Foster Wheeler Energy

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Foster Wheeler Energy Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Wonderful and many opportunities to learn and grow as engineer.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good Training. Benefits are comparable to other companies

    Cons

    Some management lacks skills. Wide gap between young and old engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent engineers. Transition to AMEC management reduces confidence of employees to the direction of the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good salary, career prospects, amazing work life balance, good people and lots of benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler Energy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Foster Wheeler helps to achieve professional qualification to become chartered from IET, IChem and IMech.
    Salary is one of the best for graduate starters £30000. for graduates, salary reviews are twice a year for first two years.
    flexible working time, overseas project trips. They don't force you to take any assignment or for any overseas trip. Its totally your wish. Graduate programme is very well structured and balanced.
    There is flexible working time. you have to be present during core hours 9 to 12 and 2 to 4. Apart from this, you can select your time everyday from 7 am to 7 pm. Also you can take one extra day off in a month. (apart from regular holiday entitlement). Means 12 extra holidays every year. All the people and senior managers are very helpful.
    They provide you enough time to set and never pressure for work.
    For overseas students, they sponsors visa too.
    As per my openion this is one of the best company to work. Company's main thinking is "people leave their job for 2 reasons.. if they are unsatisfied with salary or with working environment." They provide you both. So most of the employees are working since many years..

    Cons

    Till now I have not noticed any bad thing.. Personally for myself, I am living in London and travelling there. It takes about 1.5 hours by train. But I will buy a car and journey time will be just 40 min. after that. (From west London to Foster Wheeler).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have any advice to management but some tips for graduates for interview.
    Look at the company website and prepare its core values.
    Make sure you know that why you want to work here and what can you give them.
    Prepare some examples of teamwork and time management.
    Study about things related to refinaries, oil and gas and power systems. For electrical engineers, prepare for power systems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Earnest employees let down by bad management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Disciplined 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)

    Cons

    Earlier 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please retire. Just go. Leave the rest to work in peace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Don't touch this company with a bargepole

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

    No point they dont listen

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    They 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.

    Cons

    Stuck 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 ManagementAdvice

    Company 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    If you are vying for a long term career -this is not the place

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

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler Energy full-time

    Pros

    Work-life Balance. cant think of anything else.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Work.....

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

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler Energy

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler Energy

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Can get a bit insular and arrogant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better to the staff

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Goodfor graduates

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler Energy

    Pros

    A good platform for young graduates

    Cons

    No much for experienced professionals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler Energy

    Pros

    Good 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 ManagementAdvice

    -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!

    Disapproves of CEO

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