Foster Wheeler
3.3 of 5 58 reviews
www.fwc.com Geneva, Switzerland 5000+ Employees

Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated Apr 01, 2014
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3.3 58 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Foster Wheeler CEO and Director J. Kent Masters

J. Kent Masters

(13 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great experience!

Project Controls Engineer (Former Employee)
Paris (France)

I worked at Foster Wheeler as an intern for less than a year

ProsInteresting projects - give responsibilities and trust young professionals - possibility to evolve quickly

Consculture was a bit old.

Advice to Senior ManagementPut a bit more dynamic

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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"Good Place to work for"

Engineer (Current Employee)
Philadelphia, PA (US)

I have been working at Foster Wheeler as a contractor for less than a year

Prossalary, met new people in every project, learn new everyday, visit different companies

Constravel required, no time for family

Advice to Senior Managementno advice needed

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Terrible management

SUBCONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR (Former Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

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

ProsNice office (Houston headquarters), some nice people there, very good benefits (medical etc)

ConsThey promote people to manager without any training at all in how to manage people. I suffered at the hands of the Procurement Department. Several old-school managers there who were mostly concerned with guarding their turf. Yes, I was yelled at more than once - so unprofessional!

Advice to Senior ManagementTake some management courses on how to manage people! A serious lack there.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Buyer (Current Employee)
Reading, England (UK)

I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time

ProsFree parking, great people to work with

ConsMost Senior Management have been around for a while and can be stuck in historic working ways.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good mid-sized engineering firm, decent internship

Intern (Former Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I worked at Foster Wheeler as an intern for less than a year

ProsThe people working here are really good at what they do (process engineering) and I learned a lot about engineering that I hadn't been exposed to in school.
For my assignments, I was relatively free to explore solutions as I wished.

ConsSpent my entire internship in the office, very little field work opportunity.
Very much the stereotypical cubical offices, and not even the good open plan cubes, got a little mundane after a while.
Feel like the experienced engineers were very good at very specific technical fields, and might be "pigeon holed" if I was to continue there.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good

Engineer (Current Employee)
Chennai (India)

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

Prostimings, team work, exposure, benifits

Constravel, deadlines, timings, work culture

Advice to Senior Managementgood job

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company for process engineer

Senior Process Engineer (Former Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

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

ProsChallenging work, opportunities for young engineer. stable workforce.

Consgot monitored in/out office, too strict on office time

Advice to Senior Managementneed diversify the technology, not only focus on coker

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Houston Office

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

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

Pros9/80 work schedule allowed for a good amount of time off. 3 weeks PTO for new hires. Good 401K and medical insurance programs. The building and furniture are above average.

ConsUpper management likes to micro-manage and monitor its employees. They ask for opinions from their employees, but they don't seem to want to implement any change related to employee satisfaction. When the previous CEO left for another office, bonuses and incentives diminished or disappeared. It's pretty difficult to get recognized for your achievements or hard work at this company. It's also hard to advance in the company unless you are buddy-buddy with someone with power and influence in the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees, and try to trust them to be honest on their own.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Sr flow assurance engineer

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsVery strong in down stream processing.

ConsTrying to expand upstream business. In the process of re-organisation

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Tired operational staff that became lazy because of poor and constantly revolving management.

Prefer Not to State (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

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

ProsSalary is decently competitive and their 401k matching is comparable to a state worker's TRS.
9/hour workdays with every other Friday off

ConsTo really know FW requires knowing the history from various other workers. Many workers are fairly new due to turnover and the boom and bust of unstable business due to projects. Management seems to care most about upstream divisions, but has poor attention and does not assist in departments outside of engineering. The guidance from the corporate HQ office is poor and there is a severe lack of operational maturity. FW loses business to competition due to poor planning and effective monitoring of operations. Various departments outside of engineering have many high-level managers and directors with poor and lazy attitudes. Many of them are just not used to having to be competent at their professions like FW's competition. Had I known the entire history and been able to interview with others outside the department hiring manager; I would've never come here.

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement TCO mentality from top down and provide global guidance to offices in a singular effort. What good is upstream without staff to properly support them?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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