Atwood Oceanics Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Atwood Oceanics President, CEO, and Director Robert J. (Rob) Saltiel
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  1. Not a bad company, just super ignorant

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Roustabout in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Roustabout in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Atwood Oceanics full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Still operating and no pay cuts

    Cons

    No promotions if you dont know the higher ups personally

  2. Great company trying to improve

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

    I have been working at Atwood Oceanics full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Small size allows responsive management and authority usually comes with responsibility, as it should but unusual in drilling contractors.

    Cons

    Small size means limited resources. At times people get overloaded but since they get to make a difference most are ok with it.

    Advice to Management

    Don't sweat the small stuff, nobody gets everything right every time, just keep trying your best.

  3. Great company with plenty of chance for promotion

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Electrician in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Atwood Oceanics full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good training provided, crews help each other and there is a lot of support from technical departments. Pay is better than industry standard, 401k is excellent and so is healthcare benefits.

    Cons

    penny pinching of some upper management can run off some good people. Communication on important details to the work force is vague. People in positions where they are not competent as the management training says they should be.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that the rig crew are what make a good rig run and can make the company a lot of money. Without them there is no money for the office staff. Keep the rig crew happy and secure and everyone benefits.

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  5. Recruiter

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

    I worked at Atwood Oceanics as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Atmosphere - Warm feeling

    Cons

    when you are a contractor you are treated as such. The hiring managers are awful and need to be trained.

    Advice to Management

    If you are trying to draw people to the company make them feel apart of the company not excluding them.

  6. The primary point of contact for coordinating the developmental training courses for both corporate and offshore

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Atwood Oceanics full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Offshore oil and gas drilling company that engages in the drilling and completion of exploratory and developmental oil and gas wells worldwide.

    Cons

    Good company overall. The Employee development department could use some "fresh faces" the personnel are not qualified and have poor unprofessional behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Management should audit the professionalism of their employees unacceptable, less than par behavior.

  7. Atwood Oceanics is a good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Materials in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Materials in Houston, TX

    I worked at Atwood Oceanics

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Atwood is probably one of the better offshore drilling companies to work for. The pay and benefits are better than average and with a small fleet it is easy to stay on one rig for long term. I would recommend them over many others.

    Cons

    The main downside that I noticed was management on my rig to allow a certain person to have more authority than his job title allowed for.

    This drilling company in many respects is just like any others in how they treat their people. Certain people are treated better than others and can at times have to do with job title.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management should preach and enforce the rules that are in print.

  8. Rig Administrator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Rig Administrator in Malabo, Bioko Norte (Equatorial Guinea)
    Former Employee - Rig Administrator in Malabo, Bioko Norte (Equatorial Guinea)

    I worked at Atwood Oceanics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Company has great 401K, Is keen on safety.

    Cons

    Major issues with fielding good rig managers who know how to manage a P&L center and not turn into tyrants when it comes to managing the men.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your Rig Managers hard. They are the ones that make or break a rig. When you have managers who say things like "Every man on my rig has the same middle name. That name is "Temporary." it sends a message that you need to fear them. When a rig manager routinely lies to his subordinates and uses them as scapegoats in order to cover for themselves, there is a fundamental problem.

    The problem is how the executive suite promotes legacy employees that are known to be poor managers in the hopes of getting them to be better employees. Giving a sociopath more authority and freer reign is like giving a drug addict free drugs and more booze!

    Your unspoken policies of no meaningful contact with crew only serve to enhance the the notion that if you speak out you get fired. Well when someone figures out that that a senior rig manager is incompetent of the ways of the company's HR policies and points out politely that there are specific things that need to be done then they get set up with false counselings. The OIM's get directed to write up evaluations on counseling forms so that the senior ops manager can say he has counseling forms on people and he can then fire them at will.

    Sneaky, underhanded liars within the company make the company much less able to grow.

    If you are fortunate enough to not work for the operations side of the house you will go far in this company. If you do work for operations, you will hit a brick wall when it comes to the office just above the rig managers. That office is what will ultimately either kill the company with "Good 'ol boy" evaluations or if it is changed out, it will allow the company to flourish.

  9. Great money while working overseas but thoroughly unsupported once there

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malabo, Bioko Norte (Equatorial Guinea)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malabo, Bioko Norte (Equatorial Guinea)

    I worked at Atwood Oceanics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Higher than average compensation.
    High visibility to upper levels of management.
    Diversification of Responsibilities.

    Cons

    There is Insufficient personnel support in locations where the workforce is generally unskilled.
    Management is quick to demand accountability for not reaching performance goals while also acknowledging that a team is insufficiently staffed.
    "Who you know" is more important than an "objective performance evaluation" from initial compensation to lateral and upwardly mobile opportunities.

  10. Overall a great experience and place to work

    Former Employee - Derrickman in Perth, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Derrickman in Perth, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Atwood Oceanics full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Loyalty to work force, pay scale

    Cons

    At the time lack of movement in promotions

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

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