Foster Wheeler

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Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated 11 August 2014
Updated 11 August 2014
84 Reviews
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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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    • 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.  

    Good learning experience

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    • 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Good experience, especially for up and coming young professionals.

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    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former great company in America, dedicated to safety and integrity of engineering design and construction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Design/Checker in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Design/Checker in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Working as a team to perform a high quality product for our clients. We always helped each other to qualify for a better understanding of presentation to construction management..

    Cons

    New management not having the values of older management that originally brought the company to international recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bottoms up management works great when dealing with field construction people.
    Everything must be clear in presenting engineering drawings that have integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great people but there were a lot of politics

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    • Senior Management
    • 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

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Mediocre company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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