Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated 15 October, 2014
Updated 15 October, 2014
82 Reviews
3.1
82 Reviews
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Foster Wheeler CEO and Director J. Kent Masters
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Review Highlights

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

  • 9/80 work schedule allowed for a good amount of time off (in 4 reviews)


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

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

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  1.  

    Great people but there were a lot of politics

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Great people
    Lots of expertise
    Fun projects

    Cons

    Way too much red tape
    Office Space like with TPS reports

  2.  

    eh

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    stepping stone, made some good connections to follow after they moved on.

    Cons

    poor organization, planning, execution, and communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go back to 2008 and see why it worked then but not now.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience was good, knowledgeable, a great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Proposal Department was busy department, challenging able, my trainee was very trained and very professional.

    Cons

    The hours for working in the proposal hard, they expected you to work long hours and weekend too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to stop playing games with employees and be honest with employees. Help employees, care about the employees, stand behind your employees, but most of all respect your employees

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

    Very Mediocre company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There isn't a real incentive to target this company unless you are unemployed.

    Cons

    There isn't a real incentive to target this company unless you are unemployed. This company isn't a world class company yet. They want to be but they haven't made it as yet. Upper management has turned over a number of times in the past few years, leaving you with an unstable feel. The recent buyout by AMEC contributes to this feeling also.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read "Cons" closely.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Everyone you work with is helpful and pleasant

    Cons

    No problems at this time

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not stay there for long if you have better opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Very good place for a fresh graduate engineer to start works with. The health benefits and retirement plans are excellent.

    Cons

    The HR people are an not very helpful for international employees. The management has very strict policy on matters like internet browsing, check-in times etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The managment should be more encouraging to empower employees according to their talent and interests.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for an internship.

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

    I worked at Foster Wheeler as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Great pay
    -Good people
    -Professional environment
    -Established company in a solid industry
    -Good location (Houston location)
    -Flexible Hours (within reason)

    Cons

    -Office politics that come with a big company
    -The security badge system can seem a bit Orwellian, but understandable for a company with trade secrets
    -Insufferable safety training (that seems to be meant for field workers) for office workers
    -No benefits for contractors (first six months are contract for any employee as far as I know)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    An excellent company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Varied opportunities. The technical capabilities of the staff are second to non. World class executions of project. Plenty of overseas opportunities.

    Cons

    The salary may not be competitive with the likes of other companies nearby. But the work life balance certainly makes up for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more competitive with salaries. Possibly follow the likes of other companies such to use the 9 day fortnight scheme.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    10 week summer internship in the accounting department.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Clinton, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Clinton, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly people who are very supportive.

    Cons

    Lacking the state of the art technology found in many businesses today.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent

    • 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

    brilliant engineers, nice office space, few quantity of great leader in management positions

    Cons

    contruction department is a disaster, incompetent manager. Tedious procedures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more young leader in management positions, with energy, hungry to learn, that are bright, great coordinators and humble. Point is- no one ever knows everything about this industry, seems like this industry has the wrong idea of what leadership role should be, great manager are not the ones with the most experience, eloquence or the olders, but those that area great listeners and brilliant coordinator that have great interpersonal skill and positive attitudes.. Team will be more productive, great project atmosphere and healthy successful project.

    Many brilliant, hard working, young engineer leader have been run off from this company due to incompetent manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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