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SmithGroupJJR Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Every other Friday off during the summer to encourage work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • The office has an excellent reputation and wins a lot of work, making it a more stable work environment than many other offices (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • There is some politicking within the office, which is unfortunate (in 2 reviews)

  • Hard to get constructive upper management input (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Intermediate Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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

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    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "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


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  5. "Site Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Good place to retire"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "BIM Technologist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SmithGroupJJR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Life balance is great with 15 to 16 additional days (Fridays), access to recent technologies: VR/3D printing, 3D Laser Scanning.

    Cons

    Very long wait for promotion. very vertical decision making. Old fashion not listing enough to under 30 years old designers.

    Advice to Management

    Delegation of decision will make better buy-in especially from entry level staff. Too many "chefs", decision to implement new technology should go case bt case or project by project don't try to implement new technologies right away on a national level it will fail.


  8. "Experience May Vary"

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

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time (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. Internal mentoring program and support for taking exams from cohort of others in that position.

    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 2 years as senior/top level retire and others move up. This may play a role in the lack of mobility or help to the lower level staff as leadership figures out their roles.

    Advice to Management

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


  9. "Internal Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Treats all of their staff great

    Cons

    Large company and change happens slow


  10. "Excellent firm, culture, and people"

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

    I have been working at SmithGroupJJR full-time (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.


  11. "Great place to work for in Detroit"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect I in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Architect I in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great firm, it is a multinational corporation, it is 160 years old firm, it's one of the top 10 firms in America, have great people, lot of great work, has many departments for wide range of work, one of the best internship programs, 15 extra holidays due to the (some) Friday off rules-- great for work-life balance

    Cons

    Big firm so slightly slow during hiring, except internship, bureaucratic due to the size of the firm

    Advice to Management

    Check on people at higher posts should be made from time to time based on other junior employees reviews- some of them do not deserve to be there.


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