FDH Engineering Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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CHRISTOPHER MURPHY
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  1. Good Starting Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDH Engineering

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The things I liked most about working here were the benefits, fellow employees, and the first thrusday reboots. The company does provide some nice things like coffee and snacks for employees in the office. However, field employees do not receive the same sort of perks.

    Cons

    There is a serious lack of emphasis on training and development. Deadlines completely outweigh any employee needs. It's an engineering meat market.

    Advice to Management

    For FDH being such small/ medium sized business, there is such a huge gap between upper management and the employees. It's like these complaints about lack of training and development and transparency in management is never heard because no changes are ever made. Treat your employees like you would want to be treated.


  2. vary good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDH Engineering

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    travel work with good people

    Cons

    vary low per deim way under fed.

    Advice to Management

    when you do a good job say it sometimes


  3. Helpful (4)

    Better than listing "unemployed" on your resume...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer I
    Current Employee - Project Engineer I

    I have been working at FDH Engineering

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    FDH has a monthly social event and occasional department/team lunches. Christmas party is decent. Great coworkers and younger age demographic.

    Cons

    Company management seems solely focused on meeting financial numbers/projections at the expense of all else... even more so since FDH's acquisition by Velocitel. Pressure to meet goals leads to a poor work-life balance. Unreasonable deadlines and unrealistic promises to clients result in poor engineering judgment and corner-cutting from production and reviewing engineers. Bonuses are negligible if lucky, non existent for most. If you do your homework, you'll find that compensation at FDH is low compared to most other local engineering firms.

    Advice to Management

    If employee retention matters, make pay competitive. Hire enough staff to properly complete tasks to reduce burnouts.


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  5. Dysfunctional, inexperienced leadership, but great people?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at FDH Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    + young company. Can rectify many mistakes they are making if they address them properly
    + decent medical. please see below

    Cons

    -no work life balance
    -no teamwork
    -expected 45 hours work a week. they prefer (5) 9 hour work days but if you have family concerns or emergencies you can make up the extra five hours overtime on the weekend with no additional compensation
    -no promotional potential
    -no personal growth
    -no wellness plans (except for the gym membership which they sometimes forget to pay for)
    -culture based around doing whatever,whatever, it takes to hit unreasonable numbers (60+ hours a week)
    -no overtime pay or compensation for doing extra work
    -detrimentally inexperienced management
    -discourages use of Paid time Off
    -poor leadership communication skills
    -no retirement (401k, benefits, etc.) for new hires
    -not appropriately apportioning time for projects (or promising clients work before the scheduled due date and making employees work longer hours)

    Advice to Management

    = address the needs for growth and development of your workforce instead of their significance as a single number related to your profit margins.
    = maintain better communication with your lower management and employees.
    = have the leadership check work they are supposedly signing.
    = positively reinforce good behavior, even if it is only slightly above the average, more reinforcement the better.
    = do not say one thing and do another. being honest with clients is great but if the promises tax your employees too much do not make those promises.
    = offer more incentives for good employees to stay and programs that help the weaker employees develop into great employees.
    = be honest with your expectations with new hires instead of trying to fill a seat so you can raise numbers for your client. most will not choose to work for you but you will get a better match of employees for the particular type of company you have chosen to operate as.


  6. Unprofessional where profits are all that matter.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDH Engineering full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good office, nice ceo, good work events

    Cons

    Super long hours (55+ hours a week and weekends sometimes)

    It is constantly an attitude of to "maximize your bonuses we have to work x more hours this week" but you cant start earning a bonus until after the 6 month mark and everyone I have seen is fired or quits before they see one.

    Borderline unethical things like the signing engineers not looking over the reports at all, reusing one client's tools and removing the watermarks for a competing client, reusing other companies' data without checking accuracy.. All fly in a "get it out the door today" attitude.

    Continually ride the staff about quotas while simultaneously riding them about minimizing mistakes. If you make a single mistake that has to be revised (spelling errors, grammar, etc.) expect to hear about it. Too many and you are disqualified for a bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being a mill and start developing your staff.


