Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
73 Reviews

3.2
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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 4 reviews)

  • Relaxed, good engineering computer systems, Flexible working hours, so much good hard working individuals trying to give the company a boost (in 3 reviews)


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

  • Management have lost the plot, The old guard are hanging on a straw,too much Gossip (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Staff ethics are poor, most are just there to collect a pay check.

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working in the true sense, good salary compared to others in the reading area. Real opportunities to work oversea on good packages.

    Cons

    No expectation to high achieve, full of whole family units, husbands wife's and their adult sons daughter, brothers sisters all using the company as a cash cow. Staff very unhelpful, no one willing to explain when asked questions which relate to their role just get vacant looks and expressions. The management still operate like its 1980, staff must know their place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employ more younger professionals, to dilute the dated and insular culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst working experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    9/80 schedule that's the only pro!!!!

    Cons

    Gossip, back-stabbing. High turnover. Management doesn't care. They place people in management roles based solely on a friendship. Experience is not needed if you have a friend in a higher position. Lazy employees, no real idea of processes & procedures. Benefits are not good anymore. Raises are a joke!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the drawing board & start all over!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    HORRIBLE

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    Current Employee - Asbestos Settlements  in  Clinton, NJ
    Current Employee - Asbestos Settlements in Clinton, NJ

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work schedule of every other Friday off

    Cons

    Horrible 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 ManagementAdvice

    Go to school and take some management classes.

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

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

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    Former Employee - IT Security Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Security Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1. 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.

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Houston management needs to turn in their resignation papers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Very useful experience

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    Former Employee - Thermal Performance Engineer-Fired Heater  in  Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Thermal Performance Engineer-Fired Heater in Chennai (India)

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Foster wheeler is big MNC company.MNC experience is really helpful to my knowledge.

    Cons

    They give more important to senior people or smoking colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please ask some basic technical questions in their relative field of engineers at telephonic round interview or writing interview and If applicant will be selected as a employee,then after you will give full work freedom to the selected employee.You do not take one year or six months time to job confirmation of new employee because already he has been qualified at the time of interview.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Look Elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Coworkers are talented and good people to work with.

    Cons

    Lost confidence in executive management's leadership and integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Constant in-fighting, back-stabbing, butt-kissing, complaining, and general corporate politics.

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Good benefits, full tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    One becomes an anonymous cog in a large wheel. There is no recognition or praise for a job well done. There are no bonuses in engineering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great opportunities to Learn while you work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Quality work and great learning at all levels

    Cons

    Neither Employee friendly nor caring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee engagement is required to retain talent - Not Rank and Yank

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

    eh

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    stepping stone, made some good connections to follow after they moved on.

    Cons

    poor organization, planning, execution, and communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go back to 2008 and see why it worked then but not now.

  11.  

    Terrible management

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    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take some management courses on how to manage people! A serious lack there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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