Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Reviews

Updated Aug 12, 2020

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  • "there are often long hours and clients can be difficult(in 55 reviews)

  • "Poor work/ life balance on the architectural side of things(in 29 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "architect"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Architect 

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

    Pros

    professional and have more opportunities building big projects

    Cons

    hours might be a concern

  2. "good working environment, nice people"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working experience is nice and people are friendly

    Cons

    good salary and good environment


  3. "Good firm, Old School Ways"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Architectural Assistant 

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time

    Pros

    SOM has the reputation to attract some of the best talent in the industry, so there is the advantage of working with extremely competent and knowledgable peers. Building your portfolio here should be no problem. Working on projects with those in leadership positions is inspiring.

    Cons

    Take into consideration the company culture and whether that aligns with you as a designer. Old school hierarchy, working long hours, low pay compared to other firms, etc. Partners & principals seemed unapproachable. There are typically zero perks when it comes to what you see at other companies these days, which actually does make a difference in building employee morale.

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  4. "amazing high-profile projects VS heavy workload"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time

    Pros

    great projects. awesome talents. nice working environment

    Cons

    bad work/life balance. management needs to improve

  5. "Work on amazing projects"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Urban Designer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    amazing international experience and ability to work on a wide range of projects

    Cons

    there are often long hours and clients can be difficult

  6. "You get out what you put in"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Architectural Professional in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work on high profile projects along very smart people

    Cons

    If you’re not lucky, you can be stuck on some mindless uninteresting work. Otherwise same problems as the industry overall, long hours with relatively low pay.

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  7. "Good Work Experience"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on large projects and learn

    Cons

    Office politics, dysfunctional leadership, low morale in office

  8. "Talented people, positive environment, very good projects"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Urban Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great projects and smart colleagues; very collaborative and open working environment; dedicated and professional spirits; lots of learning opportunities across different departments.

    Cons

    long hours; deadline pressure; fixed on some certain old ways of doing things

  9. "good company to gain experience"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time

    Pros

    exposed to projects at divergent scales

    Cons

    office polities and the working culture are pretty disappointing

  10. "Special occupation for engineers"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great projects and talented architects

    Cons

    Relying on Asian market too much, too much schematic design work, not enough local and CD work.

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