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SmithGroupJJR Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Every other Friday off during the summer to encourage work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • The Ann Arbor office is full of great people (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Big firm, stodgy, very political (in 2 reviews)

  • management is not very organized and systematic compared to top design firm (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Architect"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great people.

    Cons

    nothing much to say for cons


  2. "systemic concerns"

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

    I worked at SmithGroupJJR full-time (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 Detroit office also lacks a healthcare studio so there is no ability to collaborate, mentor or learn beyond the office. Detroit and local clients in general are entrenched in a dated culture; a vestige of the auto industry, thus career growth is stifled. Overall, low Detroit wages and cost of living arguments don't justify working for national firm. Limited career growth and awkward office organization remain concerning. I left as other firms came calling offering recognition, collaboration and better pay.

    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 The organization of planning vs architecture is outdated and will continue to suffer from staff turnover.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.

  3. "Good working environment, OK place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great community
    Nice people
    Good work culture
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Not much direction
    You need to look for projects to get assigned with something


  4. "Senior Graphic Designer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The firm promoted a generally fun, casual environment. There was lots of conversation, good technology support, and open lines to mid-management.

    Cons

    No room for professional growth in my non-architectural professional position. The firm had became very large and corporate.

    Advice to Management

    If the goal is to preserve status quo and protect stock holders, than they are doing the right, conservative thing. If they are interested in bucking trends and creating something new and progressive, then they need to inject a spirit of entrepreneurism into the works.


  5. "Intermediate Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Intermediate Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Intermediate Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to grow
    Professional Interviewing process
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Every job has its cons, nothing that really stands out


  6. "good company"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    people are nice. Projects are interesting.

    Cons

    No enough parking space for everyone


  7. "Downward Trend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SmithGroupJJR full-time

    Pros

    Has/had a good reputation
    Decent benefits (like Fridays off)
    Some good people
    Treat women well for the most part (many are able to rise up in the company)

    Cons

    People tend to get put in positions for which they don't have the proper experience
    Healthcare area seems to be getting weaker; not doing enough to bring in experienced people
    Design quality lacking; focus on more on project delivery - even if it means doing mediocre work.
    Limited opps for rising beyond a certain level

    Advice to Management

    Bring in experienced people, particularly for design. Increase mentoring of junior staff is those are the people you expect to be your next-generation leaders.

  8. "Depends on you"

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

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities if you want them, always working to improve

    Cons

    overall, no fatal flaws, there are things to improve

    Advice to Management

    Keep striving to be the best


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to retire"

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

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR 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


  10. "Site Designer"

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    Current Employee - Site Designer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Site Designer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, flexible hours, interesting projects, lots of professional development opportunties

    Cons

    Very corporate culture, not very diverse


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