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19 English questions out of 19

4 September 2019

What is the retirement plan like at SmithGroup?

Pros

Benefits where great and included: 15 Fridays off during summer months, 401k plan with an excellent advisor, 401k & HSA match (albeit limited), health assessment included with insurance, stellar office space, and diverse colleagues. Enjoyed having a highly collaborative atmosphere at the project level.

Cons

Employee coaching framework is in place but coaches are very limited in their ability to assist in professional development goals, Additionally, there was no transparent framework for salary or advancement for staff members. Salary pay trends below average. Anticipate that aligning your interests with projects and position advancement will take many (10+ years), especially for younger staff.

Advice to Management

Invest in employees professional development so that more experienced positions can be filled within rather than externally hiring. Listen and place a priority on staff development and interests. Develop clear advancement and salary guidelines.

Benefits where great and included: 15 Fridays off during summer months, 401k plan with an excellent advisor, 401k & HSA match (albeit limited), health assessment included with insurance, stellar office space, and diverse colleagues.

4 September 2019

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19 November 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at SmithGroup?

Pros

Great collaboration in between teams and disciplines, leadership cares, office design leaders are passionate and knowledgeable, design is at the forefront, definite leaders in the industry, PTO and time off is decent, offices are well organized and beautiful places to work, provided fruit, forward thinking, generally everyone is very nice, there are very good people to learn from, very transparent about company growth and earnings.

Cons

Little to no real one-on-one mentorship as a new employee, workload is unmanageable especially around the felt like overtime shouldn't be charged, do not pay for time spent learning or growing while at work (lunch and learns, learning from representatives, etc), no pay for learning related work trips, expected to use time off for work related trips or group activities, no real guidance for growth opportunities besides strictly moving up to the next level (1, 2, 3), the coaching system in place was very poor and did not help growth at all, wish there had been more cultural diversity.

Advice to Management

Be more considerate to different working personalities and types, as not everyone is the same and it's good to embrace diversity. As a company, consider putting more budget towards group related and team building activities, as it's important for disciplines to be cohesive and have bonding time. Try to be more open and transparent during conversations between managers and staff, design leaders and staff, and open to new ideas and thoughts on how the company can be more fluid for it's current employees needs.

Great collaboration in between teams and disciplines, leadership cares, office design leaders are passionate and knowledgeable, design is at the forefront, definite leaders in the industry, PTO and time off is decent, offices are well organized and beautiful places to work, provided fruit, forward thinking, generally everyone is very nice, there are very good people to learn from, very transparent about company growth and earnings.

19 November 2020

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7 November 2019

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at SmithGroup?

Pros

Smithgroup is better than the average architecture firm when it comes to technology. The project management processes are robust, so things generally run smoothly. Hours are moderate. Projects are relatively high stature. Working here will dramatically benefit your portfolio because they get good quality projects with sophisticated clients in both public and private sector. Highly motivated people do well here.

Cons

There are a few people in mid and senior positions that negatively influence the culture. Because the firm rarely if ever fires anyone, these people are have a detrimental effect on morale and productivity, and turnover is high. The firm uses promotion as a retention strategy resulting in less than qualified mid level leadership. The rigor of building technology depends on the project type - it is inconsistent throughout the firm. There are some in house experts, but you have to seek them out.

Advice to Management

Let go of a few people. Promote based on merit only. Strengthen building technology across all sectors.

The firm uses promotion as a retention strategy resulting in less than qualified mid level leadership.

7 November 2019

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17 March 2019

How are the career development opportunities at SmithGroup?

Pros

Challenging projects and talented colleagues

Cons

People tend to do only what they were hired with experience doing, not much opportunity to advance your career into new areas.

People tend to do only what they were hired with experience doing, not much opportunity to advance your career into new areas.

17 March 2019

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12 October 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at SmithGroup?

Pros

Great work culture Forward thinking lots of opportunity for growth

Cons

No cons that I can think of

lots of opportunity for growth

12 October 2019

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