Fluor Reviews

Updated May 24, 2015
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  1. Fluor not bad but can't recommend

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

    I have been working at Fluor

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  2. Helpful (5)

    Not Enough Reward for Good Performance

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

    I have been working at Fluor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. too big a company

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

    I worked at Fluor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    big company works like a small

    Cons

    too much bereaucracy for a company

    Advice to Management

    avoid


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  5. Compensation is good, but not enough to stay in this Good Ol' Boy's Club

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Fluor as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation for the project I was on was extremely competitive. That's about the only advantage.

    Cons

    Where to begin? We were on a project in an austere environment, so a degree of roughing it was expected. That said, comparing Fluor to other contractors doing similar work (some of whom I worked for, some of whom I didn't) the living conditions were appalling and frankly unsafe. We had insufficient heat (in both housing and office facilities) in the Winter, and insufficient cooling in the Summer. This meant sleeping or working in buildings where the temperature INSIDE would be 30 degrees in the Winter. Inadequate equipment was never replaced. The shower and toilet facilities were public health hazards with floors prone to collapse and terrible hygiene. Project employees were treated like red-headed step-children, no respect or support from most senior management in the home office. The project management / leadership was a joke. Mostly retired officers who lived and worked in very comfortable conditions and had no empathy for employees who were enduring far worse conditions. Serious safety hazards wold be reported (one notable incident where a generator was pumping exhaust loaded with CO2 into the HVAC intake for a large female tent) but rarely if ever addressed. Even the leave policy was ridiculous. Frequent vacation rotations are nice, but there was no in-country sick leave or days off and we worked 7 days a week. Some people were pressured to engage in unethical behaviors because their managers said "it doesn't matter" and "we could get away with it". I was surrounded by people who felt demoralized and forgotten by the company. Very very very few women in leadership roles, very few promotions for women (or hardworking ladies who were put up for promotion were blocked by men in senior leadership positions). Leaving that job is one of the best things I've ever done. Would NEVER work for them again. Ever.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt a No Jerk policy and enforce it heavily. Do more than pay lip service to brand values. A poster does not create a culture. And don't allow your project employees to be treated as anything less than a fully vested and valued member of the company.


  6. Average

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Process/Specialty Engineer II
    Former Employee - Associate Process/Specialty Engineer II

    I worked at Fluor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    overtime payement, good international exposure, flexi timings

    Cons

    Bad people management, HR policies, hire -fire policy


  7. Fluor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fuel Distribution Operator in Bagrām (Afghanistan)
    Former Employee - Fuel Distribution Operator in Bagrām (Afghanistan)

    I worked at Fluor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good pay and benefits and travel

    Cons

    bad living accommodations and long hours

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. Helpful (1)

    Avoid this company at all costs.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at Fluor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is good.I think that's it. Benefits are poor. 9 day fortnight is supposed to make your work/life balance perfect... But Managers expect you to work off Fridays.

    Cons

    Procedures driven. Managers are largely absent, but expectation that you will give your life to the company. Expected to arrive before 7am, and not leave until gone 7pm. Only expected to put 40 hours on timecard. All staff deemed Lazy and incompetent unless you are a manager.

    Advice to Management

    Manage. Talk to staff... Listen.


  9. Security Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Fluor as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good vacation time, and pay was on time.

    Cons

    Micro management was one of the biggest issues. The housing was terrible. You would be packed in a dirty filthy tent with many individuals. Your job was always threatened for policy violations it was border line harassment.

    Advice to Management

    The management at Bagram was terrible. If you don't treat the worker well you will lose the contract anyway.


  10. I had a good experience there

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Administrative Specialist in Jalālābād, Nangarhar Province (Afghanistan)
    Former Contractor - Administrative Specialist in Jalālābād, Nangarhar Province (Afghanistan)

    I worked at Fluor as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The salary is good and R&R often

    Cons

    Working conditions should get better


  11. Engineering Department Fire Alarm Section Bagram, Afghanistan

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FIRE ALARM ENGINEER in Bagrām (Afghanistan)
    Former Employee - FIRE ALARM ENGINEER in Bagrām (Afghanistan)

    I worked at Fluor full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and vacation time is great. They have their structure or employee flow system set up to be consistent and easy to follow.

    Cons

    12 hours a day 7 days a week is grinding. Country Engineering Department and Fire Division Managers are not a true managers nor leaders but Fluor Corporate left overs. These departments needs to be revamped with real caring managers.

    Advice to Management

    Lean out the Fluor Corporate Management structure and place experienced employees in these positions.



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