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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10 week summer internship in the accounting department.

Summer Intern (Current Employee)
Clinton, NJ (US)

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

ProsFriendly people who are very supportive.

ConsLacking the state of the art technology found in many businesses today.

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

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HORRIBLE

Asbestos Settlements (Current Employee)
Clinton, NJ (US)

I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 5 years

ProsWork schedule of every other Friday off

ConsHorrible Management. Management likes to babysit you all day everyday (micromanaging). Not enough work to fill a whole day. Complaints about not using your time off when you happened to sit in 2 hours of traffic in the morning on 78. No room to grow, no promotions. Constant lay-offs when work dries up, then will bring in consultants (ex-employees) at outrageous costs when current employees are lucky to get a 2% raise each year.

Advice to Senior ManagementGo to school and take some management classes.

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

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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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Amazing company

Senior Piping Stress Engineer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

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

ProsMedium company, that let you not be just a number

ConsThe security of the job is not good sometimes

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

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Good Place to work

Senior Principal (Current Employee)
Chennai (India)

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

ProsJob is interesting and professionally satisfying

ConsToo much of compliance rules, regulations and paperwork

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow Engineers to work without too much hassle on compliance

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

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Worked as senior piping designer on SASOL wax and Engen projects

Senior Piping Designer (Current Employee)
Midrand (South Africa)

I have been working at Foster Wheeler as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsWell organised project setup with good communication between Piping and Client. Frequent model reviews kept the client informed on the progress of the model

ConsTheir were no downsides. Foster Wheeler is a well structured company with all the disciplines in place

Advice to Senior ManagementFrequent progress meetings ke[t the client and designers informed

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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A good company to work for (when they have work).

Supervisor (Former Employee)

I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood pay and benefits, nice, helpful people.
They allow you to stretch and develop your strengths and gain new experience.
9-80 work week with every other Friday off.

ConsWhen in down market, layoffs can be heavy.
Can be a bit clique-ish in some departments.

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

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