Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated 11 September 2014
Updated 11 September 2014
78 Reviews
3.1
78 Reviews
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Foster Wheeler CEO and Director J. Kent Masters
J. Kent Masters
18 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Relaxed, good engineering computer systems, Flexible working hours, so much good hard working individuals trying to give the company a boost (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    An excellent company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Reading, England
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    Varied opportunities. The technical capabilities of the staff are second to non. World class executions of project. Plenty of overseas opportunities.

    Cons

    The salary may not be competitive with the likes of other companies nearby. But the work life balance certainly makes up for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more competitive with salaries. Possibly follow the likes of other companies such to use the 9 day fortnight scheme.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Staff ethics are poor, most are just there to collect a pay check.

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    Flexible working in the true sense, good salary compared to others in the reading area. Real opportunities to work oversea on good packages.

    Cons

    No expectation to high achieve, full of whole family units, husbands wife's and their adult sons daughter, brothers sisters all using the company as a cash cow. Staff very unhelpful, no one willing to explain when asked questions which relate to their role just get vacant looks and expressions. The management still operate like its 1980, staff must know their place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employ more younger professionals, to dilute the dated and insular culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good company but resistant to change

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    Former Employee - Construction Engineer  in  Reading, England
    Former Employee - Construction Engineer in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    travel opportunities, global business, high quality technical and project management experience, people are treated nicely, market pay

    Cons

    Resistant to change, can take years to progress, not too transparent in communication, very reactive strategy and unwillingness to change stops that too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Young blood needs to be brought in. This is a long term commitment. Diversify a bit more. Local bases in some african regions. Take more risk. Lessons learned and data needs to be collected to make a world class industry repository for FWs benefit and competitive advantage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time

    Pros

    Free parking, great people to work with

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constant and overwhelming frustration

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Old Guard Lost the Plot!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I joined Foster Wheeler 18 months ago and really enjoy working there. The Company clearly values it's employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    The Company demonstrates real integrity in its dealing with customers and staff, the culture is respectful and everyone works hard.
    Wthin Reading office there are great facilities, gym, restaurant, social club - great employee discounts!

    Cons

    The building is a little dated and it takes a while to learn your way around.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    working as senior project control and scheduling engineer in RFCC project Pertamina Cilacap

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Control Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Project Control Engineer

    I worked at Foster Wheeler as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    like this giant EPC contractor with international reputation

    Cons

    human resource department in Singapore seems to have little appreciation when contacting nominated engineer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve HRD to better serve nominated engineers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    FW Review

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Large successful company that has been successful for many years.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Once Proud Company on the Downslide

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX (US)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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