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Amec Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  • lack of communication from management (in 17 reviews)

  • The senior management in western Canada consists of clueless old paper pushers that have no vision idea how to serve clients (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "A stepping stone to better opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amec Foster Wheeler full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Instant 401k match, so you get it matched for the short time you are there

    Cons

    Instant 401k match, so there promotes people leaving


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Do not value employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - EDO program (work 9 hour days, get every other Friday off)
    - OT is paid or banked for extra time off (no premium)

    Cons

    - little attention to training/development
    - employees ultimately treated as disposable tools to be used when needed and disposed of when not
    - poor management - managers don't bother to ask your project leads how you're doing at your job, make assumptions instead based on minimal observation and complaints from office gossips
    - poor strategic planning/business development

    Advice to Management

    - Talk to project leads before annual reviews
    - Value employees more


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Below Average EPC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Flex work schedule
    -Relatively laid back environment

    Cons

    -Company has difficulty executing contracts as viewed by customers
    -No structure for policies or chain of command within company
    -No internal development of talent
    -Little to no training
    -Pay grades and process for advancement no communicated to employees

    Advice to Management

    -Create programs to develop employees
    -Create a more centralized structure to give a more familiar face to clients worldwide


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Joined the company because it appeared to be a structured EPC with European management culture and a good reputation.

    Cons

    Incompetent management that chooses leads who do not have any soft (people) skills. Canadian operations are managed by the Houston office. The company shows a very little respect to their clients, adopting a very confrontational attitude.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Very disappointing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Bigger more well known company so tends to get bigger projects.
    DDO program - extra days off for working longer hours
    If it suits your personality and you can manage to make a good impression, you can keep your head down and do your job. You can keep to yourself and not have to interact much with others.

    Cons

    Blame culture poisons relationships and prevents people from being accountable.
    Hire and fire culture - little to no job security - rule by fear.
    Lack of very experienced people - juniors and intermediates operating outside their capabilities.
    Little appetite for improvement.
    Poor project managers with too much authority than need to be managed themselves (not all but many).
    Managers out of touch with what is actually happening and what the issues are.
    Very political.

    Advice to Management

    Start over.


  7. "Good place to work, until the economy sours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are average for this kind of company. Challenging work. Good cultural diversity. The higher pay does not offset the frequent mass layoffs when the economy sours.

    Cons

    Too many managers. Not enough management leading to organized disorganization. There's little support for new employees to learn the ropes. It's a boom and bust environment prone to mass layoffs.


  8. "Going Through Tough Times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amec Foster Wheeler full-time

    Pros

    Good co-workers and office environment.

    Cons

    No projects, just finished going through merger.


  9. "Entry level biology technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Entry Level Environmental Scientist
    Current Employee - Entry Level Environmental Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits are very good which includes health, retirement plans and many opportunities for career development.

    Cons

    The atmosphere is very stop and go, over 50 percent of the time you are trying to find billable hours. The office politics is almost impossible to avoid due to this pressure and many times it leads to people butting heads.


  10. "Forgets it is a people based business"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great aspirations and values, well known brand, some real leaders

    Cons

    Indecisive, not forward looking, claims to be a project management company but lacks real project management capability (some "project managers" manage bums-on-seats provision of integrated resource projects), superficial procedures and tools (particularly cost management tools, or the total lack thereof) that fill many volumes but have no real practical basis or means to implement, either due to poor project management / controls capability and / or inadequate tools. This system conspires to a small number of committed individuals endlessly trying to man-handle and make sense of "the numbers", detracting focus from client facing activities and delivery

    Advice to Management

    Live up to the fantastic company values as opposed to playing lip-service to them. AFW ultimately sells people yet it is people that come last in AFW.


  11. "AFW"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amec Foster Wheeler full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work assignments; good people

    Cons

    Many changes and little communication

    Advice to Management

    Talk with employees and not just among peers


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