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.  

    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.

  2.  

    Good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    Good experience, especially for up and coming young professionals.

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    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great job opportunities as a contractor.

    Cons

    No real cons as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst working experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX (US)

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

    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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    Great people but there were a lot of politics

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    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

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