Freese and Nichols

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Freese and Nichols Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
8 Reviews
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    Engineering Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Freese and Nichols as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and fun people who are very knowledgeable and willing to help out whenever needed.

    Cons

    pay is less than many other engineering internships

    Recommends
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    Great place to work with warm, family atmosphere!

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

    I worked at Freese and Nichols full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees care about their work, and about each other.
    Privately held company not a slave to quarterly earnings / stock prices.
    Ample opportunity for training and advancement.
    Leadership is accessible, and solicits and responds to ideas from staff.
    Actively strives to live up to stated company principles, including ethics, quality, innovation, and community service.

    Cons

    Communication and relationships among groups and technical practices could be improved, particularly with so many new employees.
    Rapid growth and the growing pains of 2013 has dampened company spirit a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jealously guard the family culture of the company - it's what makes FNI special, and what makes its employees devoted. Support employees with young children by facilitating on-site childcare cooperatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great company and corporate culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Freese and Nichols full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    This private firm started in 1894 and still has strong ethical and family values. They practice what they preach! They don't expect you to be perfect... They know mistakes will be made but the leadership attitude is that you own up to your mistakes, learn from them and don't repeat them.
    Strong clan culture and encourage volunteering/community involvement.
    Recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award - as of 2013, the ONLY engineering firm to receive this honor.
    Compensation is fair; benefits very good.

    Cons

    If you are not a technical team member (engineer, architect, CAD technician, etc.) it can be a bit more challenging to climb the corporate ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've been at this for 120 years... I think you've got a winning formula!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Wonderful Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Freese and Nichols full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great pay and benefits. Open door policy, with a perfect mix of clan and hierarchical structure. I do not know many places where any employee can reach out and schedule a time and talk directly with their manager and/or CEO about his/her questions, comments, or concerns in regards to the company or their department.

    Cons

    Workload fluctuates so sometimes you toggle between boredom and being overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    Great Company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Freese and Nichols full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Management genuinely takes care of their employees
    Stable business plan
    Very friendly employees

    Cons

    Pretty narrow focus -- if you don't like what you're working on, then there's often not a ton of very different options

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Good Work Environment & Office Culture but Redundant Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Freese and Nichols

    Pros

    Friendly staff
    Paid Holidays
    Young feel to the place
    Work as hard as you want to
    Low stress environment
    Fun culture

    Cons

    Unpaid, expected "lunch meetings"
    Poor communication between management and staff at times
    Slow to fix problems in IT department
    Often left with little work to do (especially in CADD Tech group)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to have a set workload for the interns that work for your company and a better defined role among the office. Having direction and a defined role in the company is essential and saves time and money by having clear communication.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Freese and Nichols

    Pros

    Freese and Nichols is a company with strong character and hard workers throughout all levels of the orgnaization. The Mission and Vision statements are not just words on a page here.

    Cons

    As with all companies, busy season can be a little hectic. Freese and Nichols does a good job of encouraging work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will not find a better group of Senior Leaders than you will at Freese and Nichols. They believe in what the company does and stands for. They do their best to pass on this belief to everyone in the company.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Satisfactory experience as a non-engineer in an engineering firm

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Freese and Nichols

    Pros

    Freese and Nichols is a wonderful place for young engineers and project managers to learn their trade and grow together.

    Cons

    Freese and Nichols is very set in its ways and has difficulty dealing with non-engineering market sectors and projects overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop better business units that can perform based on their markets and customer needs. Train the "sales" force in a wider range of services.

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