Frazer-Nash Consultancy Reviews

Updated 5 May 2021

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Pros
  • "Work-life balance, interesting work and talented colleagues(in 10 reviews)

  • "Strong work/life balance - not a great amount of unexpected overtime (compared with other consultancies)(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Limited career progression opportunities as you become more senior(in 5 reviews)

  • "The Bristol Narrow Quay office is very nice(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Interesting technical work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Engineer 

    I have been working at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time

    Pros

    Supportive colleagues, interesting projects, transparent salaries and paths to promotion.

    Cons

    Time sheet logging can make it hard to have flexible working days where you move between projects and tasks.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "A company that is stuck in their old ways"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Dorking, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Good experience as a graduate level -working on a variety of projects.

    Cons

    - Old fashion office makes the environment very depressing to work (it is like the tv show 'The Office'). - Salary annual pay increase is low (1%-2%) - You do not move around a lot in the organization. - It is very difficult to make an impact in the company, you feel like a small cog in a large wheel. - Career opportunities are limited and career progression is painfully slow. - Cultural diversity is lacking. They always employ the same type of people. -Working in a consultancy environment is very stressful as you must book time every 30 minutes. -Project budgets and time allocation are always undercut with zero contingency which makes project delivery very stressful. - It is very difficult and limited to spend time on research that are not project-specific. - PMs and team leaders breath down your neck if you go slightly over budget and book more time for a project than originally allocated. - The project management system and process are an absolute joke. So old fashioned. You would not believe the amount of paperwork and sign-offs are required to perform a simple task. - Group leaders hardly applause you or give you recognition of the good work you have undertaken. Not even a simple thank you for an email response. -There's a lot of brown-nosing behaviour in the company. - If work dries up (which happens quite often) be prepared to perform monotonous work for months. - There is no work flexitime - They look down on you if you finish work on time and overtime is difficult to obtain. - The quality assurance process is an overkill.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, intelligent people, interesting projects"

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

    I have been working at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting projects with intelligent people. You get a lot of choice on what you work on and you have the freedom to seek out projects you are interested in outside your area your area as well. Good working culture, everyone is respectful to one another despite any differences in seniority, and are willing to help each other when needed and there's also a Company has improved in the last couple of years, moving towards a place where they focus more on employee wellbeing. Tend to promote from within so there's clear career progression.

    Cons

    White-male dominated especially at the top, which could make career progression for women seem less appealing and likely. However, the higher-ups are aware of this and are trying to make a conscious effort to improve the diversity and inclusion. Poor paternity leave (only 2 weeks)

  4. COVID-19

    "Lost the love for my industry here - became a spreadsheet monkey"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bristol, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Care for their employees, particularly around mental health. - People are lovely! - Handled COVID-19 incredibly well, and working from home managed with minimal bumps. - Learn good business skills - risk, commercial awareness, bidding, etc.

    Cons

    - The same work all the time - data entry, spreadsheets, databases, preparing PowerPoints for people, google searching and more data entry. Long periods of no work. Much of the work you will do is literal copy and paste between word documents and spreadsheets, or copying from a PDF in to a database for hours and days on end. - Bum on a seat approach to management, doesn't matter what you actually want to be doing, instead it's all centred around making the figures look good, even if you aren't remotely qualified for the job or would hate that particular project, which creates anxiety and worry. - High levels of bureaucracy. To get anything done you need a booking code, and project managers don't like you booking to their project unless it's directly related to their work. As an Engineer you have no time to creatively think, or to think through something for a while and reflect, otherwise you have lost time and time is money. - If you are coming in as an enthusiastic young engineer who wants to design and develop technologies that make impact, this is not the place for you. Over the course of the 18 months I lost all my enthusiasm for my industry and started to feel quite hopeless in my career endeavours.

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  5. "Fulfilling experience"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work across a wide range of the portfolio

    Cons

    I have not identified any to date

  6. "OK"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bristol, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They claim and actually do care about mental well being and health. Good pipeline of work - secure company. Interesting projects. Interesting people. Good access to training.

    Cons

    No opportunity to lead teams - don't know of a line manager under 40. Pay is below average and increments are generally small. Puzzling plethora of teams with niche names.

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  7. "Exciting place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Bristol, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Exciting work with a group of talented & motivated colleagues. Management genuinely care about staff wellbeing and prioritise staff needs. Bonuses are good, and the process is transparent.

    Cons

    Heavily engineering focused which can come at the cost of project management, old hands can be slow to accept change. Very male dominated environment.

  8. COVID-19

    "Great company to work for - live up to their values"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Briston, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - People look after each other with minimal politics. - Good progression opportunities - Diversity of work is great - Handled covid well - In the last year a real sense of “putting the people first” driven by a new HR director

    Cons

    - Although there is work to change this diversity continues to be a challenge in all senses. - The grading structure is too standardised across a very diverse skill set and in my view very outdated - tends to only suit your traditional engineering roles.

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  9. COVID-19

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Bristol, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really focused on looking after employees Have really stepped up to the challenges of COVID and lockdown

    Cons

    Sometimes gets a bit lost in its own processes

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Solid company undergoing changes"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Dorking, England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Frazer-Nash Consultancy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Historically strong family ethos and careful recruitment for talent and organisational fit

    Cons

    Grew too fast through strong focus on talent resulting in top heavy organisation and redundancies. May take time to rebalance.

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