Fluor Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
416 Reviews
3.8
416 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Fluor CEO David T. Seaton
David T. Seaton
159 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9 day fortnight is supposed to make your work/life balance perfect (in 15 reviews)

  • The working environment at company is very good and better than most of the competitors in the market (in 17 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)

More Highlights

33 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad Management of Younger Workforce

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA

    I worked at Fluor

    Pros

    Fair pay in comparison to competitors
    Tuition Reimbursement program
    Benefits package is OK
    Human Resources Department is easy to communicate with.

    Cons

    Career Development is non-existent for Exempt Salaried Employees.
    Annual Performance Assessments are conducted with minimal management effort.
    Retirees won't learn new technologies and treat the younger workforce bad.
    Retirees work very inefficiently and cause work flow to be slow.
    Very expensive company (overhead) which causes FLUOR to be too expensive so they don't win bids.
    Most work is overseas now.
    Pay increases are very minimal.
    Promote from the "Good-ol-Boy" crew methodology. If you have a relative or close friend higher up they will promote that person instead of the more qualified individual.
    Management seems very unorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the younger workforce as most of the experience is getting ready to retire. Promote better Career Development with younger workforce. Don't let the good talent get lost in the masses. There are plenty of other great companies to work for that understand the “Baby-Boomers” are retiring.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    For a high potential start, disappointing finish.

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

    I worked at Fluor

    Pros

    Jobs are large and last a long time. You can make a good living.
    Salary and benefits above average for market in Oil & Gas.
    International, with large uplifts was available till downturn and

    Cons

    Limited training for senior staff.
    Age sensitive
    Management ceiling for the non-political, promote non-challenging.
    Outsourcing international: Indian and Philippine offices now 1-1 in productivity. Client awareness of cost per unit of work parity with non-US offices threatens high salary jobs in US offices and international sites.
    Buy back employees when needed, excessively use LOA and then terminate if no high return projects won.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize there is a 20+ year void in the EPC and EPCM market labor pool, world wide - all the good kids went to IT and finance.
    Elevate the knowledge and skills of mid/senior managers, to keep them current. Increase the productivity of US personnel. Keep trained staff employed till you can train some new talented professionals.
    Protect and promote quality, not cronies. Challenge is good for a managers, keeps them on their toes. (all the way to the CEO)
    Learn your clients, don't let staff assume they know better for the market. Find some common ground, especially in the FSU.
    Change minimum profit philosophy to keep quality in house.
    Take lump sum and GMP construction only work to improve the quality of construction management staff.
    Remember the values that Bob Fluor held dear. Stop ignoring your heritage. It will work in today's risk adverse markets.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good professional experience, but no career progression

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

    I have been working at Fluor

    Pros

    Well structured and good corporate culture.

    Cons

    Does not know to value their technical contributors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work on improving their performance evaluation process and accordingly compensate the technical professionals.

    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    After a year and a half you would think they'd know what they were doing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Juliette, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Juliette, GA

    I have been working at Fluor

    Pros

    - It's a job
    - I get paid

    Cons

    - Constant changing requirements for invoicing and progress
    - Elitist attitude from upper management
    - Few if any pats on the back for doing anything right
    - Struggling for pay raises
    - Staff meetings are ineffective and a waste of time
    - Training is incomplete and unorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back into the field and get a real world look at what's going on. Take into consideration what the changes you make are impacting your support staff. A pat on the back goes a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Brrrr - It's Cold in Here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA

    I worked at Fluor

    Pros

    Prestige, stable company, international, many talented and knowledgeable people, well-established and honed processes, fair pay, generous paid time off benefits, average medical/dental benefits, nice offices, above-average investment in tools to perform work, high quality standards.

    Cons

    I can only speak about the department where I worked, which was a department that supported sales efforts. I have heard that people who have worked in other departments have had better experiences.

    The biggest con for me was the cold atmosphere. The person on the other side of the cubicle wall from me would e-mail rather than speak to me in person. This person was the most experienced and knowledgable in the department. I could have learned a lot from the person but was too intimidated by the lack of warmth to talk to the person much. Almost everyone else in the department behaved similarly.

    There seemed to be a lot of fear about getting laid off if one's timesheet did not reflect an adequate number of billable hours. (At the same time, there wasn't enough work to keep the whole department busy.) This was perhaps one of the reasons for the cold atmosphere. I think this fear was a holdover from another era, though there were layoffs in the department about a year ago.

    There was one person in the department that very few people liked, and they would gossip about her constantly. Very uncomfortable.

