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Fehr & Peers Reviews

Updated September 3, 2017
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  1. "Pretty Awesome Establishment to Work"

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

    Pros

    Great culture, autonomous work, room to grow and develop new skills

    Cons

    Hiring process slow, pay is lower than desired

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Junior staff are overworked and underpaid - burnout revolver"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fehr & Peers full-time

    Pros

    - good range of benefits
    - if you're aggressive/"liked" within the office, you can get involved in variety of projects, which will help you when you start looking for a new job
    -snacks

    Cons

    I echo much of what has already been said in other reviews about F&P. If you are reading this, do not be surprised by the culture and how you are treated in their offices.
    -junior staff are overworked (regularly work 50+ hours each work without compensation after any hour over 40)
    -cut throat environment: if you make 1 mistake, you will pay for it (even if it is a mistake that was not caught by your associate, project manager, or principle in charge). document everything that you do here to make sure youre safe. they (your PMs and other colleagues) will throw you under the bus to keep their bonus/job
    -the office structure rewards associates who have been in the company since the 2008 recession, but those associates do not necessarily have the skillset that is bringing in work to the company (GIS, data analytics, graphics, etc)!
    -they are known for their EIRs/TIAs: do not be mislead by their company website and projects that F&P promotes on social media sites. as junior to mid level planner, you will have to compete amongst your coworkers to get exposure to projects beyond EIRs and TIAs.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "So many have left for good reason"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fehr & Peers full-time

    Pros

    -Some offices located in good locations, like downtowns of big cities with high walk-scores
    -Some offices cover parking, and all offer some form of commute-incentive

    Cons

    -Leadership falters or is non-existent
    -Open-door policy also non-existent
    -Claims to empower every employee are untrue, except for a very select few
    -Disloyalty observed in some situations
    -Company culture lacks realness and positivity


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Not as advertised culture. Inconsistent review process. Junior staff like salves"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fehr & Peers full-time

    Pros

    Free food, Ping Pong table catered lunches. but who cares !!!

    Cons

    I have worked here for a while and realized the company is not quite as they advertise. I also echo some of the cons brought up by others. Everyone here "thinks" they are "innovative" and they do "cool" things, but at the end of the day they are all looking after themselves. The collaborative culture is non existent, backstabbing is prevalent and to move up relationships matter more than your skill.

    - Everyone here is after their bonuses. That is all they care about (inherently). Folks portray they are helpful and collaborative but they aren't. Senior management is unwilling to learn from past mistakes, their GOAL is to win projects. The expectation is for junior staff and PM to somehow deliver the unreasonable project requirements. While the company says they are open to feedback, but none of these guys actually take feedback as they should. I have personal world on projects where the numbers were deliberately fudged to meet client expectations. I was uncomfortable doing unethical things and asked to be relieved from the project.

    - Lot of blame game in the company. Everyone is willing to throw you under the bus to save their bonus for the year. That is just how it is. So if you plan to work here - watch your back. Document everything and make others accountable for their mistakes.

    - The company keep talking about innovation but they end up going over budget on most projects. As a result someone has to pay and it is usually the junior most staff because they are staked with unreasonable requirements that have not been thought out by the principal or project manager.

    - Fake smiles and concerns. Everyone in the company has fake smiles and concerns. I have seem some really genuine people leave the company because they felt used.

    - They pay peanuts to junior staff and high salaries to senior when bulk of the work is done by junior folks. The reason, the company wants to bring business. Nothing else matters so unless you can bring business (via contacts) there is no chance you will go up. So in other words you are at mercy of senior staff (who may or may not give you access to their clients).

    - The company markets even the smallest thing they do as its a big deal. I felt like they were faking it, but who cares. The person who faked is go the bonus and is happy. Others can go to hell !!

    Advice to Management

    - change your reward structure to be bottom up. Let the junior staff rate each PM and Principal after every project. This will give a comprehensive evaluation of senior staff. Else they just treat junior staff like slaves.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Stay away!!!"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Don't believe the hype!"

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    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.


  7. "Coolest firm to work for among transportation consultancy"

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    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.

  8. "Amazing bottom-up company"

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    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!


  9. "Transportation Engineer"

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    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)


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away"

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    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.


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