Dresser Wayne Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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Neil H. Thomas
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  1. Structured environment, confusing tasks

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dresser Wayne full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    While working here, I never worried about being let go. Also, their benefits (401K, insurance prices, PTO) are pretty good.

    Cons

    Teams seem to be running in circles. When individual contributors point out better ways to do things, they are shut down and "asked" to continue going down the same path.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your teams. You are not the only one that has the ideas. Make sure you involve more people in major decisions.

  2. Technical Leadership vacuum

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Dresser Wayne full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    For me, the biggest benefit is the commute (less than 15 mins most days). Obviously, this is subjective. The retail petroleum industry (specifically in the US) is essentially a duopoly. Wayne is the smaller of the two. I honestly believe that their hardware products (the pumps themselves) are really better designed, and more reliable, and way more aesthetically pleasing than the competition. The industry as a whole should be very profitable over the next few years as the EMV standards are rolled out (Chip Cards for credit industry). This will require customers to upgrade their hardware and software to stay compliant.

    Cons

    What should be the differentiator between them and the competition (their software) is horribly mismanaged. When I started (a few years ago) the expertise of most of the developers was IMO way below average. The state of their code was horrendous. Over the years they have made feeble attempts to improve the dev process. But very little has been accomplished in actually reducing the massive amounts of technical debt that has been accrued over decades. More recently they have started hiring really good programmers. They built up some VERY talented teams. Unfortunately, the technical decisions are not made by technical people. Clear direction is hard to come by. Changes are made on a whim with little warning. The feeling of the developers is that management views them both a) as the cause of all that is wrong, and b) replaceable cogs that can be fired at will.

    Advice to Management

    Let your technical people make the technical decisions. Time and time again recommendations are made and ignored. This leads to very bad morale. In the long term it will seriously damage the company. It will also make it very difficult to hold on to good talent.

  3. Upper management is unfair, too much favoritism going on among management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Multiple Role Position in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Multiple Role Position in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Dresser Wayne

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The manufacturing workers (lower paid) is what makes the company enjoyable. They are fun, hard working, and interesting, and easy to get along with. Its convenient, so you dont have to deal with traffic.

    Cons

    Upper Management, executives, managers, and Human Resources show alot of favoritism among each other. Upper managemnt are lazy at their jobs and other workers doing their job for them. Management gets an increase by 5-10% a year but give other employees a maximum of only 3%. There are employees who do alot for the company and go out of their way to learn new skills but the manager and HR will not help or coordinate with the employee to get fair salaries for their job functions. There are employees who have been there for years who work less than 8hrs a day, slacking, and the manager knows it. This company is unfair and they pick and choose who gets increases based on if they like you and not based on your functions. Our HR team is the worst unethical team I have ever seen. No one wants to leave because there are no other jobs out there at this time. Therefore you have to take the punches and try to get over it. Though several managers includng HR are known to be unethical, no one wants to confront them due to backlash.

    Advice to Management

    You should revamp your HR team,seriously, because thats the main reason why its so much ethical violations going on and managers get away with so much. You should also consider an employee survey to employees about issues at Wayne that need to be addressed. Its so much unfairness going on, people are afraid to speak up for fear of losing job. If you do speak up, they wont "fire" you, but they will try to make work hell for you in order for you to quit on your own. Maybe we just need a new leadership team because there are more men in higher positions than women there and thats another reason why some are mistreated. At least 95% are men. Management in bldg 3 are the worst! Just Ask anyone that works there there opinion about leadership there.

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