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Fuel Tech Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. 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

  3. 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.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid this place unless you want to be beat down"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Batavia, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Batavia, IL
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The travel opportunities to see the world are great. Being able to work unsupervised is a real plus too. If you work for Sales or Process you will be paid well and taken care of, you will get anything you need or want even if it is unwarranted.

    Cons

    The personalities at the top of the org chart makes one think of going postal. The flat-out lies by the CEO to the employees when he came on board should get him fired. The lack of respect given to the employees is a shamefull fact of working here. It did not used to be this way but with the managmeent that has come in here the last couple years it is a fact of life now.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage intelligent people properly. Be honest with us!


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Where incompetent people go to retire!"

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

    Pros

    For the most part, we are able to work with minimal supervision. If you need time off, it is never an issue so they are very flexible in that sense. Most of the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Communication is horrible. The senior management is in their own little world and very disconnected with the workers. They are too busy back stabbing each other to pay attention to really doing their own jobs and helping the people who report to them. There is no direction from management and therefore no recognition when you go above and beyond. There is no thought to promoting from within. Most of the V.P. level and up need to be chopped and start over before this company will be able to be on a the right track which is apparent by our ever falling stock price. Too many cliques among management to be effective. It is very hard to get fired so incompetent people are all over. Newer employees (past 2 years or so) are overpaid and at the top of the list for the incompetent people! Funny, they all seem to be friends from previous jobs!

    Advice to Management

    Stop fighting with each other and focus on the company itself. There are a lot of very good people who will leave as soon as the economy improves if they don't get their act together!


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