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FreemanWhite Reviews

Updated Aug 9, 2018

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2.6
29%
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41%
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FreemanWhite Owner Joe Johnston (no image)
Joe Johnston
5 Ratings
  1. "Non Architecture Position"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FreemanWhite full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Continuous learning Great team members Great Leadership Flexibility Knowledge of Industry

    Cons

    There aren't many. There are ebbs in flows of work load in this industry, but that is found in most. Overall it has been a great experience.

    FreemanWhite2017-07-17
  2. "Poor work/life balance, Charlotte Office"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FreemanWhite full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice office building and park setting. Good benefits

    Cons

    Deadlines keep getting compressed, jobs are not staffed properly, management is demeaning, long days have become normal. Unless you are a workaholic, it's not a positive place to be. New standards have been put in place by people lacking enough experience to make these standards. The list could go on...

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees like slaves who should be happy to work for poor conditions.

    FreemanWhite2018-08-09
  3. "Culture"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Services in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at FreemanWhite full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Many wonderful people, good culture and engaging environment.

    Cons

    Management appears to show empathy but mostly empty gestures because their top concern is their salary and status. They use a lot of buzzwords and jargon to say many things that sound good but when thought about don't have much substance. Employees mostly nod along so they can get back to their project work.

    Advice to Management

    None, the only advice that matters here is what comes down from corporate.

    FreemanWhite2018-05-30
  4. "Learning a lot, overall positive"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FreemanWhite full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work flexibility/life balance Education Teamwork Vision Nice facility Good people Resources/technology Regular company information meetings Transparent (as much as possible) with financial info Fun company events and volunteering

    Cons

    Have ups and downs with workload Some challenging personalities, nothing more than you would experience anywhere else Turnover due to Haskell acquisition and management changes

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. They are capable of more than you think.

    FreemanWhite2017-04-09
  5. "Architect"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at FreemanWhite full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very friendly environment within the employees. They work with your schedule a little to help with work/family balance

    Cons

    This review is before they were bought out, but the upper management worked salaried employees 60-70 hours per week. Didn't give bonuses unless you were higher up. After the recession, they treated us like we should be happy we even had jobs.

    Advice to Management

    I think that the new management needs to look at their team carefully. A lot of old school mentality still there.

    FreemanWhite2016-11-16
  6. "Great Place for the Specialized Interest of Healthcare Architecture"

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    Former Employee - Intern Level II in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FreemanWhite full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They had a wonderful education program for continuing professional development

    Cons

    Inter-office politics sometimes felt as if it negatively effected the greater team. I also feel there was a tendency to excuse/ignore sexist behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful to not distance yourself so much from the production teams, this often felt disjointed and leaves those at the bottom feeling like you only see them as drafters and "worker-bees."

    FreemanWhite2016-10-18
  7. "has it's moments"

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

    I have been working at FreemanWhite full-time

    Pros

    Was acquired by Haskell and is now a larger company which has some benefits. Lots of staff in headquarters office that specialize in certain areas.

    Cons

    Was acquired by Haskell and is now a larger company which has some cons... sometimes hard to know who to ask or where to find information.

    Advice to Management

    Staff offices and projects appropriately for the amount of work that needs to be done. Make it a little easier to figure out who to go to with questions or issues.

    FreemanWhite2016-09-16
  8. "Unfortunate decline in culture and leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at FreemanWhite full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people are great to work with! Great building, nice workout room, great kitchen facilities and an outdoor grill!

    Cons

    The choice of FreemanWhite's new President is absurd, unless you are appointing someone to a leadership position at a boot camp facility in the U.S. Military. This person has no social skills whatsoever, or even the desire to get to know staff. Absurd. FreemanWhite has lost a number of good people for very substantial reasons. It's unfortunate. It used to be a good firm. Now, it's not a firm that stands out even in the least . What a shame

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    Advice to Management

    Close the doors.

    FreemanWhite2016-07-18
  9. "Toxic Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FreemanWhite full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Depending on who you work with, you can have a very meaningful professional experience in that you will work on various phases of the project and the building, i.e., you won't just be working on tenant improvements. Those who are interested in learning more about comprehensive building design might find what they're looking for.

    Cons

    I work in a satellite office and the environment is terrible. People are very critical of one another behind one another's backs, and speak poorly of leadership in a very malicious way. Projects are also run very poorly with very little direction as to real deadlines and what deliverables are necessary. Team members' times are not coordinated between project managers, so expect people to be fighting over production help and you being taken away from project managers you were supposed to help. There are no work plans for projects, and expectations and roles are very poorly articulated, so things oftentimes fall through the cracks. The recent purchase from Haskell also removed some benefits, making some very resentful. The relationship between Haskell and FreemanWhite is also very unclear. There is very little in the way of hope for change, and people are jaded and hopeless. People feel overworked, under appreciated, and misunderstood. There are no workflows for making improvements either. There is also very little direction and support from certain leaders, making some feel they are being set up for failure. In a word, the office is dysfunctional, and I am surprised people have been working there as long as they have been. It's a very sad place.

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    Advice to Management

    Keep the promises you make to employees in your interviews to hire them. Provide real direction in projects and inspiring leadership. Don't criticize others behind their backs. Allot time for employees to train one another. Let employees know how projects are doing, how much money is left in budgets. Keep the standards manual up-to-date and relevant. Actually make change per employees' feedback. Pay for employee training, including fees for workshops. Provide the support employees actually need and check in on them occasionally. Leave your bad mood at home and don't lash out at employees.

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    FreemanWhite2015-11-27
  10. "Architect"

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    Former Employee - Architectural in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FreemanWhite full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Quite frankly there aren't any good reasons to work at FW.

    Cons

    The main problem is the new president. He doesn't know how to treat employees and he is incompetent at his job. The outgoing president is spineless and is only interested in padding his pocketbook - pitiful!

    Advice to Management

    Fire the new president and get rid of your architecture division. Focus on consulting.

    FreemanWhite2015-11-27
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