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4.3
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Mike Medici
5 Ratings
  1. "Great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Landscape Architect in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmithGroup full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, pay, and mentorship.

    Cons

    Feels like a corporate enterprise.

    SmithGroup2019-06-27
  2. "Employee of 5 years"

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    Current Employee - Architect I in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmithGroup full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Professional, great culture, great work

    Cons

    Compensation is a bit low for junior staff

    SmithGroup2019-05-24
  3. "Good"

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      Former Employee - Architect in San Francisco, CA

      I worked at SmithGroup full-time

      Pros

      Hard working employees and steady work

      Cons

      Hard to get opportunity to work on different types of projects

      SmithGroup2019-05-16
    • "Architect"

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        Current Employee - Architect III in Detroit, MI

        I have been working at SmithGroup full-time for more than 8 years

        Pros

        Challenging projects and talented colleagues

        Cons

        People tend to do only what they were hired with experience doing, not much opportunity to advance your career into new areas.

        SmithGroup2019-03-18
      • Helpful (1)

        "Balanced Operation"

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        Current Employee - Architect in East Los Angeles, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at SmithGroup full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Healthy work / life balance Office culture Retention Diversity

        Cons

        Design process can be rote and conservative Complacency Sometimes stagnant work

        Advice to Management

        Needs a little more edge in design. Generally positive levels of interaction, yet management can seem out of touch at times.

        SmithGroup2018-03-01
      • "Best Place to work at"

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        Former Employee - Architect I in Dallas, TX
        Recommends

        I worked at SmithGroup full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        They care about your growth and value.

        Cons

        Lots of travel included. Sometimes asks for overtime.

        SmithGroup2017-11-01
      • Helpful (3)

        "systemic concerns"

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        Former Employee - Architect III in Detroit, MI
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at SmithGroup full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Many of the people are friendly. Project work can be interesting depending on how you are staffed.

        Cons

        I was recruited out of state to join the firm. The position described to me was healthcare/health science higher education design & planning role. What I did not realize is that planning is siloed from architecture. This arrangement creates a internal dynamic which planners are seen as inferior and not adding value to projects. Design and planning are also physically separated creating coordination problems. The...

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        Advice to Management

        Healthcare studio leaders should consider outsourcing all healthcare planning efforts to other offices. The organization of planning vs architecture is outdated and will continue to suffer from staff turnover. Studio leaders could consider moving out of private offices and make an effort to collaborate with staff to foster growth and leadership, similar to most firms.

        SmithGroup2017-08-08
      • Helpful (1)

        "Good place to retire"

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        Current Employee - Architect I in Detroit, MI
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at SmithGroup full-time

        Pros

        fresh fruits! peace! no overtime!

        Cons

        low salary...low salary...low salary...Company plan to move...seems will have small workspace

        Advice to Management

        salary is a problem

        SmithGroup2016-12-28
      • Helpful (1)

        "Experience May Vary"

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        Current Employee - Architect II in Washington, DC
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at SmithGroup full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Overall I've had a great experience at SmithGroupJJR- great integration across offices, exciting projects and forward thinking in sustainability, modeling, and project delivery. The people are outstanding- a wide breadth of young people who make a fun atmosphere. Many opportunities to get involved outside of the office in volunteer projects or social sports teams. 8.5-hour work days = additional 15 days off per year....

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        Cons

        Upward movement is hard. A lot can depend on your specific PM/principle to advocate for you. I've ended up pigeon-holed in projects that I can't get away from. There has been high turnover in some areas due to poor management, lack of projects, or burn out because supervisors will not listen to their employees' concerns and implement changes to keep them happy. There has been a huge overhaul of management in the past...

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        Advice to Management

        Listen to your employees and make changes to keep them happy!!

        SmithGroup2016-11-22
      • "Excellent firm, culture, and people"

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        Current Employee - Architect III in San Francisco, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at SmithGroup full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Everyone is nice, great to work around good people. Flexible work schedule and good access to technology to do your job.

        Cons

        Work is siloed and project managers don't really know team is really doing. Salary is low compared to other places.

        Advice to Management

        Let more people play a real part of each project and not just the same people.

        SmithGroup2016-09-17
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