Amec Foster Wheeler Employee Reviews

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Professionalism and high wages
HVAC Designer / 3D Modeller (Former Employee) –  Calgary21 April 2015
Amec Foster Wheeler is one of the best companies I ever worked for. Professional management, high salaries, and long lasting projects.
Pros
high wages
Cons
N/A
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100% field work
Engineering Student Surveyor (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB28 March 2015
I was always in the field surveying and helping with design. Good experience if you have a good crew chief. Food allowance living out of town is well worth it.
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Good place to work
Senior Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK19 March 2015
Good place to work, good benefits, strong support for work/life balance. Provides many opportunities within the same company so you can try several positions and type of work.

It is still a consulting company, so it is subject to the ups and downs of the market.
Pros
Good working environemnt, lots of opportunity
Cons
Still subject to the market ups and downs
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Professional and fun to work.
Mechanical/Piping designer (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, Sk14 March 2015
Easy going and highly professional work culture, easy to
approach people from other disciplines willing and helpful for any thing related to the projects. strict in budgeted time(which is always the norm in every EPCM company) and
freedom to work extra hours if necessary to meet deadlines and submissions of packages. to summarize, deliver, deliver, deliver,
good company activities in and out of the work place, good community involvements with voluntary employee participation. very lenient in approving extra days off. in general I believed they offer a balanced lifestyle in that particular office.
Pros
Lunch & Learn, and co. training
Cons
longgg winter.
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Unorganized management
Administrator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB13 March 2015
Very unorganized management. No continututy in structure. Job decription changed on a weekly basis and was never discussed. Was announced at meetings always flabbergasting me thus only stayed for a short duration.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Unorganized management structure
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they are downright terribe
journeyman construction worker (Former Employee) –  multiple contracts.13 March 2015
Unrealistic expectations, in almost everything they do. They will try too run you off their site for no reason except that you are getting paid sub/travel because you live within 100km instead of being in their camp. Constantly changing buisiness names for no reason. Union busters.
Pros
they pay you money
Cons
terrible operation procedures.
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I enjoy working at Amec. But sometimes changes are required, when performance is not taken into consideration when layoff are done - it is preference
Enginnering - Quality check (Former Employee) –  AB9 March 2015
Productive and conducive to working environment. No micro-management. We are treated like matured people and I love going to work every day without any stress or tension. Management is very understanding. What I have learned is do ones work sincerely and you will be rewarded well. The hardest part of my job is when sometimes procedures are not in place. Enjoyable part is we are given a lot of freedom. As long as your results are good when they run reports on each of us.
Pros
Free gym
Cons
Long hours
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Generally a climate of anxiety for job retention and a lot of pressure to complete packages in unrealistic timescales
Manager (Former Employee) –  Calgary5 February 2015
There is little or no job security which does affect the way people work... why bother to go the extra mile for people who don't care if I still have a job tomorrow... Loyalty is for a select few.
Safety is a joke really... the culture seems to be about getting a quota of Near Miss Reports in irrespective of the quality to get a reward each month... it does little to improve anything. Other safety is based on parenting skills... and worrying about women's footwear!
Not a company of first choice!

That said, while you have a job... the money and benefits are good... that's more down to the Client paying for it rather than AMEC...

Planning and time scales- issues both with AMEC and their Client lead to unrealistic timescales for completions and that leads to great stress - those who can't cope or kick back seem not to be around the following Monday......
Pros
Salary benefits
Cons
Job security
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Great place to work
Process Engineer (Current Employee) –  Oakville, ON19 January 2015
- P.Eng obtained
- Learnt Project Engineering
- Participated in lots of social activities
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Accounting
Project Accountant (Contract) (Former Employee) –  Calgary22 December 2014
Accounting Duties
AR/AP

Great team
Only on a contract

Worked in teams as well independently
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Productive and fun work place
Field Engineer (Current Employee) –  Scarborough, ON9 December 2014
Pleasant work environment. Foster employees for advancement.
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Great work environment, talented people with great skills
Canada - Senior Structural Engineer (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB23 November 2014
Typical day at work is getting up before sunrise, driving 1 hour to work at the mine site. The hours worked are long, typical day spent outside the home is 15 hours. Once at work, your motivated by the people around you, it is a fast paced environment, must be able to react and solve issues within hours. The best aspect of the work is conversing with all my colleagues. The people I have met during my stay at AMEC Foster Wheeler are definitely the greatest asset to the company. Extremely knowledgeable, both at and away from the work place. The most enjoyable part of day is saying good-bye to the day shift.
Pros
Lunch and Learns
Cons
Long hours
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enjoyed working at Amec
Lead structural designer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB20 November 2014
I would go back and work at Amec again, I thought it was a fulfilling job where I was challenged on a daily basis's
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Worse place I ever work
Civil Engineer (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB9 November 2014
Worse place to work in term of work environment, job security and management.
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Top heavy management where negativity trickles down and there is no room to grow.
GIS Technician/Archaeologist (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON7 October 2014
Decent 9 to 5 hours for those with family *unless in the lab then you have stupid hours, albeit with overtime*
Salary is over-average for the region which is nice and the benefits pckg is why so many people tough it out there, it's good. Good overtime offers for many.

Job security is minimal, linked entirely to your 'chargeability', so you have to make them money. Not charging enough hours to a project and you get called out, told to improve (as if you have control over this) or possibly let go.
Any suggestion of investment or training to improve service is generally frowned on or doubted, as this costs money. High achievers are not valued, as they are costly. They seem to prefer middle to low workers, people who maintain the status quo and have no interest in being the best. Promise of "OneAMEC", with projects all over is very empty - this does not happen to any but a few senior folk.

Learned to swallow pride and wander around the building begging PM's for work.
Good access to other AMEC employees and offices, though - can beg them for work via email.
Pros
good benefits
Cons
top-heavy managment, too many mediocre project managers, fear of technology
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Senior Civil/Structural Designer (Former Employee) –  Oakville, ON24 September 2014
Worked on a fast paced, time constrained project for K+S Potash Canada Legacy Project , Saskatoon. Produced neat and legible concrete and structural steel design drawings. Modeled stair tower using PDMS.
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Great
Project Management Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Toronto22 September 2014
Good company; have learned a lot. Open ideas. Challenging, rewarding.
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AMEC
Spares Buyer (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB21 September 2014
I enjoy working in a procurement setting in the oil and gas field.
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Great Company
Supply Chain Management Consultant (Current Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK21 September 2014
Great Company. Based in Saskatoon Sk working for KSPC on the Legacy Potash mining project
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Flexible work hours
Risk Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Calgary AB5 September 2014
busy, productive environment
learned many different and interesting things
Pros
company-sponsored events
Cons
long hours
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