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Brrrr - It's Cold in Here

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Aliso Viejo, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA

I worked at Fluor

Pros

Prestige, stable company, international, many talented and knowledgeable people, well-established and honed processes, fair pay, generous paid time off benefits, average medical/dental benefits, nice offices, above-average investment in tools to perform work, high quality standards.

Cons

I can only speak about the department where I worked, which was a department that supported sales efforts. I have heard that people who have worked in other departments have had better experiences.

The biggest con for me was the cold atmosphere. The person on the other side of the cubicle wall from me would e-mail rather than speak to me in person. This person was the most experienced and knowledgable in the department. I could have learned a lot from the person but was too intimidated by the lack of warmth to talk to the person much. Almost everyone else in the department behaved similarly.

There seemed to be a lot of fear about getting laid off if one's timesheet did not reflect an adequate number of billable hours. (At the same time, there wasn't enough work to keep the whole department busy.) This was perhaps one of the reasons for the cold atmosphere. I think this fear was a holdover from another era, though there were layoffs in the department about a year ago.

There was one person in the department that very few people liked, and they would gossip about her constantly. Very uncomfortable.

There wasn't enough work! I thrive under pressure and was bored most of the time.

There was an abusive person in another department that I had to deal with. Like most people I encountered at this company, this person had been there for many years and was tolerated, though everyone acknowledged the person was abusive.

Finally, at the location where I worked, coffee was not provided. There was a stand outside where you could buy it if you wanted to. Prices were about half Starbucks' for a basic cup, but it wasn't very good coffee. Anyway, not providing coffee as a perk just seemed to say something negative to me, right off the bat, about the company's values.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make sure you utilize everyone you hire. Employees will stay engaged if they feel needed.

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    OK but even if you're a top performer you could be in danger during worforce reductions

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer  in  Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at Fluor

    Pros

    The senior management team is fairly competent, but no real superstars
    The work can be very diverse because all business groups are represented @ Greenville office

    Cons

    even if you're a top performer you could be in danger during worforce reductions
    program for individuals with high potential is not well developed
    Networking is a prerequisite for promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refer to cons
    Also, need to work on attracting more top talent in order to keep top talent. Additionally, they need to understand what the meritocracy concept is all about.

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    Not bad, but not great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Fluor

    Pros

    When work was coming in there was plenty to do and I learned a lot during this time. The knowledge sharing is second to none and I never felt bad asking any questions that I had.

    Cons

    It seems that the market was overestimated by our management. Our bids were not competitive and now we are paying for it with layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know the market better and try to share some work between offices. Other divisions of Fluor have been doing well, but we have not been able to benefit from this.

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