Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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  1. (Upstream department) Good stepping stone to something better.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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.

  2. Good company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Saint Johns, AZ
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Saint Johns, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, and health benefits.

    Cons

    People are just hiring their own relatives.

  3. Good experience, especially for up and coming young professionals.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Validation Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Contractor - Validation Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great job opportunities as a contractor.

    Cons

    No real cons as a contractor

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Worst working experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (1)

    Former great company in America, dedicated to safety and integrity of engineering design and construction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Design/Checker in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Design/Checker in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Working as a team to perform a high quality product for our clients. We always helped each other to qualify for a better understanding of presentation to construction management..

    Cons

    New management not having the values of older management that originally brought the company to international recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Bottoms up management works great when dealing with field construction people.
    Everything must be clear in presenting engineering drawings that have integrity.

  7. Great people but there were a lot of politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Great people
    Lots of expertise
    Fun projects

    Cons

    Way too much red tape
    Office Space like with TPS reports

  8. 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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (2)

    My experience was good, knowledgeable, a great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Proposal Department was busy department, challenging able, my trainee was very trained and very professional.

    Cons

    The hours for working in the proposal hard, they expected you to work long hours and weekend too.

    Advice to Management

    Management need to stop playing games with employees and be honest with employees. Help employees, care about the employees, stand behind your employees, but most of all respect your employees

  10. Helpful (1)

    Very Mediocre company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 Management

    Read "Cons" closely.

  11. Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Everyone you work with is helpful and pleasant

    Cons

    No problems at this time

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