Frazer-Nash Consultancy Reviews

Updated 22 Jun 2020

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3.6
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13 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work-life balance, interesting work and talented colleagues(in 12 reviews)

  • "Strong work/life balance - not a great amount of unexpected overtime (compared with other consultancies)(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Good company, good opportunity"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for growth when proactive to seek out new challenges

    Cons

    The only downside is being on the customer site away from the great Frazer office

  2. "Generally a good company to work for."

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some of the best technical minds out there.

    Cons

    Management is a little bizarre. Promotion is limited unless willing to relocate.

  3. "Excellent variety and atmosphere"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assurance in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company are very supportive and allow you to explore different types of work so you can pursue the type of career you are wanting. Excellent variety of work. Friendly colleagues Good pay

    Cons

    Risk adverse company Hours are very rigid

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  4. "Excellent Company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Consultant in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great culture and they really look after their staff. Very few politics

    Cons

    IT is a bit dated, but they are making investments in this area

  5. "Mixed Bag"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bristol, England
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really good people, great office locations in Bristol, really good a varied range of project opportunities across a range of sectors.

    Cons

    Old-fashioned senior management not with the times, change is very slow at FNC.

  6. "Great place to work to gain experience but limited options as you move up"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Variety of work, interesting technical projects, great team mates

    Cons

    Limited career progression opportunities as you become more senior.

  7. "A good work environment but you need to move around to succeed"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong work/life balance - not a great amount of unexpected overtime (compared with other consultancies) A variety of projects - but need to work hard/network to get the most out of them Can get to experience other work environments through placements/secondments - company will not require you to stay in placements if they aren't working out Opportunities to work in the international business (Australia) Business shows loyalty and will retain good workers as long as possible (even during droughts of billable work) Remuneration can be very good depending how marketable your skills are, how good you are at negotiating, and your seniority

    Cons

    If you don't have a strong network prior to joining or build one as you go this can stifle your career development/promotion progression - can sometimes be mutually beneficial to move elsewhere for a few years and return at a more senior level than try to move up organically Some skillsets are not a good fit for the business if they're not very marketable - being flexible is key Can get stuck in off-site placements depending on market conditions Pay progression can stagnate if you aren't able to bring in more work/clients and progress up the promotion chain

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  8. "Good company to work for"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Company IS Too Small to List This 

    I worked at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time

    Pros

    Broad range of projects to work on with decent benefits and mostly friendly co-workers

    Cons

    No graduate scheme at the time, although this may be a pro depending who you ask!

  9. "Great people, dated management"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with and a variety of interesting and challenging projects

    Cons

    Company is risk averse, management practices are quite dated with no concept of modern flexible working.

  10. Helpful (5)

    "An honest and open review for those considering to work here as a younger person"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You are able to define your own career path at FNC, you need to have the confidence in yourself to show that you want to expand the business or create a unique offering and you will be supported throughout process. If you have skills in high demand, you will never be twiddling your thumbs, however you may end up finding yourself as a warm body for that specific skill for the rest of time. There is opportunity to go out and do things, like attend conferences, go to other countries to look for new business. But you do have to justify it. Lots of lateral movement, you can move around groups and try lots of new things in different offices and with different clients. Management are starting to listen to people, recently they are getting fresh fruit delivered to the offices which is nice. Recent engagements with directors has made me feel like my voice is heard. The director of my business unit, although he is busy, makes an effort of saying hi to me whenever he is in the office. He is a good guy. I think FNC is a great place to work if you want to get some good experience in many different fields and disciplines. But i would advice people that burn out can happen. Dress down Friday is a nice improvement.

    Cons

    I don't understand how the promotions work and how you advance yourself in the company. After more than a year of working at FNC, i still don't fully understand how people progress into anything that isn't Engineer -> Senior Engineer -> Consultant -> Senior Consultant etc.. There are people in the company who have worked at the same grade for over 4 years and never been promoted. From what I've seen, unless you aren't a good negotiator, you will more than likely not be paid as well as you probably should be. One of the biggest issues is that each group within the company is silo'd, the group leaders are all different people and there is no consistent management style across the company. Some groups have a manager that lets them work from home. And others don't and firmly believe in the 9-5 bum on seat 5 days a week rule. This creates resentment between people, even if it's not publicly talked about. The IT and security systems in place seem like they were built by people expecting the entire workforce to be soulless word document typing robots. Too many times have i had to fight with IT to be given access to the bare minimum tools to deliver a useful service to *our* customers. A good chunk of the work that a younger employee will do is grudge work, T&M, bum on seat, get it done. I get that we all need to do a bit of keyboard monkey work to show we are valuable. I think for a lot of people who want a fast paced environment it may not be for them. But this is almost completely down to the nature of the group you work in. Some of the offices aren't very visually pleasing. However there is a push to update a lot of the offices. The Bristol Narrow Quay office is very nice For a company that charges so much money for their engineers and senior engineers, you'd expect them to give each employee better IT hardware. If you dont have group leader approval, you are given a laptop that works some of the time, a decent monitor, and a second monitor that was built before electricity was invented. For a "world leading technology and systems engineering consultancy" i would like a monitor that doesn't have a 1200x800 resolution. Also we currently have desk phones... (These are being replaced soon, but it's been "soon" for the entire time i've worked here) The culture isn't geared for modern working peoples needs. We don't have flexible working. They advertise it but the real meaning is you can start 30minutes earlier or later and finish proportionally later. Although the people are one of the best thing about the company, there are a lot of older people working at FNC who seem to make it their duty not to be friendly to people unless you have worked directly with them for over a year. It's not everyone, but it can feel unwelcoming sometimes for new people who don't have very good social skills. At the director level, i feel like we hear a lot from them, there is good communication about "The successful meeting we had with all the senior managers to discuss our culture" but then nothing stems out of that? It's really strange to be that there are a lot of meetings to discuss how we need to be better, but all these seem to be management only. and it's at the discretion of the group leader to pass that information down. Some do and some don't. When the management re-organization came in, there was no real push to get new people into the company at the senior management and director level. They just promote from within their ranks, this doesn't allow us to bring any fresh ideas or new experience into the decision making levels. If anything a lot of the people with great ideas that went against the grain were pushed out in the last redundancy scheme.

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