Foster Wheeler

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Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
84 Reviews
3.1
84 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.  

    10 week summer internship in the accounting department.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Clinton, NJ
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Clinton, NJ

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people who are very supportive.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Piping Stress Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Piping Stress Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Medium company, that let you not be just a number

    Cons

    The security of the job is not good sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    HORRIBLE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Asbestos Settlements in Clinton, NJ
    Current Employee - Asbestos Settlements in Clinton, NJ

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

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor - Structural Group in Hampton, NJ
    Former Employee - Supervisor - Structural Group in Hampton, NJ

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

    Pros

    I received experience in China, Vietnam and India.

    Cons

    Business environment changes without communication to employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A good company to work for (when they have work).

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, nice, helpful people.
    They allow you to stretch and develop your strengths and gain new experience.
    9-80 work week with every other Friday off.

    Cons

    When in down market, layoffs can be heavy.
    Can be a bit clique-ish in some departments.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Security Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Security Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time (less than an 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
  8.  

    Good company, benefits, people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Aide in Clinton, NJ
    Former Employee - Engineering Aide in Clinton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good company, benefits, people, challenging work

    Cons

    Long wait between assignments caused boredom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use resources on current projects during lull between assignments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    This is a Great Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Piping Designer I in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Piping Designer I in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This company is Friendly, The atmosphere is relaxed, the schedule is flexible, the hours are great. 9/80 we get every other friday off. 401K matching to 6%

    Cons

    average benefits, the insurance premiums are a bit high. 10 hours PTO per month. Not fully vested for 2 years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Terrible management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time (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
  11.  

    "Good Place to work for"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    salary, met new people in every project, learn new everyday, visit different companies

    Cons

    travel required, no time for family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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