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FDH Engineering Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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  1. "Good company, ok atmosphere"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDH Engineering full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They have motivated staff and employees

    Cons

    Atmosphere is a bit stale. Not a lot of comradery, or team work.


  2. "Project Managers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to start your engineering career with.

    Cons

    Some of the Project Managers are so young and have never worked on the field. So it makes it really hard for them to understand what really happens on the field and knowing all the actual needs to get the job done.

    Advice to Management

    Before promoting project managers, they should actually try to manage a few projects on the field so they can better understand how a project on the field don't always match whats on paper.

  3. "Decent Firm"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Decent firm to work for.
    - Good people to work with for the most part
    - Laid back environment

    Cons

    Seems like there are limited growth opportunities within.

    Advice to Management

    Reward high performers


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Work Based on Efficiency"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer II in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Project Engineer II in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent support staff, senior engineering staff, and project management structure. The company is based largely on the efficiency of the Project Engineer I and II levels and the hours worked are a byproduct of the efficiency or inefficiency of the individual and their team. Workloads typically are reasonable and normal working hours could be maintained with more clarity from the top to the bottom. Project Engineers are rarely given projects that take more than 8 working hours to complete. There is a large group of engineers around the same age group. During my time there, I formed several lasting bonds with my peers and seniors. There is also a lot of room to move to mid-level management very quickly. The company hosts a monthly shut down, "First Thursday", where everyone can log off and enjoy food, drinks, and camaraderie. Also, while I was there the company hosted annual summer and Christmas events that tended to lift spirits.

    Cons

    Several departments consistently take on more work than can be handled in a reasonable period. The company is understaffed most of the time due to the high workload and short turnaround time required by the clients. However, when a department loses their inflow of work, the group is visibly lethargic. Throughout the day, people constantly discuss their frustration with the work that is on their desk and that is still to come. This continuous onslaught of seething disdain for the work environment is one of the reasons that the company is experiencing such a high turnover rate. This coupled with the fact that employees have little to no hope of receiving a bonus or raise has led to an overall toxic atmosphere where everyone dreads coming to work, cannot wait to go home, and finds little to no value in the time that they spend at work.

    Advice to Management

    Since the company has merged into FDH Velocitel now, I guess there is not much to say to management other than start the push back to your roots. When FDH was started, it was a company that worked for the individuals and ensured that they were duly compensated for their time and efforts. Recently, the company has been driven towards profits and client-satisfaction. The relentless pursuit of a large piece of the telecom industry is not worth the loss of the great engineers that work for you. Show them they are appreciated by more than just words in an email or spoken in assembly. While it may be more expedient to pay the lower-level employees less with little hope for bonus or raise, when you find that you have an employee that has proven his worth and can handle the strains of the job make sure that he knows you appreciate his efforts with something tangible.


  5. "Good for building experience but be prepared for long days"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDH Engineering full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunity for someone just out of school
    Fun holiday party

    Cons

    Salary not comparative for other engineering positions
    Promised schedule of 10 days on, 4 days off did not happen during my time with the company (6 days on, 1 day off if I was lucky when I had to travel. Other days were travel to the Raleigh office every day.)
    Short notice for travel
    Change of health plan such that single employees with no dependents left to take on expenses that married employees with dependents generated

    Advice to Management

    Explanation of why/how certain decisions are made would be ideal, rather than just a statement that things are changing


  6. "Structural Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDH Engineering (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay? Other than that, none

    Cons

    Booooorrrrrrr-ing! Same thing every day, plus I worked for 9+ hours every day

    Advice to Management

    Let people leave earlier


  7. "vary good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    travel work with good people

    Cons

    vary low per deim way under fed.

    Advice to Management

    when you do a good job say it sometimes

  8. "Good Starting Job"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The things I liked most about working here were the benefits, fellow employees, and the first thrusday reboots. The company does provide some nice things like coffee and snacks for employees in the office. However, field employees do not receive the same sort of perks.

    Cons

    There is a serious lack of emphasis on training and development. Deadlines completely outweigh any employee needs. It's an engineering meat market.

    Advice to Management

    For FDH being such small/ medium sized business, there is such a huge gap between upper management and the employees. It's like these complaints about lack of training and development and transparency in management is never heard because no changes are ever made. Treat your employees like you would want to be treated.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Better than listing "unemployed" on your resume..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer I
    Current Employee - Project Engineer I
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    FDH has a monthly social event and occasional department/team lunches. Christmas party is decent. Great coworkers and younger age demographic.

    Cons

    Company management seems solely focused on meeting financial numbers/projections at the expense of all else... even more so since FDH's acquisition by Velocitel. Pressure to meet goals leads to a poor work-life balance. Unreasonable deadlines and unrealistic promises to clients result in poor engineering judgment and corner-cutting from production and reviewing engineers. Bonuses are negligible if lucky, non existent for most. If you do your homework, you'll find that compensation at FDH is low compared to most other local engineering firms.

    Advice to Management

    If employee retention matters, make pay competitive. Hire enough staff to properly complete tasks to reduce burnouts.


  10. "Dysfunctional, inexperienced leadership, but great people?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FDH Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    + young company. Can rectify many mistakes they are making if they address them properly
    + decent medical. please see below

    Cons

    -no work life balance
    -no teamwork
    -expected 45 hours work a week. they prefer (5) 9 hour work days but if you have family concerns or emergencies you can make up the extra five hours overtime on the weekend with no additional compensation
    -no promotional potential
    -no personal growth
    -no wellness plans (except for the gym membership which they sometimes forget to pay for)
    -culture based around doing whatever,whatever, it takes to hit unreasonable numbers (60+ hours a week)
    -no overtime pay or compensation for doing extra work
    -detrimentally inexperienced management
    -discourages use of Paid time Off
    -poor leadership communication skills
    -no retirement (401k, benefits, etc.) for new hires
    -not appropriately apportioning time for projects (or promising clients work before the scheduled due date and making employees work longer hours)

    Advice to Management

    = address the needs for growth and development of your workforce instead of their significance as a single number related to your profit margins.
    = maintain better communication with your lower management and employees.
    = have the leadership check work they are supposedly signing.
    = positively reinforce good behavior, even if it is only slightly above the average, more reinforcement the better.
    = do not say one thing and do another. being honest with clients is great but if the promises tax your employees too much do not make those promises.
    = offer more incentives for good employees to stay and programs that help the weaker employees develop into great employees.
    = be honest with your expectations with new hires instead of trying to fill a seat so you can raise numbers for your client. most will not choose to work for you but you will get a better match of employees for the particular type of company you have chosen to operate as.


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