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Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated 18 January, 2015
Updated 18 January, 2015
88 Reviews
3.2
88 Reviews
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Foster Wheeler CEO and Director J. Kent Masters
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule allowed for a good amount of time off (in 5 reviews)

  • Nice office (Houston headquarters), some nice people there, very good benefits (medical etc) (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Salary is favourable, but employee benefits require improvements, in particular annual leave days and medical benefits (in 3 reviews)

  • Too many bosses, crazy hierarchy and high turnover of senior management (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to be in

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

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    value people, safety culture, core values, compliance, exposure

    Cons

    uncertainty, not aggressive, slow, slow progression, inflexible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    IT Network Support

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - IT Support in Whiting, IN (US)
    Former Contractor - IT Support in Whiting, IN (US)

    I worked at Foster Wheeler as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Support Foster Wheeler Field Office Worker’s, Supervisors and Engineers at the BP Refinery Modernization Construction Site in Whiting, Indiana, the largest on-going construction project in North America in a dual role, were I monitored and maintained company’s computer network resources and Avaya and Shortel phone systems on the client side, connecting to their Corporate Headquarters in Houston as a Network Systems Integrator and Desktop Analyst resolving end-user hardware, software, network and communication problems. I provided end-user training where required. I also perform Instrumentation support of Project Manager for the I&E group, . Provide Cabling, to IT Closets, set up racks, routers; switches patch cables, fiber and power. Work with I&E Group configuring and testing Vicon CCTV, PTZ and Infrared cameras that will be installed, also Installed and configured EATON control cards using proprietary interface software CH-Studio to connect to SCADA for MCC units and buckets, Used Rotork IQ-INSIGHT to gather initial settings of MOV’s (motor operated valves) via infrared dongle data collection to re-calibrate to desired specs..It was a very educating experience,working with the leaders in today engineering technologies. I have grown immensely from this opportunity.

    Cons

    Some of the projects require a total commitment of time as construction phases carry on in 12 hour shifts 6 days a week , as an IT person you are required to be on board with keeping all data and voice networks up and running for the viewing and corrections of all engineering design work. hourly wage starts out low at 50k depending on what position you are hired for. What your hired for does not mean there won't be additional work load brought upon you to meet job completion.."all hands on deck is there motto"...a truly team effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You management practice have paid off well, for me at least, I suggest you keep on your format of letting your subordinates no what a good job you feel they have accomplished and the awards you pass out is a stellar idea as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Review- former employee

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

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Good talent based corporate knowledge of Project Engineering requirements (SHARP Engineers and Designers), Challenging Engineering assignments ! Abundant cross-discipline reliance on talents to accomplish goals.

    Cons

    Recent purchase by AMEC may create some new in-house cultural dynamics that may take a bit to settle down. This is normal after a new buy-out, though, and should result in a healthy multi-disciplined culture going forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen well to your line-staff. Often they are aware of in-process design issues that need attention, that may not be making it to planning or review meetings. Engineers: listen to your Designers' input, as often they bring a broad industry familiarity to your design task, and can often suggest approaches that will ease the Engineering load, or may even help clarify a path forward when developing a solution to an Engineering problem that may in reality be a Design issue, instead.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good learning Experience.. Chance to work with bright minds

    Current Employee - Civil/Structural Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Civil/Structural Engineer in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Learning experience, knowledge sharing, good resources

    Cons

    Office timings, Work Culture, less increments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get projects and retain the employess

  6.  

    A great company to work in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Loads of challenges, great learning opportunities, lots of exciting exposure across the region.

    Cons

    Everybody is busy everyday and there is no time available to know each other better except through work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to aim to be the best employer in the best employer ranking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good community, people are nice ther

    Cons

    Not enough direction through management

  8.  

    Disorganized, lazy management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, 9/80 work week very good, most people are very nice and friendly, nice office environment and good location in the energy corridor.

    Cons

    Very poor management in one specific department. No opportunity for growth or real career development. Senior engineers do little to nothing to train the entry-levels. Very disorganized with no set process for anything. Deadlines are never met, and client relations are going downhill. Too much gossip, especially about office politics, very little real work done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    working as senior project control and scheduling engineer in RFCC project Pertamina Cilacap

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Control Engineer
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Control Engineer

    I worked at Foster Wheeler as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    like this giant EPC contractor with international reputation

    Cons

    human resource department in Singapore seems to have little appreciation when contacting nominated engineer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve HRD to better serve nominated engineers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Disparate Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Career change opportunity and learned new regulated industry concepts

    Cons

    Really bad management structure and communication channels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to clarify goals and objectives

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