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Ok firm
Project Accountant (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CANovember 4, 2018
It was an ok firm/office. The company has a very strong benefits package. The management in LA is not the best. They are weak leaders and with minimal management experience. They do not treat employees the best. Many non-exempt employees work OT with no compensation as this is the norm.
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Benefits
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Working
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Productive and friendly environment
Project Architect, Assistant Project Manager (Former Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 11, 2018
I had the opportunity to work on exciting projects in close collaboration with the leadership within the firm.
I grew professionally and gained necessary knowledge and tools in my career.
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Good place
Freelancer (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 14, 2018
As a freelancer my contact to Gensler is not the same as a direct employee so it is difficult to gauge the environment and culture. The interaction I do have has been enjoyable and seems to have a very high level of employees.
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Stellar Collection of Designers, but be prepared to work alot
Project Accountant (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAAugust 6, 2018
I really liked the work Gensler did, the clients, and the benefits. But the staff has alot of diva types making the support jobs harder. Be prepared to learn alot and work very hard/ long hours. Bonus day is cool but all that work may come at intangible costs. Difficult to permeate the culture and get into the associate level unless you already fit the culture.
Pros
Bonus day! Great reputation. High visibility.
Cons
Insular culture of perfection, workloads in excess of 40 hours/week, impossibly high expectations.
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Productive and fun environment. Nice offices. Many opportunities for extracurricular activities.
Senior Project Designer (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXJuly 25, 2018
Gensler is the dream employer of many commercial designers and architects.

Vendors bend over backwards to work with you/have their products specified.

Professional practice provides perfect learning environment for procedures for running a design-build project. Process is of utmost importance.
Pros
High profile projects. Many vendor lunches provided with required CEU classes free of charge.
Cons
Rather insecure as Gensler frequently waxes and wanes in staffing
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Great Company
Designer Intern (Former Employee) –  Oakland, CAJuly 5, 2018
Great Company!

Alot of team building exercises. Great community to work for, and has alot to offer young architectural intern and designers.

Would love to work for them at my home town.
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Interior Designer (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJune 12, 2018
Gensler was a very innovative place to work with a friendly work enviroment. There was a lot of support for questions and it was very team oriented. The management at Gensler was great - an open door policy type of environment. Teh most enjoyable part of the job was the creative design work.
Pros
Great project work.
Cons
Someitmes very long hours.
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Forward thinking Global firm that's committed to diversity
Digital Content Consultant (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCJune 10, 2018
Gensler's core values are respect, commitment and passion. Their spectacular growth and dominance in the field of design and architecture is little surprise when one has the opportunity to work with them.
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Small office feel with all the resources of a large (huge) company
Project Architect (Current Employee) –  Baltimore, MDJune 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.
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Stay way from this venomous firm
Studio Assistant (Former Employee) –  Oakland, CAJune 2, 2018
Unless you are an actual architect, you are not treated with much respect and usually not spoken to unless they need something. Then, you're their friend.
An atmosphere where bullying, vindictiveness and back stabbing is common place. Management micro manages you and then says you don't make enough decisions by yourself. Bosses that tell you what kind of cleaning supplies to use because almost everything irritates their nose. If the dishwasher doesn't wash the dishes because someone left their coffee in it for 4 days, it's your fault.
If you don't twist the snack containers and separate them, you will be reprimanded because the Adults can't do this for themselves?? See a trend here?
Oh, and being let go but not before you train your replacement.
Pros
Free vendor lunches
Cons
Snotty management
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Blind Leading the Blind
Employee (Current Employee) –  CaliforniaMay 15, 2018
Weak leadership even at the highest levels.
Smoke and mirrors.
Denies issues exist.
Culture is only worth the paper on which it is printed.
Work life balance does not exist.
Egos galore.
Self serving agendas.
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Best managed Architectural company in the world
Hospitality Studio Director (Former Employee) –  San Ramon, CAApril 26, 2018
Hired to develop a hospitality studio. Marketing. Leading small team on various hotel and restaurant projects.

Daily staff AM meetings to walk thru staffs tasks and objectives. Review updated work and lead on the progress and design concepts.

Daily Informal discussions with office principle.

Gensler is very strong on self promotion/marketing. So we seek out opportunities via research.

In addition, push to get into national publications and awards.

The working environment is relaxed and open. No private offices, simple computer work stations, and break out sitting areas.
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Great People - But Too Much Outsourcing
Strategic Sourcing Specialist (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAApril 12, 2018
I love this company's mission and its life saving medicines. The culture is quite collaborative and most of the employees are great folk. Since Hoffman-La Roche took over, however, the funding makes it difficult to pay the contractors well. Also, there is too much outsourcing.
Pros
Great food, collaborative culture, great products
Cons
Not competitive pay and too much outsourcing.
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Good learning and working environment
Project Architect / Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXApril 5, 2018
Gensler is a great place to work, especially if in the first ten years of your career. There are hard-working talented people and it is a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Pros
learning environment
Cons
long hours
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Excellent place to work
Accounting Clerk (Former Employee) –  Dallas, TX 75240March 5, 2018
They were very helpful when I needed something. Nice environment. And they are very nice people to be around. My mom help me to get on at this job and they treated me with dignity and respect
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Ok place to work if you are not looking to grow
Studio Manager (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCFebruary 26, 2018
Growth opportunities are only for architect/design focused employees. Other than that enjoy your position you are in and just expect to grow within that
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Very corporate
Project Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAFebruary 21, 2018
There were a lot of perks and the company too care of you as and employee. Was a little to big and corporate for my personal taste. Able to work with a high level of talent so you can learn a lot.
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Alot of work not enough time
Project Accountant (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAFebruary 6, 2018
Work becomes very stressful at times due to a high volume of projects with deadlines to meet. Becomes overwhelming keeping up with demands from clients, consultants, design managers and management.
Pros
Macromanaged
Cons
Too much work not enough time
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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
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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.
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