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  • 2 employees say

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    Satisfactory (0)
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    Subpar (0)
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    3.14
  • 0 applicants say

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Reviews for Gresham, Smith and Partners

Reviews - What employees say

3.14 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 15.Jul 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

Could be very political.

Teamwork

For the most part, yes.

Freedom to work independently

Yes

Attitude towards older colleagues

I was let go after nearly 30 years of loyal service yet they continue to hire for other positions.

Career Development

I felt that I could have been moved to other areas within the company.

What I like about the company

Employee activities such as drawings and running teams.

What I dislike about the company

No appreciation for longevity.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered 401(k) is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Gresham, Smith and Partners
  • City
    Nashville
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2017
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Design

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered
  • 10.Jan 2016
  • Employee

Company Culture

They trust you to do the job they hired you to do. Some supervisors commend employees, others do not. There is a sense of fairness and trust in the company culture.

Support from management

Supervisory support was lacking. I have a disability that sometimes flares up and renders me unable to work. My supervisor demanded that I provide him with a date as to when my condition would flare up--a medical impossibility.

Teamwork

Requires communication and coordination with other disciplines. As in all firms, sometimes that communication is late in its dispersal and this can affect deadlines.

Freedom to work independently

I worked in the electrical design department and as in all other engineering firms, the workload was feast or famine, meaning that there were times when I had to approach other disciplines to see if I could garner work from them.

Internal Communication

Sometimes employees are informed of results. The only way I became aware of successes is if the client told me directly. Meetings between disciplines were held to discuss client-required changes.

Gender Equality

There were a number of women who worked there but it was far from being an equal number to that of men. Men held supervisory positions with the exception of the interior design discipline. All human resource administrative positions were held by women.

Attitude towards older colleagues

I saw no differences between the way older employees were treated as compared to younger employees.

Career Development

I received no additional training during my employment. Had I stayed with the company, I might have at some point in the distant future been promoted to Senior Designer but I saw no one promoted during my time there.

Overall compensation for your work

During the time that I worked there, I had no way of knowing if my salary was equal to or close to the salaries of my male counterparts. I suspect that my wages were lower. Benefits were provided and salaries are paid electronically so they were always on time.

Office / Work Environment

Cubicles are rather small but each employee had in addition to a work desk and computer with necessary updated software, a bookcase and filing cabinet. The company relocated to a larger building space while I worked there and the interior was designed by department heads.

Environmental Friendliness

I cannot speak for other disciplines or other designer's work, but I utilized energy efficient fixtures and made recommendations for the removal of existing older fixtures containing PCBs. The company itself had no written or communicated policy on environmental and climate protection. I am unaware if they supported fair trade.

Work-Life Balance

The work-life balance was normal. 40 hrs a week and if necessary, plans that needed to be reviewed or marked for changes could be taken home.

Company Image

The company image in the public eye was good while I worked there. Most employees liked the company and their jobs. The ones who became dissatisfied left for other positions.

Job Security

There is no job security in the U.S. but during my time with this employers, I and others who had no work during a famine period were job-insecure.

Handicapped Accessibility

Handicapped parking in the garage was available although employees had to pay to park in the garage. Ramps and elevators were available.

Workplace Safety

Working conditions did adhere to OSHA standards and when visiting a job site, noting OSHA violations was done. The only concern that all employees had was that because our company occupied the 14th floor, the only exit in the event of an emergency was to take the stairs and only one person held the key to open the stairway. Two weeks after I left my job, a tornado hit Nashville and the 14th floor windows were blown out and damage to the office was sustained. I do not know how or if employees were evacuated during that time.

Challenging Work

I enjoyed my work and the challenges that it brought. I am proud of the work I did during my employment with this firm.

Inclusive / Diverse

We had few people of color working there. Some supervisors appreciated opinions, others would dismiss them.

Suggestions for improvement

  • If work is slack, they could utilize other employee skills for filing documents or creating documents, which was something that I did on my own to provide a client-ordered change form for changes the client requested over the phone with a signed authorization that was dated and faxed to the client for his signature. Most employees have additional skills that could be an asset during slow work times.

What I like about the company

My work varied. I worked in the Commercial Sector and the projects included restaurants, small stores, large stores, museums, airports, and retrofitting older warehouses and businesses.

What I dislike about the company

If an employee had completed a project, unless there was one immediately available the employee had to locate his or her own work by querying other supervisors in other sectors or going from department to department looking for work.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Desirable office location is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    Gresham, Smith and Partners
  • City
    Nashville
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Others
  • Department
    Design

The following perks were offered to me

Free (company provided) Meals is offered Employee events is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered

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Review averages

  • 2 employees say

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    Good (2)
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    Satisfactory (0)
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    Subpar (0)
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    3.14
  • 0 applicants say

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