Fentress Architects
3.3 of 5 13 reviews
www.fentressarchitects.com Denver, CO 50 to 149 Employees

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Agatha Kessler

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Offers more than other firms

    Architect (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsSmall firm feel, but big opportunities
    Cutting edge design work
    Gearing up for growth

    ConsStudio decor needs a refresh

    Advice to Senior ManagementLike the way you're aggressively pursuing growth overseas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Could be great, but...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- smart, talented people
    - a few upper level principals who care, but aren't in a position to change anything

    Cons- executive team severly out of touch
    - culture of secrecy and fear
    - no internal communication
    - hr department doesn't listen
    - nothing ever changes when employees respectfully voice concerns
    - lots of nepotism
    - tunnel vision
    - lack of care or concern for employees

    Advice to Senior Managementwake up! you are running the company into the ground by ignoring the greatest asset you have, your employees. you don't realize the insidious nature of the culture you have created. start actually caring instead of pretending to care. the band-aids you put on large problems, only when you absolutely have to, do not fix the underlying issues.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Company in Transition

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAspires to great design; is forward-leaning; looking seriously at the future of the profession, and how to transform itself; vast potential if upper management succeeds.

    ConsLittle consistency from office to office in all aspects of practice; trouble retaining the most promising talent; no credible pay or bonus structure; weak communications between management and staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPursue more "Clients", as opposed to "Projects" as a more sound business practice; Find a way to deal with "legacy" principals and associates who may be unable to embrace needed, or measurable change.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Top-notch design firm with great people

    (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    Pros-Innovative teams and highly creative people
    -Many learning opportunities with AIA accreditation
    -Great projects in the public sector
    -Strategic leadership team, always pushing the envelope of what the firm can do and where they can go

    Cons-The way information is distilled is not always accurate, from the senior level down and across departments
    -Last minute deadlines require some long hours and weekend work

    Advice to Senior Management-Hold more "conversations" with senior management. Internal communication has been improving through these. It is nice to know about firm initiatives before reading about it online.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    World-class company with talented colleagues

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsVery entrepreneurial--if you have a vision of doing something and the ability, Fentress Architects will give you room to try it out.
    Working with talented, creative people on amazing projects.

    ConsDesign doesn't pay as well as some other industries.
    Has it's share of office politics--but not nearly as much as others in this industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't get to corporate, keep it real and make time to get to know your employees talents and aspirations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Good Company Gone Bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsThe best thing about this company was the co-founder, Jim Bradburn. He encouraged growth, learning, exploring and creativity. He also realized the importance of giving back to the community and helping others in need.

    ConsEverything changed when Mr. Bradburn retired. The company now has an attitude of disposable employees, hiring and firing frequently. There has been so much turnover that there is no longer a stable knowledge base within the firm. I would suggest looking elsewhere if you are a young intern or administrative professional.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at employees as people, not things that can easily be thrown away. Learn to trust your managers to make the right decisions to carry designs forward. Support your administrative staff and stop viewing them as just the 'hired help'.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Leading Design firm with fun employee perks

    Architect Intern (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsEmployee perks
    Excellent Projects
    Great Location but not quite downtown

    ConsTypical Architecture Office limitations to advancing in position

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fentress is an environment where creativity and new ideas are welcome, making for a more pleasurable work experience.

    (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsProvides opportunities to learn and enhance individual skills; is a truly collaborative environment where one is able to participate in a range of interesting jobs and tasks. Also, many who work here are very passionate about what they do, which is inspiring.

    ConsLike many architecture firms--Fentress is a very busy environment. Sometimes communicating or scheduling time with more senior staff can be difficult.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage more internal communication between teams and groups, from the senior staff to the newest interns, to the marketing and communications teams.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall a great firm - creative, inspiring and passionate

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsFentress offers a number of different opportunites for personal and professional growth. Things like Fentress University and retreats are great tools to become a better person and employee of the firm.

    ConsOn occassion the work life balance can be a struggle to maintain. There are so many opportunities to be a part of, but you still have your day to day job and life that need tending to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove internal communication. It tends to feel like the public is notified before their own employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Better before Agatha Kessler became CEO.

    Architect (Former Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsIt was employment at a time when jobs were scarce.

    ConsEmployees are exploited and expected to work long days and every weekend.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop marketing that people are what matter, and act like they do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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