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FMI Corporation Reviews

Updated July 11, 2017
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  1. "Staff Accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FMI Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Accounting Manager was a joy to work with.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth in the department


  2. "Administrative Coordinator-Denver"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FMI Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful Denver office environment and location, friendly and talented administrative team in Denver and Raleigh, sufficient new employee training, room and encouragement to expand responsibility and role. A variety of project management work (meeting/event planning, travel, project coordination, etc.) to basic administrative support. Management team exceptional to work for; professional. Small and personable office; quiet usually, unless they are hosting a fun in-house event. Overall, a quality place to work!

    Cons

    If I MUST offer Cons, they would be: Administrative staff complaints of communication struggles between office management and consultants. Favoritism and indirect communication. Administrative staff occupies small, open-style cubicles where little to no privacy. Admin staff required to rotate into receptionist duties.

    Advice to Management

    Create true administrator and project manager roles. Be competitive in the job market; continue to hire high quality, experienced professionals where they are compensated well for their contribution and experience, consider other methods of reward for admins; i.e., time off, bonus, stock, promotion, etc. Continue to find ways to promote and reward "we're all on the same team" mentality.

  3. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FMI Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people, lots of growth opportunity, solid management team, positive outlook.

    Cons

    Would be nice to upgrade office space.


  4. "Exceptional Learning Exerience"

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    Former Employee - Valuation Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Valuation Analyst in Denver, CO

    I worked at FMI Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working as an analyst, one is exposed to value-added work immediately, allowing one to learn in a fast-paced and challenging environment which is also supportive of one's development. Additionally, analysts work directly with managing directors which is beneficial to gain valuable industry insight and knowledge. This also helps one get noticed for exceptional performance. No day is ever the same as there are always different types of projects going on.

    Cons

    The office environment might not be for everyone. Due to the size of the Company and travel schedules, it can be quiet at times.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Opportunity to shape the E&C industry"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FMI Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ability to help shape an industry (engineering and construction) that is thirsty for innovation and progressive ways to engage and develop the workforce. Strong brand and reputation to stand on. Given the amount of transition of ownership and management, there is an endless amount of opportunity to take over business and client opportunities. Many feel that prior FMI leadership was "stale" but that is certainly changing, and new leadership is not willing to accept status quo. Many positive changes around marketing, data and analytics, internal collaboration and industry partnerships.

    Cons

    Of course the travel regimen is not easy for all. Also, some do not like or deal well with ambiguity. Being a small organization, people fill many roles, and if you're not the right cultural fit (and you need very prescriptive direction) then it could be hard.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the foot on the gas with regard to change; it's not always easy, but it's appreciated.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good Consulting Firm That Needs to be Modernized"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great for someone who is self driven with not a lot of guidance. You get to work with very smart people. Entry into management consulting. Entrepreneurial in driving your own business.

    Cons

    Looks like most of the reviews on Glassdoor were written by HR or Recruiting. Zero training provided at hiring. Flat management structure so no one wants to be your boss. Lacks diversity. Still operates as good ole boy club from the 70's.

    Advice to Management

    Create onboarding program. Formalize internal documents and processes. Be open to modernizing the company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A Growing and Exciting Company"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FMI Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting new CEO and vision for 2016
    Good pay and benefits
    Very smart people throughout the organization
    Great for self starters

    Cons

    Lots of travel if you are a consultant. You will do much better at this company if you don't need to be handheld. So many opportunities but you have to take them yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Pursue the One FMI vision and all that surrounds it. It will take this company to even better places. Very exciting.

  8. "IT Manager"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at FMI Corporation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Been in business for many years and is a solid company with good clients. Long standing business.

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now. Worked for them for many years. Mostly looking for a new challenge.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Glorified Traveling Sales Job"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at FMI Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Construction industry as a whole is full of down-to-earth smart people. FMI has good 401k contributions. Potential to become partner if you sell enough. Offer valuable service to a niche industry. Some consultants are VERY intelligent hard working people. Especially at the Managing Partner level.

    Cons

    Then entirety of the following represents my personal OPINION and are based on my personal experiences. Most of the positions within FMI are glorified traveling sales positions. You start out as free work to other consultants, but eventually you will turn into their competition with the end goal being that you SELL and work projects. The result of this is a VERY segregated employee base. Once a consultant is established, they do not want to share their expertise or documents with other consultants for fear of losing business or creating competition. It's a very odd dynamic, but may explain why the organization has remained so small for being in business over 60 years.

    Traveling is grueling with this organization. While many consulting firms travel Monday - Thursday to a single location, FMI employees were required to travel Sunday-Saturday when needed. Not only this, but it was not unusual for a consultant to visit 2-3 cities in a single week. So what does that schedule look like? You fly on Sunday at 10AM. You must arrive at the airport at 8AM meaning you wake up at 6AM to get there on time. Not to mention your Saturday evening was spent packing for the trip. You arrive and go over slides for a few hours, answer emails and get any work done needed for the week. Since you will be leaving again the next day, you also have to pack. You get to the clients office at 8AM or earlier and are presenting for 6-7-8-9 hours straight. You only leave because you have to catch a flight at 8PM. You leave late and rush to the airport barely making your next flight. You get to your next destination at 10PM and don't get to the hotel until 11:30PM. You go over slides and emails, iron and again get ready for the next day. You wake up at 6:30AM after only a few hours sleep in an average at best hotel and repeat. This does not include any of the endless hours of prep work depending on your position. Some positions are simply repeating what you always say over and over. Imagine this life if you have friends and a family that you care about.

    The pay also seems to be significantly below market especially considering the lack of home life. A quick search of major consulting firms average salaries will confirm this. Not to mention your pay is heavily dependent upon how much you sell. If you don't sell, you won't have a job.

    Advice to Management

    Consultants have lives outside of work and the travel doesn't even fit with other large consulting firms. Don't allow your employees to not share their industry knowledge. You will never grow if you can't train the next wave of traveling salespeople.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great people to work for"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FMI Corporation (More than a year)

    Pros

    FMI has an amazing group of employees. My consultants are easy to work with and are appreciative of the effort I put into my job. My coworkers are great, and are always there to lend an extra pair of hands when needed. I am given the freedom to do my job without anyone looking over my shoulder.

    Cons

    Nothing out of the ordinary comes to mind.


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