Foster Wheeler

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Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
87 Reviews
3.2
87 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.  

    Once Proud Company on the Downslide

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Stuck in the past

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Great company to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work, helpful people, good culture, flexible working hours

    Cons

    None. Overall it is good place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    (Upstream department) Good stepping stone to something better.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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
  6.  

    Great opportunities to Learn while you work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time (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
  7.  

    Brief Overview of short experience

    Current Employee - Project Manager in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, easy to get things done.

    Cons

    No job orientation and lack of any general training with in-house tools; very ad-hoc.

  8.  

    Good learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Chennai (India)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Brand name, Professionalism, Good Projects, Challenges

    Cons

    Work Culture, Strict timings, Less increments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time (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
  10.  

    Overall Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Construction Director in Cartagena, Cesar (Colombia)
    Former Employee - Construction Director in Cartagena, Cesar (Colombia)

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Money is competitive with similar companies

    Cons

    Politics are to embedded with the good old boys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    REVIEW UPPER MANAGEMENT Methods

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst working experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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

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