Hornbeck Offshore Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Hornbeck Offshore

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covington, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covington, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hornbeck Offshore (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The biggest "pro" is the people. It was my experience that everyone got along really well and it made going to work everyday a little more enjoyable.

    Cons

    The pay wasn't very competitive. They stopped matching employee 401K due to the market downturn.


  2. Fair and Accurate, Been around the Gulf

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hornbeck Offshore full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    15% Discount Stock option, Healthcare. Hornbeck has a lot of vessels working when times are good. The are a very fair employer and very diverse. The good ole boy thing of the past isn't as prevalent anymore. When I do a job and I know it isn't safe I can stop it knowing there won't be any repercussions from management....if I'm right I will have backing all the way to the top.

    Cons

    You have to arrange your own transportation to vessels probably the worst and least effective cost saving initiative in the history of working offshore. All I can say is, it must be nice to drive to work! Here's my suggestion, a tollbooth security shack to park at the office! Brand new vessels, crew accommodations from the 70's. (First Assistant Engineer has a 4 man room) Pointless annual "training". Squeaky wheels get the grease, good quiet workers who always follow policy are overlooked until they need your license, but I guess that's everywhere really.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the crew accommodations, we're grown men, not college students. Annual training should be, confined space entry/basic first aid/hazmat/working at heights/ you know... actual certificates that allow us to perform our job better. Not the redundant NS-5 program/oil record book that lets the shore side do THEIR job better. If people can't manage these things by now they should be shown the door or demoted until they can figure it out.


  3. Good Company in Hard Times

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hornbeck Offshore full-time

    Pros

    Had good pay and benefits, still have some of the best boats around. Used to have really good managers and still have a great office support group.

    Cons

    Due to lack of work, they are taking a hard line on pay cuts (for the fleet, don't know about management). Many boats are laid up and without work, are sending people 'on furlough'.

    Advice to Management

    While there is not much you can do when there is no contracts, putting intentional stress on crews after cutting their pay, is a wrong way to build up a professional core for rebuilding if or when the shortages finally end.


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  5. Mixed Blessing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hornbeck Offshore full-time

    Pros

    High pay-rate. Vessels are clean. Good people on boat crews.

    Cons

    Management doesn't take good care of employees. Barge-like design makes 240 class OSV the worst riding boat I've ever sailed.

    Advice to Management

    Small things like paying for rental cars and making reimbursements happen in a timely fashion go a long way towards making employees feel appreciated. Feeling appreciated leads people to take ownership.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Big disconnect between vessels and office

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The boat life is great! The crews are awesome. Schedule is great 12hr shifts. The rotation is also just right 21-21 is the best I've worked. The day rates are also very good.

    Cons

    Travel pay is not good. They pay 370$ a hitch if your far enough away. It's not uncommon for them to make a mistake and forget to put your travel pay on your paycheck. Another negative is they tax your 370$ travel pay. It actually only works out to around 300$ after taxed. When I was hired I was told I would be able to get school assistance as long as I received a recommendation from the master of the vessel. I did get the letter and was not denied just never responded to at all after several phone calls and messages and emails. The office defiantly treats you as a number. Also they don't pay very many holidays. You can get a safety bonus as long as nobody gets hurt on your vessel, I think that's cool you could get an extra couple days pay but at the same time it's very misleading. People feel as if the can't report anything because they don't want to take away the crews whole bonus. I don't think that's a very good way to have a good safety record. It breeds the wrong culture.

    Advice to Management

    Please pay attention to the crew more. Adjust the travel pay. The disconnection between offshore and shoreside needs serious attention. Half the time the crew coordinator is not even aware if your at home or on the boat. Stick to you promise when you hire and be honest if your going to give school assistance or not. Return phone calls or emails even if it's a conversation you want to avoid. Change the safety bonus so people are more honest about injuries.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Top heavy and micro managed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ETO in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - ETO in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hornbeck Offshore full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is comparable with industry standards. Even time hitches for the most part. The larger vessels are pretty nice.

    Cons

    Crew changes are a night mare. Crew coordinators don't really follow through to ensure a smooth crew change. All vessels and crews are micro managed. There is an us versus them mentality displayed by most of the office staff.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying door to door travel. Let the vessel crews manage their vessels. Management needs to be more open ad forthcoming with the vessel crews, and realize that they are an asset not a liability.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Stable and great benefits but low pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Able Seaman in Covington, LA
    Current Employee - Able Seaman in Covington, LA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hornbeck is stable work, with exceptional benefits. The health insurance is a group plan with BCBS which is excellent, the vision is so-so, the dental is decent, short term and long term disability, they have reinstated 401k match and given raises to all officers to be a bit more competitive with the industry standard. They are building several new 280' supply boats. Great place to work if you are a mate, engineer or captain.

    Cons

    Paperwork is horrible, I'm no hippie but the amount of trees that have been killed for the companies legal papertrail is insane. It takes more time to do a jsa to use the head, than it takes to perform the task. RATINGS ARE UNDERPAID, I am talking about $100 per day less than their competitors pay. Don't let them fool you in orientation, the safety bonus is non existent. If someone on the other hitch stubs their toe while you are at home, every crewmember loses their two day per quarter safety bonus. They also will promise to send you to school to upgrade. FALSE! I have several letters of recommendation from mates an masters and can't get approved for compensation. The accommodations are pretty crappy, some boats are alright but I've been on 30 year old tugs with better..

    Advice to Management

    Live up to your promises, Increase rating pay, send employees to school if they meet all your requirements. Less paperwork or at least go electronic, better treatment for the guys who are earning the money for you.


  9. OK

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They pay your travel to and from home

    Cons

    Never know if u have a job to come back to and never really hear anything about the way the company is going

    Advice to Management

    i know times have been hard but itd time for a pay to get better and more Communication and Leadership



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