Canrig Drilling Technology

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Canrig Drilling Technology Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
54 Reviews
2.5
54 Reviews
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Chris Papouras
44 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of time off (I mean Lots, especially if you are laid off) (in 2 reviews)

  • No micro management in software engg (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Middle management listens to upper management without questioning any poor decisions (in 6 reviews)

  • Slave to the parent company and their processes (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Canrig Is a Rewarding place to work.

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

    I have been working at Canrig Drilling Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I love working here. The pay is good. The work is rewarding and challenging. The people are friendly. You can grow your skill sets through training offered by the company. There is a lot of room to grow within the company. Most supervisors in software development started out as programmers, the IT supervisor started as an Imaging guy and there are many field managers that started as techs. Despite the recent layoff, Job security is good. If you have a good attitude and do your job there is nothing to worry about.

    Cons

    Turnover, I am not privy to the reasons why people leave but many good people have left over the last couple of years. I am a little overwhelmed with work.(hence the job security). While the pay is good I felt somewhat lowballed when I came to work in my current position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the turnover. Weather it's personality conflicts, pay, or stress. We have to stop losing people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run don't walk AWAY

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Minion  in  Tomball, TX
    Current Employee - Minion in Tomball, TX

    I have been working at Canrig Drilling Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Almost impossible to get fired. Clearly... because the majority of folks are barely working when they are at work.
    Pay is good... cause no one would work there if there wasn't a "bonus" for doing it.
    Convenient location... if you never plan on going to Houston for any reason and don't mind the threat of having your car broken into or being mugged.

    Cons

    Management is completely out of touch with reality. Fad of the day jumping from one pop-management technique to another. Have no concept of project management. Mode of operation is to argue with everyone about everything, say yes to anything you don't want to argue about and then do as little as possible each day. Large portion of engineering and development are people devoted to fighting fires... and to lighting them often so there are always fires to fight. Some of the upper level folks are living in an ego-driven fantasy world. Anyone who ranks Cantrig above a 3 works for the company... yes, I wouldn't put it past them to post fake reviews since there are no reasons for good reviews from any sane person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Get Out If You Can

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canrig Drilling Technology

    Pros

    Friendly people
    Stable paycheck

    The employees are friendly and generally easy to work with, and paychecks are received regularly and are on par with market conditions. Other than that, there really are not many pros.

    Cons

    Disorganization
    Safety Program
    Poor Management
    Lack of Direction
    Poor Communication

    About 20% of the employees like working at Canrig, 40% cannot get a better somewhere else, and 40% are too ambitionless or lazy to look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please resign, or move to another company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Struggling to Mature

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager (Software Development)  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager (Software Development) in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Canrig Drilling Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Allot of caring people in the organization

    Cons

    Slave to the parent company and their processes. Worst IT and Financial systems I've ever run across.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some decisions and learn to say no to assignments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable workplace with a lot of potential

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

    I have been working at Canrig Drilling Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good team culture in the software engg. team. Every idea brought to the table is heard and you are given freedom to contribute and all the seniors listen with open mind. Good compensation (above average) compared to market. I check the market every year. No micro management in software engg.

    Some flexibility in work hours. Training is now added to your yearly goals and career paths are being defined as well. Above all good work life balance, leaders care about you and your family.

    Layoffs are rare, I hate to disagree with one of the other ex -short time employee here. It was a very small layoff considering the size of the company and the only one in 15 years in software team.

    Cons

    OK insurance, could do better. Change takes time and lot of influence by parent company that affects decisions and limits managers at Canrig.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the changing market and react quickly instead of waiting for approvals from parent company. Create more agile teams and deliver stuff to market better and faster.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Middle Management At Its Worst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician  in  West, TX
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in West, TX

    I have been working at Canrig Drilling Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It is a steady pay check, and you may receive some training. The expendable people at the bottom are supportive of each other and caring.

    Cons

    A completely incompetent middle to higher level management that does not have even basic managerial skills. They have no concept of how to treat people as respect or show appreciation for the people that ACTUALLY do something. The entire management seems to be rotten to the core and are always asking themselves why it is they have such a high turnover rate. LOOK IN THE MIRROR YOU ARE IT.

    Even with not paying the industry standard, people would stay if the management were even half way functional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is easy.

    Stop hiring people that have waited around long enough and kissed enough butt to become a slug in the office, just because he has been with the company X amount of years. Do you really think you need a manager that knows the product, or a manager that can actually manage people?????

    *********** This one will get instant results, Tie the bonus that your incompetent managers receive to the turnover rate. Then they may actual have an incentive to treat their expendable employees that actually do something like human beings!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    top heavy, very reactive company, management keeps cutting cost in the wrong areas-starting with w/technicians.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canrig Drilling Technology

    Pros

    move up quickly if you are part of the "good ole boys clan". Good way to get in the Industry and move on.

    Cons

    make up new policies on the fly. inconstant, reactive planning instead of proactive. runs there techs in the ground and then wants to cut their hours and look for duty cycle infractions. speaks before the think. Higher management without prior experience in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    clean house and start over. Get rid of the Epoch management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Much Effort with Little to No Reward

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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 Canrig Drilling Technology full-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities to expand knowledge, if you are self motivated. Training is available if you are able to take the time to attend. There is always work to be done and people rely on the OT due to the low pay grade for some of the employees.

    Cons

    Employees with Knowledge, Experience and Exceeding Expectations do not get compensated or promoted for their continuous efforts. All job openings are not posted so it makes it very difficult to know what opportunities for a promotion are available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the employees that you rely on. Manage and Lead the employees that require guidance. Cut the dead weight employees, they only bring down the Team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company

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

    I have been working at Canrig Drilling Technology full-time

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere for working. People crack jokes and be funny to easy the work load

    Cons

    Low salary, bonuses and understaffed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok place to start out and get time in, but not somewhere you'd want to retire.

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

    I have been working at Canrig Drilling Technology full-time

    Pros

    Good after work activities: Toastmasters, sports teams, mentoring programs, etc. Occasional lunch provided with meetings. Monthly celebration of birthdays by birthday cake with a list of employee birthdays once a month. Happy with pay and bonuses, and tuition reimbursement is a plus.

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs. Last Thanksgiving potluck they laid people off that had brought in desserts/dishes. It was awful. Parent company has total control over our company, and we are unable to get anything done. They also treat us like the redheaded step children. Extremely frustrating for employees. High turnover. So many people quitting, and so little being hired. Hiring for position replacements are a year or more, until then everyone just picks up the slack hoping they will someday hire someone. Management is poor, and barely any leadership. No room to grow or move around in different departments. Employees are discouraged from advancing. No outside training offered. Health benefits are awful. You only get one choice, and it isn't a very good one. Company promotes safety, but upper management has very poor attitude about leading by example.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit, and let better managers replace you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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