Fluor Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Fluor CEO David T. Seaton
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Pros
  • 9 day fortnight is supposed to make your work/life balance perfect (in 19 reviews)

  • Relaxed working environment, always chaning directions for the betterment of the organization (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is too disconnected from project employees and mid-level management (in 11 reviews)

  • Big Company mentality sometimes, too many Chiefs (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at Fluor

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Oppurtunity to work on high profile projects. Seems to be a fair amount of room for advancement. The majority of people are willing to lend a hand help those with less experience. Mentoring is encouraged and supported. The benefits is good and the time off and vacation plan is excellent. Training and continuing education opputunities are available as well.

    Cons

    Being such a large company you can at times feel like only a number. Management at times feels they know better than the people responsible for their portion of work. At times you get bogged down by procedures and paper work.

    Advice to Management

    Let the people who are the experts with there field due their job and trust their abilities.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Good company to work for if you are willing to travel.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Project Controls Specialist II in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Project Controls Specialist II in Aliso Viejo, CA

    I have been working at Fluor

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Vacation, or time off is progressive. Every employee begins with around 4 hours earned per 40 hour work week, that adds up to around 5 weeks a year of time off. After five years the time earned off will calculate to a little over 6 weeks a year. This time is also not lost each time the year rolls over. You keep what you dont use, no matter the amount. I cant compare the health benefits to other companies, but health, dental, and vision is offered through United Health Care. While I have heard that there are better options, I do not know any better. Fluor picks up 80%, the rest is paid by the employee. Fluor offers a pension and 401K. Two percent of your base salary is put into the pension each year by Fluor. 401K is matched up to 4%. Because Fluor is such a large company, there always seems to be work, and the option to travel. If you like travelling and seeing the world, it is a good company to do so with. While travelling, Fluor pays per diem for living away from home, this can greatly add to yearly salaries. Also, a travel allowance is given, whether you travel home or not, each month away from home. Also, 8 hours of travel time is given to use to travel home.

    Cons

    The downside happens to be related to the upside, if you dont like to travel and move, then it wont be the best place to work. Also, after 5 plus years with the company, I have found that getting a manager to sit down with you and talk to you about a career path is very difficult, and even if they take the time to do so, its difficult to determine if it is being done to appease you, or if they are really serious. Fluor, just like any company, is interested in making money and the bottom line, if they can keep you doing more for less pay, they are going to do so. I was told from a manager that if I wanted to climb higher on the pay scale, my best option would be to leave on good terms and work else where for a period of time and then either wait to be called by someone in Fluor or apply for a new position, then you can renegotiate as you wished. I actually did this and not only was moved up a pay grade, but was given a more desirable position and salary.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management should take the time to realize that the engineering, procurement, and construction field is currently booming, and doesnt appear to be getting smaller at the moment. Even if fossil fuel energy plants are phased out, the new environmental plants will need to be built and someone is always going to be willing to build them. Current companies in the field are dying to pick up experienced project members, especially from Fluor. Fluor Senior Management should take this time to talk to those that they think are valuable or appear to have a valuable future and talk to them about their career plans and where they are headed. If the two seem to agree, then put the employee on a track that would make them feel valuable and feel that they have a future with Fluor. If I was given this option, I know that I would work even harder then I am now. Some "attaboys" now and then go a long way.


  3. Very conservative but solid company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Aliso Viejo, CA

    I worked at Fluor

    Recommends
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    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Provides a good work-life balance, good compensation package for the industry, with good management.

    Cons

    Very conservative. Company built on tradition. Does not embrace creativity or thinking out of the box. Must be willing to spend time climbing the corporate ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up a little. Embrace diversity.


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  5. Industry leader with challenging opportunities for everyone.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pipe Stress Engineer in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Pipe Stress Engineer in Sugar Land, TX

    I have been working at Fluor

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fluor is a very large and diverse organization. There are opportunities to move around, not only different locations but also withing the company. Changing departments and finding your spot in Fluor in easily available. Paid Overtime is always a nice perk that is often time not available else where. Knowledge sharing is strongly encouraged among everyone, so learning and gaining experience occurs rapidly. Fluor has a very good benefits package for families and retirement.

    Cons

    One of the drawbacks of a large company is that it can be overwhelming or you can get lost in the mix. Sometimes it can be hard to separate yourself as a strong worker in a group because there are so many others. Tight deadlines on projects can be stressful. Fluor is predominantly in a cyclical industry in the oil & gas sector (though they are more diverse now than in the past, but still mostly refining), so when times are good, everyone is happy. But when times are bad, layoffs happen quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to help make Fluor more diverse and increase our presence in other sectors to reduce the variability of work. You have done a great job over the last 10 years doing this.


