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  1. Helpful (2)

    Constant and overwhelming frustration

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Reading, England
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Reading, England

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of talented people on projects.

    Cons

    Those 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 Management

    Dear 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.

  2. Old Guard Lost the Plot!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Relaxed, 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

    Cons

    Management 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 Management

    I would focus to winning new projects, draft every living soul in our proposals group. shake middle management a bit.

  3. Disorganized, lazy management.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, 9/80 work week very good, most people are very nice and friendly, nice office environment and good location in the energy corridor.

    Cons

    Very poor management in one specific department. No opportunity for growth or real career development. Senior engineers do little to nothing to train the entry-levels. Very disorganized with no set process for anything. Deadlines are never met, and client relations are going downhill. Too much gossip, especially about office politics, very little real work done.

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  5. Disparate Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Career change opportunity and learned new regulated industry concepts

    Cons

    Really bad management structure and communication channels

    Advice to Management

    Need to clarify goals and objectives

  6. Cancer in the midst

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Designer in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Contractor - Designer in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Foster Wheeler as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great IT support. great interdiscipline communication. NIce location and office. Security personnel are super awesome and relate as humans. Great eatery inside but pricey.

    Cons

    It's only a matter of time before the company realizes the idiot that resides over design drafting is a stumbling block to any success. Seems he has the goods on someone in the top hierarchy of management to still be there.

    Advice to Management

    May Dragados be a lesson in disfunctional leadership over drafting and design.

  7. FW Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large successful company that has been successful for many years.

    Cons

    Very old school philosophies. Does not embrace modern technologies and HR concepts.

  8. Once Proud Company on the Downslide

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

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

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

    Pros

    It is a job. If you can work on proposals it could be interesting. Most work is for out of country. Good experience is you want to work in refinery industry.

    Cons

    Glass ceiling in place.
    Good ole boy network is strong.
    No stability.
    Get all promises made during the interview process in writing.

    Advice to Management

    Please step into the 21st Century.
    Let those who can, do. Tear down the walls.

  9. Stuck in the past

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

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

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

    Pros

    Pays well, good benefits, strong corporate culture and a commitment to creating a safe working environment for all employees in the office and in the field. A highly educated workforce where competence is expected.

    Cons

    Lacks innovation, overly risk averse, does not adapt to changes in markets, overly structured / regimented. Company has overly conservative behaviors that remind one of the 1908s, where face time and reputation take precedence over results. Headquarters are far from any metro areas, creating a cloistered existence.

    Advice to Management

    Foster Wheeler needs to expand into clean energy,recruit young innovative managers, and analyze whether its risk averse strategy is helping or hurting business prospects.

  10. Great opportunities to Learn while you work

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Quality work and great learning at all levels

    Cons

    Neither Employee friendly nor caring

    Advice to Management

    Employee engagement is required to retain talent - Not Rank and Yank

  11. 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 Management

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

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