Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Foster Wheeler CEO and Director J. Kent Masters
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Pros
  • Relaxed, good engineering computer systems, Flexible working hours, so much good hard working individuals trying to give the company a boost (in 4 reviews)

  • 9/80 schedule that's the only pro (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary is favourable, but employee benefits require improvements, in particular annual leave days and medical benefits (in 3 reviews)

  • Too many bosses, crazy hierarchy and high turnover of senior management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Good work experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefit, life-work balance, and friendly working environment

    Cons

    salary is not advantaged comparing with other similar company


  2. Good company.

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Acted as a federation of independent companies.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, wrong leadership in some locations.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company


  3. Review- former employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good talent based corporate knowledge of Project Engineering requirements (SHARP Engineers and Designers), Challenging Engineering assignments ! Abundant cross-discipline reliance on talents to accomplish goals.

    Cons

    Recent purchase by AMEC may create some new in-house cultural dynamics that may take a bit to settle down. This is normal after a new buy-out, though, and should result in a healthy multi-disciplined culture going forward.

    Advice to Management

    Listen well to your line-staff. Often they are aware of in-process design issues that need attention, that may not be making it to planning or review meetings. Engineers: listen to your Designers' input, as often they bring a broad industry familiarity to your design task, and can often suggest approaches that will ease the Engineering load, or may even help clarify a path forward when developing a solution to an Engineering problem that may in reality be a Design issue, instead.


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  5. Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good community, people are nice ther

    Cons

    Not enough direction through management


  6. Helpful (2)

    Disorganized, lazy management.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, 9/80 work week very good, most people are very nice and friendly, nice office environment and good location in the energy corridor.

    Cons

    Very poor management in one specific department. No opportunity for growth or real career development. Senior engineers do little to nothing to train the entry-levels. Very disorganized with no set process for anything. Deadlines are never met, and client relations are going downhill. Too much gossip, especially about office politics, very little real work done.


  7. Disparate Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Career change opportunity and learned new regulated industry concepts

    Cons

    Really bad management structure and communication channels

    Advice to Management

    Need to clarify goals and objectives


  8. Helpful (2)

    Once Proud Company on the Downslide

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a job. If you can work on proposals it could be interesting. Most work is for out of country. Good experience is you want to work in refinery industry.

    Cons

    Glass ceiling in place. Good ole boy network is strong. No stability. Get all promises made during the interview process in writing.

    Advice to Management

    Please step into the 21st Century. Let those who can, do. Tear down the walls.


  9. FW Review

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Large successful company that has been successful for many years.

    Cons

    Very old school philosophies. Does not embrace modern technologies and HR concepts.


  10. Stuck in the past

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    Current Employee - Professional in Clinton, NJ
    Current Employee - Professional in Clinton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well, good benefits, strong corporate culture and a commitment to creating a safe working environment for all employees in the office and in the field. A highly educated workforce where competence is expected.

    Cons

    Lacks innovation, overly risk averse, does not adapt to changes in markets, overly structured / regimented. Company has overly conservative behaviors that remind one of the 1908s, where face time and reputation take precedence over results. Headquarters are far from any metro areas, creating a cloistered existence.

    Advice to Management

    Foster Wheeler needs to expand into clean energy,recruit young innovative managers, and analyze whether its risk averse strategy is helping or hurting business prospects.


  11. (Upstream department) Good stepping stone to something better.

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    Former Employee - Piping Designer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Piping Designer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly. Relaxed. Good work-life balance. Flextime. Good insurance and decent benefits. Easy work with no one constantly watching your back.

    Cons

    Below average pay. Although they tout their training, there is none. No good opportunities to move up. Too many bosses, crazy hierarchy and high turnover of senior management. Lost contracts and/or profits from lack of planning and overestimating abilities.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees the training they need. There are many people who could and would contribute much more given the chance.



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