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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Reviews

Updated November 5, 2018
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Pros
  • "great projects and very talented people" (in 17 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Architects work long hours, so incorporating more perks would probably help with attracting and retaining talent" (in 41 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. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "Architect Level C"

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    Current Employee - Architect Level C in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architect Level C in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the top leading architectural firm in the world, lots of resources for new comer.

    Cons

    the coffee could be improved alot


  7. "good"

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

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

    Pros

    interesting project and intern program

    Cons

    intense working environment, overtime culture

  8. "Skidmore"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting Job. Lots of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    no 401K match or retirement plan. Management takes its administrative staff for granted


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Boot-camp for Architects"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great projects and talented coworkers, mentorship. Learn how buildings are detailed and put together. Great resources.

    Cons

    Overworked, no overtime, no bonuses, no incentives. Boy's club


  10. "Receptionist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow, good benefits, nice office

    Cons

    Very serious company. People are there to work and go home from what I have seen.


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