Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
82 Reviews
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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.  

    Cancer in the midst

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    Former Employee - Designer in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Designer in Houston, TX (US)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Once Proud Company on the Downslide

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    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)

    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
  3.  

    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 (less than an 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
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  5.  

    Stuck in the past

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work, helpful people, good culture, flexible working hours

    Cons

    None. Overall it is good place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    (Upstream department) Good stepping stone to something better.

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    Former Employee - Piping Designer in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Piping Designer in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly. Relaxed. Good work-life balance. Flextime. Good insurance and decent benefits. Easy work with no one constantly watching your back.

    Cons

    Below average pay. Although they tout their training, there is none. No good opportunities to move up. Too many bosses, crazy hierarchy and high turnover of senior management. Lost contracts and/or profits from lack of planning and overestimating abilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees the training they need. There are many people who could and would contribute much more given the chance.

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

    Great opportunities to Learn while you work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Quality work and great learning at all levels

    Cons

    Neither Employee friendly nor caring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Brief Overview of short experience

    Current Employee - Project Manager in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, easy to get things done.

    Cons

    No job orientation and lack of any general training with in-house tools; very ad-hoc.

  10.  

    Good company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Saint Johns, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Saint Johns, AZ (US)

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

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, and health benefits.

    Cons

    People are just hiring their own relatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall, Foster Wheeler is a great company to work at but great disparity between offices regarding management ability

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Bangkok (Thailand)

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, so much good hard working individuals trying to give the company a boost.

    Cons

    Some office project management offices need a better understanding of project requirements and employee benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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