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Good experience for engineers
Construction Materials Testing Engineer (Current Employee) –  Fayetteville, NCSeptember 15, 2018
The branch at Fayetteville NC is a good place for new engineers to get their feet wet in the field of construction. There are a lot to learn and the staff make sure you are well looked after as far as work place knowledge is concerned.

The hardest part of the job is performing field work in the middle of summer as it gets very hot and humid here.
Pros
Independance
Cons
Field work
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Family Atmosphere, Comradery, and Room to Advance
Senior Engineer (Current Employee) –  variousAugust 13, 2018
I worked at F&R for over a decade when family circumstances resulted in a move outside of the company footprint. After a couple of years I was able to return back home to F&R and was enthusiastically welcomed. It’s great to be somewhere where you are truly appreciated. F&R is a great place to come and to learn and to grow your career. In this firm, you are able to know the key personnel at the branch and corporate levels even as an entry level employee. At F&R you really can be a bigger fish in a medium-sized pond. On the professional side, the annual professional staff meeting gives us all a chance to know our counterparts in other branches as well as the corporate officers. This affords one the opportunity to build internal company relationships and contacts that can be utilized throughout the whole year (and career). Not all companies are like this. I highly recommend F&R as a great place to work.
Pros
Steady and collaborative
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3.0
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Not Living in the Real World
Field Technician (Former Employee) –  Dulles, VAJuly 21, 2018
Normal day would be getting you assignment by 5pm each day if your lucky.Way to much Turnover not just in the Field Inspectors jobs but All positions.Don't try asking for a raise around here.That's a nasty four letter word.Morale here is so pathetic.No one knows anyone in any department.They really need a Under Cover Boss here to see how hard the work is here.That's enough for now to digest...
Pros
Company Truck and Gas Card
Cons
No guarantee of 40 hours a week.
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Lab Tech
FIELD TECHNICIAN (Current Employee) –  Jessup, MDJuly 17, 2018
The work at F and R was OK. It wasnt really challenging. The pay was bad. A lot of folks left due to the abysmal pay. The management is only worried about making money. The work is interesting and one can learn a lot.
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Old firm with good history but happy where they are
Corporate Director of Environmental Services (Former Employee) –  Raleigh, NCMarch 15, 2018
Provided corporate direction and management of Environmental Services firm-wide. Developed and wrote growth management plan and recruited new talent interested in diversification. F&R is a good firm with 138 years of history, but not really interested in growth and diversification. Generally loyal to old employees but not so much to new staff members. Its hard to motivate staff if management can't be motivated or does not engage in support of an approved directional change.

Provided Federal Business Development direction for Environmental Service however without necessary marketing support or buy-in of managers.
Pros
Strong history and good reputation
Cons
Stuck in the 60's...not willing to support new growth approach.
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Ok place to work. Company always on a "raise freeze".
Senior Field Technician (Former Employee) –  Fredericksburg, VAFebruary 12, 2018
Typical day, actually starts after 5pm. Schedule is emailed after 5 pm. One picks up equipment the night before , if possible, otherwise you pick up in the morning. Travel to job site and begin work.
Pros
work vehicle
Cons
Little to no advancement for Techs. Company always on a "raise freeze".
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Started career there.
Environmental Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Richmond, VAOctober 5, 2017
Froehling & Robertson was my first employment opportunity and was a great place to start my environmental consulting career. Employment benefits evolved over time to meet market demands. Company is widely respected in the geotechnical field.
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Fair
Senior Inspector (Current Employee) –  Fredericksburg, VASeptember 29, 2017
F&R is a great place to start a career. Would not recommend to work there if you have years if field experience. College people apply. Low pay rates. Advancement is super slow
Pros
Good Manager
Cons
Low pay
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I would recommend
Construction Inspector Engineer (Former Employee) –  Richmond, VAJuly 5, 2017
I enjoyed working for them even though they could have paid their employees more. I would work for them again they were very fair they understood family too.
Pros
company trucks
Cons
more pay
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the hardest part of the job; the enjoyable part of job
Accounts Payable Specialist (Former Employee) –  Richmond, VAJune 14, 2017
The hardest part of the job was getting the branches to get contracts signed and sent to the office so that payables could be processed. It was like pulling teeth to get the contracts and sometimes never did.

The most enjoyable part of the job is how the accounting department worked together to help each other. Their was a comradery that I had not seen in a long time. Everyone got along.
Pros
Great co-workers
Cons
Trying to work with branches to get signed contracts
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good
Engineering Technician (Former Employee) –  Cockeysville, MDMarch 25, 2017
Work is good, you are always on construction sites, lower management is good, being on job sites is good, driving a long distance is little harder and repair
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Wear and tear on your body
Drill Assistant (Former Employee) –  Richmond, VADecember 5, 2016
Typical work day kicks off at about 6am and that's having to be at the shop loading heavy augers and rods that "YOU" will be using Keyword "YOU" when you get to the jobsite. Once you get there still half sleep because you may have to drive 2-4 hours away sometimes and stay out of town at least two weeks a month. The drillers will slave you and make you do everything they wont touch a thing but the control buttons that control a massive rig. Don't work here unless you really need the money. its not worth it
Pros
per diem
Cons
cool co worker
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Worst job in 26 years
Environmental Program Manager (Former Employee) –  Chesapeake, VAApril 12, 2016
Riding on the coat tails of being an 1800s-era company. Poor in benefits, very poor in management, and poor direction. Back stabbing and opportunistic management takes credit for others achievements. You work for them, you are ON YOUR OWN. In my office, office manager had some members of senior staff agree to 30 hours of pay while working them over 40. Despicable
Pros
Not applicable
Cons
Just about everything
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Might be better now
Engineering Technician (Former Employee) –  Fredericksburg, VAMarch 1, 2015
Depending on office you are working out of, depends on how you are treated. Management was unorganized and temperamental. Did not get 40 hours a week.
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F&r
CMT Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Sterling, VANovember 28, 2014
Each day was different, which is what I loved most. Although a majority of my time was spent writing reports, I also spent a good bit of time talking with clients, contractors and the technicians out in the field. I prided myself on good client service.
Pros
Short commute & ability to telecommute.
Cons
Huge fluctuation in volume of work between seasons
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Old regime, old thought process, business shrinkage
Business Development (Former Employee) –  CharlotteAugust 24, 2014
This company is in steady decline, no future, poor leadership, not interested in fresh ideas, cut throat company.
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Lots of work everynow and then
Concrete Field Technician (Current Employee) –  Roanoke, VAOctober 4, 2013
It's a struggle to get 40 hours when it rains you don't work. Back breaking work for half the pay. And there's no room for advancement.
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Wonderful family run firm
Regional Director, Business Development (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJanuary 31, 2013
Excellent, secure job with an opportunity to be involved in some of the most important projects in the country.
Pros
family run company, family atmosphere. opinions valued
Cons
little room for advancement.
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it was a cool place to work for the travel aspect.
driller trainee (Former Employee) –  richmond virginiaJanuary 10, 2012
you had to be ready to travel at a moments notice with f and r.it was fun,but as a single father it became a burden after awhile.also was alot of danger involved working in the drilling department.
Pros
travel to different places
Cons
travel, dangerous
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