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FRCH NELSON Reviews

Updated December 18, 2018
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  1. "Work hard play hard"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FRCH NELSON full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many knowledgeable co-workers to support the projects
    Company happy hours and outings to help employees relax
    Good work culture
    Interesting and diverse projects to work on
    Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Long work hours occasionally
    Sometimes project manager would disappear to another floor for hours
    Changing retail environment a cause for concern going forward


  2. "Senior Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FRCH NELSON full-time

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers and good projects.
    Lots of growth opportunities on the right project teams.
    Company culture very positive and relaxing.

    Cons

    Reviews are considered paperwork instead of opportunity for growth.
    Personal relationships dictate project teams.
    Design disciplines work separately with minimal collaboration.
    Merger with NELSON leaves an unclear future for many.

  3. "Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FRCH NELSON full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good office culture, management was personable and friendly.

    Cons

    Long work hours some weeks.


  4. "Specialty Retail Architecture"

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

    I have been working at FRCH NELSON part-time

    Pros

    Great company, people, and environment

    Cons

    Generally there is work overload.


  5. "Fun and interesting interdisciplinary firm."

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

    I have been working at FRCH NELSON full-time

    Pros

    I like the project mix and the opportunity to work as a partner with interiors and graphics on design initiatives instead of being in an Architectural silo.

    Better than average benefits for the industry.

    Good social atmosphere but still serious about the work.

    Cons

    Would prefer more emphasis on core and shell architecture for larger projects. Firm is highly retail based..

    Advice to Management

    Keep working hard to maintain the creative culture. Measure success in good works as much as profits.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Architect"

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    Former Employee - Architect in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Architect in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FRCH NELSON full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good project experience, pockets of truly great teams. It is possible to find a good niche here and flourish. People that love this company, love it true. If you haven't found that niche after a year or two (and you'll know), I recommend moving on rather than waiting.

    Cons

    Project hand-off is frequent and fraught. By design, oversight of projects is fragmented allowing lots of finger pointing. To succeed, do exactly and only what is required then look for someone else to pick it up from there. Try not to be the last one holding the bag.
    The 'play hard' involves a lot of alcohol. If you're not a drinker, odds are very good you won't fit in here socially.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify ownership and management. Too many middle aged white men.


  7. "designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FRCH NELSON full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Also a terrific HR department who really try to keep the culture healthy.

    Cons

    nothing negative to share at FRCH

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    "Excellent Environment Overall but has its drawbacks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FRCH NELSON full-time

    Pros

    -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.

    Cons

    -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.


  9. "Retail/Mixed Use design"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FRCH NELSON part-time

    Pros

    FRCH has a family atmosphere and they really care about their employees. I worked as a co-op and a part-time employee and felt welcomed and respected in both roles.

    Cons

    One on one mentorship could be improved company wide though some studios do a better job than others.


  10. "Wonderful Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FRCH NELSON full-time

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Positive environment
    Opportunities for advancement
    Interesting and exciting work

    Cons

    Some uncertainty at the top