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.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    Great company to work

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    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
  3.  

    (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 for more than a 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
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  5.  

    Great opportunities to Learn while you work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time for 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
  6.  

    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 for less than a 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.

  7.  

    Good learning experience

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Brand name, Professionalism, Good Projects, Challenges

    Cons

    Work Culture, Strict timings, Less increments

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

    Good company to work for.

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, and health benefits.

    Cons

    People are just hiring their own relatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Bangkok (Thailand)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time for 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
  10.  

    Excellent company if you are cautious

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time

    Pros

    Excellent working environment. Scope to improve your knowledge.

    Cons

    HR's manpower planning to be improved. Some of the employees were terminated without notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance of managers to be reviewed.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Overall Good

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    Former Employee - Construction Director  in  Cartagena, Cesar (Colombia)
    Former Employee - Construction Director in Cartagena, Cesar (Colombia)

    I worked at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Money is competitive with similar companies

    Cons

    Politics are to embedded with the good old boys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    REVIEW UPPER MANAGEMENT Methods

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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