Small office feel with all the resources of a large (huge) company
Project Architect (Current Employee) – Baltimore, MD – June 9, 2018
Gensler has made me value the importance of a positive work environment. They promote company culture, but having knowledgable and supportive co-workers makes the biggest difference. There is plenty of room to advance, particularly for those on the technical side. The Baltimore office lost several senior staff to other cities during a relatively recent down turn, but has been built back up and is positioned to grow. Initial pay is on the lower end, but they are generous with annual salary adjustments and semi annual bonuses for high performers.
The stigma is that you will be overworked and underpaid, but that is not an entirely fair assessment for all of the offices. The company is unique in that you are free to look over project revenue plans and will be aware of everyone's billing rate, which makes you very conscience of how your project is performing. There is pressure to keep billing down, but overtime is paid. It is your choice to work additional hours if needed and your responsibility to communicate that to your PM. You should never feel forced to put in time that isn't compensated (unless you volunteer for one of the pro bono projects, but that's another story...)
Overall a very positive work experience. There are plenty of perks you probably won't be used to receiving at other firms. I suppose the one downside is their workplace efficiency and how that will impact your physical work space. Be ready to have minimal desk space and get cozy with your neighbor.