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Updated Mar 5, 2014

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3.4 100 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

Aker Solutions President and CEO Øyvind Eriksen

Øyvind Eriksen

(42 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good working environment and can say its a school/collage to learn advanced engineering(in 11 reviews)

  • Extremely good when it comes to work-life balance(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of communication and knowledge transfer amon business units and/or functional departments(in 3 reviews)

  • Constant change, management team is young and therefore inexperienced(in 3 reviews)

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    Unfocused

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    Prosopportunities to work on various types of engineering and construction projects. good salary and benefits in upper management.

    ConsThe company could not decide what field of engineering and construction to focus on. It seemed to change so often that we had very few repeat clients. Seldom matching for 401K program. Middle management is stuck in the 70's. Very little training in systems or new software.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSomeone in the USA management needs to explain to Oslo how Americans do business. Maybe they should just sell this division to an American company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A company still trying to find its identity.

    Supervisor (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsA good number of subject matter experts.
    Friendly colleagues.
    Flexible work schedule (for some groups).
    Very good health benefits.
    Above-average salaries depending on the department.
    In most cases, employees have the ability to switch departments if you want to be challenged in another area.

    ConsAs the company headquarters is in Norway, they consistently try to "globalize" the other regions to follow procedures and standards that are more applicable to European regulations and clients. These initiatives are seemingly followed by our SVP and VPs without question...even though some of those initiatives have the potential to hurt our local business due to the difficulty of meeting our local clients' requirements. In addition to this, we do not have equal amounts of resources here in Houston to execute our projects in an efficient manner. Norway has plenty of people to put on projects, but here you will find people working on multiple projects and receive little or no additional support.

    Most mid-level managers and supervisors at the company are very good and treat their team members fairly. However, there are a couple of micro-managers there who have groups that are engrossed in chaos. If you can manage to avoid working in these groups, it's not a bad place to work. The company has 6 core values that look good on paper, but it is apparent that only certain people (i.e. anyone below VP level) are actually held accountable to them, because some of the higher-ups operate in a manner that is contradictory to those values.

    The company reorganizes a bit too often in my opinion. In the years that I have worked there, I've lost count of how many managers, VPs, and even CEO's I've had. It has been quite some time that we've had leadership whom we could really believe in.

    Training (except for SAP training) is non-existent. It looks like they are trying to change this, but it will take some time for this to really be implemented, and that's if they follow through with it. This was tried a few years ago and was off to a good start until there was (surprise) another re-organization and the new regime dictated that there was no budget for training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job of supporting your local workforce. It is quite evident that the expertise of a few employees in Houston overshadow the experience level of several groups within the so-called Centres of Excellence. It gets quite old having every argument end with "this is a Norway initiative and it isn't up for discussion."

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Undirected

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsMost of the professionals are good people who simply want to do a good job and get on to the next project.

    ConsEveryone is under the constant threat of being let go at the end of a project. Job performance is not rewarded. Many managers seem bored with their jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop telling people how to do their job and get out of the way. End the nonstop meetings. Hire some fresh project managers instead of expecting something better of the last ones.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Lot of Micromanaging and structural changes in the company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsUsed to have good management but it kept changing every 6 months or so for the last 5 years.

    ConsCareer options limited once set in. Lot of micromanaging with the new management. Benefits are expensive especially health insurance. Salary growth is meagre and not inline with market rates.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't indulge in micromanging.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Chaos

    Manager (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsGood place for junior / newly educated as they are taught well here. Also easier to get in with less education than many companies.

    ConsA lot of turf war has bad impact on morale, projects and execution. No customer focus. High turn-over. Company always changing. Ethics so-so. Too many cowboys.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe basics of the company ain't working, and reorganizing isn't going to solve it. Management needs to sort out quality at top and mid-level first, and stop turf wars.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Weak player in E & C

    Senior Process Engineer (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsSmall office in Houston..is that a pro?

    ConsVery weak market positions. SInce 2006 when there was about 500+ employess at Briarpark in Houston now there is around 190.
    Poor management team, especially the current Houston president, who was once a piper. Very obnoxious and rude to employees during meetings when they ask questions.
    Stay away........morale is low and unlikley to improve any time soon. Not competitive in pay scale either.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddress the current situation with the president, and dismiss him ASAP. Need to recruit someone with better savvy and market knowledge, instead of laying off people to keep afloat while the "president" commutes to West Virginia on weekends on the company dime.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsSmall company, flexible hours. People are nice to work with. Location is ok. Casual work environment. Work is not too stressful.

    ConsManagement can't get projects and bullsh!ts to employees during All-Employee Meetings. Management takes an aggressive approach towards employees and does not realize that the engineers are the core value of the company and not themselves. They send people on "vacation" when there is no work and in general don't care about the employees. No real raises or promotions in the last 2, almost 3 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize that the employees are the value of the company and treat them with respect. Quit hiring more upper level people that don't do anything but consume overhead resources. Quit paying for people to fly into work weekly from W. Virginia.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Aker Solutions Review

    Principal Engineer (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsA small company so you do get to know your boss and superiors.

    ConsThis is a Norwegian company that is proficient at north sea oil and gas work, but very weak in most areas downstream. Not competitive in the Houston market because their multiplier is too high.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to understand why this company has been shrinking while many other E&Cs are growing. The Houston office is a mystery to the brass in Norway; not an acceptable situation. Bids for projects are too high because work is used to support the espensive norwegian offices.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good working environment but poor salary

    Engineer (Current Employee) Mumbai (India)

    ProsGood people, good working environment

    ConsHeavy work load specially for Indian Projects, Biased Management specially for few engineering departments, poor salary, less growth

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    heavy workload, every projects are fast-track, employees have no work-life balance.

    Engineer (Current Employee) Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    ProsHeave workload, up to 12 hours a day. Work on public holidays during peak project period. Employees drained physically due to long hours of work

    Consgood learning curve & helpful team members

    Advice to Senior Managementreview the strategy to win projects other than promising a ridiculously short time frame to deliver projects.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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