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Fuel Tech Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A....."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent management and fellow colleagues. Technical experience and proven results are unmatched in the industry. The work load is high but the pay structure is among the best I've seen. I would highly recommend this company to others, in the event that the company is able to substantially lower its pricing to the customer.

    Cons

    Too much overhead effecting the companies ability to price jobs competitively in todays market place.


  2. "Good People, Terrible Leadership Team"

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

    I worked at Fuel Tech full-time

    Pros

    The people that work at Fuel Tech are truly top-notch: Down-to-earth, hard-working, willing to teach each other. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    The executive leadership team (VP and above) are about as bad as it gets. Fuel Tech is top-heavy with 10+ VPs in a company of 120-150 people. VPs often do not have enough work to do, so they focus on playing politics and self-preservation instead of turning around the business. Due to the top-heavy structure, young people have very little opportunity for advancement and growth. Their business is declining due to a reduction in the coal-fired utility fleet and lack of innovation from within the company. Upper management appears to have their heads buried in the sand and rarely leaves their offices to visit customers or industry conferences to better understand the current state of the market. The CEO has an accounting background and manages the company through a spreadsheet rather than with vision and purpose.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your ivory tower and get to industry conferences and out to customer sites to understand what is truly going on rather than listening to sycophant VPs whose only interest is to preserve their overpaid incomes. Introduce diversity of perspectives to the board of directors (all older white men) to better align with modern times. Work with customers to better understand the problems of today rather than relying on what you think will work. Most importantly, clear the dead weight in upper management and provide fertile soil for young talent to grow. Use sounds business decision making tools to make important decisions rather than listening to the "yes men" at the VP level. A diversity of opinions could do a lot of good.

  3. "Process Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible, good pay, work-life balance

    Cons

    not much projects, a lot laid-off


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Fuel Tech (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, pay and compensation package

    Cons

    Downsizing, good ole boy/girl network

    Advice to Management

    Look in the mirror


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Run"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Fuel Tech full-time

    Pros

    You feel good working for a company that sells air pollution control. The office is modern and the kitchen is always stocked.

    Cons

    Hard workers are underappreciated. Management - so many VPs for a company of this size - wears blinders and only cares about their own self promotion. Nobody has a desire to cooperate with others. Since new CEO has been in place culture has only gotten worse.

    Advice to Management

    The company is really hurting right now, layoffs are demotivating on their own so treat the people you still have as if they matter.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "10% of Workforce"

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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 Fuel Tech full-time

    Pros

    Fuel Tech sells air pollution control systems so you feel good about what the company does. Good coffee, fruit and granola bars provided daily. Company closes early the day before a holiday and closes all together if the weather is bad (grown up snow days). Salary is above or at market levels.

    Cons

    In a predominately male run organization you might expect there a "good 'ol boys" club prominently on display, yet this club is run like a social clique of middle school mean girls. The lack of communication from the CEO downward and between departments is pathetic. Fuel Tech's sales have been on a downward trend for a few years, yet the number of VPs have been increasing during the same timeframe. One would think that adding overhead while the company is in financial straits would be a terrible idea. In a company of 200 there are about 20 VPs, all of which are constantly in ego battles with each other and pursue whatever priorities they chose often creating double work or overlapping - all avoidable with communication.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves and give employees a reason to stay and the opportunity to improve the company.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Management Team in Trouble"

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

    I have been working at Fuel Tech (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is very accommodating to employees. Travel is arranged around employee schedules. The work environment is nice, the office is modern and kept up well.

    Cons

    The rules only apply to a few. The management team does not have a good understanding of how the company is actually run. There are many within the organization who lean towards the dark side.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and smell the expensive coffee brewing in your office. Fuel Tech was once a great organization that has taken a very wrong turn. The ones closet to the top may not have the best perspective.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Company stands for good, but terribly managed."

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

    I worked at Fuel Tech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working for the company's supposed purpose of reducing air pollution feels good. Benefits are really good (they pay a good portion of your deductible also). The general majority of fellow employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management has their own interests as an immediate priority. Decisions are done as personal needs, not for the employees or the company. In a company of 120, give or take, there are more than a handful of VPs that do not work toward a common goal. Fuel Tech operates on corruption and who has a hold of the most black mailing information to keep their position or get ahead. Laid off several hard working employees instead of cutting high 6-figure salaries of mediocre "managers and VPs."

    Advice to Management

    Get some hands on training by real professionals at real companies on how to manage and do business before you drive the company into the ground along with the hard working employees.


  9. "A small company that can provide the experience to new project managers in pollution control technology"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Warrenville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Warrenville, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fuel Tech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fuel Tech has the experience and the reputation to deliver quality pollution control systems.A small company that can provide the experience to new project managers in pollution control technology in the heavy industry for coal fired boilers generation and industrial environments. Equipment like SNCRs, ESP, LNB, etc encompasses the core. They provide tools to be successful. It will be up to you to plan and develop a successful project. Career development is a plus where they will make sure that you are advancing in your careers with technical licenses and professional certification that help you do your job the best you can. Good communication is something that everyone can benefit from and is emphasized here.

    Cons

    The pollution control technology environment is an up and down cycle that provides uncertainty to the industry. Large capital projects are starting to become rare but hopefully will turn around with regulations.

    Advice to Management

    Protect your resources as I believe they are the reason Fuel Tech can deliver the quality product that the company's reputation and experience is known for.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrenville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrenville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fuel Tech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None. I can't think of one "pro" when I worked for this company. There is a lot of whispering and out of office communication. There is no teamwork or unity anywhere in this company. If you are a people person, do not work here.

    Cons

    No one is in charge. Constant stress with an HR department trying to promote themselves with disregard for those not in a position to defend themselves; the mentality is that "HR is the sheriff and can break the rules because no one is above them". Very strange and horrible company.


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