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Cincinnati, OH
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
CallisonRTKL , BHDP Architecture, WD Partners
FRCH Design Worldwide is an international design and architecture firm. We collaborate with our clients to see things from a new and unique perspective. We innovate and inspire to create amazing environments where people shop, eat, work, relax and play.

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Jim Tippmann
14 Ratings
  • "Excellent Environment Overall but has its drawbacks"

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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FRCH Design full-time


    -Work Hard/Play Hard mentality is a pro and a con.
    -High quality of work in Retail and Hospitality industries
    -Great pool of talent, especially in Interior Design and Graphic Design disciplines
    -Good benefits, salary OK
    -promote work life balance
    -Firm culture a major plus. Social events planned throughout the year focus on employees and try to offset the work hard aspect of the job. No other firm I've worked in has this good a firm culture, as casual an environment, and positive a general daily attitude in the office.


    -Work Hard/Play Hard mentality is a pro and a con.
    -Firm overall trajectory seems to have lost its way in certain respects. Focus on international work to get through recession didn't transition very well after traditional work pattern returned.
    -Much $ and attention has been spent on slow-to-start new office locations.
    -Studio leadership is hit and miss. Most are quite good and care about their team. mixed use/big box studios under a lot of pressure to support architecture program.
    -Partners retiring in next 5-8 years, unsure of firm direction.
    -Communication is strong on surface but often lacks convincing depth/accuracy.
    -Employment structure/titles/promotion makes it hard to understand personal path, especially for younger employees. System being overhauled according to HR and leadership
    -Interior Design firm at its heart. Architecture is second. 2/3 of firm work is not oriented toward ground-up architecture.

    Advice to Management

    -Implement new review and employment structure immediately
    -Begin communicating to employees how firm we all love will deal with evolution once critical leadership staff retire in coming years.
    -Take client feedback seriously. Share feedback with teams. "no communication must mean things are OK" isn't a winning formula.
    -Underbidding work to win the RFP with the hope to add work later seems difficult to understand for younger workers, leads to frustration on those doing the work, that they are fighting a losing battle.

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FRCH Design Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at FRCH Design (Cincinnati, OH).


    Met with 3 VPs in a small meeting room who fanned through my design portfolio, gave a few bits of constructive criticism, then quickly moved on to questions. They were relatively easy to talk to. I'm a natural people-pleaser, so keeping them happy was an easy task.

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    They gave an offer that was reasonable, so I didn't think it was necessary to negotiate.

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Company Updates

  • In partnership with Hilton Worldwide, FRCH helps announce the launch of Hilton's new mid-scale brand, Tru By Hilton

    —30+ days ago
    Tru Confessions | Boutique Design |

    (March 2016) posted on Mon Apr 04, 2016 FRCH shares insider intel on the design process behind the hospitality industry's newest midscale brand, Tru by Hilton. click an image below to view slideshow Every hotel brand launch claims to be revolutionary.

  • FRCH discusses creating a female-friendly work environment with WCPO

    —30+ days ago
    Design firm FRCH touts competitive edge in female-friendly work force

    CINCINNATI - Fact: FRCH Design Worldwide has a more female-centric work force than most big design firms. Fact: FRCH has enjoyed rapid growth since 2010. Coincidence? They think not. "Women's brains are wired to multi-task and collaborate," said Donna Szarwark, a senior vice president in charge of human resources for FRCH.

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FRCH Design Awards & Accolades

  • Top Retail Design Firm, VMSD Magazine, 2016
  • Top 300 Architecture/Engineering Firms, Engineering News-Record (ENR), 2016
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