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Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated May 14, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.2 69 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

Foster Wheeler CEO and Director J. Kent Masters

J. Kent Masters

(16 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • Nice office (Houston headquarters), some nice people there, very good benefits (medical etc)(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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    Constant and overwhelming frustration

    Project Engineer (Former Employee) Reading, England

    ProsLots of talented people on projects.

    ConsThose talented people on projects always frustrated and dissatisfied. Corporate management very disconnect from project people and very bureaucratic. Lots of procedures and rules that don't quite work or make sense. Overhead management is about 10 layers, and you are lucky if you get to talk to your immediate line management once in several months; and you have no chance to ever get to meet and talk to managers beyond his level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDear upper management: cut your numbers by half and make the company more competitive pn the market. Stop spending all your time in endless corporate meetings and get to know your projects and people who execute those projects. You keep losing talented people because they do not feel valued. Quite on the contrary, most professional, talented and free-spirited people in your company feel they are treated like schoolchildren who always need to be told and disciplined.

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

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    Old Guard Lost the Plot!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Reading, England

    ProsRelaxed, good engineering computer systems, Flexible working hours, so much good hard working individuals trying to give the company a boost. very good FEED projects including Lump sum pricing. good PMC projects

    ConsManagement have lost the plot, The old guard are hanging on a straw,too much Gossip. bad relations between departments.poor benefits. We have lost too many excellent processionals due lost confidence in management and management not listening.
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    Advice to Senior ManagementI would focus to winning new projects, draft every living soul in our proposals group. shake middle management a bit.

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

     

    eh

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    Conspoor organization, planning, execution, and communication.

    Advice to Senior Managementgo back to 2008 and see why it worked then but not now.

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    Terrible management

    Subcontract Administrator (Former Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    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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    Houston Office

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

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

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

    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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    Didn't enjoy my time there

    Accountant (Former Employee) Livingston, NJ (US)

    ProsNone that I can think of.

    ConsA company that works in low margin industries can't be generous to their employees. Terrible raises, delayed raises, 4 in 5 years, etc. Suggest working for a company that makes a lot of money. They can treat their employees better. This is a while back, put I doubt much has changed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience at badly managed company

    Senior Process Engineer (Former Employee) Johannesburg (South Africa)

    ProsVery good technical experience gained at the company.

    ConsCompany stuck in old ways with no new inovations. Management reluctant to see that employees are unhappy. Midrand office located in a very unpleasant and unsafe location.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEngage with and listen to your people - you sell manhours. Without experienced professional employees, there is no business.

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

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    If you are a secretary this is the perfect company to be

    Senior Management (Former Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    ProsThe common comment was: It used to be a great company; today it has good ergonomics and offices.

    ConsIt is confirmed. Having several conversations with employees at other divisions of the company I received the same comments. Secretaries rule over managers to the point that managers are fired and secretaries stay, the rest is up to your imagination, so on this perspective you can figure out what is the rest of the company. I speak for the Houston operation only, no clue of other offices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to what are you doing with Sr. Management and the empowered ladies. Some of the long term managers have to much concentrated power that will eventually ruing the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Okay

    Senior Cost Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsGood proceedures present in the management database. Collaborative work leading to synergy in efforts were encouraged. Client interaction was promoted.

    ConsWay too much gossiping and managemnet listening to opne side of the story only. Vert top down approach of leadership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore senior managemnt efforts should be expended in staff morale boosing and development. More external courses should be approved by management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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