Gensler Employee Reviews

Sort by: Helpfulness | Rating | Date
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Mostly Great
Intern (Former Employee) –  New York, NYDecember 26, 2017
in early and out late
how to hustle
management needs more communication
great culture, fosters creativity
balancing work and life
supporting great staff
Was this review helpful?Yes 1NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great Experience
Project (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCDecember 13, 2017
Gensler was a great place to get experience, but the hours are very long and can be very tiring on your body after a given time. If you are looking for a challenge I recommend you to give them a chance.
Was this review helpful?Yes 1NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
A great company to be part of
Office Administrator; Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WADecember 6, 2017
Gensler as a whole is well run, and Gensler Seattle is no different. Stable and strong, it ebbs and flows better than most firms. There are many great perks to being part of the company, including it being employee owned. The teams are collaborative, and the leaders listen to the youngest hires. You also get to work in a beautiful office, while working on beautiful offices around the world with your 6000+ coworkers.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great Place to Work.
Interior Designer (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CANovember 29, 2017
Gensler is a great place to work but can be difficult to negotiate a competitive salary and advance in your career. There is a lot of due paying and a lack of trust. Depending on who you get in with as your design director and studio manager, Gensler can be the BEST place to work or just Bleh.
Was this review helpful?Yes 4NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Learned a lot
HRIS Analyst - Workday (Current Employee) –  Oakland, CASeptember 20, 2017
Interesting to work for a design firm.Love to work here. Had a chance to work with very friendly managers. Helped to learn a lot.Not too much work load.
Was this review helpful?Yes 4No 3Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Large company great staff
CATERING COORDINATOR / RECEPTIONIST (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAAugust 10, 2017
The company is very large and many of the upper management has been there for many years. They tend to look down on the newer staff, which makes it very difficult to make an advancement in your career.
Pros
Great company parties, and lots' of food
Cons
very unfriendly staff
Was this review helpful?Yes 4No 3Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Have great projects and great talented designers
Designer (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 7, 2017
The firms has top clients and many great talented designers.Firm paid overtime fee which was very good, and the best benefits to employees in the industry.
Was this review helpful?Yes 2No 4Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great Benefits, Salary may not be the best
Project Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Newport Beach CAJuly 8, 2017
Management depends on your office location. There are great benefits and there is room for growth. Salary is not always the best but there are 2 bonuses a year.
Pros
Free lunches, Happy Hours, events, bonuses
Cons
turn over of employees, salary
Was this review helpful?Yes 5NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great location and great place to work just not a great staff
Receptionist (Former Employee) –  MiamiJuly 3, 2017
Great location and great management just crowd is too young kids just out of college and very Latin America. English is not their first language and they treat you as the hired helped. They don't appreciate the American culture and see you as not an equal if they are in a seniority position. As far as amenities. THey provide food for their staff all the time, always full fridge stocked with food and drinks and they are very generous with their staff. Great environment if you can tolerate the younger crowd and the snobbish attitude of being the hired help.
Was this review helpful?Yes 3NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Best firm I ever worked at!
HR Manager (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJuly 1, 2017
Forward thinking, entrepreneurial, progressive, supportive of their employees, beautiful offices, opportunities to grow and discover many new horizons on all levels from administrative to management levels.
Pros
Everything!
Cons
Nothing
Was this review helpful?Yes 1No 2Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great people to work with, but a little unbalanced in work/life balance.
A/P SOUTHWEST REGIONAL LEAD (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJune 5, 2017
From the moment you get into work, you won't have a single free moment. This was a very high volume position that's not meant for the weak. You must be able to learn your way around the office and how they do things rather quickly. Their learning curve is not really a curve, more like a short road. Besides that, you will meet amazing people. Gensler does like to do a lot of events for its employees and shows off the work of their Architects. It's a very beautiful office and I feel with a few changes they can make in management style, this place would be the perfect workplace.
Pros
Tons of events, free snacks, great employees, and lots to learn.
Cons
No work/life balance, long work hours and poor management.
Was this review helpful?Yes 7NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Good People
PROJECT ACCOUNTANT (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 1, 2017
The people are good at Gensler but management is not consistent. The pace is fast and management couldn't get all departments and employees on the same page
Pros
Enviroment
Cons
Unprofessional fraternity enviroment
Was this review helpful?Yes 3No 1Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
great place to work
Junior Architect (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAApril 28, 2017
Gensler was my first big office job and it was great experience to work for big company and handle 50 million dollar project from day one . Thank you Gensler
Was this review helpful?Yes 3No 3Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Terrible management! No place for someone looking for mentorship!
Intermediate Architectural Designer (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXApril 18, 2017
I was an intermediate architecture at Gensler for 6 months. Ended up leaving due to the constant stress level, overtime worked, and lack of mentorship that was characteristic of the firm. If you don't want a life, then work here.
Pros
free lunches
Cons
No work/life balance, working weekends, huge management issues
Was this review helpful?Yes 13NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Good Culture and Great Office
Designer (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMarch 26, 2017
The firm has great culture and amenities, but compensation isn't what it should be. The office is huge so it's broken into several smaller studios which is nice.
Was this review helpful?Yes 5No 3Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great place to learn, but not for long. If you're looking for bad management and be overloaded with work beyond means, Gensler might be your place.
Design Manager (Current Employee) –  New JerseyFebruary 20, 2017
Currently I'm working in Gensler - and don't get me wrong - it has been a great opportunity to grow professionally, you get to be part of really big projects throughout the world, coolavorate with other offices and learn from really talente people - but, reality is another thing: behind their "One firm firm" slogan, its all about politics, over loaded/burn out employees, who are paid nothing to work even throughout weekends (most cases without getting approval to actually charge these extra hours).

