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Amec Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated August 7, 2017
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  1. "Terrible Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to travel and contribute to some interesting projects. The atmosphere at our local office was laid back yet professional. Work-life balance was good overall.

    Cons

    Entirely too focused on utilization. Employees were pressured to do anything to stay billable, even if a senior level professional has to do entry-level work. That is no way to develop staff or build careers. Management was a tone deaf clique. Promoting people from within was almost unheard of unless you were part of the inner circle. There was a strange belief system that staying competitive meant hiring up-and-coming stars from competitors. As a result we had a parade of over rated know nothings (and in one case, a complete fraud) as unit managers and department heads. Management defended them at every turn - either out of denial or to hide their poor hiring decisions.

    Advice to Management

    This advice is for the Wood Group management following the AMEC FW acquisition: Thin out the bloated and clueless AMEC FW management if you know what's good for you. Perform your due diligence before making key hires. Let your professional staff return to being professionals rather than performing any small task that comes along to make the utilization look high.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Going down hill fast"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office, were some good people in Denver. A few good project managers.

    Cons

    Where to start, management of the office was hap hazard at best. Management routinely provided themselves with bonus versus rest of the office (like buying bicycling jerseys for themselves and their friends to bike in a local race in Colorado, these were closes to $130 a pop that they had Amec buy as "marketing" expense), keeping an office open in Boulder and paying crazy rent because people wanted to work there instead of Denver, yet the office did not service much of any local clients (a couple of small projects for Boulder County, but that was it, going and paying for drinking and skiing with clients (which was illegal), and basically bending over to client unethical commands in the name of "keeping the client happy" and the list goes on. No initiative or understanding of the local markets, were only concerned with a few select clients and did not want to work at getting stronger local clientele so when the oil process and commodities prices fell, their main clients dried up and so they twiddled their thumbs hoping something would pop up. The general attitude was to only look out for your projects or personnel and there was very high reluctance to work together through departments or offices to deliver successful projects, the going attitude seemed to be to throw everyone you could under the bus for your issues. Upper management was very keen on this. Anyone who tried to come up with ideas or innovations or tried to be forward thinking was shot down quickly by upper management as not a team player BS. Management from corporate was as bad or worse.

    Advice to Management

    They were acquired by Wood Group, my advice would be to gut the company (A & E side) and get rid of most if not all the dead weight in management. Would try to find someone foolish enough to buy those assets, as poor as they are.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Advance data lead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Amec Foster Wheeler full-time

    Pros

    Big company with lots of different division

    Cons

    Financial trouble, rounds and rounds of layoffs

    Advice to Management

    focus on people


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    "Not a great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friday half day. Average medical benefits.

    Cons

    Hire and Fire policies . Company is not doing well Business wise.

    Advice to Management

    Huge mgmt to employee disconnect.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "admin"

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    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    at least its a paycheck

    Cons

    Merger, acquisition, and now being sold all in 4 years. Low employee morale and lots of turn-over and uncertainty.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Never know when your getting laid off or where the next job is"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amec Foster Wheeler full-time

    Pros

    The pay was good and if you bribe the right person you can move up

    Cons

    Never know how long I'm between projects and if you don't like to leave your family don't work here

    Advice to Management

    Communication about next jobs rather than rumors from different sources.Treat your people right.


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    "The people are great. Management in the other hand...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amec Foster Wheeler (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people that make up the company itself. Great coworkers, clients and associates.

    Cons

    Management does not care about the people. They only care about themselves and how high up they can get, regardless on how unethical they need to be or who they step-on to get up there.

  8. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    WAS a great company with a vision and a plan which created growth opportunities for all levels of employees. It also had a good work/life balance

    Cons

    New CEO spent his career at Halliburton and has no experience or interest in the engineering and consulting industry. He is only focusing on cutting cost, which is poorly planed and executed, with no obvious plan how he will grow the business. Lack of planning and transparent internal and external communications caused another negative feedback from investors and lenders, issuance of new stock to raise capital, and dilution of stock value. Consequently, star and good employees are leaving to join competitors, clients'/creditors/investors rating decline, favoritism by management to protect friends and family members which leaves only unqualified resources available to execute complex global projects

    Advice to Management

    Advice actually to the board of directors to find a leader who understands and appreciates Amec Foster Wheeler's history, capabilities of core team, and market position to use as a foundation to turn the company around, instead of only cutting cost without a clear sort or long term vision


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Biased poor Work Ethics"

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    Former Employee - CAD Designer in Tucker, GA
    Former Employee - CAD Designer in Tucker, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comfortable and clean offices. Pay is average. Flex Time. Decent technology.

    Cons

    Lack of work ethics. You will succeed if you are liked by management and not necessarily by your talent and accomplishments. Leadership are basically blue collar workers who never received management training and run the place with little to no work ethics. I witnessed sexual harassment, gender discrimination, racial discrimination and hate speech, age discrimination. Some of them reported but a slap in the hand for the "untouchable." One individual has a preference of having attractive females on his team and he is no shy about it.

    Advice to Management

    Drain the swamp, invest in training. Specially in the piping department.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not really many. If you like the old consulting engineering office thus is the place for you.

    Cons

    Management cannot be trusted. Say one thing and HR does another. Also felt like it was a compitition to see who could bill the most hours each week.


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