Fay, Spofford, and Thorndike

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Fay, Spofford, and Thorndike Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
3 Reviews
2.3
3 Reviews

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Peter J. Howe
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  1.  

    Comfortable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Fay, Spofford, and Thorndike

    Pros

    There are a lot of very intelligent people who work there. Many people are willing to teach and help others. Also, a very secure place to work, as they continue to win job after job because of their good reputation for producing quality.

    Cons

    Kind of slow to move up the ladder. Very small to no bonuses. Pay seems below average according to certain salary websites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more trust in junior level engineers. They are not simply drafters. They should be encouraged to provide their own input on projects.

  2.  

    Not a place to make a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Fay, Spofford, and Thorndike full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are decent and pay is Ok as long as the mediocre managers located in the NYC office think you're good. You can be a scum of the earth and still you might impress them (These people lack engineering skills). The jobs they do (don't require a great set of skills) will give you good experience to move on to something better.

    Cons

    The office culture is a misery (@ NYC Office). These people promote privileges between employees. The New York city office has a lot to work on. The job is a dead end. The "leadership" lacks technical abilities to attract good projects. They keep on bringing inspection jobs to fuel the big salaries of people who have affairs in the office while the second class citizens they employ bust their tails in the extreme cold or in the harsh sun performing inspection tasks that will take them nowhere as engineers. When they ever get a nice design project is because they low-bid it, leaving you without hours to really work on it. Please don't join these people unless you have no other employment option.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the people that really do the job and stop being so picky about candidates. The parking garage division in Burlington can choose candidates easier than all of you and treat them better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a good place to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer - Environmental
    Current Employee - Engineer - Environmental

    I have been working at Fay, Spofford, and Thorndike

    Pros

    Good experience if you are young, you will get lots of work thrown at you early, albeit with minimum to zero instruction. So many young engineers work for FST for a few years, get some experience and their P.E., then move on to a company with much better pay and career opportunities.

    Cons

    Virtually no mentorship from the senior staff. No reviews. Career development is a word that does not exist in their vocabulary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is no longer 1950. People move to better companies when working conditions are not good and younger engineers want to balance hard work with life. It is done successfully at other firms.

    Doesn't Recommend

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