Freese and Nichols Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Great place to work with warm, family atmosphere!

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Overall Great Company to Work For

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

    I have been working at Freese and Nichols full-time

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

    Pros

    - Friendly, helpful, family-like culture - "Open door" group management - Reputable firm in Texas - Talented and high-percentage of licensed PEs - Excellent benefits - Approachable lead/upper management - Team-oriented atmosphere and collective passion for success of the firm (as opposed to being motivated primarily by individual gain)

    Cons

    - Inconsistencies in workload (overtime versus straight 40 -- some employees work a lot of overtime, while others work normal hours/off weekends) - Career path for engineers is clearly defined, while other technical positions lack this kind of linearity - On average, lower base pay for non-engineering technical positions


  3. Great family atmosphere that pushes you to be better!

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

    I have been working at Freese and Nichols full-time

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

    Pros

    The company is organized well and the hierarchy makes sense. I got fair pay for the work I performed and I got the recognition I deserved.

    Cons

    I didn't have another job in Fort Worth, but the pay seemed as though it was a little less than what others made, but the company made up for it in the opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing at a pace that makes sense and not just growing to fill the needs of customers. I'd rather work at a place that doesn't have lay-off scares! Thanks for keeping it a stable environment!


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  5. It's Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Above average in leveraging technology for day-to-day operation. - Paid overtime. - Frequent brown bags. - Great atmosphere (if you're in Ft Worth HQ). - Great place for new grads or those who have been with the firm for a loooong time.

    Cons

    - Too many chiefs not enough indians (for a company of your size, do you really need that many group managers?) - Inexperienced PMs (just because one passed through the company's PM boot camp, it doesn't mean that one is ready to be managing projects). - Very conservative and Good Ol' Boys mentality. - Everything rides on the TX water market (can't really compete outside TX). - Not a good place to be if you're a mid-level professionals.

    Advice to Management

    Stop feeding the ego of your APMs/PMs and reduced the number of groups. If a group manager or regional manager can't bring-in more works then he/she should step aside. What you need is more client managers and not group managers. Have a strategy that will expand the firm's operation beyond TX water market and implement it ASAP.


  6. Great company and corporate culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Wonderful Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Doing a great job!


  8. Great Company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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


  9. Good Work Environment & Office Culture but Redundant Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Freese and Nichols

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Great experience

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

    I have been working at Freese and Nichols

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Satisfactory experience as a non-engineer in an engineering firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Freese and Nichols

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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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