Foster Wheeler Energy
2.6 of 5 9 reviews
www.fwc.com Reading, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Feb 21, 2014

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W. Troy Roder

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    If you are vying for a long term career -this is not the place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork-life Balance. cant think of anything else.

    ConsPoor pay,hostile Management, Insecurity,Does not FOSTER growth

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

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    Earnest employees let down by bad management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Reading, England (UK)

    ProsDisciplined approach to data management; meticulously organised and recoverable by all
    Earnest and hard-working frontline employees (engineers and support staff) who take pride in their work
    (Some) international career opportunities
    Open door and helpful sponsorship attitude to foreign-born staff
    (Still) has word-of-mouth reputation for quality in the industry
    (note: written before 2014 takeover finalised)

    ConsEarlier reviews were shockingly accurate in their Cons for this company

    Embarrassingly Machiavellian managers with no shame who will say anything to anyone to get out of a situation, be that a potential client or an employee with a question

    Breathtakingly low amount of training provided in what is supposedly a technology-driven company; tendency to hire and fire skilled contractors with absolutely no regard to cultivating loyalty among staff; certain departments have attrition rate that would be shocking in any other company but here is hardly noticed

    International opportunities go to closed cliques and old boys' networks; newcomers trying to break in will only do so by accepting eyewateringly bad conditions compared to the rest of industry

    Spineless and supine attitude to a small minority of foreign clients from a certain part of the world, who tend to give repeat business, but probably only because the staggeringly unprofessional behaviour of those clients is willingly catered to

    Increasingly desperate moves by company to win contracts by underestimating time required and 'underbidding' - and then cascading in private, to employees that if they want to get ahead, they have to work for free

    Large number of foreign-born staff who are less likely to protest about uncompetitive policies, and unprofessional behaviours

    Dominant sector of workforce seems to be 'lifers' who can do no wrong, even when making multi-million pound errors; instead criticism falls on anyone deemed as coming from outside this company's culture, who was not recruited from the womb

    Obsessive-compulsive focus on quality by utterly sacrificing schedule. Absolutely no concept of 80/20 principle. Managers tend to focus on "painting the cabins of the ship perfectly while being oblivious to approaching iceberg". Projects come in technically correct but hopelessly late (late by 100% or even more).

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease retire. Just go. Leave the rest to work in peace.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't touch this company with a bargepole

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Reading, England (UK)

    ProsFlextime. Guys in the team are great. Gym, Restaurant, Pension Scheme, Normal big employer benefits. Hours are reasonable. Office is OK

    ConsCompany is in big big trouble and board don't know how to sort it out. Integrity and bullying issues at senior levels. Morale rockbottom. Management spend money on themselves and cut things staff need to do their jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo point they dont listen

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

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    Stone age company with stubborn close minded lifers in Management. Not a true multinational company.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Reading, England (UK)

    ProsThey do have some excellent brains in Process Engg. Those aged few are getting new projects for now. Freshers or with few years experience may benefit working in Process Engg. Most of the process engg team members are Engineers by qualification.

    ConsStuck in 90's. Non Process Engg group is not a place to learn and develop the engg. skill. Most of the senior staff are lifers and not Engineers by qualification which is slowly killing the company with no adaptability and innovation in the changing industry standard. Not a true multinational company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany needs to move ahead to post 2000 industry practices and adapt to change in trends. Company needs Engineers in engineering division as the company is in engineering business. Multinational approach is completely missing.

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

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    Great Place to Work.....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTake care of employees
    Open culture
    Great working environment
    Opportunities to work overseas if you want
    Flexible timing is big incentive

    ConsLack of LSTK project work as company is not a risk taker
    Not a dynamic company as very long term employees are in senior positions who act only in FW way
    Lack of communication within company

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some new blood in the organisation especially in senior positions
    A big overhaul is required at management level to change the mindset of the people sitting in comfort of their glass cabins

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It has been very rewarding with lots of high prestige projects over the years but things have changed now

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Reading, England (UK)

    ProsLots of long term personel there who understood the way FW worked

    ConsCan get a bit insular and arrogant

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate better to the staff

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    Goodfor graduates

    Principal Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsA good platform for young graduates

    ConsNo much for experienced professionals

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good company, but favourable only to employees who spend 15-20+ years in FW

    Principal Engineer (Current Employee)
    Reading, England (UK)

    ProsGood System
    Few good & far talented employees
    Above average company benefits
    Communication to employees improved a lot in last few months!

    Cons- Lack of motivation among many employees
    - Very limited potential for individual employee to excel
    - No opportunity available for new staff
    - All good roles available only to long term staff (although they are good, efforts from them are minimal!)
    - No 'Focus' on end objectives - instead spend more time to do things FW way!

    Advice to Senior Management-Give a chance to new recruits (well experienced professionals) - who will do their best to prove themselves in your company!
    -Don't rely on your existing middle management. Try new faces to bring the real change.
    -SAI is good, but don't just bring the old good practices which are not so good in the new business scenerio!
    -Business winning to be more focussed. Hire managers from your competitors to start with!

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    Some great individuals undermined by a backwards corporate culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Reading, England (UK)

    ProsFlexible working - 1 flexday a month
    Variety of projects
    Some excellent individuals
    Tendancy toward long service which speaks for itself

    ConsSome really old fashioned attitudes with in middle and senior management, a culture of 'old boys network' means that the best person doesn't always get the appropriate internal recognition. Tendency toward toxic internal politics can make life frustrating. Operates a blame culture which means senior managers often dodge making decicions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a good hard look at the capabilities of your middle and senior management. Be aware that you have lost some of your best and brightest simply because they have fallen foul of personal politics - Yes Troy, I mean you. Your personal likes and dislikes and your management style of communicating your displeasure is incredibly corrosive. In the end good people have no problem finding work elsewhere and you are left with mediocrity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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