Amec Foster Wheeler

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You will strive if you are motivated

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Current Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
Current Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

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

Pros

Every office seems to do things differently, but the Minneapolis, MN office has been a great place to work. They have no problem shelving out money for training, PE registration fees, CEU classes, hardware/software, etc. They foster the growth of any motivated individuals. The pay is superior than the local average, the benefits are about average, the every-other-friday-off program is wonderful. Although rare, they do give out project bonuses and periodic, gift cards as pats-on-the-back. They also recently did a complete, modern office renovation and the location in the heart of downtown keeps the environment interesting.

Cons

This office is notorious for its horrendous network speeds, and custom (mandatory use) software that is unreliable and pathetic. As I said, every office is different which means any interoffice coordination is painful and inefficient. This is opposed to their "One AMEC" PR line: it's far from that.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I actually think management is doing a great job. I appreciate the transparency and honesty.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Worked at AMEC (MACTEC) for more than 5 years, but less than 10.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at Amec Foster Wheeler full-time

    Pros

    Very professional environment. Wide variety of complex and simple projects. Very knowledgeable staff...An expert for most problems. Decent Compensation. Flexibility in schedule allowed for personal appointments. Willingness to be involved in the community.

    Cons

    It's competitive consulting...budget usually runs out before project is completed at least on paper. Staff is left to finish project without billing time or being creative with billing time which usually results in imaginative explanations for variances. During downturn (2008-2010) senior management very slow to cut non-producers and to identify new business lines. Lots of opportunity to cross-market services and skills internally to up-scope projects. Most engineering types are territorial and do not think about marketing and scope expansion for fear of relinquishing project control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay lean. Keep overhead low to stay competitive. Require PM's and principals to step out of their comfort zone and look for new business lines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Environmental Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Environmental Project Manager in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Environmental Project Manager in El Paso, TX

    I worked at Amec Foster Wheeler full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Company to work for, some excellent co workers, great benefits, Diversity of projects, a Top 50 ENSR, some opportunities for career developmet if have right needs

    Cons

    Continues to grow. Compensation varies across position, region, sector. Poor internal recruiting department, lack of communication between recruiters and exisitng employees, Difficult to move laterally at times for career development, even though company promotes its as seamless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the majority of recruiters, they have poor and inadequate communication skills. Practice what you preach on Internet site. Take of your long term employees, make more of an effort to find new work assignment to develop there careers

    Doesn't Recommend
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