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Fehr & Peers Reviews

Updated January 9, 2017
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  1. "Coolest firm to work for among transportation consultancy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool firm with style and culture. This firm actually has a vision.

    Cons

    Intense, stress, and measuring you highly based on your performance and efficiency

    Advice to Management

    Some people are meant to play "supporting" role. They might seem not helpful directly, but without, the "stars" are hard to shine.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fehr & Peers full-time

    Pros

    Free food, free coffee, free snacks, lots of desserts, free breakfast on fridays, sometimes free lunches, monthly meetings are lunch catered (for free)

    Cons

    Don't work here. Especially if you're smart. You could do better. This company is nothing but drama. Don't let the ol' magic word "culture" suck you in- this place is just terrible. More gossip and backstabbing than anything I've ever experienced, little to no training, and if you make even one mistake, god help you. Also- everyone communicates by email- even if their desk is so close to yours that you can smell on their breath what they had for breakfast. It's just weird. Nobody talks to each other!
    I don't know about you, but I personally prefer to actually speak to someone, but If you like awkward silences, pin drop quiet atmospheres, fake smiles, the crunching of eggshells on your feet, and catty, backstabbing gossip, then this is the place for you!

    Advice to Management

    None. There isn't enough advice in the world that could help these poor saps that are brainwashed into thinking this is a great place to work.


  3. "Don't believe the hype!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Fehr & Peers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have competitive benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is non-existent for some and management could care less. Career advancement is about how you look and not performance base.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on your staff management staff. I don't think they take care of the people who actually do the job.


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  5. "Amazing bottom-up company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fehr & Peers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Has sense of two-way solutions to transportation problems -- efforts in influencing communities and efforts in changing the transportation network as a whole. This makes it different than typical transportation consultancies that emphasize on one of the two. Great people, great environment, and encourages personal growths and trusts people.

    Cons

    Workload unstable. Companies encourage proposing issues but requires them to come with solutions also. However, sometimes one person might might only know the issue, and the other one might only know the solution. If you don't let them communicate, the will never know the other person has the solution (or problem).

    Advice to Management

    Fehr & Peers has a promising future if it expands in both practice and research. Sooner or later, it will be the main competitor with Cambridge Systematics. I hope the management team now to start thinking about how to get more talented people in research and system analysis. Good luck to FP!


  6. "Transportation Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    7-4pm. No work overtime. Very secure. Great life-work balance. Very meaningful since your work directly influence people's life. Feeling accomplishment when you take your friends and families passing by or using the project facility.

    Cons

    Slow pace of working environment. Some people there don't work very hard or lack of ability (though might be very nice people)


  7. "Stay Away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation Planner/Engineer
    Former Employee - Transportation Planner/Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -They don't care how late you show up in the morning (a couple people would consistently show up at 10AM or later).
    -Great benefits and salary.

    Cons

    -No work life balance, even though they brainwash everyone to think they have it.
    -Projects are ALWAYS over budget and late, so they expect the entry level staff to work overtime (50-60 hours a week) without being paid to make up for it.
    -Terrible project managers with no project management experience; they use half the budget for "organizing the project"
    -Office culture is terrible, people will gossip behind your back 24/7 and take advantage of you as much as possible. I was thrown under the bus almost every week for something I never did.
    -You're paid hourly, so if you work 50 hours a week, you get paid for 40. If there's not enough work so you only work 30 hours that week (but are there for 40), you only get paid for 30. Very unfair and management doesn't care.

    Advice to Management

    Be clearer about staying overtime. Also, train your project managers and principals. They clearly don't know how to deliver projects on time and on budget.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Planner/Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer/Planner in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer/Planner in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, nice benefits (medical, vision, dental, 401K), company has a good reputation on the West Coat (but that's the extent to their reputation's reach)

    Cons

    -the role of transportation planners in their company is unclear. At the end of the day, this is a traffic engineering firm that values dry EIRs and TIAs only related to motor vehicle traffic analysis. F&P pretends to be a cool planning firm with "innovative ideas" but it's all propaganda. T
    -The company promotes its training programs, but again, it's all propaganda. Chargeability is valued above all else, so say goodbye to time to get city/transportation planners trained on traffic engineering. no formal training opportunities for entry-level staff, all training occurs on the job with cut-throat project managers and office managers who are not good communicators.
    -Also, all of these positive reviews from Walnut Creek are from F&P's corporate office to improve its Glassdoor reviews and overall score.
    -If you are interested in transit planning, bicycle/pedestrian planning, transportation policy, or innovative, interesting, and meaningful work, F&P is NOT for you. Again, this is a suburban transportation that would best fit a transportation engineer/civil engineer interested in planning for cars & traffic.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about your core business and values.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not so great after all"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Fehr & Peers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    pay and benefits are pretty good; lots of senior engineers would come in at 10 am and leave at 4pm and nobody seemed to care

    Cons

    too much overtime, they expect you to donate your time for free to make up for projects going over budget. Well guess what, every project pretty much goes over budget because the project managers have no experience.

    The culture here is crap, people will always throw you under the bus even if it's they're fault. I'm surprised these people are still in business too because there's so many mistakes. Senior engineers submit things wrong to clients because they are too lazy to redo them.

    Advice to Management

    People are project managers after being their 1 year and they mess everything up .they have no idea what they're doing, train your staff better.

    Also, all your good reviews are just from corporate trying to make you guys seem like there's no overtime and that everythings seems perfect.


  10. "Transportation Planner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Planner in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Transportation Planner in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work mix and flexibility of project type is great

    Cons

    Work/life flexibility ebbs and flows and is unstable


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Smoke and Mirrors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fehr & Peers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good health benefits options and a good place to transition while exploring a career move.
    Good starting place to work with minimum skill level requirements needed.
    Great parking facility and good location for commuting.
    If you enjoy to spend half of your work time socializing and sitting in on meetings, good place for you.

    Cons

    The press promoted is that they foster growth, but the only growth available is to the select few that fit the "Culture".
    They solicit contribution to change but at the same time tell you not to rock the boat (confusing).
    Work life balance is featured continuously but the reality is that it only applies to the ones that work the least. They have a fair amount of staff that talk big and work little but get ahead, they value the cheerleader personality over the one's actually producing the work.
    Overtime is not approved of, but at the same time the work load is unrealistic and if you don't put in extra effort you won't get very far.
    Way too heavy with corporate staff for such a small company, with the bulk of the weight at the managerial level that contributes very little.

    Advice to Management

    In your hiring process don't miss-lead people about the culture that's in place, tell them the truth they can handle it. Not a big mystery why you have such a high turn over.



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