Foster Wheeler

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  1.  

    This is a Great Company to work for

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    • 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 a 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
  2.  

    Terrible management

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    • 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
  3.  

    "Good Place to work for"

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

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler as a contractor (less than a 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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  5.  

    Good mid-sized engineering firm, decent internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The people working here are really good at what they do (process engineering) and I learned a lot about engineering that I hadn't been exposed to in school.
    For my assignments, I was relatively free to explore solutions as I wished.

    Cons

    Spent my entire internship in the office, very little field work opportunity.
    Very much the stereotypical cubical offices, and not even the good open plan cubes, got a little mundane after a while.
    Feel like the experienced engineers were very good at very specific technical fields, and might be "pigeon holed" if I was to continue there.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company for process engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, opportunities for young engineer. stable workforce.

    Cons

    got monitored in/out office, too strict on office time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need diversify the technology, not only focus on coker

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Houston Office

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

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

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule allowed for a good amount of time off. 3 weeks PTO for new hires. Good 401K and medical insurance programs. The building and furniture are above average.

    Cons

    Upper management likes to micro-manage and monitor its employees. They ask for opinions from their employees, but they don't seem to want to implement any change related to employee satisfaction. When the previous CEO left for another office, bonuses and incentives diminished or disappeared. It's pretty difficult to get recognized for your achievements or hard work at this company. It's also hard to advance in the company unless you are buddy-buddy with someone with power and influence in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, and try to trust them to be honest on their own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tired operational staff that became lazy because of poor and constantly revolving management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to State in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to State in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Salary is decently competitive and their 401k matching is comparable to a state worker's TRS.
    9/hour workdays with every other Friday off

    Cons

    To really know FW requires knowing the history from various other workers. Many workers are fairly new due to turnover and the boom and bust of unstable business due to projects. Management seems to care most about upstream divisions, but has poor attention and does not assist in departments outside of engineering. The guidance from the corporate HQ office is poor and there is a severe lack of operational maturity. FW loses business to competition due to poor planning and effective monitoring of operations. Various departments outside of engineering have many high-level managers and directors with poor and lazy attitudes. Many of them are just not used to having to be competent at their professions like FW's competition. Had I known the entire history and been able to interview with others outside the department hiring manager; I would've never come here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement TCO mentality from top down and provide global guidance to offices in a singular effort. What good is upstream without staff to properly support them?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Didn't enjoy my time there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Livingston, NJ
    Former Employee - Accountant in Livingston, NJ

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    A company that works in low margin industries can't be generous to their employees. Terrible raises, delayed raises, 4 in 5 years, etc. Suggest working for a company that makes a lot of money. They can treat their employees better. This is a while back, put I doubt much has changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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

    A Good Place To Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    A great to place to learn and develop.

    Cons

    My ability to learn and grow was limited because the company is not diversified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the types of jobs to included chemical and other refining processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    If you are a secretary this is the perfect company to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Houston, TX

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    The common comment was: It used to be a great company; today it has good ergonomics and offices.

    Cons

    It is confirmed. Having several conversations with employees at other divisions of the company I received the same comments. Secretaries rule over managers to the point that managers are fired and secretaries stay, the rest is up to your imagination, so on this perspective you can figure out what is the rest of the company. I speak for the Houston operation only, no clue of other offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what are you doing with Sr. Management and the empowered ladies. Some of the long term managers have to much concentrated power that will eventually ruing the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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