Where is Gensler’s Design Strategist Development Program located?
The DSD Program is hosted in twelve (12) Gensler offices, including:
London, United Kingdom
Los Angeles, California
Morristown, New Jersey
New York, New York
San Francisco, California
Is this a paid position with Gensler that includes benefits, bonuses, etc?
During your time in the program, you will receive a competitive entry-level salary and the full benefits package that Gensler offers in the host office where you are located. See the great rewards for working at Gensler.
How long is the DSD Program? How long is my commitment to Gensler?
The program is 18-months long. By applying to the program, we anticipate that you will be fully committed to Gensler for the duration of the program and beyond as a full-time team member.
Is it possible to complete the program early or leave the program before it ends?
As long as you remain at Gensler, we anticipate that you will remain in the DSD Program until its completion. However, just as with any job, circumstances may warrant an early exit.
Will I be able to transfer to another host office during the program?
Though we prefer you to begin and end the program at the same host office, we understand life is full of unexpected turns. We will review transfers on a case-by-case basis.
What types of experiences will I have and skills will I gain during this program?
Refer to the Who We're Looking For page for a detailed idea of the types of work you will be doing, and to the Program Details page for a summary of the curriculum elements of the program.
Will I be able to work towards an architecture or interior design license during the program?
Yes, you will have opportunities to gain some experience needed to obtain a license. However, it is likely that you will not gain all experience needed due to the nature of the design analyst role.
How many other participants will be in the program?
The exact number of participants in the program will be determined at the end of the application process, although we anticipate around 8 to 18 participants across all host offices.
Can I take time off during the program for vacations, family emergencies, etc.?
Upon hire, you will adopt the same Paid Time Off (PTO)/Annual Leave policy as any Gensler employee at that host office. All time-off requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
How do I know if the Design Strategist Development Program is right for me?
This program and a career in Consulting are not right for everyone. To be a Gensler design strategist, you must have a passion for design and helping clients solve tough problems that go beyond the built environment. You should have an interest in defining a problem and developing strategic solutions that give guidance to our design teams.
Will I be expected to come into the office?
As a design firm oriented around a global and local strategy, a core part of Gensler’s fabric is our connection and impact on the built environment, the cities, and the communities where our offices are located. While there is flexibility, we do expect the majority of the week to be in the office. Working together is a critical part of our One Firm-Firm culture; where collaboration, mentoring, coaching, and personal and professional growth can happen in our shared workspaces.
Will Gensler pay my expenses for relocating to a host office for the program?
All expenses regarding your move, housing, and living during the program are your responsibility.