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Amec Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated November 27, 2017
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  1. "Fast food Consulting"

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    Former Employee - Staff Hydrogeologist in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Staff Hydrogeologist in Novi, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management at regional level typically engaging. Work does not get boring. Opportunities to work on varied projects. Opportunities for nationwide travel. Labor stratification is good with growth potential.

    Cons

    Lack of vision. Frequent reactionary philosophy. Panic management. Fire rather than repair.

    Advice to Management

    Invest and reward younger staff especially engineers. Trained staff. Allow more time at conferences and professional development.


  2. "Goin' nowhere fast."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    MACTEC's technical depth is better than most if its competitors. Wide range of service lines and national presence means a lot of project diversity. The new CEO (Massey) is trying to change the toxic culture (see Cons below) but it will take years to adopt ideas.

    Cons

    Managers consistently fail to identify talent and promote from within. Project level and senior staff correctly observe that management appears more interested in stifling professional development than fostering it. Mentoring programs and internal project management training are window-dressing without any substance. Lots of dead weight. MACTEC is a great place for unambitious engineers and scientists who aspire to mediocrity, boredom, and underachievement.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should ask their employees for feedback on their own performance. They'd be surprised at how observant and insightful their staffs are and might even learn a thing or two about how to get the most out of their employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Laid off from FW USA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  4. "Not much career opportunity."

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    Current Employee - Project Managerngineer Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Managerngineer Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get touch of different projects

    Cons

    Technically there si room to improve

    Advice to Management

    Get more skilled enginner


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not all I thought it would be...a little let down. My first week was well planned and organized."

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    Current Employee - Resources Support in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Resources Support in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are really nice but have been here forever. Constantly fighting that old school mentality. The even dress from the 80"s.

    Cons

    Poor technology and lack of IT support. Everything is from the 80's. Lack of flexibility to work from home.

    Advice to Management

    Do something with the data given. Patterns are everywhere. More transparency. Less secrecy. Stop laying off people.


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

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    Former Employee - Senior Management in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. "Didn't enjoy my time there"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Livingston, NJ
    Former Employee - Accountant in Livingston, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amec 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 Management

    None

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Houston Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amec 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 Management

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


  9. "Terrible management"

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    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amec 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 Management

    Take some management courses on how to manage people! A serious lack there.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Contract Management"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No micro-managing at this company.

    Cons

    I find that this company and its executive management are not very good at managing existing large contracts and bringing in new work. I actually had to find my own work in other U.S. offices just to stay billable.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff and provide them with the tools - including career developing project work - to succeed.


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