Foster Wheeler Reviews

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
82 Reviews
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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.  

    About the Firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Chennai
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Chennai

    I have been working at Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Good culture & nice working admosphere.

    Cons

    vertical growth chances are seems to be low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    encourage people for growth

  2.  

    Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good community, people are nice ther

    Cons

    Not enough direction through management

  3.  

    Disorganized, lazy management.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, 9/80 work week very good, most people are very nice and friendly, nice office environment and good location in the energy corridor.

    Cons

    Very poor management in one specific department. No opportunity for growth or real career development. Senior engineers do little to nothing to train the entry-levels. Very disorganized with no set process for anything. Deadlines are never met, and client relations are going downhill. Too much gossip, especially about office politics, very little real work done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    working as senior project control and scheduling engineer in RFCC project Pertamina Cilacap

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Control Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Project Control Engineer

    I worked at Foster Wheeler as a contractor (less than an 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
  6.  

    Cancer in the midst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Once Proud Company on the Downslide

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    FW Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Stuck in the past

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Great company to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11.  

    (Upstream department) Good stepping stone to something better.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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