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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Reviews

Updated July 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Lots of great projects around the World" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Learn a lot in a rather chaotic environment, but lots of talented people work there" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours are a regular occurence" (in 39 reviews)

  • "Terribile company wide culture, no support from upper management for work-life balance" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "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. "Architectural Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    No overtime for interns!

    Cons

    Sometimes lack of work

  3. "Junior Architect"

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    Current Employee - Junior Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Architect in New York, NY
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have a lot of chances to learn. People works there are really professional and efficient.

    Cons

    A lot of late hours. Hard to get promoted.


  4. "Stable but lack leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    SOM is an environment that is forgiving to those who would like to grow their skill sets and can provide a stable career if you are comfortable with the status quo. The company does impressive work and the name is very well recognized.

    Cons

    There is a significant lack of leadership from the top down that creates a very stagnant environment for anyone who is not a designer or architect. There is little accountability and a lot of politics to navigate. No 401k match and the profit sharing is laughable.


  5. "SOM West Coast"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, convenient location, small architecture studios.

    Cons

    Boring, quiet office culture, hierarchy, outdated furniture and thinking in regards to company culture, bathrooms are terrible.


  6. "Great company- bad recruitment and training"

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    Former Employee - Finance Resource Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Finance Resource Coordinator in Chicago, IL
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work, excellent resources, excellent salary and benefits

    Cons

    I was recruited under poor circumstances and training could not bridge the gap. To this day, I suspect the temp agency "fluffed" my resume, to get me a job I was not qualified for. I sat at a desk doing absolutely nothing for a week and a half, then I was hired full time. As training began (around week 3) my manager seemed shocked that I did not have accounting or office experience. I remained honest about my education and experience, and the more information my manager got, the more we realized I should not have this job. I was let go, and never worked with the temp-agency-that-shall-remained-unnamed again. I'm still surprised that no one at such a large firm checked to see if the resume the temp agency sent was at all accurate. I'm also surprised that no one asked my about my education or experience in the interview process. I was applying for temporary accounting-assistant roles with openly searchable resumes, if anyone had googled my name, they would know my experience and education instantly. I was not ready or qualified to be a staff accountant. I hope they've updated and gotten an HR person who can at least look candidates up on LinkedIn (or ask the candidate these "boring" questions).

    Advice to Management

    Be more intentional in recruitment and training.


  7. "ambitious professional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great projects and very talented people

    Cons

    hours can be long and there is sometimes a lack of proper planning

    Advice to Management

    develop and communicate a consistent point of view

  8. "SOM New York"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architectural Professional in New York, NY
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Professional Development
    Networking
    Licensure support
    Software education
    Clear metrics to promotions
    Colleagues are experts in field
    Organized office

    Cons

    Micro-managed
    Corporate clients
    Gender disparity at leadership roles
    Lack of pay transparency
    Long hours with no overtime
    Formal environment
    Not enough cultural or community projects


  9. "Big office big projects"

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    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Get to work on large scale projects all over the world. Have access to many architects in the firm with vast technical knowledge.

    Cons

    Typical large firm issues as with any field. There is always a lack of enough resources for each project. Projects are demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Urge upper management to attract and maintain good talented architects, push for more social events and more space in the office to eat, snack.


  10. "Positive"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
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    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional, most of the employee in the office are really reliable and resourceful.

    Cons

    Old school design approach, and bad life balance


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