Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
73 Reviews

3.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule allowed for a good amount of time off (in 4 reviews)

  • Relaxed, good engineering computer systems, Flexible working hours, so much good hard working individuals trying to give the company a boost (in 3 reviews)


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

  • Management have lost the plot, The old guard are hanging on a straw,too much Gossip (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great opportunities to Learn while you work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Quality work and great learning at all levels

    Cons

    Neither Employee friendly nor caring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee engagement is required to retain talent - Not Rank and Yank

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    eh

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    stepping stone, made some good connections to follow after they moved on.

    Cons

    poor organization, planning, execution, and communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go back to 2008 and see why it worked then but not now.

  3.  

    Terrible management

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    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice office (Houston headquarters), some nice people there, very good benefits (medical etc)

    Cons

    They promote people to manager without any training at all in how to manage people. I suffered at the hands of the Procurement Department. Several old-school managers there who were mostly concerned with guarding their turf. Yes, I was yelled at more than once - so unprofessional!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some management courses on how to manage people! A serious lack there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Houston Office

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule allowed for a good amount of time off. 3 weeks PTO for new hires. Good 401K and medical insurance programs. The building and furniture are above average.

    Cons

    Upper management likes to micro-manage and monitor its employees. They ask for opinions from their employees, but they don't seem to want to implement any change related to employee satisfaction. When the previous CEO left for another office, bonuses and incentives diminished or disappeared. It's pretty difficult to get recognized for your achievements or hard work at this company. It's also hard to advance in the company unless you are buddy-buddy with someone with power and influence in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, and try to trust them to be honest on their own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tired operational staff that became lazy because of poor and constantly revolving management.

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    Current Employee - Prefer Not to State  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to State in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Salary is decently competitive and their 401k matching is comparable to a state worker's TRS.
    9/hour workdays with every other Friday off

    Cons

    To really know FW requires knowing the history from various other workers. Many workers are fairly new due to turnover and the boom and bust of unstable business due to projects. Management seems to care most about upstream divisions, but has poor attention and does not assist in departments outside of engineering. The guidance from the corporate HQ office is poor and there is a severe lack of operational maturity. FW loses business to competition due to poor planning and effective monitoring of operations. Various departments outside of engineering have many high-level managers and directors with poor and lazy attitudes. Many of them are just not used to having to be competent at their professions like FW's competition. Had I known the entire history and been able to interview with others outside the department hiring manager; I would've never come here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement TCO mentality from top down and provide global guidance to offices in a singular effort. What good is upstream without staff to properly support them?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Didn't enjoy my time there

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    Former Employee - Accountant  in  Livingston, NJ
    Former Employee - Accountant in Livingston, NJ

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    A company that works in low margin industries can't be generous to their employees. Terrible raises, delayed raises, 4 in 5 years, etc. Suggest working for a company that makes a lot of money. They can treat their employees better. This is a while back, put I doubt much has changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constant and overwhelming frustration

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of talented people on projects.

    Cons

    Those talented people on projects always frustrated and dissatisfied. Corporate management very disconnect from project people and very bureaucratic. Lots of procedures and rules that don't quite work or make sense. Overhead management is about 10 layers, and you are lucky if you get to talk to your immediate line management once in several months; and you have no chance to ever get to meet and talk to managers beyond his level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dear upper management: cut your numbers by half and make the company more competitive pn the market. Stop spending all your time in endless corporate meetings and get to know your projects and people who execute those projects. You keep losing talented people because they do not feel valued. Quite on the contrary, most professional, talented and free-spirited people in your company feel they are treated like schoolchildren who always need to be told and disciplined.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Good experience at badly managed company

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    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer  in  Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Johannesburg (South Africa)

    I worked at Foster Wheeler as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very good technical experience gained at the company.

    Cons

    Company stuck in old ways with no new inovations. Management reluctant to see that employees are unhappy. Midrand office located in a very unpleasant and unsafe location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage with and listen to your people - you sell manhours. Without experienced professional employees, there is no business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Old Guard Lost the Plot!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Relaxed, good engineering computer systems, Flexible working hours, so much good hard working individuals trying to give the company a boost. very good FEED projects including Lump sum pricing. good PMC projects

    Cons

    Management have lost the plot, The old guard are hanging on a straw,too much Gossip. bad relations between departments.poor benefits. We have lost too many excellent processionals due lost confidence in management and management not listening.
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would focus to winning new projects, draft every living soul in our proposals group. shake middle management a bit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    If you are a secretary this is the perfect company to be

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    Former Employee - Senior Management  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Houston, TX

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    The common comment was: It used to be a great company; today it has good ergonomics and offices.

    Cons

    It is confirmed. Having several conversations with employees at other divisions of the company I received the same comments. Secretaries rule over managers to the point that managers are fired and secretaries stay, the rest is up to your imagination, so on this perspective you can figure out what is the rest of the company. I speak for the Houston operation only, no clue of other offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what are you doing with Sr. Management and the empowered ladies. Some of the long term managers have to much concentrated power that will eventually ruing the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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