  7. Long hard work, minimal compensation.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer II
    Current Employee - Field Engineer II

    I have been working at FDH Engineering full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Field work includes plenty of travel and the benefits package is nice. There is a certain level of autonomy as a field manager.

    Cons

    -Forget about having a social life. 10 day rotations mean I have 4 days to get ready to head back out on the road, typically at least 3 of those days are spent running around trying to get my laundry done, keep my personal affairs in order, maintaining/repairing/replacing gear and equipment, and trying (and failing) to catch up on sleep.
    -Field work consists of regular 12+ hour days that do not include time in the hotel working on notes (2-5 hours or more).
    -Incredibly low compensation for number of hours worked.
    -Office management has a "just get the job done" attitude with little to no concern for field worker safety. This attitude seems to intensify as you get to mid/upper level management.
    -Office work is absolutely mind numbing, "does the number in this picture match the number in the report?" for 8-12 hours straight.
    -HAVE NOT USED MY $60,000 DEGREE AT ALL!

    Advice to Management

    Your field crews have the most knowledge of what is going on with a site, trust them and their judgement.
    Either start being an industry leader and stop following the crowd or stop advertising "Engineering Innovation."
    First Thursday reboots and other morale activities are great, if you have the option of attending...find some way to reward your field crews for all their hard work.


  8. Helpful (1)

    FDH is a profit driven company that holds it's employees in low regards.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at FDH Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Clean Office, Occasional Paid Lunch / Dinner or Office Activity, Friendly Co-Workers

    Cons

    Extremely High Turnover Rate, Weak and Unfair Compensation Policies, Poor Management Structure, Long Hours, Unrealistic Expectations, No Bonus For Hourly Employees

    Advice to Management

    There is clearly a serious issue within the company. The symptom: Extremely High Turnover Rate in ALL areas of the company. Rather than fix the root cause of this serious issue however, it appears to go ignored. Experienced employees leave and are quickly replaced with less experienced employee that are paid a lower wage. Remaining employees are burdened with consistently late hours and high work volumes on projects that are consistently becoming more complex. The bonus structure within the company as been adjusted to provide only salary based employees option of a bonus. Many other support services are hourly employees and are now without any chance of obtaining a bonus. Regardless of an employee's personal performance within the company, raises don't come often for lower to mid-level employees. Many employees have went years with no raise and if finally issues a raise, it was far less than expected or deserved. Pay structure within the company can be described as unfair. There are insistence's where an employee's performance, education, job title, and experience is not reflected in their compensation rate. A new employee can come in with a lower job title, less education, less relevant experience, and start out making more than their seasoned co-workers, or their immediate supervisor. The company is very divided with regards to the different groups, despite having to often work together. Morale within the company is very low and steady sinking. Either high level management doesn't see these issues, or simply are more concerned with expanding the company and keeping their growing list of clients happy. At this rate, you won't have the man power nor the experience to successfully accomplish anything.


  9. IF OFFERED JOB TURN IT DOWN!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FDH Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    decent pay and benefits, seemed like a good company and salary was not an option

    Cons

    No training, supervisors/executives are distant and uncaring, environment is tense and competitive, truly and unfeeling company who does not care who they hurt as long as they get what they want

    Advice to Management

    start management training on how to effectively supervise


  10. Overall Good Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDH Engineering

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment. Monthly employee appreciation events.

    Cons

    Compensation and promotions were not quite up to standard.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Glad That's Over

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at FDH Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company: Clean, shiny office, Lots of lunches, Nice people to work with, Great benefits, Travel opportunities,

    Cons

    No incentive to excel, Poor communication between upper an lower ranks, Lack of definition of role and expectations, Facing the stress involved with transforming from a small shop into a large corporation, Boring work

    Advice to Management

    Groom every employee as if they are your replacement. Don't assume they all want to slip into the meat grinder - some employees actually do want to commit to a company for the long-term these days.



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