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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. Helpful (1)

    Laid off from FW USA

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

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

    Pros

    Moved to a beautiful "green" facility on the west side of Houston, very accessible by freeway. Did their best as far as keeping people active on projects and having something to charge to before the layoffs.

    Cons

    Nepotism runs rampant here: hiring inexperienced friends at a higher salary while not bringing salary up to current market rates for more experienced and senior personnel (before the recession). Unfortunately, gossip and bringing personal problems to the work place have also had a negative impact on employee morale here.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck to you in the Upstream Market. Improve and spend some money on a more updated and integrated EDMS system and other IT tools.


  2. Not much career opportunity.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Managerngineer Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Managerngineer Specialist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler

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

    Pros

    Get touch of different projects

    Cons

    Technically there si room to improve

    Advice to Management

    Get more skilled enginner


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Houston, TX

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

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

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Didn't enjoy my time there

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Livingston, NJ
    Former Employee - Accountant in Livingston, NJ

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

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

    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 Management

    None


  6. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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?


  7. Helpful (2)

    Houston Office

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

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

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

    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 Management

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


  8. Terrible management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Houston, TX

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

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

    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 Management

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


  9. 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 Management

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


  10. Stuck in the past

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional in Clinton, NJ
    Current Employee - Professional in Clinton, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    Pays well, good benefits, strong corporate culture and a commitment to creating a safe working environment for all employees in the office and in the field. A highly educated workforce where competence is expected.

    Cons

    Lacks innovation, overly risk averse, does not adapt to changes in markets, overly structured / regimented. Company has overly conservative behaviors that remind one of the 1908s, where face time and reputation take precedence over results. Headquarters are far from any metro areas, creating a cloistered existence.

    Advice to Management

    Foster Wheeler needs to expand into clean energy,recruit young innovative managers, and analyze whether its risk averse strategy is helping or hurting business prospects.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Once Proud Company on the Downslide

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

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

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

    Pros

    It is a job. If you can work on proposals it could be interesting. Most work is for out of country. Good experience is you want to work in refinery industry.

    Cons

    Glass ceiling in place. Good ole boy network is strong. No stability. Get all promises made during the interview process in writing.

    Advice to Management

    Please step into the 21st Century. Let those who can, do. Tear down the walls.



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