As a manager I can bluntly say that Gensler sells you one idea, full of glamour and marketing talk, but be prepared to work under a lot of (infinite) pressure and stress, as most projects are really bad managed (most times offers are really low budgeted to just keep a client, or win over competition), but reality is that you most probably won't be able to keep up the amount of projects handled at once, while working with super tight fees and even lower salary.

Beyond the now and then drinks and laughs with your team - it's all about rushing. There's definitely no time for real quality or impact here (even when Gensler sells you that idea).
Pros
Learning from the best, exposure to big projects, access to top tools and software
Cons
Really low pay, no work/life balance whatsoever, bad management and employees are honestly exploited.
Was this review helpful?Yes 25NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Fun, Easy Going Supportive Environment
Facilities Office Assistant (Contract) (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILFebruary 8, 2017
My day consisted of refilling and restocking the supplies for the front kitchen and the back kitchen. For an hour and a half each day, I would also cover reception. While covering reception, I would answer phone calls, schedule meetings, reserve and check out equipment for the architects and designers. I also was in charged of ordering new office supplies and kitchen supplies. I worked as a team member with the office manager often to plan for special events or larger meetings.
Pros
Free Bagels on Monday, Great Working Environment, Friendly Associates
Was this review helpful?Yes 2NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Good for people who are just starting out
Designer (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAFebruary 5, 2017
If you are just starting in your career, you can learn a lot, but also be prepared to WORK a lot as well. There is a definite expectation for "donated" hours that are not billable. Salaries are well below the market for other design firms, and they say that your bonus will make up for it, but usually does not. The people and culture are great, and there is a shared sense of ownership in the project work.
Pros
Global design firm, so opportunity to transfer to other offices or regions. Employee owned, so you have a vested interest in making sure your projects are profitable
Cons
Very profit driven, poor work life balance, people may be pigeonholed holed into a certain role on a project team- based on their skill sets.
Was this review helpful?Yes 8No 1Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Overall good environment, lot of opportunities, talented people
Junior Designer (Former Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 4, 2017
There are plenty of opportunities to grow and gain experience. Everyone one I've come across is really nice and helpful.
Was this review helpful?Yes 1No 4Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
excellent company
Receptionist (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXFebruary 1, 2017
I was hired as a receptionist and loved every minute. It is a fast-paced work environment that requires attention to detail and professional phone courtesies. Multi-tasking is a must. Staff was fantastic. It was a pleasure to work there everyday.
Pros
lots of free food, coffee, dependable work schedule
Cons
short breaks, hard to integrate more than one associate at the front desk due to high volume
Was this review helpful?Yes 3No 6Report
Claim this company page

Want to know more about working here?

Ask a question about working or interviewing at Gensler. Our community is ready to answer.

Ask a Question

Overall rating

3.7
Based on 79 reviews
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Ratings by category

Work/Life Balance
3.3
Compensation/Benefits
3.6
Job Security/Advancement
3.3
Management
3.3
Culture
3.7