Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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Foster Wheeler CEO and Director J. Kent Masters
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Pros
  • Relaxed, good engineering computer systems, Flexible working hours, so much good hard working individuals trying to give the company a boost (in 4 reviews)

  • 9/80 schedule that's the only pro (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary is favourable, but employee benefits require improvements, in particular annual leave days and medical benefits (in 3 reviews)

  • Too many bosses, crazy hierarchy and high turnover of senior management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Good company.

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Acted as a federation of independent companies.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, wrong leadership in some locations.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company


  2. (Upstream department) Good stepping stone to something better.

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    Former Employee - Piping Designer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Piping Designer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly. Relaxed. Good work-life balance. Flextime. Good insurance and decent benefits. Easy work with no one constantly watching your back.

    Cons

    Below average pay. Although they tout their training, there is none. No good opportunities to move up. Too many bosses, crazy hierarchy and high turnover of senior management. Lost contracts and/or profits from lack of planning and overestimating abilities.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees the training they need. There are many people who could and would contribute much more given the chance.


  3. Good experience, especially for up and coming young professionals.

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    Current Contractor - Validation Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Contractor - Validation Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great job opportunities as a contractor.

    Cons

    No real cons as a contractor


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Former great company in America, dedicated to safety and integrity of engineering design and construction

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    Former Employee - Senior Structural Design/Checker in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Design/Checker in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working as a team to perform a high quality product for our clients. We always helped each other to qualify for a better understanding of presentation to construction management..

    Cons

    New management not having the values of older management that originally brought the company to international recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Bottoms up management works great when dealing with field construction people. Everything must be clear in presenting engineering drawings that have integrity.


  6. Great people but there were a lot of politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people Lots of expertise Fun projects

    Cons

    Way too much red tape Office Space like with TPS reports


  7. Helpful (2)

    My experience was good, knowledgeable, a great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Proposal Department was busy department, challenging able, my trainee was very trained and very professional.

    Cons

    The hours for working in the proposal hard, they expected you to work long hours and weekend too.

    Advice to Management

    Management need to stop playing games with employees and be honest with employees. Help employees, care about the employees, stand behind your employees, but most of all respect your employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    Very Mediocre company.

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    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager in Houston, TX
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There isn't a real incentive to target this company unless you are unemployed.

    Cons

    There isn't a real incentive to target this company unless you are unemployed. This company isn't a world class company yet. They want to be but they haven't made it as yet. Upper management has turned over a number of times in the past few years, leaving you with an unstable feel. The recent buyout by AMEC contributes to this feeling also.

    Advice to Management

    Read "Cons" closely.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Do not stay there for long if you have better opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good place for a fresh graduate engineer to start works with. The health benefits and retirement plans are excellent.

    Cons

    The HR people are an not very helpful for international employees. The management has very strict policy on matters like internet browsing, check-in times etc.

    Advice to Management

    The managment should be more encouraging to empower employees according to their talent and interests.


  10. Decent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    brilliant engineers, nice office space, few quantity of great leader in management positions

    Cons

    contruction department is a disaster, incompetent manager. Tedious procedures

    Advice to Management

    Place more young leader in management positions, with energy, hungry to learn, that are bright, great coordinators and humble. Point is- no one ever knows everything about this industry, seems like this industry has the wrong idea of what leadership role should be, great manager are not the ones with the most experience, eloquence or the olders, but those that area great listeners and brilliant coordinator that have great interpersonal skill and positive attitudes.. Team will be more productive, great project atmosphere and healthy successful project. Many brilliant, hard working, young engineer leader have been run off from this company due to incompetent manager.


  11. Positive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Project work pays well if you negotiate

    Cons

    Some promises not kept so keep your eyes open at all times



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