Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated 17 September 2014
Updated 17 September 2014
80 Reviews
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Foster Wheeler CEO and Director J. Kent Masters
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Review Highlights

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

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


Cons
  • Too many bosses, crazy hierarchy and high turnover of senior management (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Overall Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Good experience, especially for up and coming young professionals.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer  in  New Brunswick, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Great job opportunities as a contractor.

    Cons

    No real cons as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst working experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    9/80 schedule that's the only pro!!!!

    Cons

    Gossip, back-stabbing. High turnover. Management doesn't care. They place people in management roles based solely on a friendship. Experience is not needed if you have a friend in a higher position. Lazy employees, no real idea of processes & procedures. Benefits are not good anymore. Raises are a joke!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the drawing board & start all over!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Former great company in America, dedicated to safety and integrity of engineering design and construction

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    Former Employee - Senior Structural Design/Checker  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Design/Checker in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Working as a team to perform a high quality product for our clients. We always helped each other to qualify for a better understanding of presentation to construction management..

    Cons

    New management not having the values of older management that originally brought the company to international recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bottoms up management works great when dealing with field construction people.
    Everything must be clear in presenting engineering drawings that have integrity.

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

    Great people but there were a lot of politics

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

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Great people
    Lots of expertise
    Fun projects

    Cons

    Way too much red tape
    Office Space like with TPS reports

  7.  

    eh

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    stepping stone, made some good connections to follow after they moved on.

    Cons

    poor organization, planning, execution, and communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go back to 2008 and see why it worked then but not now.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience was good, knowledgeable, a great company to work for.

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

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

    Pros

    Proposal Department was busy department, challenging able, my trainee was very trained and very professional.

    Cons

    The hours for working in the proposal hard, they expected you to work long hours and weekend too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to stop playing games with employees and be honest with employees. Help employees, care about the employees, stand behind your employees, but most of all respect your employees

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

    Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Everyone you work with is helpful and pleasant

    Cons

    No problems at this time

  10.  

    Very Mediocre company.

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    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There isn't a real incentive to target this company unless you are unemployed.

    Cons

    There isn't a real incentive to target this company unless you are unemployed. This company isn't a world class company yet. They want to be but they haven't made it as yet. Upper management has turned over a number of times in the past few years, leaving you with an unstable feel. The recent buyout by AMEC contributes to this feeling also.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read "Cons" closely.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for an internship.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Foster Wheeler as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Great pay
    -Good people
    -Professional environment
    -Established company in a solid industry
    -Good location (Houston location)
    -Flexible Hours (within reason)

    Cons

    -Office politics that come with a big company
    -The security badge system can seem a bit Orwellian, but understandable for a company with trade secrets
    -Insufferable safety training (that seems to be meant for field workers) for office workers
    -No benefits for contractors (first six months are contract for any employee as far as I know)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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