    There wasn't enough work! I thrive under pressure and was bored most of the time.

    There was an abusive person in another department that I had to deal with. Like most people I encountered at this company, this person had been there for many years and was tolerated, though everyone acknowledged the person was abusive.

    Finally, at the location where I worked, coffee was not provided. There was a stand outside where you could buy it if you wanted to. Prices were about half Starbucks' for a basic cup, but it wasn't very good coffee. Anyway, not providing coffee as a perk just seemed to say something negative to me, right off the bat, about the company's values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you utilize everyone you hire. Employees will stay engaged if they feel needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Move on when you can

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Fluor

    Pros

    Very family friendly - colleagues and bosses understanding when family situations crop up.
    Nobody is expected to stay late (can be a con b/c nobody will give you an extra 5 min at the end of the day to get something finished.)

    Cons

    Glacial pace of projects. A lot of hurry up and wait.
    Mediocrity everywhere - a lot of old ppl there just to work as long as possible before they have to retire. They have no interest in doing things faster, making a better system or listening to anybody's input.
    Good old boy network still in place and nepotism abounds. This is more annoying due to older engineers want to share info with their friends, not a younger person. Info shared via personal connections, not through a work system.
    When project hours are finshed, you will be laid off.
    Very silo'd company. Everyone territorial with hours and info but eager to share blame when client is upset.
    Middle management turnover is a lot as ppl get rotated.
    No career path up unless you are a chosen one hired as a fresh graduate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute 360 reviews. Once a manager was so hostile to every suggestion not his own that people delayed making decisions on the project for three months, just waiting it out until he retired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pay is good, prospects are not.

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

    I have been working at Fluor

    Pros

    Great initial pay out of college
    Relaxed atmosphere
    Flexible hours
    Easy work compared to other jobs
    Your co-workers are nice

    Cons

    Raises are small... if any
    BOREDOM IS RAMPANT
    Boom and bust hiring and layoffs
    Office politics
    Promotions and raises do not seem merit-based

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Next time you do layoffs, please just do it all in one go. The current model of round after round is hell for those that have to survive it.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to have in your resume

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Fluor

    Pros

    -Technical expertise
    -good people to work with
    -Good training programs

    Cons

    Lack of diversity
    Risk averse organization where the industry demand risk taking capabilities
    Compensation is below market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "The EPC industry is an easy business, therefore we can recuit the people we like (no diversity). " In reality, easy business do not make a lot of money. I strongly suggest complicating the business (solving more complex problems) by engaging talented diversity.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fluor not bad but can't recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at Fluor

    Pros

    some challenging assignments
    good salary
    flexible with taking time off

    Cons

    cyclical business - expect to be laid off in the downturn and plan for it
    excessive travel for some positions
    no training
    archaic and inefficient work processes - very frustrating at times
    resistant to change
    after several projects work gets repetitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop the massive staffing up / laying off or at least be honest with employees and stop the "people are our greatest asset" BS
    give existing employees, especially those targeted for layoffs or LOA first priority for other jobs within the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not Enough Reward for Good Performance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at Fluor

    Pros

    Fluor is the largest American construction firm, which can be a source of pride to work for the biggest. It is well respected in the industry for the most part. It has a highly diversified international portfolio of projects, which allow it to stay strong and grow, even during economic downturns like our current one. This consistency provides a feeling of job security, which is nice. Working internationally can pay well. The retirement program seems good by industry standards. The 401k matches dollar-for-dollar up to 5% of pre-tax income, and they also have a small pension plan in addition to the 401k.

    Cons

    Downsides are the company is too big for its own people. Communication between management and employees is very poor, at least in the locations I've been. A lot of employees simply feel lost in the masses. This lack of communication means there is a lack of career development for many people. Working in the home office, it appears you can have a decent work/life balance. Working on projects in the field, forget having a life outside of work. The pay in the field is not very good when you calculate it off hours actually worked. Good bonus structure and performance based incentive plans are severely lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation packages must be more performance driven. Flat base salaries, no good bonus structure, and no good rewards system are all demotivators. Also, the old fahioned bureaucratic hierarchy needs rework. A more flat organizational structure should be investigated for the future. Employees need more empowerment to feel like they are allowed to make more of an impact. The distance between upper management and employees right now is about fifty thousand feet. Also, technology is severly lacking. The only technological issue to employees are old laptops, which often crash and are not even Wi-Fi enabled.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

Worked for Fluor? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.