Dresser-Rand
2.8 of 5 72 reviews
www.dresser-rand.com Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

Dresser-Rand Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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2.8 72 reviews

                             

56% Approve of the CEO

Dresser-Rand President, CEO, and Director Vince Volpe Jr.

Vince Volpe Jr.

(45 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Interesting equipment business serving the attractive oil and gas industry"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Sterling record in the industry as an OEM for rotating & recip equipment"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "However, there is no work / life balance"
    in 4 reviews
  • "High turnover is certain positions"
    in 3 reviews
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    Good pay, lacking fair leadership

    Human Resources Manager (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsGreat salary and bonus programs.

    ConsLacking good leadership, good old boys club mindset. High turnover within HR.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the good old boys mindset and restructure the organization. The company has the potential but suck and lacking quality leadership.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Everyone Wishes They had Another Company to go Work For

    Services (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsMiddle management really tries to get everything accomplished. Lots of young guns getting the job done as well as old timers willing to help the next generation.

    ConsCompensation is pretty bad with 3% raises. Anyone below a directors level is expected to work long hours while working below industry average. People get promoted to jobs they are not capable of doing but because of the "good ole boy network" or "buddy system" HR is a joke, they play the political game instead of being impartial. If you do your job but they don't like you, you are gone. Company wide poor communication between: new equipment, factories & services

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of Volpe & Luciano!!! Time for a new regime!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 year employee with D-R that has experience in marketing, sales, and engineering

    Product Design Engineer (Current Employee)
    Olean, NY

    ProsThe people are very friendly.

    ConsToo many chiefs not enough Indians.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Place

    Supply Chain (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsPays well and very friendly environment. Really enjoyed the people I worked with

    ConsNo employee wellness programs. A gym, cafeteria, etc. would be nice

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    No real engineering since it has all been done before.

    (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of opportunity to learn. You get hands on experience in your field. Being around 20+ ton turbines is very cool. They pay a housing stipend. They respect their interns and give them meaningful jobs.

    ConsIt is in the middle of nowhere. The people that work there are very closed minded. The equipment is out dated. The building is falling apart. it rains A LOT. The area floods a lot. There is no fun place to go. the housing is terrible. The closest "city" is 45 minutes away (Olean) if you can call it a city.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Summer Engineering Internship

    Summer Engineering Intern (Former Employee)
    Olean, NY

    ProsI was given a lot of responsibility and received very encouraging feed back. Everyone was willing to help and answer questions. Rather substantial hourly rate compared to many other internships.

    ConsI would have appreciated the opportunity to meet successful women in the company to hear their challenges in such a male dominated industry. Other than that I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

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    Good name on outside, Terrible work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsOnly few people willing to truly help you get adjusted.

    ConsVery political atmosphere. If you are on top of your game, watch out, others see it as a threat....watch your back here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire people that are qualified for the positions not those who are threatened by those who do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Extreme lack of Respect by management in the Accounting/finance Department

    Accountant (Current Employee)
    Olean, NY

    ProsThe lower level employees are fantastic and very respectful of each other.

    ConsManagement is atrocious, the workload and hours is similar to a sweat shop (this is because managers do receive a bonus so they force their employees to work like slaves so they can earn a larger bonus), the variance in pay from one job and employee to the next is embarrassing and the cronyism goes beyond that of the US government. No bonus is offered to any employees outside of management, yet employees are required to complete a PMP review. Although there is 3 weeks’ vacation it is actually accrued monthly, therefore if you leave your job in August and have used all 3 weeks, they will deduct this from your last paycheck. Previous large corps I have worked for will actually relieve you of your 2 week notice and pay you to assure there is no liability in the last weeks of employment (very smart move). Overall, this company does not act like a large corporation in any way shape or form. I could go on...

    Advice to Senior ManagementRestructure. Managers should strive to have their employees respect and like them and this management believes productivity is based on intimidation and fear of losing your job. They have the attitude that the employees are 'stuck' in their positions because a.) They may not have a degree and b.) the employees who do have degrees won't find similar employment in such a rural area; therefore they work on the pretense that management is the only department that should receive bonus', and raises can be nearly non-existent. They also enjoy the archaic belief that an employee, who has worked for the company for several years, has extensive knowledge and has demonstrated an extraordinary work ethic, cannot be promoted beyond a very low level position if they do not possess a college degree. DR dismisses many employees who would be exceptional in the management department due to this ridiculous policy. DR also greatly favors employees with an education from a certain institution just down the road, these employees get higher wages than others in the same positions solely based on the fact they attended this beloved institution.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Serious Issues in Finance, Accounting, and Internal Audit

    Finance, Accounting, and Internal Audit (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsThe company overall pays very well and you get 3 weeks of vacation right of the bat. There is an option to buy an extra week of vacation. However, there is no work / life balance.

    ConsI only spent few months in this company due to the negative environment in the finance department. There is a high turn over rate and employees are extremely unhappy there.

    Management tends to talk you down and even cross the line by yelling and screaming.

    The company overall pays very well and you get 3 weeks of vacation right of the bat. There is – more... an option to buy an extra week of vacation. However, there is no work / life balance.

    Also, forget about all the extra perks you may get in bigger companies.

    Overall, the culture in D-R is very harsh and cold

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect is key in a work environment. There is northing wrong with getting to know the people that work for you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible company to work for, treats employees like a machine with no brains.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCo-workers are nice as they are people.

    Constreat employees harshly, never explain what they want-they assume you can read their mind and then when you do something wrong you get wacked for it-never knowing what hit your or why. HR is a joke as is manipulated by HQ and kept busy doing "piddly things".

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is full of bi-polar people who lie and manipulate their employees. All decisions are based on the dollar, thus the company runs behind as they are chasing the dollar ranther than fulflling their customers orders. They claim its to maximize shareholder value but in the end shareholder value is minimized.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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