Foster Wheeler
3.3 of 5 58 reviews
www.fwc.com Geneva, Switzerland 5000+ Employees

Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated Apr 1, 2014
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3.3 58 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Foster Wheeler CEO and Director J. Kent Masters

J. Kent Masters

(13 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Very Mediocre company.

Project Controls Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsThere isn't a real incentive to target this company unless you are unemployed.

ConsThere isn't a real incentive to target this company unless you are unemployed. This company isn't a world class company yet. They want to be but they haven't made it as yet. Upper management has turned over a number of times in the past few years, leaving you with an unstable feel. The recent buyout by AMEC contributes to this feeling also.

Advice to Senior ManagementRead "Cons" closely.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Foster Wheeler

ProsEveryone you work with is helpful and pleasant

ConsNo problems at this time

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Do not stay there for long if you have better opportunities.

Process Engineer (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsVery good place for a fresh graduate engineer to start works with. The health benefits and retirement plans are excellent.

ConsThe HR people are an not very helpful for international employees. The management has very strict policy on matters like internet browsing, check-in times etc.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe managment should be more encouraging to empower employees according to their talent and interests.

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HORRIBLE

Asbestos Settlements (Current Employee)
Clinton, NJ

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

ProsWork schedule of every other Friday off

ConsHorrible 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 Senior ManagementGo to school and take some management classes.

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 for an internship.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Foster Wheeler as an intern for less than a year

Pros-Great pay
-Good people
-Professional environment
-Established company in a solid industry
-Good location (Houston location)
-Flexible Hours (within reason)

Cons-Office politics that come with a big company
-The security badge system can seem a bit Orwellian, but understandable for a company with trade secrets
-Insufferable safety training (that seems to be meant for field workers) for office workers
-No benefits for contractors (first six months are contract for any employee as far as I know)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Decent

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Foster Wheeler

Prosbrilliant engineers, nice office space, few quantity of great leader in management positions

Conscontruction department is a disaster, incompetent manager. Tedious procedures

Advice to Senior ManagementPlace more young leader in management positions, with energy, hungry to learn, that are bright, great coordinators and humble. Point is- no one ever knows everything about this industry, seems like this industry has the wrong idea of what leadership role should be, great manager are not the ones with the most experience, eloquence or the olders, but those that area great listeners and brilliant coordinator that have great interpersonal skill and positive attitudes.. Team will be more productive, great project atmosphere and healthy successful project.

Many brilliant, hard working, young engineer leader have been run off from this company due to incompetent manager.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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An excellent company to work for.

Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee)
Reading, England (UK)

I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 10 years

ProsVaried opportunities. The technical capabilities of the staff are second to non. World class executions of project. Plenty of overseas opportunities.

ConsThe salary may not be competitive with the likes of other companies nearby. But the work life balance certainly makes up for that.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more competitive with salaries. Possibly follow the likes of other companies such to use the 9 day fortnight scheme.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Positive

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsProject work pays well if you negotiate

ConsSome promises not kept so keep your eyes open at all times

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Highest quality value on time with in budget with zero safety incidents.

Supervisor - Structural Group (Former Employee)
Hampton, NJ

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

ProsI received experience in China, Vietnam and India.

ConsBusiness environment changes without communication to employee.

Advice to Senior Managementn/a

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

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10 week summer internship in the accounting department.

Summer Intern (Current Employee)
Clinton, NJ

I have been working at Foster Wheeler as an intern for less than a year

ProsFriendly people who are very supportive.

ConsLacking the state of the art technology found in many businesses today.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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