"Employees at Feilden Clegg Bradley enjoy not only the chance to work at an architectural practice with a solid reputation but also a working environment founded on openness, respect and lots of fun.
Founded in Bath in 1978, the firm pushes the boundaries of construction techniques, materials and sustainable environmental practices to provide clients with buildings that exceed their expectations. The strong social and environmental principles that inform all the firm's work were recognised in 2003 when the company won the Building Award's Architectural Practice of the Year, a Queen's Award for Sustainable Development and the Civic Trust's Sustainability Award.
Employees naturally score the organisation highly for making a positive difference to the world (83% and the fifth-highest score among all 100 best SMEs) and for protecting the environment (91% and the second-highest score overall).
The firm holds a family-oriented summer party and a Christmas party, and there are study trips to interesting buildings, life drawing and sculpture classes, Pimm's in the park and a table football tournament.
It tries to maintain a relaxed working environment in its London and Bath offices. Each has its own cooks and large communal lunches are the norm. Staff also get together for coffee or tea at 10am and 4pm daily. The firm has its own five-a-side football team and there is an office band.
Many of the practices the business follows to ensure everyone is happy were initiated by founder Richard Feilden, who died in an accident at the beginning of the year.
His beliefs have certainly had an impact; in our survey 80% of staff say there is a strong sense of family in the organisation and 84% say their team is fun to work with.
The senior partners have gained a great deal of trust and respect from employees. Staff cite a noticeable lack of pretension among the leadership team, and Feilden once described the firm as having an ""almost pathological openness"".
Just over 80% of staff say their manager cares about them as individuals, 84% say they have confidence in the leadership skills of senior management and the same number say the organisation is managed on strong values and principles.
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