Fentress Architects

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Updated February 12, 2015
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  1. All- If you ever have the opportunity to work for this firm you would be crazy not to accept it.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Manager
    Former Employee - Office Manager

    I worked at Fentress Architects full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This firm has the most outstanding creative people I've met in the work environment. Upper management is constantly communicating with the studio and there are ample training sessions to allow for learning and growth.

    Cons

    I have absolutely no cons to add about working for this employer. I enjoyed every minute working for Fentress Architects.


  2. Could be great, but...

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

    I worked at Fentress Architects

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

    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 Management

    wake 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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    A Company in Transition

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

    I have been working at Fentress Architects full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Aspires 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.

    Cons

    Little 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 Management

    Pursue 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.


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  5. A Good Company Gone Bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Fentress Architects full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Everything 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 Management

    Look 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'.


  6. Top-notch design firm with great people

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

    I have been working at Fentress Architects full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 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.


  7. Offers more than other firms

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Architect in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Fentress Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Studio decor needs a refresh

    Advice to Management

    Like the way you're aggressively pursuing growth overseas.


  8. World-class company with talented colleagues

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

    I have been working at Fentress Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

    Design 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 Management

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Fentress Architects

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Provides 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  10. Overall a great firm - creative, inspiring and passionate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Fentress Architects

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fentress 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.

    Cons

    On 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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (2)

    Better before Agatha Kessler became CEO.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Architect in Denver, CO

    I worked at Fentress Architects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It was employment at a time when jobs were scarce.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Stop marketing that people are what matter, and act like they do.



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