Foster Wheeler

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Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated 8 November, 2014
Updated 8 November, 2014
84 Reviews
3.1
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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.  

    (Upstream department) Good stepping stone to something better.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Piping Designer in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Piping Designer in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly. Relaxed. Good work-life balance. Flextime. Good insurance and decent benefits. Easy work with no one constantly watching your back.

    Cons

    Below average pay. Although they tout their training, there is none. No good opportunities to move up. Too many bosses, crazy hierarchy and high turnover of senior management. Lost contracts and/or profits from lack of planning and overestimating abilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees the training they need. There are many people who could and would contribute much more given the chance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Brief Overview of short experience

    Current Employee - Project Manager in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, easy to get things done.

    Cons

    No job orientation and lack of any general training with in-house tools; very ad-hoc.

  3.  

    Great opportunities to Learn while you work

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

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

    Pros

    Quality work and great learning at all levels

    Cons

    Neither Employee friendly nor caring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee engagement is required to retain talent - Not Rank and Yank

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Saint Johns, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Saint Johns, AZ (US)

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

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, and health benefits.

    Cons

    People are just hiring their own relatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall, Foster Wheeler is a great company to work at but great disparity between offices regarding management ability

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Bangkok (Thailand)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, so much good hard working individuals trying to give the company a boost.

    Cons

    Some office project management offices need a better understanding of project requirements and employee benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent company if you are cautious

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

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time

    Pros

    Excellent working environment. Scope to improve your knowledge.

    Cons

    HR's manpower planning to be improved. Some of the employees were terminated without notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance of managers to be reviewed.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Good learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Brand name, Professionalism, Good Projects, Challenges

    Cons

    Work Culture, Strict timings, Less increments

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

    Overall Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Construction Director in Cartagena, Cesar (Colombia)
    Former Employee - Construction Director in Cartagena, Cesar (Colombia)

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

    Pros

    Money is competitive with similar companies

    Cons

    Politics are to embedded with the good old boys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    REVIEW UPPER MANAGEMENT Methods

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Good experience, especially for up and coming young professionals.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great job opportunities as a contractor.

    Cons

    No real cons as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff ethics are poor, most are just there to collect a pay check.

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working in the true sense, good salary compared to others in the reading area. Real opportunities to work oversea on good packages.

    Cons

    No expectation to high achieve, full of whole family units, husbands wife's and their adult sons daughter, brothers sisters all using the company as a cash cow. Staff very unhelpful, no one willing to explain when asked questions which relate to their role just get vacant looks and expressions. The management still operate like its 1980, staff must know their place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employ more younger professionals, to dilute the dated and insular culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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