before asserting to have any. There's a reason why no one in their right mind actually likes working here.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Free coffee Great location Nice security guards

    Cons

    HORRIBLE Management! Rude to women No growth potential HR is terrible Outdated systems and policies No culture

    Advice to Management

    Change is needed to have a great culture! Open your minds to new talent. Bring in young Partners!

  9. Helpful (5)

    "Routine Layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice and friendly staff.

    Cons

    Do NOT expect to grow at the SOM LA. I recently witnessed them let go of at least 10 people within 2 months in their LA office without notice. It was obvious they knew they would be laying people off a month or more in advance, but do not give any notice to employees. They will use you up to the very last minute before they lay you off without notice, at which point they treat you like you’re going to steal files from...

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Architect"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Great Projects, great resources, intelligent colleagues

      Cons

      Work-life balance, salary, growth opportunities

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