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Cut throat and face paced
Architecture Assistant (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CA28 June 2019
Management is very stuck in their ways and not open to new processes. People are generally just out for themselves- not a place you would want to work at if you're looking to learn and grow.
Pros
free lunch and coffee
Cons
lack of work life balance
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Everyone's Experience is Different
Studio Leader (Former Employee) –  Orange County, CA20 May 2019
The culture is not consistent across all offices and neither is their leadership. While they have incredibly designed offices their function is below par. The environment reminded me of going through the Greek system in college again. The firm urges a work life balance but is not consistent in supporting it if it conflicts with project deadlines. They are the same as any Corporate company, do not expect different because they consider themselves a boutique firm.
Pros
Compensation and industry knowledge
Cons
Dramatic Personality types through out the company makes it exhausting to work with.
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Basic benefit
NA (Former Employee) –  Hong Kong2 May 2019
Only 12 days labor holiday provided (most of Corporate in hk provide 17 days bank holiday to office staff)
Labor holiday not include Easter and Christmas.

No paid sick leave, most of corporate provide 2 day full pay sick leave per month to full time staff, Gensler didn’t.
Pros
Mnc
Cons
US based company but benefit is lower than HK local company
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Toxic Work Culture
Interior Designer (Current Employee) –  Austin, TX29 April 2019
Gensler Austin has a stiflingly oppressive work culture that perpetuates toxicity in the form of a high school melodrama. Teams and individuals are pitted against each other for projects which suppresses any form of collaboration. Leadership plays favorites and those in middle management tend to be self-serving. There are talented designers but unless they are willing to play politics, it's hard for them to get noticed and extremely easy for them to be buried.
Pros
5 years to vest; the ESOP can be lucrative.
Cons
Work environment, lack of a work-life balance, competitive and siloed culture. Poor direct supervisors and hands-off leadership.
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unhappy while there
Junior Designer (Former Employee) –  Dallas, TX16 April 2019
The company was far too corporate and structured for me. It always felt like a competition in every aspect and that the employees were always fighting to get into a position of power.
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A good place to work for a large company
Design Realization Leader (Former Employee) –  Washington, DC14 February 2019
Company offers great benefits and if you're lucky, great mentorship. It has incredible resources and many opportunities but since it's so big, access to those opportunities and advancement based on them is scattershot, based largely on whether you have a good mentor who will promote your advancement.
Pros
Size of company provides great resources.
Cons
Size of company makes it hard to take advantage of them.
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Somewhat unproductive work environment given the noise
Support Analyst III (Current Employee) –  Denver, CO13 February 2019
It's very difficult to advance, but there are many training opportunities.

The culture is very unique.

Lack of process and policies, like living in 1980s
Pros
Great Learning opportunities
Cons
Poor Management, Poor Upper Management, disconnection throughout firm.
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They manage by fear
Payroll supervistor (Former Employee) –  Oakland, CA8 February 2019
This environment was touted as being a friendly and family organization but they throw lots of people under the bus here and the friendly family environment only seems to be there for visitors. Most people are stand-offish and smug and the Art Department is ruled by a series of mean girls who come in grouchy and talk to you like they are superior. They get a pass because the Principles love them. Same with the receptionist who is arrogant, flakey and contemptuous. I have seen verbal abuse and people fired because they do not get along with the nasty bunch.
Human resources and payroll has huge turnover because of poor management and complaints to HR in San Francisco are ignored. Where is that family they are talking about?
Pros
Free lunches
Cons
Unapproachable Management. Huge turnover
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Great company with opportunities to master your craft.
Design Director/Workplace Task Force/Law Firm (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL6 November 2018
Leadership Member of Gensler’s worldwide “Law Firm Task Force” and “Workplace Task Force”, Responsibilities include documenting quantitative and qualitative data over 10 Million RSF east coast through west coast and creating white papers on best practice and alternative strategic planning. Leading design teams to implement Workplace Strategies throughout client’s entire real estate portfolios.

Great firm with opportunities to master your craft. Resources and bench-marking are the best in the world of design. the company has multiple talented people and some of the best clients in the world.

The hardest part of the job, is that you also need to align your self with people that support your goals and objectives. Due to the fact it is the largest design firm in the world you can get lost.
Pros
Best clients and resources for the largest design firm in the world
Cons
The fact it is the largest design firm in the world you can get lost.
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Ok firm
Project Accountant (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CA4 November 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, NY11 September 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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nice working environment
Design Consultant (Former Employee) –  上海市5 September 2018
As a freelancer, nothing much I can comment cos working only for 3 months. Nevertheless, co-workers are really helpful. At times, there are long working hours.
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it was a privilege to work here. I would return for the right position
Director, Intern Task Force Leader (Former Employee) –  Washington, DC28 August 2018
Gensler is not for everyone. It is, however, the best workplace I have had in my 39-year career. I recommend that all young designers or those in mid-career give it a look. The resources are endless and they take care of their people as do their clients. compensation is fair but could be better. it's the overall package that is worth considering. You have to work someplace else to appreciate the value.
Pros
Great clients, leadership, and people and benefits/bonuses endless resources, innovative
Cons
Culture is not easy for all to assimilate. Very dedicated people survive...It's not a 9-5 job
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Good place
Freelancer (Current Employee) –  Chicago, IL14 August 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, CA6 August 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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Apply nothing to loose
Research Associate (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London28 July 2018
Work hard impress they will hire you, but also get a Masters Degree to stand out. Love what you do and so it well. Client always comes first, which can lead to long days, they play hard too.
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Productive and fun environment. Nice offices. Many opportunities for extracurricular activities.
Senior Project Designer (Former Employee) –  Houston, TX25 July 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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casual yet hard working
Summer student intern (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CA12 July 2018
this is a very laid back atmosphere filled with ambitious and hard working people who support eachother and take their jobs very seriously, it was a pleasure to experience
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Great Company
Designer Intern (Former Employee) –  Oakland, CA5 July 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, IL12 June 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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