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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Managing Partner, San Francisco Gene Schnair
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Pros
  • My working experience at SOM gave me the possibility to learn a lot, working on very interesting projects in an exciting and dynamic environment (in 9 reviews)

  • Lots of great projects around the World (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, Not very good entry level salaries (in 34 reviews)

  • work life balance is terrible, stressful hierarchical environment, too many meetings, low morale in office overall (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great Internship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great working environment. Great resources and experts from diverse fields.
    Many lectures and events for interns. Great overtime pay

    Cons

    Little bit too systematic. Very competitive atmosphere


  2. "SOM"

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    Current Employee - PR Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PR Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, wide variety of projects. Very credible firm to work for.

    Cons

    Corporate, traditional, un-imaginative offices.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Brilliant Architects But Too Overworked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work on amazing projects with super smart people

    Cons

    work, work and more work, environment not conducive to comfort or collaboration.


  4. "Fine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fast paced. Lots of talented people

    Cons

    Can be anonymous. Long Hours


  5. "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experienced wonderful jobs and met some truly amazing people

    Cons

    Lots of work and responsibility


  6. "SOM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    large scale inter national projects

    Cons

    large company with a corporate feel


  7. "Design"

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

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

    Pros

    Great projects and highly intelligent colleagues. Always work to focus on. Travel to great places. Would recommend to upcoming and designers looking to learn the industry.

    Cons

    Constant pace. Easy to burn out. Challenging work life balance. Pace of task assignments is constant. Difficult to comprehend direction at times.

    Advice to Management

    Increase staffing and don't hire to project.

  8. "Dedicated company"

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    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn a lot in a rather chaotic environment, but lots of talented people work there

    Cons

    mis-use of talent and strict work environment

    Advice to Management

    better time and task management


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not impressed"

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

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

    Pros

    - Good co-workers
    - Great legacy

    Cons

    - Mediocre commissions
    - Innovation is non-existent
    - Top heavy
    - Extremely political
    - Talent either leaves or is laid off

    Advice to Management

    Develop a clear vision that lives up to your legacy.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "What you would expect"

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

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

    Pros

    - steady corporate atmosphere
    - some change is in the air and will be in the air soon once some older partners retire

    Cons

    - out of date design methodologies, causing inefficiencies and simplicity that can now be easily avoided by technology
    - office is on wall street, so you constantly have to deal with tourists when walking in and out of the office
    - seem to penny-pinch a little too much for such a large company, for example: turning off air conditioning / heating when official office hours are over or on weekends, causing it to be uncomfortably warm on late nights working overtime.
    - no alcohol at most company events

    Advice to Management

    - re-evaluate company culture to help incentivise recruitment of younger, more innovative talent


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