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Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated 18 January 2015
Updated 18 January 2015
88 Reviews
3.2
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Foster Wheeler CEO and Director J. Kent Masters
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule allowed for a good amount of time off (in 5 reviews)

  • Nice office (Houston headquarters), some nice people there, very good benefits (medical etc) (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Salary is favourable, but employee benefits require improvements, in particular annual leave days and medical benefits (in 3 reviews)

  • Too many bosses, crazy hierarchy and high turnover of senior management (in 3 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 (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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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 (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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    • 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)

    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 (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.  

    Good place to be in

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    value people, safety culture, core values, compliance, exposure

    Cons

    uncertainty, not aggressive, slow, slow progression, inflexible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    IT Network Support

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - IT Support in Whiting, IN (US)
    Former Contractor - IT Support in Whiting, IN (US)

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

    Pros

    Support Foster Wheeler Field Office Worker’s, Supervisors and Engineers at the BP Refinery Modernization Construction Site in Whiting, Indiana, the largest on-going construction project in North America in a dual role, were I monitored and maintained company’s computer network resources and Avaya and Shortel phone systems on the client side, connecting to their Corporate Headquarters in Houston as a Network Systems Integrator and Desktop Analyst resolving end-user hardware, software, network and communication problems. I provided end-user training where required. I also perform Instrumentation support of Project Manager for the I&E group, . Provide Cabling, to IT Closets, set up racks, routers; switches patch cables, fiber and power. Work with I&E Group configuring and testing Vicon CCTV, PTZ and Infrared cameras that will be installed, also Installed and configured EATON control cards using proprietary interface software CH-Studio to connect to SCADA for MCC units and buckets, Used Rotork IQ-INSIGHT to gather initial settings of MOV’s (motor operated valves) via infrared dongle data collection to re-calibrate to desired specs..It was a very educating experience,working with the leaders in today engineering technologies. I have grown immensely from this opportunity.

    Cons

    Some of the projects require a total commitment of time as construction phases carry on in 12 hour shifts 6 days a week , as an IT person you are required to be on board with keeping all data and voice networks up and running for the viewing and corrections of all engineering design work. hourly wage starts out low at 50k depending on what position you are hired for. What your hired for does not mean there won't be additional work load brought upon you to meet job completion.."all hands on deck is there motto"...a truly team effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You management practice have paid off well, for me at least, I suggest you keep on your format of letting your subordinates no what a good job you feel they have accomplished and the awards you pass out is a stellar idea as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Review- former employee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Good talent based corporate knowledge of Project Engineering requirements (SHARP Engineers and Designers), Challenging Engineering assignments ! Abundant cross-discipline reliance on talents to accomplish goals.

    Cons

    Recent purchase by AMEC may create some new in-house cultural dynamics that may take a bit to settle down. This is normal after a new buy-out, though, and should result in a healthy multi-disciplined culture going forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen well to your line-staff. Often they are aware of in-process design issues that need attention, that may not be making it to planning or review meetings. Engineers: listen to your Designers' input, as often they bring a broad industry familiarity to your design task, and can often suggest approaches that will ease the Engineering load, or may even help clarify a path forward when developing a solution to an Engineering problem that may in reality be a Design issue, instead.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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