Fay, Spofford, and Thorndike Reviews | Glassdoor

Fay, Spofford, and Thorndike Reviews

8 reviews

Filter

Filter


3.6
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Peter J. Howe
4 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. "Senior Principal Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fay, Spofford, and Thorndike full-time

    Pros

    Supper Friendly bosses, flexible hours, lay back tasks, low lay-off rate

    Cons

    unorganized, no routine, no rules to follow, very cheap, hard to be seen by higher management


  2. "OH Person"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The longevity of the staff and the company benefits. Flexible with the work schedule to accommodate attention to family matters.

    Cons

    Leadership changes and the aggressive strategic moves that benefit only the few at the top.

  3. "Solid Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fay, Spofford, and Thorndike full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees are treated well, and the diversity of services offered provides needed balance to weather economic troubles. The company has completed many large and significant projects in New England. Having existed for over 100 years, the company has a solid reputation.

    Cons

    Because people stick around FST a long time it can feel difficult to move up or find opportunities for advancement. There can be limited opportunities for large projects in branch offices.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop the vision of expansion and strategic planning. Continue to treat the employees well and reward those who work hard.


  4. "Accountant Assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good company, experience, employee, I have good communication with people that I worked

    Cons

    I have to leave to become full time mom last year of employment was 2003

    Advice to Management

    the best


  5. "Senior Principal Engineer (Structural)"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Fay, Spofford, and Thorndike full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Offers free webinar programs to all employees in order to fulfill continuing education requirements relative to licensure. Provides monthly presentations by employees relative to work they are doing or relative to their particular discipline. Is proactive in bringing women on board. Encourages younger employees to look toward the future and typically tries to promote from within. President has informational meetings with the entire staff twice a year to bring it up to date on the current direction lf the firm and the status of work backlog.

    Cons

    Does not provide coverage relative to the cost of licensure. Does not offer assistance to employees relative to costs of education that may be beneficial in providing for advancement in the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful of trying to expand operations too quickly in the form of acquiring existing firms. (FST has acquired two such firms in the last year).


  6. "Not a place to make a career."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fay, Spofford, and Thorndike full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are decent and pay is Ok as long as the mediocre managers located in the NYC office think you're good. You can be a scum of the earth and still you might impress them (These people lack engineering skills). The jobs they do (don't require a great set of skills) will give you good experience to move on to something better.

    Cons

    The office culture is a misery (@ NYC Office). These people promote privileges between employees. The New York city office has a lot to work on. The job is a dead end. The "leadership" lacks technical abilities to attract good projects. They keep on bringing inspection jobs to fuel the big salaries of people who have affairs in the office while the second class citizens they employ bust their tails in the extreme cold or in the harsh sun performing inspection tasks that will take them nowhere as engineers. When they ever get a nice design project is because they low-bid it, leaving you without hours to really work on it. Please don't join these people unless you have no other employment option.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the people that really do the job and stop being so picky about candidates. The parking garage division in Burlington can choose candidates easier than all of you and treat them better.


  7. "Comfortable"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Burlington, MA

    Pros

    There are a lot of very intelligent people who work there. Many people are willing to teach and help others. Also, a very secure place to work, as they continue to win job after job because of their good reputation for producing quality.

    Cons

    Kind of slow to move up the ladder. Very small to no bonuses. Pay seems below average according to certain salary websites.

    Advice to Management

    Put more trust in junior level engineers. They are not simply drafters. They should be encouraged to provide their own input on projects.

  8. "Not a good place to work at"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer - Environmental
    Current Employee - Engineer - Environmental
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good experience if you are young, you will get lots of work thrown at you early, albeit with minimum to zero instruction. So many young engineers work for FST for a few years, get some experience and their P.E., then move on to a company with much better pay and career opportunities.

    Cons

    Virtually no mentorship from the senior staff. No reviews. Career development is a word that does not exist in their vocabulary.

    Advice to Management

    It is no longer 1950. People move to better companies when working conditions are not good and younger engineers want to balance hard work with life. It is done successfully at other firms.