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Aker Solutions Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
110 Reviews

3.5
110 Reviews
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Aker Solutions President and CEO Øyvind Eriksen
Øyvind Eriksen
48 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Really like's to keep employees at all cost in stead of laying off they move you to another department

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    Former Employee - Service Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people

    Cons

    Long hours and offshore alot

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It is a great company

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great work/personal life balance. There is a lot of opportunitys for travel and learn different technologies and cultures.

    Cons

    Too many reorganizations in a short period of time. Lack of integration between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company wants grow and for this happen, needs get more contracts. A better integration between Business Development, Engineering and Procurement is mandatory to allow get more work.
    Invest in more training (not only SAP).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Ok place

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

    Pros

    Good work environment. Flexible timings.

    Cons

    Lay offs when times are bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expect employee loyalty by retaining good engineers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok company

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    Current Employee - Financial Accountant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Accountant in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Company focuses on work life balance and has a half day Friday work week

    Cons

    Limited career opportunities. The departments are small which limits room for growth or advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people to work with

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and bosses are very good

    Cons

    Nothing so far. Maybe pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Grass Is Not Greener Here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    The Money was Good. That's about it.
    If you are in dire need of money and can put up with a lot of "STUFF", then come on and get some of this!!
    If you are already in the oilfield, Please read the "CONS" very carefully.

    Cons

    Very Low Morale.
    Doom and Gloom Atmosphere.
    Management downright pathetic. Has no business being in the position.
    Favoritism. Big Time!!
    No Promotions, no acknowledgement of good performance.
    Perform Mission Impossible on Products.
    Does not practice what they preach.
    Mgmt gets very defensive when you try to ask questions. No open door policy for everyone. Only a select few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfixable. They are in it for the title and that's it!
    Position filler at best. Only got that way thru the buddy system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Reasonable summer intern job in 2008

    Current Employee - Summer Intern  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Staff was very friendly and taught me a lot

    Cons

    did not pay interns well, but that does not necessarily translate to full-time employment salary. Also, this was in 2008.

  9.  

    Very nice workplace

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Very employee oriented, with little pressure from management and exciting challenges.

    Cons

    Still a growing power in the US market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quantity doesn't always means quality. The learning curve is slow in the O&G area and this has to be taken in account when hiring new employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company still trying to find its identity.

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do 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."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Undirected

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Everyone 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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