Fehr & Peers

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Fehr & Peers Reviews

Updated January 2, 2015
Updated January 2, 2015
9 Reviews
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    transportation planner

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fehr & Peers

    Pros

    flexible work schedule , great culture

    Cons

    high expectations. overload some times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fehr & Peers

    Pros

    Life work balance means something here

    Cons

    Technical help maybe in a different office but great help among offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Very high expectations and turn over, very low financial compensation

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    Former Employee - Transportation Planner/Engineer
    Former Employee - Transportation Planner/Engineer

    I worked at Fehr & Peers full-time

    Pros

    This company is working on many high profile and exciting traffic engineering projects. It has very intelligent and highly motivated staff. It has developed many innovative traffic engineering tools.

    Cons

    The company has extremely high unrealistic expectations of junior staff. As an entry level staff member you are required to become strongly proficient in a laundry list of software programs, technical writing, project management, and attend multiple training programs put on by the company. If you fail to become, what the senior staff deems strongly proficient, you will get the boot. In order to do so, the junior staff at F&P puts on numerous hours that they do not get paid for (the CEO has said on multiple occasions that they should want to put in the extra hours to "be a good employee"), and basically are in burn out mode. As a result, F&P has become a revolving door where junior staff works 3-5 years at the company, burns out, and leaves for a higher paying job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more realistic expectations of junior staff and financially compensate them for the hours they work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong Potential Cut Short by HIGH TURNOVER

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    Former Employee - Transportation Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Transportation Engineer in Denver, CO

    I worked at Fehr & Peers full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Transportation-focused consultant
    Nice perks for employees
    Project work from office-to-office
    Collaboration with other offices provides nice opportunity to see other work
    Clear metrics

    Cons

    As others noted, incredibly high turnover rates. I was aware of this coming in, and now as a former employee, I realize how cut-throat the environment can be.
    Saw multiple talented, highly-regarded individuals leave/asked to leave. They aren't afraid to fire; when times are tough, they can treat employees as numbers and not the whole package for potential and growth.
    Corporate touts that work-life balance is a core value; in practice, this was often not shown or seen.
    Too much pressure on billability and what the client wants were, even when deadlines were impractical at times
    Project managers are highly talented technically, but lack people skills
    Agreed with other comment- marketing was valued well above technical expertise (despite the company's values)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training to younger/entry-level staff earlier
    Be more clear and upfront with deadlines, budget, and deliverable
    Provide more training for managements' interpersonal skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fehr & Peers

    Pros

    Very organized and intelligent group of people. Definitely a great environment to learn and grow your career. The CEO is great!

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by their website, they are a traffic engineering firm. If you are interesting in bike/ped/transit, this is not the place for you. Each office is completely different with respect to management, culture, and types of projects, so make sure you do your research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more upfront about the company's core business (traffic engineering).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A fulfilling, rewarding career for those that care

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA

    I have been working at Fehr & Peers

    Pros

    attention to work/life balance
    commendable investment in staff development
    communication from senior leadership exceeds that of similar firms
    financially competitive

    Cons

    Expectations are high at this firm. Many engineers/planners who would suffice at similar firms would not make the cut here. For that reason some employees (past and current) view it as "cutthroat" and unsupportive

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Room for improvement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fehr & Peers full-time

    Pros

    Projects were often interesting.
    Small, nimble, low bureaucracy.
    Company is respected in the industry.

    Cons

    Very poor life-work balance. Billability is everything.
    Compensation at low/mid levels could be better given high COL in area and # of overtime hours worked. Effective hourly pay is not great.
    Company not as innovative as senior management thinks and says it is.
    Marketing skill valued over technical skill for career advancement. (perhaps not a con to some)
    High turnover. Saw many quality employees get axed or quit. Not fun to work in a place with that going on around you so often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more loyal to, generous to, and appreciate of the low/mid level planners/engineers doing the project work (aka revenue generation) often at the expense of nights, weekends, health, and family life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Efficient company with excellent communication at the management level, but HIGH turnover.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fehr & Peers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Open dialogue and communication.
    - Excellent leadership about company goals/plans
    - Compensation is above industry average
    - Career path oriented.

    Cons

    - Very high turnover. I have never seen a company with turnover as high as Fehr & Peers. Some were layoffs, but most of the turnover at the company are firings/termination at all levels from entry to senior management
    - Agree with other review that the environment can be very "cutthroat".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fehr & Peers

    Pros

    Leadership of firm worked hard to create a successful company that promotes innovation and training. Unfortunately these were the first to go when the economy slowed down.
    Firm aggressive with expansion and getting into new markets. Good place to get in on the ground floor. Compensation is higher than many other firms.

    Cons

    You better be ambitious and aggressive, you will be fine at Fehr & Peers firm. Firm is loyal to and rewards those that it hired straight out of school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much panic when economy slowed down. Need to think thing through carefully and develop a plan.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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