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FDH Engineering Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
11 Reviews

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  1.  

    If you are looking for a starter engineering position, or Project Management position, FDH could fit the bill

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Management  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Project Management in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Busy work, great pay and environment. Office location is in Clayton, MO so its centrally located to greater St. Louis area.

    Cons

    Cant tell if they are coming or going sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a greater management oversight. Way to much BS goin on behind the scenes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    You are sold on opportunity, expected to work long hours and given unreasonable expectations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Perks were good. Keurig in the break room, free lunches are pretty common. First Thursday of every month you get some free food and drinks. Competitive pay and benefits package.

    Cons

    Unreasonable production expectations at the expense of quality. They focus so much on getting projects out the door that it really feels like there is an 'anything goes' mentality with the quality and accuracy of your work, which leads to an uncomfortable ethical scenario.... The PE's that 'sign' the projects never actually review the project. Often, the only person with legitimate understanding of a site that gets signed and pushed out the door is a Project Engineer 1 with maybe a year of experience if you're lucky.

    Employees are regularly over-worked. 50 hour weeks with high intensity and focus, and at the end of the week you get a pat on the back and told to repeat it next week, but faster this time. The team leads pass on goals given from senior management that equate to more than 2 projects per engineer per day, and it's simply not possible to accomplish that on a regular basis in a 40-hr week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Almost no one who works here enjoys their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Long hours short on pay dangling carrot bonuses

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    Free coffee, some perks like reboot thursdays were you can drink a few beers

    Cons

    Long hard hours with un-trained supervision. No management training what so ever, so it is a crap shoot on what your bosses might be and how many bosses you could have Bonuses for the "chosen ones" but not all get bonuses. After hour work, emails, phone calls that seem to never stop
    Vacation days are semi-working days, even holidays are not a given, as you will still get emails and calls if your manager can't manage his/her time appropriately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers to manage, not micromanage, actually listen to the people doing the work
    Quit killing some while others skate. Managers are golden children with no over sight on what they do or how they do it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    If you want to make ok money and willing to give up any semblance of a personal life for it here is your job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Technician  in  Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Baton Rouge, LA

    Pros

    All the over time in the world you could possibly want if your an hourly employee if you are salary SOL! You will work overtime you just will not get compensated for it.

    Cons

    So many too many infact to isolate to a paragraph. So I will focus solely on the one that pertaining to me as a field employee first and glaring con is way over worked and way underpaid. In order to make decent money here you will have to average 80 hours a week if not you might as well stay home. Second biggest con the long string of continuous days you have to work in a row in very harsh conditions with no sympathy of your situations you are put into by uppet management. Third and my final con I will point out although there are many more the glass ceiling there is absolutely no room for advancement at this company they only can give you raises in pay and they never really do that either without a person having to constantly whine about it instead of the acknowledging hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to learn that as company no matter how large you get your biggest assets are your employees. The ones who are committed to helping you as well as themselves achieve success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    unhappy employees and sweatshop atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    -they really try to make it fun... lots of socials, good parties, golf tournaments, etc.
    -president is engaging and very easy to talk to

    Cons

    -CUBEFARMS
    -young senior mgmt with not much experience
    -work younger engineers long hours until they break

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -make an effort to keep employees happy. don't just have another bbq and act like its a great place to work. its a superficial attempt for FDH to appear great on paper.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Definitely has potential but it might be a while.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    - Great atmosphere with young, down to earth people
    - Good pay with biannual bonuses
    - Relatively small company so you're very much involved in the entire setup starting with project setup all the way through finishing mod drawings
    - Interesting work - doesn't bore you after a few weeks like other engineering type work
    - A lot of opportunity for expansion in the company

    Cons

    - Short turnaround times for employees due to the long hours and very high (almost unattainable) expectations; while i was there i saw maybe 10-15% of all engineers come and go - this isn't good for a younger company, looking to expand
    - Really long hours and never ending goals - this is the reason i quit actually. I wanted a life outside of work..
    - No sense of appreciation. Sure there are biannual bonuses but given that you work at least 50+ hours per week, i would expect more then a few hundreds of bucks... Very disappointing how little they care for their employees
    - Management has no guts - they need to stand up for their current engineers instead of doing everything they're told; while i was there, i honestly felt expendable and didn't think they cared too much about me if i wasn't hitting my insane goals every week. It's like all the work i ever did meant nothing if i had one or two bad weeks.. Very cutthroat and very disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation to your employees, instead of just saying it all get better soon - before they all leave. Have them stop working such crazy hours and stick up against the VPs and project managers for once when something doesn't seem right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Stressful work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good coworkers, nice office, opportunities for advancement, good benefits

    Cons

    Stressful, management is demanding, everyone complains about job, 50+ hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on quantity of work and more on the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Fast growing company, but major decline in employee value lately.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    - Monthly socials (if your work load will allow you to attend)
    - Semi annual bonuses ( Definitely not guaranteed...See cons)
    - Paid benefits (Free medical for yourself, very affordable dental & vision plans, 16 days of PTO, 8 paid holidays)
    - Pretty nice holiday party in December

    Cons

    - Poor management decisions
    - low morale - extremely high turnover
    - Semi annual bonuses were not given mid year 2013. We found out the week of.
    - Demanding workload, salary does not compensate
    - Can't put hope in getting promoted from within. Upper management will quickly hire outside talent and all of a sudden you have a new boss.
    - The decline in employee value is very obvious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more emphasis on being prepared for growth and valuing current employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Long hours and low morale

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Technician  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    The best thing I have to say about my time at FDH is that I worked so many hours, my actual pay was well over what "full time" would have been. While I was there, benefits were decent (health was covered 100%, dental and vision were cheap).

    Cons

    Long hours, irregular schedule, and lots of travel. The travel generally takes you to middle-of-nowhere places, but even if you end up in a great spot, you'll be working too many hours to take advantage of it. Employee turnover is high, and in my experience they weren't entirely honest at the time of hiring as far as what my schedule would be like because they needed warm bodies so badly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Growing Company Who Values All Employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    Biannual bonuses - Monthy employee appreciation events. Fast growing company with many opportunities for growth or lateral job changes. Great field experience opportunities for new engineers.

    Cons

    The company is growing so fast that many times throughout the year we are understaffed and need to work long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be to withhold less information from current valued employees. Too often it feels that I am not privy to information because ...?

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    Positive Outlook

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