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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Reviews

Updated April 17, 2018
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Managing Partner, San Francisco Gene Schnair
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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)

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  1. "SOM New York"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architectural Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architectural Professional in New York, NY
    Recommends
    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


  2. "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

  3. "Big office big projects"

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    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    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.


  4. "Positive"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    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


  5. "Overworked and no culture."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits, great core team.

    Cons

    Terribile company wide culture, no support from upper management for work-life balance.


  6. "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


  7. "Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The variety of work the firm takes on is broad, both in scale and program, from small-scale cultural or education to large-scale commercial, aviation, or mixed-use. People generally don't specialize in any particular project type, so you aren't doing the same project over and over again. Peers are motivated and intelligent.

    Cons

    Hours can be unpredictable and demanding, primarily because the firm has set high expectations for its work and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Salaries for junior to mid-level staff should be more competitive.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "DESIGNER"

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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

    Comfort environment and cool collegues

    Cons

    Big company, not much design

    Advice to Management

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  9. "Architectural Designer"

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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

    Opportunity to work many skyscrapers

    Cons

    too much over time work


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - international work portfolio
    - challenging projects
    - iconic projects

    Cons

    - Very old school management
    - very resistant to a fair profit sharing. basically 90% of profit goes to partners and 10% for the remixing 600 individuals. Essentially, any one below Director level, gets an Ice Cream.

    Advice to Management

    - Embrace the change and share profit more fairly. the workforce are huge part of the successfull SOM work portfolio.


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