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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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  • May have to spend some long hours (in 31 reviews)

  • work life balance is terrible, stressful hierarchical environment, too many meetings, low morale in office overall (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Architectural Deisgner"

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Big firm, interesting projects, some of the top talents.

    Cons

    Some really bad employees not being fired.


  2. "Too much politics"

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

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

    Pros

    Massive company with great projects. Pioneers in the industry. Looks good on the resume.

    Cons

    Significant layoffs and turnover from talented employees that are too independent in their thinking. They get eliminated, forced out or simply leave. A great place to keep your thoughts to yourself and follow the crowd. Not a place to make friends. Advancement is slow and not guaranteed. A place full of baby boomers, disconnected from today's workplace culture. Very little value for the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more. You have a great company with a bad culture, aim to foster a desire among employees to want to stay with your company.


  3. "Can you survive for more than 1 year?"

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

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

    Pros

    Great designs, big name, it would look wonderful in your resume.

    Cons

    Not a lot of pay for a lot of hours. Also very hierarchical.


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  5. "simple"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    very smart people, challenging work, high caliber projects

    Cons

    corporate office culture, slow and resistant to change

    Advice to Management

    allow for more creativity


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    "Excellent Experience at a High Price"

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    Current Employee - Architect Level E in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architect Level E in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good firm to start a career, learn the basics of design and built a strong resume. The work is challenging and of a high profile, giving credibility to one's resume. Everyone is highly intelligent, knowledgeable of the work they do, hardworking and professional in every way.

    Cons

    The firm is primarily a business dedicated to making money for the partners and higher management at the expense of everything and everyone. Design comes second and employees come last. Overtime is expected, encouraged and never compensated, except at the entry level. Entry level personnel is encouraged to "shave off" overtime hours and is quickly "promoted." Management prefers hiring foreign workers because they tend to tolerate a harsher working environment, a lower pay, have little life outside work, and tend to quit less. Turnover is high since people get burned out quickly and leave, unless they are on H1B visas.

    Advice to Management

    Base project staffing needs and milestone deadlines on realistic expectations rather than maximum profit. Consult those on the "trenches" before finalizing proposals. Good design is not done in excel.


  7. "Architectural intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very great to begin as an intern architect in such a famous architecture firm. Other employee are talented

    Cons

    I don't have any cons yet because I have just started 3 weeks ago

    Advice to Management

    Any advice to give at this stage !


  8. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Structural Engineering Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Structural Engineering Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects, great office atmosphere

    Cons

    Long hours, Not very good entry level salaries


  9. "Great Engineering place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment for innovation. Very Engineering kind of workplace but with a dash of architects and designers mixed in

    Cons

    May have to spend some long hours


  10. "Great place to learn but not for stay long"

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    Former Employee - Architect Level D in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architect Level D in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome location - Wall St
    Good Salary, compare to small architecture design company
    Work with very smart and capable people

    Cons

    Bad working hours, overtime a lot
    Bad company culture, people don't say hi to each other when meeting at office corridor
    Project are always similar type, and with a tight schedule
    Company structure is very hierarchical, a lot levels to climb!


  11. "Architecture Intern"

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

    Pros

    If you like design, it is a place to go

    Cons

    too much overtime works to do



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