Amec Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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Amec Foster Wheeler Chief Executive Samir Brikho
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Pros
  • Great ethos on work-life balance (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. Definitely one of ones to watch in 2015

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer 6 in Katy, TX
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer 6 in Katy, TX

    I have been working at Amec Foster Wheeler full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worldwide locations, Excellent compensation package. Friendly and helpful employees.

    Cons

    Some of the Houston office work is being awarded to other worldwide locations and they are having to lay off American workers in the Houston office.

    Advice to Management

    Push back on AMECs tendency to ship work overseas. These projects started in Houston, let's keep them in Houston.


  2. AMEC Foster Wheeler

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Finance in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Amec Foster Wheeler

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

    Pros

    good pay and some positions are OT eligble

    Cons

    recent purchase of Foster Wheeler, changes coming down the pike


  3. Must learn on the fly in stressful workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amec Foster Wheeler

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

    Pros

    Lots of good worker bees, can learn a lot depending on how much you invest yourself

    Benefits are standard to industry, pay is ok, work-life balance is ok if you stick to a schedule

    Opportunity to work on global projects and travel the world

    Cons

    Disconnected senior management who do not seem to understand challenges of the worker bees and do not support them with tangible and practical solutions and support

    The way "valued" staff are treated would suggest otherwise and makes you want to be an un-motivated clock-puncher

    Strong pressure on being reimbursable and to meet the bottom line; some departments and staff have immunity regardless of market reality or poor performance

    Advice to Management

    Need stronger leadership from the bottom. Why so many senior managers with vague "leadership" positions? Proportion of senior managers to reimbursable staff is over-weighted

    If people are the company's greatest asset, stop treating worker bees as a revenue stream or have people rationalize why they should be employed by the company whilst doing 2 to 3 jobs


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  5. Good Company, Relaxed atmosphere

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

    I worked at Amec Foster Wheeler full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent and helpful people.
    Very knowledgeable folks.
    Relaxed atmosphere.
    Great for career during Mid 40s

    Cons

    Like every other EPCs the major problem with this company was depending on single large job. They depended so much on big client that they did not care for smaller ones and ultimately this was responsible for mass lay offs when they lost big job

    Advice to Management

    Provide specific training to Engineers to suit the project Needs.
    The vacation system and the insurance was the worst. Please cough up some money to make better plans for your employees to show that you are really concerned.


  6. Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amec Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Its a good company in general

    Cons

    More technical training programs would go a long way


  7. Good Company

    Former Employee - Design Technology Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Design Technology Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The have a really good benefits package and they offer a very flexible working schedule.

    Cons

    They tend to lay off employees when projects slow down instead of thinking of alternative methods to try to keep their employees working.

    Advice to Management

    At this time, I really do not have any advice to offer.


  8. Project engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Bothell, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Interesting projects.

    Cons

    Excessive workload. Low salary compared to industry. Large publicly corporation so employees are not valued as much as they should be.

    Advice to Management

    Provide competitive benefits and salary packages.


  9. Helpful (2)

    growing and transitioning, engineering energy company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Nashville, TN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly, professional, flexible office culture.

    Cons

    working for a global company means even if your office/section is very profitable other offices / sections can pull down company profit and you will see less benefit from your own work.

    Advice to Management

    your doing it right.


  10. Process Engineer

    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Amec Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Good salary and Schedule conditions

    Cons

    Only First dehidration crude oil processes

    Advice to Management

    I like work mainly in refination and petrochemical


  11. Mostly Happy, but Nervous

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

    I have been working at Amec Foster Wheeler full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and good people
    work schedule is somewhat flexible, and having every other friday off is really nice
    interesting project.

    Cons

    becuase of poor sales/marketing there is little backlog, and based on how FW has terminated employees recently, I have no confidence I will have a job tomorrow

    there is a lot of talk about values, but the bottom line trumps all corporate values

    Advice to Management

    GET MORE WORK
    Diversify, there are projects beyond Cokers which we can perform
    remove multiple levels of managment which provide no benefit
    allow the projects team to make decisions on how to run the business of the project
    update purchasing and cost controls systems and processes
    implement a standarized ERP system to all projects
    hold project managers accountable from estimating to completion
    why is the youngest project manager nearly 50 yrs old? there are capable people wanting to advance, but the congestion of grey hair at the upper levels doesn't make any room, especially if cant win more than one project every 6-12 months.



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