Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated 12 August, 2014
Updated 12 August, 2014
73 Reviews

3.2
73 Reviews
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Foster Wheeler CEO and Director J. Kent Masters
J. Kent Masters
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Review Highlights

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

  • Relaxed, good engineering computer systems, Flexible working hours, so much good hard working individuals trying to give the company a boost (in 3 reviews)


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

  • Management have lost the plot, The old guard are hanging on a straw,too much Gossip (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Decent

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    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
  2.  

    Positive

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Project work pays well if you negotiate

    Cons

    Some promises not kept so keep your eyes open at all times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    10 week summer internship in the accounting department.

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    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 for less than a 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
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  5.  

    Amazing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Piping Stress Engineer  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Piping Stress Engineer in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Medium company, that let you not be just a number

    Cons

    The security of the job is not good sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    HORRIBLE

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Asbestos Settlements  in  Clinton, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Asbestos Settlements in Clinton, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Work schedule of every other Friday off

    Cons

    Horrible Management. Management likes to babysit you all day everyday (micromanaging). Not enough work to fill a whole day. Complaints about not using your time off when you happened to sit in 2 hours of traffic in the morning on 78. No room to grow, no promotions. Constant lay-offs when work dries up, then will bring in consultants (ex-employees) at outrageous costs when current employees are lucky to get a 2% raise each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go to school and take some management classes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Highest quality value on time with in budget with zero safety incidents.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor - Structural Group  in  Hampton, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Supervisor - Structural Group in Hampton, NJ (US)

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I received experience in China, Vietnam and India.

    Cons

    Business environment changes without communication to employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal  in  Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Principal in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Job is interesting and professionally satisfying

    Cons

    Too much of compliance rules, regulations and paperwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow Engineers to work without too much hassle on compliance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Worked as senior piping designer on SASOL wax and Engen projects

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Piping Designer  in  Midrand (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Senior Piping Designer in Midrand (South Africa)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Well organised project setup with good communication between Piping and Client. Frequent model reviews kept the client informed on the progress of the model

    Cons

    Their were no downsides. Foster Wheeler is a well structured company with all the disciplines in place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Frequent progress meetings ke[t the client and designers informed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good company to work for (when they have work).

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Former Employee - Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, nice, helpful people.
    They allow you to stretch and develop your strengths and gain new experience.
    9-80 work week with every other Friday off.

    Cons

    When in down market, layoffs can be heavy.
    Can be a bit clique-ish in some departments.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Growing and expanding

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Due to urgent and aggressive hiring, the company was willing to pay to have the required workforce for their projects. Working culture was generally friendly. Company is at Menara Citibank which is within walking distance to Ampang Park LRT station. Lots of food stalls and restaurants around the area.
    During the recent global management meeting, it was revealed that the Kuala Lumpur office is one of the focus point of worldwide strategy. Plans to grow and expand the office into a regional hub will be in place. They have managed to secure an umbrella contract with Shell for small scale projects around the Southeast Asia region. They are in talks with Petronas for the same type of contract. These are for the downstream division of the company. The upstream division has secured a project recently with Petronas.

    Cons

    Their first big scale project was the Arkema Lychee Project. As the team was put together in an ad hoc manner, hired from various other companies with different backgrounds, most of them are not familiar with the company's procedures and workflows. Also due to the short schedule of the project, the procedures and workflows were not strictly followed, causing planning and execution issues among different disciplines. However, this issue will be resolved once a more permanent team is in place and training is given to ensure familiarity with company procedures and workflows.
    Salary is favourable, but employee benefits require improvements, in particular annual leave days and medical benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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