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Amec Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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  1. "Ask other employees what is is really like working in a particular office during the interview process."

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Geologist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Geologist in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    They have offices located throughout the country. MACTEC gets to work on some very interesting technical projects.

    Cons

    There are huge pressures to be billable. Work is cyclical (i.e. very busy then possibly a lull). If work is slow and you are not billable, your Group Manager will probably not be happy with you even though it is not your fault.

    Advice to Management

    The office manager should solicit feedback from employees about their Group Manager as part of the annual employee review process.


  2. "Responsibility and ability to make impact early in one's career"

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    Former Employee - Controls Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Controls Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Responsibility and ability to make impact early in one's career

    Cons

    Very abysmal senior management. Lack of strategy, frequent changes of strategy, arbitrary success metrics. Many are in the "billionaires" club and have checked out without realizing it. While they claim to be nimble, too many have made their orgs top heavy and are not able to cultivate the next level of managers - too few performers are given management responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Step aside for the next generation. You've had countless failures under your belt such as Checkout, Product Search, Video (not You Tube!) and Display advertising, but rather than admit that you keep a core group of people at the steering wheel who aren't skilled to motivate people nor guide the multitude of products to success

  3. Helpful (1)

    "One year at Foster Wheeler"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Clinton, NJ
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Clinton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pros are the following:
    Educational assistance
    Relocation Package

    Cons

    Career Path help from supervisor
    Training for career development

    Advice to Management

    Career path development for young engineers


  4. "Geotechnical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Project Geotechnical Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Project Geotechnical Engineer in Jacksonville, FL

    Pros

    Sometimes has very interesting projects

    Cons

    Not the best company in terms of career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have qualified people from the engineering field in management positions


  5. "?"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work on a variety of projects.

    Cons

    Low Pay, difficult to move up the latter.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair.


  6. "Ok place for right person"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Westford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Continuously trying to improve environmental engineering operations, good communication of strategic goals with opportunity to question upper management about future and decisions.

    Cons

    I did not feel like management always supported efforts or provide adequate assistance and help with issues.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make sure you address the needs of employees at all levels.


  7. "adventuorous"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Beltsville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They pay well and the people are friendly

    Cons

    The employee training and development is poor

    Advice to Management

    Please have a good training program for your employees

  8. "Overall its not a bad place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    AMEC employs a lot of smart people.

    Cons

    Not much of a career path.


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    "Employees, including Professional Engineers were micro-managed to the point of revolt."

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    Former Employee - Accounting and Business Manager in Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting and Business Manager in Commerce, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great salary, high professional competence,training available, software support excellent, and safety conscious.
      The professionals were among the best in the country.

    Cons

    Micromanaged, poor business and contract judgement, poor communication from top manangement, criticized for performance over budget or under budget.
       Each week and each month, each quarter and at the end of each year, budgets were reviewed and evaluated. If an office did much better than expected, then the office had to have a live conference with regional management to explain why they did so much better than predicted. If they did not meet their budget for one month, they were equally criticized for failing to predict acccuartely. As a result, offices that did well, hid hundreds of thousands of profits, so that they could pull out the extra profits if needed during a poor month. At more than one episode, the professionals all sent out their resumes and were on the verge of obtaining new employment to obtain leverage with top management to change their micromanagement techniques.

    Advice to Management

    Now that the company has merged, perhaps the environment has changed and should be re-evaluated. Laying off ALL Managment (10%) of the national work force in 2008? Is that just insane?


  10. "Pretty Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is profitable and continuously has work.
    There are many opportunities for professional growth and career advancement (see related note in cons).
    The company is more than happy to cross-train their staff to do more than one job.
    The company works with staff during slow periods to keep them employed.
    Benefits, including sick, personal leave, holidays, vacation, insurance and investment opportunies are astounding! Even better, they start accruing/available for use on day one of employment - no waiting periods.
    AMEC is a drug free workplace and will conduct drug tests on employees.

    Cons

    The company is extremely top-heavy. There are many VPs, senior managers, senior scientists, etc in a given area. This makes it difficult to win projects because of higher billing rates.
    AMEC frequently acquires other companies (usually a good sign), but then reorganizes geographic regions and breaks up good, profitable teams.
    Some offices are extremely territorial, making it difficult to work in your geographic area.
    Billing rates are skewed for engineers, and do not take into account that scientists (e.g., GIS techs, biologists, archaeologists, and field technicians) typically get paid less.
    Some staff are over-paid for their level of education, experience, and number of client contacts.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce then number of senior scientists and increase the number of field techs. Increasing the number of mid and lower level staff allows us to bid and win our projects fairly and helps others get more experience. Senior Management also needs to understand that, even though they are engineers, not everyone else is. Therefore, bringing in lots of engineering work does not mean that all programs are growing.
    Provide more opportunities for mid level staff to travel internationally. The more experience that your mid level staff have, the more marketable they become.


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