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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Very Mediocre company.

Project Controls Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

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

ProsThere isn't a real incentive to target this company unless you are unemployed.

ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementRead "Cons" closely.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

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

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

ProsVery good place for a fresh graduate engineer to start works with. The health benefits and retirement plans are excellent.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThe managment should be more encouraging to empower employees according to their talent and interests.

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Decent

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Foster Wheeler

Prosbrilliant engineers, nice office space, few quantity of great leader in management positions

Conscontruction department is a disaster, incompetent manager. Tedious procedures

Advice to Senior ManagementPlace 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsProject work pays well if you negotiate

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Supervisor - Structural Group (Former Employee)
Hampton, NJ (US)

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

ProsI received experience in China, Vietnam and India.

ConsBusiness environment changes without communication to employee.

Advice to Senior Managementn/a

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Growing and expanding

Senior Electrical Engineer (Former Employee)
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

ProsDue 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.

ConsTheir 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.

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

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Not a good choice in india

Business Applications Developer (Former Employee)
Chennai (India)

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

ProsGood company to work outside india

ConsGood company to work outside india. in india its not doing good

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Platform

Subcontract Engineer (Current Employee)
Pasir Gudang (Malaysia)

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

ProsComplete database to execute any jobs within the industry and a very good platform to experience and learn.

ConsPrefer contract employees and any extension is done at the very last days. May not sit well with many who like to continue working instead taking a break after a project.

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

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Fair

Assistant Electrical Engineer (Former Employee)
Calcutta (India)

I worked at Foster Wheeler

ProsEngineering exposures to some of the best and prestigious oil and gas projects in the world.

ConsThe quality of work at the Bengal office needs to be improved.

Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation should be matched with the best in the same business, within India.

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Proposal Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Foster Wheeler

ProsInternational Company, Good environment, Accountability, global presence.

ConsNot very good in international offices collaboration

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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