Global Santa Fe Drilling Company

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    No longer in business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Port Fourchon, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Fourchon, LA

    I worked at Global Santa Fe Drilling Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Having half the year off was nice.

    Cons

    You have to live at work, tough on family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advancement opportunities are very limited for minorities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Nice pay, but senior management are a bit dense

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Global Santa Fe Drilling Company

    Pros

    GSF pays very well. They seem to have money to burn and spend on anything and everything. They have a 4.5 day work week which makes it nice to have every Friday afternoon off.

    Cons

    They pay well, but in return you are not allowed to question anything. Senior management speaks openly and negatively about each other. There would be no hesitation to threaten an employee with unemployment as a motivator.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some members of management are there because they are slick like a used car salesman, not because they have talent. Take a look at each other and if someone seems to be smelling like a rose too much of the time you can count on it that they have pulled the wool over your eyes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Global Santa Fe -- In the Navy!

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Global Santa Fe Drilling Company

    Pros

    Technology. Off-Shore environment is interesting, challenge to keep data systems up and in communication and performant. Some good people. Offices instead of cubes. Bonuses. Oil and Gas.

    Cons

    Offshore rig based. Welcome back to 1990's modem (that's M-O-D-E-M) remote site culture in terms of pipe bandwith -- think 56.K modem, only NOW with high latency due to satellite bounce.

    Run by old-salts, with a boat mentality. Arrrgh, ye matey! Do what I say or ye's walking-da-plank and gettin' off my boat!

    As such mgmt style\culture is somewhat dicey. Good Ol' Boy mgmt with tendancy for Knee-jerk reactions and narrow minded thinking. When things come unglued, they can come undone in a big way. Watch how some here act and you'll see they are just trying to keep their tenure at any cost, including sacrificing ambition and dreams of others. New blood, new ideas and youth and dynamism is needed, however, revamping in this culture is gonna take a miracle. Maybe since TransOcean merger \ buyout they'll change, but at least 1 high-level mgr moved over as indicated on TransOcean web pages.

    Don't get out-of-line, informants (CYA'ing) can be smiling at you but are snipers in disquise. You can tell them too, they are connected and ambigiously frightening. Be aware of the organizational dynamic, know the clique's and players and run with the banner! Be a Yes Man.

    Once left, I heard of many people who've had bad experiences with GSF, mine was in IT Dept. I guess it wasn't personal.

    Environment seemed very foreign to anyone whose not offshore, ex-military, or familiar with App Director's and CIO's (GSF's) style. Regimented and Inflexible. Image is everything. Stay in touch to survive. Yes man shop. Thin veneer. Very Politcal. Keep smiling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get genuinely involved and walk the talk. How about some understanding and opening your minds?
    Come up with better systematic way to track progress or projects. Stay involved. Mentor. Lead.

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