Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
78 Reviews
3.1
78 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 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.  

    Okay

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    Former Employee - Senior Cost Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Cost Engineer

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Good proceedures present in the management database. Collaborative work leading to synergy in efforts were encouraged. Client interaction was promoted.

    Cons

    Way too much gossiping and managemnet listening to opne side of the story only. Vert top down approach of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More senior managemnt efforts should be expended in staff morale boosing and development. More external courses should be approved by management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid off from FW USA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Moved to a beautiful "green" facility on the west side of Houston, very accessible by freeway. Did their best as far as keeping people active on projects and having something to charge to before the layoffs.

    Cons

    Nepotism runs rampant here: hiring inexperienced friends at a higher salary while not bringing salary up to current market rates for more experienced and senior personnel (before the recession). Unfortunately, gossip and bringing personal problems to the work place have also had a negative impact on employee morale here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck to you in the Upstream Market. Improve and spend some money on a more updated and integrated EDMS system and other IT tools.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    (Upstream department) Good stepping stone to something better.

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    Former Employee - Piping Designer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Piping Designer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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.

  6.  

    Good learning experience

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Chennai (India)

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

    Overall Good

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    • 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 for 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
  8.  

    Good experience, especially for up and coming young professionals.

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    Current Employee - Validation Engineer  in  New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great job opportunities as a contractor.

    Cons

    No real cons as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

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    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 for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    Great people but there were a lot of politics

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    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

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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