Aker Solutions Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Great people to work with

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

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and bosses are very good

    Cons

    Nothing so far. Maybe pay

  2. Ok company

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

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    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

  3. Reasonable summer intern job in 2008

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

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

    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.

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  5. Very nice workplace

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

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Still a growing power in the US market.

    Advice to Management

    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.

  6. Helpful (2)

    A company still trying to find its identity.

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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."

  7. Helpful (1)

    Undirected

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer

    I worked 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

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Great Place to Work Back in the Day

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

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

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

    Pros

    I started with the company when it was John Brown.

    Cons

    Too many acquisitions in a short period of time.

    Advice to Management

    Difficult to advice as there have been so many changes on company ownership.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Changing times

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

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

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

    Pros

    Workers are very helpfull & cooperative with each other.

    Cons

    Too many management changes. Positions filled with not with proper qualifications.

    Advice to Management

    Top heavy management in some postions not filled with qualified personnel.

  10. Helpful (2)

    A Lot of Micromanaging and structural changes in the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Used to have good management but it kept changing every 6 months or so for the last 5 years.

    Cons

    Career options limited once set in. Lot of micromanaging with the new management. Benefits are expensive especially health insurance. Salary growth is meagre and not inline with market rates.

    Advice to Management

    Don't indulge in micromanging.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Great Perks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They provide great perks that help moral. It's a laid back atmosphere. Work/life balance is excellent with various work schedules offered. Pay is above average. Most people that leave come back.

    Cons

    Consistency across all business units and business areas is not present. Management structure changes frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Don't fall into layers of management.

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