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Fluor Reviews

Updated 26 January, 2015
Updated 26 January, 2015
460 Reviews
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Pros
  • 9 day fortnight is supposed to make your work/life balance perfect (in 19 reviews)

  • The working environment at company is very good and better than most of the competitors in the market (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is too disconnected from project employees and mid-level management (in 11 reviews)

  • Big Company mentality sometimes, too many Chiefs (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to work, but hard to stand out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Fluor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Much of your day-to-day happiness will depend on the project lead and team you interact with, and most people are in general friendly, cooperative and understanding. Safety really is a top priority at Fluor and not just a bullet point to check off. It's a great place to develop skills in large complex EPCM projects. Recently, the company has been getting more involved in making positive impacts in the communites they do business in, whether it be financial donations or volunteer time from employees. Fluor is one of the most ethical companies you could work for.

    There are opportunities to go and work in the field to develop worldwide and site-based skills and experience.

    Cons

    Compensation is based far more on tenure and seniority than skills, work ethic and performance. Performance assessments are being pushed heavily from the top, but everybody knows they have little to no impact on compensation. If management wants PAs to be taken seriously, then they need to properly identify individual strengths and weaknesses and compensate accordingly. The managers deciding on raises often manage large groups of people but never actually work with them, instead relying on feedback from the discipline lead for each project. This creates problems where often times the lead is too nice to indicate that one person is a better/worse performer than the other, and results in outstanding (or poor) performance not being properly recognized.

    Along the same lines, there are many instances where good performers are laid off while poorer performers and less cooperative people remain. Layoffs are an inevitability due to the cyclical nature of the industry, but management needs to do a much better job in retaining good talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a system in place to identify who is really good at their job, and focus strongly on retaining those people, through better than average salary increases or a performance bonus. Managers need to see what the employees can easily recognize within days of working with somebody.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instrument Specialist in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Instrument Specialist in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at Fluor as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly office atmosphere / environment

    Cons

    Lack of good management and plans

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Contractor experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Fort MacKay, AB
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Fort MacKay, AB

    I worked at Fluor as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    To list a few, I can name some of the pros as:

    Good reputation, Strong management, Computerized administrative systems, work/ life balance, interesting project, good support, good compensation and benefits.

    Overall, Fluor is a very good company.

    Cons

    The project scope was not well-defined to every one, and it evolved as the project started. The project manager could have played a better role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Work ENVIRONMENT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Designer in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Fluor as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Provides very good learning oppertunities

    Cons

    There is no job security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care your employees when one buisness unit is slow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of Opportunities - But Old Fashioned

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

    I have been working at Fluor full-time

    Pros

    As a younger employee, Fluor provides a fantastic opportunity to start career while earning a decent salary with many perks. There are many friendly and helpful people within the office who will graciously guide you and are happy to share their knowledge. It is very much a supportive team atmosphere. Due to the project based nature of the EPCM industry, it is possible to move to a different project and/or role every few years. More senior employees may have the opportunity to work on projects around the world. Some other cool perks: Every second Friday off, and quarterly gathering of all employees for food and drinks.

    Cons

    Technology wise, Fluor is quite outdated. Computers are typically running Windows XP, Office 2003, and Lotus Notes. Internal systems are also quite antique. This has a direct impact on employee productivity (especially the younger generation). The physical office environment can be quite depressive, especially due to bland decorations and poor lighting. Furniture is also dated and uncomfortable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technology upgrades are desperately needed as the outdated infrastructure is having a serious impact on productivity. This will become even more problematic with the continued push towards lump sum projects. Additionally, compensation should take into account performance instead of just years of experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Piping Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Piping Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Piping Engineer in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Fluor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very good. Very good. Very good.

    Cons

    no no no no no

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue as is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fluor is a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at Fluor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Excellent compensation and benefits
    -Work/life balance is highly promoted
    -Big client base with lots of projects = lots of work
    -Lots of overtime opportunities if you want extra cash

    Cons

    -Project-based work = lots of lay offs during economy downturns
    -If hired as a contractor, it takes a lot of doing to become staff (depending on position)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, but help contractors become staff so they stay loyal to Fluor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    First thoughts

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Fluor full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great values and people. Lots of opportunity

    Cons

    As a huge corporation the ability to change things is more difficult

  10.  

    Generally it has been good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SENIOR PROJECT SPECIALIST V in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - SENIOR PROJECT SPECIALIST V in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Fluor

    Pros

    Fluor has a very well structured knowledge sharing system and is focused on excellence of service to their clients. They have a strong core/knowledge base with good processes and procedures in place

    Cons

    Fluor can be too rigid in its stance at times... this I believe is down to the many long time employees who havwe worked for Fluor all their career and has not experienced other companies; they are now in key management roles. This leads to a sense of arrogance that can be experienced by outside parties

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is very important to bring fresh blood into management. People who have experienced different company cultures and have seen other ways to achieve client objectives.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very cyclical industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Process Specialist II in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Associate Process Specialist II in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Fluor

    Pros

    Best reason to work at Fluor Canada is that they'll provide you with a ton of information regarding the project you're on and how to design various pieces of equipment. After my few years of working with them, I would compare the experience I received at Fluor with the experience that my colleagues had with oil & gas companies, and I was way above their skill level in terms of understanding the processes and applying design standards.

    Cons

    There are a few downsides to working at Fluor, first off, the pay is not the greatest for the amount of stress and long hours you put in. In addition, it's extremely stressful when the project you're working on comes to a close and there is no communication to you as to what project you will be assigned to next. The engineering, procurement, and construction industry is very very cyclical and this company doesn't hesitate at all to trim the work force if clients projects get cancelled.

    It's also very challenging to prove yourself and take on more responsibility. For junior employees, pay raises were not at all performance based, but were more here's an extra 8% because you've been here for a year. Colleagues at work would put in the bare minimum and their productivity was below average, yet most people would receive the same compensation with no bonus incentives to work harder or ensure your work exceeded expectations.

    To get noticed, you pretty much had to be on a committee. Fluor's Graduates Advancing towards Professionalism (GAP) is highly overrated, however, if you're on this committee, you're generally protected from layoffs and more opportunities are available to you even if your work is subpar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above criticism and try to address those issues. Recognize employee's that go the extra mile and ensure deadlines are met. Scale back the emphasis on the GAP group. Differentiate the stellar employees and the ones that are there just for the "9-5" job and reward accordingly. Junior employees are very open in regards to salary's being paid and it's quite discouraging to find that you're being compensated the exact same as someone who's performing at a much lower competency.

    No opinion of CEO

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