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Dresser-Rand Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
102 Reviews
3.3
102 Reviews
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Dresser-Rand President, CEO, and Director Vince Volpe Jr.
Vince Volpe Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Professional collegues and grea work environment (in 4 reviews)

  • Some good people who want to perform at their job (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • However, there is no work / life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Continuous re organization of upper management (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Place to Work!

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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 Dresser-Rand

    Pros

    Great culture, helpful team mates, global projects, and diverse projects

    Cons

    Better definition and clarity in growth and career pathing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Global turbo machinery company, with challenges abound.

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

    I worked at Dresser-Rand full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    D-R has operations and/or client-facing offices located in every major Oil & Gas center worldwide. New employees are challenged immediately, and increasing levels of responsibilities are put upon the most capable performers. You will not find a more geographically and ethnically workforce. It is not uncommon to be working on virtual teams spanning 3+ continents in pursuit of global projects. In my several years, I came to appreciate the value of the Dresser-Rand name brand, in terms of its recognition by clients, for offering world class machinery technology and premier services.

    Cons

    Pay scales are competitive with other OEM's, but employees are regularly and easily poached by higher-paying International and National Oil Companies, desiring OEM-experienced engineers and technicians. While the global element is exciting, it can take a toll on employees during project pursuit, with very late nights or early mornings required to support cross-continent teleconferences and the like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increased focus on hands-on (machinery-based) training programs, and encouraging work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Marketing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olean, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olean, NY

    I worked at Dresser-Rand

    Pros

    Good Compensation
    Good team and co-workers
    Interesting and challenging work

    Cons

    Management shifts priorities
    Communication from upper management was not terrific
    Slow response to employee concerns

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Future uncertain

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

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Get coworkers, but the experience depends on your department and plant. I enjoy going to work but the long term direction and goals are unclear.

    Cons

    Compartmentalize management philosophy. Company functions more reactively than proactively. Continual battling from behind. Companies annual evaluation system does not accurately reward according to merit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good Company to work for

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

    I worked at Dresser-Rand full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn rotating equipment business. Several people with greater than 20 years experience in the Industry. Work life balance is good.

    Cons

    My salary was always a median market salary. Immigration issues were tricky. Career growth is slow for someone from a different industry and working at entry or mid level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company overall

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

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand

    Pros

    Solid company that's known to provide stability to its employees and treat them well. Top quality technology recognized by the vast majority of O&G Clients. Active in developing promising new products. Good career opportunities as-is, with the acquisition by Siemens probably bringing additional ones.

    Cons

    The different locations are not in the most sought after US cities. The quality of employees can be disparate. The high achievers will be recognized but may not find the support and tools needed to be higher productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training can be improve greatly. Not very strong culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Regrets - 1980's Big Business Mentality (Go Somewhere Progressive!)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Level Analyst in Olean, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Level Analyst in Olean, NY

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Really great people who are always willing to help you and many feel your pain as Management will work your butt off and throw you a ~1% raise while they'll collect double bonuses. In 2008 downturn, while many lost their jobs and were laid off, Management received double/triple bonuses for "cutting costs" IE firing people aka "headcount". Decent pay for the area, but they'll expect 50-60 hours a week from you (min), so you're further ahead taking a less paying job elsewhere and getting a PT job instead. Don't let them know you want to stay in the area either, because then they know they "have you". You'll get training and education reimbursement.

    Cons

    Work life balance doesn't exist here, hands down. Management fills their pockets while they throw you a 1% raise (if you're lucky).This company has a mentality of big business circa 1980, meaning: whip you and make you work long hours (they don't care about how efficiently you work, but only focus on quantity). Have literally seen employees surf the net for 5 out of their 10 hour "work" day, but they are the ideal employee because they are there 50+ hours a week. Many managers shouldn't manage - massive micro managing and tons of wasteful meetings = opposite of efficiency. Oh and lots and lots of managers (chiefs), some of which have no one under them to manage but they still make $150k a year plus bonus...I've been looking to get out for a while now, but tough to do when your family is in the area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house and stop hiring from outside the company. (This won't change...but maybe with Siemens owning you). You work your employees like dogs then hire outsiders as managers and directors, rather than promote from within. For one year I counted the number of Org notices regarding Manager/Director hires - >10% of them were current D-R employees. Absolutely no promoting from within the company, no incentive or reward for loyalty. The only reward is: "you should be happy to have a job, grunt!" Those that do come in from outside the company, always stay for 2-3 years and leave...D-R is a stepping stone/climbing the ladder for most and management doesn't get it. True story: they went through 3 or 4 Olean Plant GM's (outsiders who stayed 1-2 years each) before finally going with the internal candidate who had spent his entire 20+ year career with D-R and KNOWS the business and brilliant guy. Amazing. For always focused on cutting costs, you sure pay TONS for headhunting, sign-on bonuses, and relocation fees... Such a backwards organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Slow to innovate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Dresser-Rand full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Programs for personal development are often reimbursed
    Compensation seems fair for the location of the factories (Mostly Western NY)

    Cons

    Slow to innovate
    Pushy management
    Production is rushed to meet invoice goals, but quality suffers and warranty costs can be massive as a result

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency in goals and defining the path forward is vital to employee engagement. I never felt as if I was working to accomplish anything exceptional; it was simply "growth" and "profits".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    nice 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 Dresser-Rand

    Pros

    nice policies, and supportive staff

    Cons

    some job profiles can ruin your career,no transport

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Awesome 7 years with the 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 Dresser-Rand full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great managers and the high level of empowerment. You can make the difference!

    Cons

    Nothing too detrimental! Every company has its cons but I found the cons in Dresser-Rand acceptable and not a big issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with the great job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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