  6. Considerations for Employees' Futures.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Aliso Viejo, CA

    I have been working at Fluor

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation for Administrative Assistants far outweighs what similar companies pay for the same position.

    Cons

    When layoffs are necessary, due to a downturn in projects and work, Fluor does not provide severance packages for their employees.

    Advice to Management

    I feel there should be considerations made for employees who have been laid off due to a downturn in the company. Something that will be of help to them as they begin looking for new work.


  7. Fluor is a good company, but only a so-so place for interns.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Business Technician (Intern) in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Business Technician (Intern) in Houston, TX

    I worked at Fluor

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fluor has friendly and hardworking employees. Managers are respectful of subordinates. The pay is good, especially if you're working on a project away from home. When I worked there, I became proficient in SAP.

    Cons

    There were inefficiencies in the finance department, the area in which I worked. Fluor lacks a training program for interns: what kind of work you're assigned is basically up to luck. As an intern, I was often assigned boring work, and the other interns I spoke with received even less interesting tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Improve your internship program


  8. Fluor cares and is a good place to work with many opportunities.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrician Top Helper in Franklin, TX
    Former Employee - Electrician Top Helper in Franklin, TX

    I worked at Fluor

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay at Fluor is good and if you show competence in your craft they will recognize it and try to advance you to where you belong, unless your attitude indicates that you're still in need of adjustment. There is opportunity to train and advance in a craft or even change crafts. Working on a power plant seems to get you in front of the power plant owners for an interview if you're interested. They beleive in and promote safety, this is a good place to learn safety.

    Cons

    There does, however, seem to be some favoritism in upper management, or at least people believe that there is. Sometimes people are terminated for reasons that seem selfish on the part of management and I've know a Foreman and General Foreman who felt that it was necessary to 'drag up' because of unethical practices in management. Also, the after hours training, though legitimate, is a challenge to fit into your schedule. I've heard of a few cases where the foreman promises to advance you for months, but can't seem to make it happen; it's better just to ignore promises and stay focused on succeeding in your position.

    Advice to Management

    My advise would be to SEEK out and develop talent in employees. Although a good working relationship can be important, many employees don't beleive they will be rewarded with opportunities to advance because they aren't in the right clique. I've seen it too: one person get GF position because another person knows them, while another person who successfully leads a crew from the begginning of a project gets overlooked while a newcomer advances into a position that everyone believes belongs to the overlooked person. This is important. I saw job moral go down alot when these things happened. Some dedicated employees just quit trying, and some even quit. There are some truly talented individuals who could make a project run twice as smooth and incident free. Find them.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Fluor - a great environment to get your work done, and to continue learning

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Intern in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Intern in Greenville, SC

    I worked at Fluor

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with a strong financial background. Information sharing, team collaboration, and continued education is strongly encouraged. Everyone working on a project around you is very willing to help you learn, and most people are able to do so very intelligently. Compensation is above average. The atmosphere in the work place is somewhat relaxed, mostly focusing on making sure you fulfill your job requirements rather than having someone breathing down your neck all the time. Time off with pay system is flexible and my experience with management is that they will work with you however they can to allow you the schedule you would prefer.

    Cons

    Due to the cyclical nature of the businesses Fluor is involved in, job security is always in question. However, if you perform satisfactorily or above, you should not be too concerned.

    Advice to Management

    More feedback on job performance, and more utilization of the human resources available, particularly at the lower level positions. I feel that there is a lot of potential talent and expertise that is lost due to the conservative nature of Fluor's business.


  10. Excellent Knowledge transfer practice

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Sugar Land, TX

    I have been working at Fluor

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everybody is ready to teach you and a very friendly environment

    Cons

    Anxiety of being laidoff crosses your mind every moment during a downturn Overstaffinf causing you to have alot of ideal time while waiting to be assigned another project

    Advice to Management

    I think they need to find a balance between overstaffing in up time and optimum staffing


  11. Helpful (1)

    Pretty decent, if you like boring

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Aliso Viejo, CA

    I have been working at Fluor

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, professionalism, desire to be best, very intelligent people overall

    Cons

    Cyclical, engineering people and mentality

    Advice to Management

    Work harder on implementing contracts. Worker assignment shifting. Make management more efficient, like URS



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