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Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
88 Reviews
3.2
88 Reviews
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Foster Wheeler CEO and Director J. Kent Masters
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule allowed for a good amount of time off (in 5 reviews)

  • Nice office (Houston headquarters), some nice people there, very good benefits (medical etc) (in 4 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    IT Network Support

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    Former Contractor - IT Support in Whiting, IN
    Former Contractor - IT Support in Whiting, IN

    I worked at Foster Wheeler as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Support Foster Wheeler Field Office Worker’s, Supervisors and Engineers at the BP Refinery Modernization Construction Site in Whiting, Indiana, the largest on-going construction project in North America in a dual role, were I monitored and maintained company’s computer network resources and Avaya and Shortel phone systems on the client side, connecting to their Corporate Headquarters in Houston as a Network Systems Integrator and Desktop Analyst resolving end-user hardware, software, network and communication problems. I provided end-user training where required. I also perform Instrumentation support of Project Manager for the I&E group, . Provide Cabling, to IT Closets, set up racks, routers; switches patch cables, fiber and power. Work with I&E Group configuring and testing Vicon CCTV, PTZ and Infrared cameras that will be installed, also Installed and configured EATON control cards using proprietary interface software CH-Studio to connect to SCADA for MCC units and buckets, Used Rotork IQ-INSIGHT to gather initial settings of MOV’s (motor operated valves) via infrared dongle data collection to re-calibrate to desired specs..It was a very educating experience,working with the leaders in today engineering technologies. I have grown immensely from this opportunity.

    Cons

    Some of the projects require a total commitment of time as construction phases carry on in 12 hour shifts 6 days a week , as an IT person you are required to be on board with keeping all data and voice networks up and running for the viewing and corrections of all engineering design work. hourly wage starts out low at 50k depending on what position you are hired for. What your hired for does not mean there won't be additional work load brought upon you to meet job completion.."all hands on deck is there motto"...a truly team effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You management practice have paid off well, for me at least, I suggest you keep on your format of letting your subordinates no what a good job you feel they have accomplished and the awards you pass out is a stellar idea as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Review- former employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    Disorganized, lazy management.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Disparate Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Career change opportunity and learned new regulated industry concepts

    Cons

    Really bad management structure and communication channels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to clarify goals and objectives

  7.  

    Cancer in the midst

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Designer in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Designer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Foster Wheeler as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great IT support. great interdiscipline communication. NIce location and office. Security personnel are super awesome and relate as humans. Great eatery inside but pricey.

    Cons

    It's only a matter of time before the company realizes the idiot that resides over design drafting is a stumbling block to any success. Seems he has the goods on someone in the top hierarchy of management to still be there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    May Dragados be a lesson in disfunctional leadership over drafting and design.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    FW Review

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Once Proud Company on the Downslide

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Stuck in the past

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    Current Employee - Professional in Clinton, NJ
    Current Employee - Professional in Clinton, NJ

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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