Fluor Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Brrrr - It's Cold in Here

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (2)

    Move on when you can

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Pay is good, prospects are not.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Good company to have in your resume

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    "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.


  6. Fluor not bad but can't recommend

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Greenville, SC
    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


  7. Helpful (5)

    Not Enough Reward for Good Performance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Greenville, SC
    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.


  8. too big a 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    big company works like a small

    Cons

    too much bereaucracy for a company

    Advice to Management

    avoid


  9. process specialist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Process Specialist in Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Associate Process Specialist in Delhi (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    overtime pay, abroad opportunities, good international exposure, different projects

    Cons

    hire and fire, poor hr mgmt


  10. mcs 1

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Materials Specialist in Bagrāmī, Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - Materials Specialist in Bagrāmī, Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    dignity and respect at far most

    Cons

    poor management to the subcontractor

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  11. Design Engineering Specialist III

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineering Specialist III in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Design Engineering Specialist III in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fluor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Technically inclined and provide new construction methodology.

    Cons

    trainings for regular employees must also be given to contract employees as long as they are assigned on the same project.



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