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  1. "Launched my career - exciting, rewarding work with talented, creative people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Marketing in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fentress Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Opportunities to work on world-class design projects
    - Attracts very talented, creative people passionate about their work
    - Fun, rewarding place to work as a young professional, with great socializing after hours
    - Everyone is driven to perform at their highest ability
    - Very dedicated leadership / partners invested in nurturing rising stars
    - Incredible opportunities to learn from and contribute to an industry leading, international brand

    Cons

    - Demanding workload/hours with low pay for entry level staff

    Advice to Management

    Be courageous and bring greater transparency to processes and company decisions


  2. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fentress Architects full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mostly work on incredibly interesting and satisfying projects of a national or international scale. Staff is very dedicated and very intelligent. Training is good and have dedicated revit resource to rely on. Seems like with changes in some senior leadership that began about 3 years ago that the company really turned around. Much happier and place and stronger financially. Not one of those firms that hires and fires based on projects.

    Cons

    Needs to be better communication from principals to lower staff. Sometimes people that advance are the ones with the loudest voices, but that is the way with most firms I suppose.


  3. "Great Opportunity, Great Projects"

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    Former Employee - Communications in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Communications in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fentress Architects full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    We had the opportunity to develop very innovative marketing and brand development projects that most companies would never have the courage to take on. It was a hard but rewarding job.

    Cons

    There were often long hours, some were expected of you and some you did just because you wanted to excel at your job.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire the brilliant young architects and marketing/communications staff that you have been, and allow them to stretch and grow.


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  5. "All- If you ever have the opportunity to work for this firm you would be crazy not to accept it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Manager
    Former Employee - Office Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Fentress Architects full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This firm has the most outstanding creative people I've met in the work environment. Upper management is constantly communicating with the studio and there are ample training sessions to allow for learning and growth.

    Cons

    I have absolutely no cons to add about working for this employer. I enjoyed every minute working for Fentress Architects.


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    "Could be great, but..."

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

    Pros

    - smart, talented people
    - a few upper level principals who care, but aren't in a position to change anything

    Cons

    - executive team severly out of touch
    - culture of secrecy and fear
    - no internal communication
    - hr department doesn't listen
    - nothing ever changes when employees respectfully voice concerns
    - lots of nepotism
    - tunnel vision
    - lack of care or concern for employees

    Advice to Management

    wake up! you are running the company into the ground by ignoring the greatest asset you have, your employees. you don't realize the insidious nature of the culture you have created. start actually caring instead of pretending to care. the band-aids you put on large problems, only when you absolutely have to, do not fix the underlying issues.


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    "A Company in Transition"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fentress Architects full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Aspires to great design; is forward-leaning; looking seriously at the future of the profession, and how to transform itself; vast potential if upper management succeeds.

    Cons

    Little consistency from office to office in all aspects of practice; trouble retaining the most promising talent; no credible pay or bonus structure; weak communications between management and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Pursue more "Clients", as opposed to "Projects" as a more sound business practice; Find a way to deal with "legacy" principals and associates who may be unable to embrace needed, or measurable change.


  8. "A Good Company Gone Bad"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fentress Architects full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about this company was the co-founder, Jim Bradburn. He encouraged growth, learning, exploring and creativity. He also realized the importance of giving back to the community and helping others in need.

    Cons

    Everything changed when Mr. Bradburn retired. The company now has an attitude of disposable employees, hiring and firing frequently. There has been so much turnover that there is no longer a stable knowledge base within the firm. I would suggest looking elsewhere if you are a young intern or administrative professional.

    Advice to Management

    Look at employees as people, not things that can easily be thrown away. Learn to trust your managers to make the right decisions to carry designs forward. Support your administrative staff and stop viewing them as just the 'hired help'.


  9. "Top-notch design firm with great people"

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

    I have been working at Fentress Architects full-time

    Pros

    -Innovative teams and highly creative people
    -Many learning opportunities with AIA accreditation
    -Great projects in the public sector
    -Strategic leadership team, always pushing the envelope of what the firm can do and where they can go

    Cons

    -The way information is distilled is not always accurate, from the senior level down and across departments
    -Last minute deadlines require some long hours and weekend work

    Advice to Management

    -Hold more "conversations" with senior management. Internal communication has been improving through these. It is nice to know about firm initiatives before reading about it online.


  10. "Offers more than other firms"

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

    I have been working at Fentress Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small firm feel, but big opportunities
    Cutting edge design work
    Gearing up for growth

    Cons

    Studio decor needs a refresh

    Advice to Management

    Like the way you're aggressively pursuing growth overseas.


  11. "World-class company with talented colleagues"

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

    I have been working at Fentress Architects full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very entrepreneurial--if you have a vision of doing something and the ability, Fentress Architects will give you room to try it out.
    Working with talented, creative people on amazing projects.

    Cons

    Design doesn't pay as well as some other industries.
    Has it's share of office politics--but not nearly as much as others in this industry.

    Advice to Management

    Don't get to corporate, keep it real and make time to get to know your employees talents and aspirations.



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