Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Reviews

Updated 21 Jun 2020

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  1. "Marketing Coordinator"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Shanghai, Shanghai

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Big company - a lot of new leads every week, we don't have to search for new projects to do

    Cons

    Internal processing is very slow

  2. "Work on amazing projects"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Urban Designer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    amazing international experience and ability to work on a wide range of projects

    Cons

    there are often long hours and clients can be difficult

  3. "You get out what you put in"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Architectural Professional in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work on high profile projects along very smart people

    Cons

    If you’re not lucky, you can be stuck on some mindless uninteresting work. Otherwise same problems as the industry overall, long hours with relatively low pay.

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  4. "Good Work Experience"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on large projects and learn

    Cons

    Office politics, dysfunctional leadership, low morale in office

  5. "Talented people, positive environment, very good projects"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Urban Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great projects and smart colleagues; very collaborative and open working environment; dedicated and professional spirits; lots of learning opportunities across different departments.

    Cons

    long hours; deadline pressure; fixed on some certain old ways of doing things

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    "Toxic, backstabbing environment"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Architect in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Exciting projects, many interesting people

    Cons

    Terrible management, toxic atmosphere, no work life balance, partner calls his employees “bodies” or “horses”, employees are treated like a meet, “if not you there will be a next one” culture

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  7. "good company to gain experience"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time

    Pros

    exposed to projects at divergent scales

    Cons

    office polities and the working culture are pretty disappointing

  8. "Special occupation for engineers"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great projects and talented architects

    Cons

    Relying on Asian market too much, too much schematic design work, not enough local and CD work.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Architectural Professional 

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time

    Pros

    Everyone around you is really, really good at what they do. as far as architecture is concerned, this is where you'll find the highest concentration of super-competent people in SF.

    Cons

    long hours, bad pay, toxic politics, chilly culture

  10. "Great"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer 

    I have been working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill full-time

    Pros

    Good projects all over the world

    Cons

    Long hours working as always

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