Foster Wheeler
3.3 of 5 64 reviews
www.fwc.com Geneva, Switzerland 5000+ Employees

Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.3 64 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

Foster Wheeler CEO and Director J. Kent Masters

J. Kent Masters

(14 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Amazing company

    Senior Piping Stress Engineer (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsMedium company, that let you not be just a number

    ConsThe security of the job is not good sometimes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    HORRIBLE

    Asbestos Settlements (Current Employee)
    Clinton, NJ

    ProsWork schedule of every other Friday off

    ConsHorrible Management. Management likes to babysit you all day everyday (micromanaging). Not enough work to fill a whole day. Complaints about not using your time off when you happened to sit in 2 hours of traffic in the morning on 78. No room to grow, no promotions. Constant lay-offs when work dries up, then will bring in consultants (ex-employees) at outrageous costs when current employees are lucky to get a 2% raise each year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo to school and take some management classes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosbrilliant engineers, nice office space, few quantity of great leader in management positions

    Conscontruction department is a disaster, incompetent manager. Tedious procedures

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlace more young leader in management positions, with energy, hungry to learn, that are bright, great coordinators and humble. Point is- no one ever knows everything about this industry, seems like this industry has the wrong idea of what leadership role should be, great manager are not the ones with the most experience, eloquence or the olders, but those that area great listeners and brilliant coordinator that have great interpersonal skill and positive attitudes.. Team will be more productive, great project atmosphere and healthy successful project.

    Many brilliant, hard working, young engineer leader have been run off from this company due to incompetent manager.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Positive

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsProject work pays well if you negotiate

    ConsSome promises not kept so keep your eyes open at all times

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Highest quality value on time with in budget with zero safety incidents.

    Supervisor - Structural Group (Former Employee)
    Hampton, NJ

    ProsI received experience in China, Vietnam and India.

    ConsBusiness environment changes without communication to employee.

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good company to work for (when they have work).

    Supervisor (Former Employee)

    ProsGood pay and benefits, nice, helpful people.
    They allow you to stretch and develop your strengths and gain new experience.
    9-80 work week with every other Friday off.

    ConsWhen in down market, layoffs can be heavy.
    Can be a bit clique-ish in some departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "Good 'ol boy" system (in Houston) that spends more time covering up their failures instead of fixing them

    IT Security Manager (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    Pros1. If any other engineering firms rejects you and you need a job fast.
    2. If you have a lack of integrity and pride in your work.
    3. If you're incompetent and looking to just hide in your cube for a paycheck.
    4. If you're OK with HR and Senior Management hiring grossly incompetent people because they're all friends.
    5. If you're OK with constant promises, but no follow up or action taken on any reasonable request.

    Cons1. Obvious glass ceilings
    2. HR has been caught red-handed multiple times trying to perform illegal actions and other unethical behavior against employee records upon departure.
    3. If you're an engineer and you're a contractor; prepare to be blamed for the failures of the seniors there. If you're in general operations, prepare to have a severe lack of budget (except for anything related to Safety that they call HS&E) and plenty of blame to go around.
    4. Management and senior management across multiple departments try to hide incompetency and failures by keeping people "quiet" without reporting to their UK corporate HQ.
    5. No one will accept responsibility in any form that can be used as evidence (emails, recordings, or any official forms).

    Advice to Senior ManagementHouston management needs to turn in their resignation papers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, benefits, people

    Engineering Aide (Former Employee)
    Clinton, NJ

    ProsGood company, benefits, people, challenging work

    ConsLong wait between assignments caused boredom

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse resources on current projects during lull between assignments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This is a Great Company to work for

    Piping Designer I (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsThis company is Friendly, The atmosphere is relaxed, the schedule is flexible, the hours are great. 9/80 we get every other friday off. 401K matching to 6%

    Consaverage benefits, the insurance premiums are a bit high. 10 hours PTO per month. Not fully vested for 2 years

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible management

    Subcontract Administrator (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsNice office (Houston headquarters), some nice people there, very good benefits (medical etc)

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementTake some management courses on how to manage people! A serious lack there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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