Amec Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance with flexi time and additional holiday was incredible (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits working away from home, good training scheme (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Weak Management, lack of communication (in 6 reviews)

  • Unless they are brimming with projects, there is an issue with job security (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Senior Administrative Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amec Foster Wheeler full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, good work-life balance, lot of team-building.

    Cons

    Was hard to move out of administrative role into an upper-level role.

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  2. Ups and downs.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Amec Foster Wheeler full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of diverse engineering opportunities.

    Cons

    Shareholders and stock price matter a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Stay diverse.

  3. stumbling from crises to crises

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    Current Contractor - Middle Management in Ireland, IN
    Current Contractor - Middle Management in Ireland, IN

    I have been working at Amec Foster Wheeler as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    average wages, small yearly increases, free tea, coffee & stationary

    Cons

    favoritism, promotions are 'a career development opportunity' thereby bearing no pay-rises, H&R overstretched, lots of differing t&c's which confuse managers and HR alike, lack of equipment, lack of funds, deserved pay rises only occur if one puts notice in, procurement problems, document management problems, those who lack ownership are allowed to get a way with leading to stale working practices. Feast or famine so look out during tthe latter. Strange place to work.

    Advice to Management

    buck up, spend time listening to your troops instead of going on away days and role-playing of refusing requests of pay rises.

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  5. Dramatic culture change, past three years, not for the better...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amec Foster Wheeler full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Large international footprint
    Strong record of past experience going back 3+ years

    Cons

    Senior leadership team ineffective at articulating team goals and leading team to achieve them
    Leadership team determines targets without input from team members on realistic opportunities
    Incentives for good performance have diminished
    Leadership team has favorites among staff and there is a culture of insiders vs outsiders
    Leadership team known to criticize team members when they are not present, in front of other subordinates

    Advice to Management

    Step aside, time to try a new management team, the current leaders are dismantling a previously reputable and profitable organization

  6. Stay away from the St. Louis (Ballwin) Office

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Amec Foster Wheeler

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

    Pros

    Absolutely none. This place sucks.

    Cons

    This company is a complete joke, especially their office in St. Louis (Ballwin) Missouri. They have Geologist in roles of managers and they are clueless. They have no management experience whatsoever. I had one project manager who was completely dense and had everyone else pull his weight. He barely knew how to navigate in Outlook to check his emails, and even one of the big O&G clients couldn't stand him. How he is still there I have no idea. The site manager in Illinois is a complete drunk and if you do not go out with him, he will kick you off the project and talk about you behind your back. He not only wrecked a company truck with another employee, but he sits in his office with the door shut playing Music Bop on his iPhone, while everyone else works their butts off. Everyone there lies, and they talk about you behind your back. Most of the new hires only last 1-2 years and move on because the place is so miserable. Unless you kiss butt, you will not get anywhere with this group in Ballwin.

    Advice to Management

    Dismiss all the managers in the Ballwin Office and hire some who actually have taken business/management classes and not just Geology.

  7. Amec Foster Wheeler

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    Former Contractor - Document Controller in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Document Controller in Houston, TX

    I worked at Amec Foster Wheeler as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great ideas and aspirations from the company's ambitious owners.

    Cons

    Some not so nice coworkers.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about the future of the company.

  8. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Canada, KY
    Former Employee - Intern in Canada, KY

    I worked at Amec Foster Wheeler

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, mostly helped senior engineers do very basic tasks.

    Cons

    I can not think of anything

    Advice to Management

    None

  9. Technical Services Specialist

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    Former Employee - Technical Service Specialist in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Service Specialist in Cary, NC

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Learn and support customers, traveling and exposure to different projects.

    Cons

    No future projections, salary relatively low versus other companies with the same service. Our department was in a corner no mentoring.

    Advice to Management

    Improve their leadership, create a forecast, be more proactive.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Worker Bee in America, OK
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in America, OK

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and Projects Large size of company

    Cons

    Large size of company, changes

    Advice to Management

    Provide bonus's for all workers not just top management

  11. Interesting place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work on projects throughout the world, good benefits, generally positive attitude of most staff, pay would be probably better than average

    Cons

    Company has gathered a lot of other smaller companies and there is no clear direction or purpose, too tied to oil and gas and mining, when oil or metal take a dive, company suffers, a lot of upper or senior management are out for only themselves and others suffer

    Advice to Management

    Need to clear out the deadwood and get some upper management that care more about growing the company and doing what is right for their employees, versus getting credit for when things are good and throwing people under the bus when things go bad.

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