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Updated 16 February 2018
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FM Global President & CEO Thomas A. Lawson
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Pros
  • Excellent work/life balance and great benefits (in 46 reviews)

  • Great benefits and life/work balance (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance went to hell the last 2 yrs (in 12 reviews)

  • little to zero work from home option (I may have experienced this because of the department I worked for or because I was a contractor) (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of generous benefits, provides a lot of training and development opportunities, strong and stable company that really takes care of its people. Plenty of opportunity to try new things, get involved in projects and stretch yourself if you are willing to step outside your comfort zone. Lots of opportunity for travel. People who work here have a strong work ethic and work very hard, which is balanced by the work-life balance offered through benefits and flexibility etc..

    Cons

    Flatter structure can mean opportunities become available more frequently internationally than domestically.

    Advice to Management

    Great to see a strong focus on diversity in the last few years. Keep it up!


  2. "Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Sydney
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Financially stable, safe business model, great engineering supports within the organisation and healthy business development

    Cons

    Too conservative to business development, less celebration with employees for success in business


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Top class empolyer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family feel but global opportunities. Salaries are just above average but the overall package is top class and the defined benefit pension is a massive plus.

    Cons

    Flat structure means opportunities aren't as frequent as in other companies but if you are capable the company will give you a great career.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


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  5. "overall good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FM Global full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    training & support, good work environment & people, variety of work, opportunity

    Cons

    mono line specialised company, procedures


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Working in FM Global"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good training towards new engineers.

    Cons

    Lack of career progression and the structural can be relatively flat, you may end up doing the same thing for your whole career.

    Advice to Management

    Need to upgrade management style.


  7. "Account Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance and great benefits. Hire from within as much as possible so great advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Potential for limited growth depending on office/department.


  8. "Excellent Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Engineering in Johnston, RI (US)
    Former Employee - Operations Engineering in Johnston, RI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FM Global full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to advance within the organization

    Cons

    Corporate office located in an undesirable state (Rhode Island)


  9. Helpful (2)

    "The only company I want to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer II in Walnut Creek, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer II in Walnut Creek, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A challenging work environment. You will never do the same thing every day. You work from home most of the time which allows for a flexible schedule. Coworkers and managers are there to help you not to reprimand you. If you need help you are encouraged and given many oppertunities to do so.

    Cons

    You work from home. You need to be very strict with yourself to get all your work done.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Johnston, RI (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Johnston, RI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FM Global full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great job stability, benefits, and employee loyalty. This company cares about their employees and shows it.

    Cons

    Limited growth within some departments, but hiring from within in greatly preferred so change is possible.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Approvals Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Approvals Engineer in Norwood, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Approvals Engineer in Norwood, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - You will get your own clients and projects giving a lot of project management experience. Clients are domestic and international.

    - If you can stay at the job for a few years they will pay for an advanced degree in mechanical, chemical, civil, or fire protection engineering

    - If you ask you can work on different kinds of products that aren’t specifically tied to your discipline

    - Fair bit of traveling around the country to customer sites if you enjoy travel.

    - benefits are pretty good, company matches up to 6% 401k and you vest at day 1.

    - The company usually gives out a bonus at the end of the year depending on its performance. This is to offset the fact that there are no stock options, not a public company.

    Cons

    If your coming in to approvals expecting a challenging engineering position, save yourself some time. You will not be doing any engineering at all. Definitely don’t need an engineering degree to to the work.

    - Extremely outdated way of doing things. 90% of the approvals team are old white males who are afraid of and dismiss change within the workplace. Their favorite phrase is “ this is the way we have always done it”.

    Management will shut younger engineers’ ideas down without a second thought. Especially if it has anything to do with culture change.

    -Co workers are hesitant to help each other out because everyone is worried about their billable time which is really the only metric management cares about for promotions and raises. Takes a long time to get promoted, Years.

    -Salaries may start high but plateau very quickly and in order to increase, you need to get into management, which is impossible if you’ve been with the company for anything less than 10 Years.

    Management will even deny an employee tuition reimbursement (which is a benefit of the company) if they want to go for any sort of MBA since they want engineers to stay at the engineering level for client/engineer relationship reasons.

    - No business decisions or strategy ever gets leaked down to anyone at the engineer level, you will have no idea what’s going on even one level above you.

    I do not recommend for younger engineers (especially if your still in the first few years out of college) looking to make an advancement in their technical career. This job will steer you in the wrong direction and you’ll have to play catch up with engineering softwares and product development skills when looking for a new job.

    Advice to Management

    The times are changing and if you do not embrace it soon you will be in big trouble when your senior engineers start to retire since no millennial will want to come here to work and stay.

    Bring in some sort of engineering software for analysis... there are many classes of work it can be applicable to. Clients will respect the engineers more and the engineers will feel more important in their jobs.

    Your younger engineers are probably your greatest asset when it comes to adapting to change and introducing new and innovative ideas. Dismissing those ideas with no discussion will cause you pain down the road.


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