Aker Solutions Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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Aker Solutions CEO Luis Araujo
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Pros
  • They work hard to live up to their core values and ensure that they have a good working environment (in 13 reviews)

  • Extremely good when it comes to work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • All business units are not equally developed (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. Work-Life balance is really good.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good company to work for. You learn a lot and have a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Change a lot in management and structure of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the changes in structure.


  2. project engineer

    Current Employee - Project Engineer I in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer I in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Aker Solutions (Less than a year)

    Pros

    high salaries, casual Friday with half day off each Friday

    Cons

    job security issues, lay off employees during bad market

    Advice to Management

    keep doing good job


  3. Helpful (1)

    Vice President

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good hard working people with a strong culture of learning and improving

    Cons

    Highest level of executive management a bit removed from US business

    Advice to Management

    more interface with regional management


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Company in decline.

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

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good experience in subsea equipment, especially trees and controls. Many people that work there go on to very lucrative careers at other companies. They had great flex time packages and insurance when I worked there.

    Cons

    Very high turnover, inexperienced staff, and much lower quality since buyout of Kvaerner by Aker. Safety issues were rising steadily while I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Management just needs to be changed, it is an engineering company that should be run by engineers like it used to be. Currently much of the senior staff including the president is made up of former sales people who have no idea how to run a company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Not the best place to work for.

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

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    challenging work
    no micro management
    good work life balance

    Cons

    no overtime
    no bonus
    promotions based on who you know up top in the ladder
    Too many project engineers, deputy project managers and project managers who keeps travelling without adding any value to the project.
    poor performance/ appraisal tool.

    Advice to Management

    gauge people based on the work they do, not on who they know.


  7. Great Company and Benefits

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

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth, great benefits, friendly people, care about the environment, HSE knowledgeable

    Cons

    Disorganized at times, training was not very extensive, pay slightly lower than competitors


  8. Helpful (1)

    Aker Provides a Relaxed Environment.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I Received an Excellent Salary.

    Cons

    HR insensitive to representing employees fairly.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize open communication and feedback.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Good Company.. Horrible Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Lots to Learn, Good Exposure to Subsea Products

    Cons

    Politics, Low Confidence, Lot of Lies from Management, Buddy System

    Advice to Management

    Clean house


  10. Helpful (1)

    Excellent company culture and career opportunities

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

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The personnel are the friendliest people I've ever has the pleasure of working with.

    Cons

    Closer communication between departments and management

    Advice to Management

    Just wanting as much transparency as possible


  11. Helpful (5)

    Sinking Ship. HR, Business, Legal departments have had mass exodus.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Half day Fridays are a positive.

    Cons

    Constant changes without any direction. Meager bonuses - recently less than 1% of salary. No company culture. Extremely weak management team. No motivation to work towards common goal. Weak President of North America who doesn't interact with employees or develop a culture of collaboration and excellence. Many groups have had entire teams leave. Legal group has had 3 out of 4 members leave in last 3 months due to poor leadership from General Counsel. HR team has had multiple people leave and support to organization is poor from entire group because of lack of resources. Business development team has had key/best people leave to join competitors. If this isn't a sign of a sinking ship then I don't know what is. Go work for a company that actually values employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire executive team that has significant experience and leadership skills. Promoting from within to save money will only work for so long. Cultivate strong leaders in the organization instead of cutting budgets for training. Value your employees and they will work hard for you. Embody the core values instead of just posting them on the walls. These are simple concepts but executive team does not grasp them or does not have the aptitude to lead.



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