Cal Dive Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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Cal Dive President, CEO, and Director Quinn J. Hébert
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  1. Family oriented company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cal Dive

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, company valued employees as individuals. Promotes heavily within.

    Cons

    Current financial situation made it very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. A company that has lost its way.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Cal Dive full-time

    Pros

    Excellent salary....and that's about it.

    Cons

    Old, antiquated computers that belong in a museum. All necessary software was not loaded on my computer, had to ask....and ask....and ask again. Too many inconsistencies with computer usage; one day everything works well, next day nothing works; indifferent IT department. Building has "sick building syndrome": almost nonstop sneezing and coughing and wheezing. Overpriced, poor quality insurance. Manuals used on job not up to date by at least 1 to 2 revisions. Too many promises made, all of them broken. Lots more I could add but why?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late for me to offer any advice, this boat is sinking fast (pun intended).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great Job 4 years out of 7.

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    Former Employee - Marine in Broussard, LA
    Former Employee - Marine in Broussard, LA

    I worked at Cal Dive full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I can tell you what WERE the best reasons to work for CDI. When I hired on in 2008, CDI was at the top of the pay scale in the Gulf, benefits were fantastic (BCBS, profit sharing, 401k, the list went on and on). CDI took care of their employees. They offered and provided everything you look for in a company for employment long term. Business was good and work was great.

    Cons

    The cons aren't really at the fault of CDI. Lack of work has taken the company from one of the best company's to work for, in the gulf, to a slow death. Major lay off's, pay cut's across the board, low end benefits, loss of all incentive programs, time and schedule's cut. Basically everything a company trying to survive results too. The first 4 years at CDI was without a doubt, best job I've ever had. And precisely why I stuck it out with them for 3 more years, hoping things would turn around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wouldn't even think of advising, I think CDI, did what every company does to try and stay afloat. Also if it were to all turn around tomorrow, I would hesitate to go straight back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. I have worked my way up the ladder and plan to move to another company and continue up the ladder.

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    Current Employee - Leadman in Port Arthur, TX
    Current Employee - Leadman in Port Arthur, TX

    I have been working at Cal Dive full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They gave fairly descent raises to me, but they pay well under what other companies pay. They gave me a chance with no experience, felon and no HS diploma/GED.

    Cons

    Every Winter you get laid off if you are not up on the position ladder. They are now going out of business and I have been notified of permanent layoff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. The best job I've ever had the pleasure of doing.

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    Former Employee - Saturation Diver in Lafayette, LA
    Former Employee - Saturation Diver in Lafayette, LA

    I worked at Cal Dive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cal Dive have an impeccable safety record. They pay well. The best health ins. plan. Really good training for your certs.

    Cons

    Getting enough work to pay your bills can be troublesome but the whole dive industry has suffered from the BP oil spill. Benefits are good. time off is better than any other kind of work you can find.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Ashford University is terrible

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    Former Employee - Military Admissions Counselor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Military Admissions Counselor in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cal Dive full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, gym at each location. Great food courts and ALOT of employees. Living and working in San Diego is amazing.

    Cons

    Quotas for (minimum monthly expectation) enrolling students, little help from mgmt., bi-annual layoffs for those who don't enroll a specific amount of students per month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about students and their future, and less about money and the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Office Services Manager

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    Former Employee - Office Services Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Office Services Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Cal Dive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent fast paced offshore construction company. A client-focused management professional company leading exceptional customer service to corporate clients.

    Cons

    This industry, as well as all other energy dependent industries, has a seasonal slow period during the winter months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must keep strong management leaders in order to train lower subordinates in all phases of facility management. Experience managing budgets, invoicing and other financials is a preference.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. great atmosphere

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

    I have been working at Cal Dive full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    nicest people/team in offshore construction industry shallow water
    minimal office politics
    free foods

    Cons

    you are expected to get work done on weekends/after hours with no overtime or bonuses
    only people in projects group receive bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should invest into training young people because many mid senior level guys are leaving the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Good core or people with good values

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    Current Employee - EHS Advisor in Broussard, LA
    Current Employee - EHS Advisor in Broussard, LA

    I have been working at Cal Dive full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible and growing, good upward potential

    Cons

    Poor internal communications throughout orgnization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication needed to field personnel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Excellent company to work for wit excellent benefits

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    Former Employee - Offshore in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Offshore in Houston, TX

    I worked at Cal Dive full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and I liked the work schedule

    Cons

    You have to be able to work the 28/28 schedule if working off shore

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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