Dresser-Rand Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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Dresser-Rand President, CEO, and Director Vince Volpe Jr.
Vince Volpe Jr.
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Pros
  • Company provides a good 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)

  • Upper management misrepresent their qualifications and take credit for those who really deserve it (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    I'm glad that I am retired. I used to enjoy my job but I found that the management is all that mattered.

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    Current Employee - Milling Machine Operator in Wellsville, NY
    Current Employee - Milling Machine Operator in Wellsville, NY

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you are in dire need of a job then you have a job. It used to be a good place to work but management got greedy and took away benefits from the working class.

    Cons

    Low pay, poor management, poor benefits. Management is getting wealthy off from the company and the working class in suffering in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth! Management is bringing in big bonuses and they are reducing the hourly wage from the working class.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Luckier than they are good.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Dresser-Rand

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leading edge technology. Good safety record.

    Cons

    Old school management philosophy. Field personnel lack appropriate training. Just ask them. They will tell you.

    Advice to Management

    Train and listen to the field personnel. Without them you would be nothing.


  3. Helpful (4)

    DR Makes Money In Spite of Itself.

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    Former Employee - Purchasing in Olean, NY
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Olean, NY

    I worked at Dresser-Rand

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They inherited a unique business model and a great franchise.

    Cons

    Frat-boy culture. Process Improvement is something they only talk about. Management populated by cast offs from United Technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people for what they do, not what (prep) school they attended.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Used to be a good place

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Drafter - Contractor in Olean, NY
    Former Employee - Drafter - Contractor in Olean, NY

    I worked at Dresser-Rand

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly flexible on work hours. Most of the people are pretty good to work with. A lot of knowledge about a very narrow field there.

    Cons

    Tech center is the worst work environment ever. Poor choice of office equipment, ergonomically speaking. Software needs serious updating. A lot of machines still running NT with Office 97 of all things. Oracle is in place but hardly anyone knows how to use it effectively. They almost refuse to hire any drafting help direct, unless you contract for at least a year or more. That means no vacation, no sick time and no benefits. Their benefits packages are terrible anyway. Extremely expensive for a family plan. Anyone other than your direct supervisor doesn't care who you are or what you do. There's too much of "You ARE working this weekend, right?" going on. Too much is expected for not enough money. Corporate management doesn't see any need for sharing profits with the people who actually make them the profits, but they can award themselves multi-million dollar bonuses every year.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees better. Give them reasonably priced benefits and a sniff of the profits. The way this company is managed is why US manufacturing is going downhill.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Negative

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Houston, TX

    I worked at Dresser-Rand

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stepping stone in looking for better opportunities

    Cons

    No strong leadership. All upper management are located in Paris, France

    Advice to Management

    Employees should be recognized for their values and accomplishments. Better treatment of long-term vendors


  7. Helpful (4)

    Where do I start?

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Dresser-Rand

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fair Pay and Benefits Exciting Industry Opportunity to meet interesting people from all over the world

    Cons

    No work/life balance....perfect for someone with no personal life...these people work 24/7 and expect everyone to do the same. Training available is a joke. Communication between Management and "Workers"...a joke as well. No integrity, no trust, no respect....your services will be used until they are done with you. Office Politics is very plentiful and watch your back or be prepared to kiss backside! Not a fun place to work, very oppressive and micro managed. That is just a summary...

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone as an equal. Be professional. Communicate without misleading. Treat your employees like your most important resource. Don't believe everything you hear....go to the source.


  8. It has been a great opportunity to get paid to learn despite the stifling bureaucracy.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Painted Post, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Painted Post, NY

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A good place to work if you like mechanical engineering. Good opportunity for learning about the gas compression industry. Opportunities for both domestic and foreign travel. Opportunities for changing jobs within the company including acquisitions.

    Cons

    Poor employer support in balancing between work life and personal life. Compensation levels might not be competitive. Stifling, wasteful bureaucracy.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Nepotism and the Dollar Rule Here

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Finance Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Dresser-Rand

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Benefits and Vacation Centralized location in Houston; Office bldg at Katy Frwy is old and badly in need of renovation.

    Cons

    Inability of company to meet announced deadline/changes within corporation No accountability for Project Management when not complying with company policies/procedures. No communication between management level and non-management employees; rumors rule. Poor training program and unnecessary repetitive non job-related computerized training. Employment/advancement/salary increases based on nepotism/politics especially at non-management levels, instead of employee contributions/accomplishments. Too many "chiefs" (or employees who think they are); management top-heavy, especially at mid-management level. Badly needed building repairs not made-safety issue. Painting over rusted stairwells does not solve the problem!

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees with the respect you demand for yourselves, regardless of employment level. Enforce accountability within SOX and company policies/procedures and eliminate the "good ol' boy" environment.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Pigeon Hole

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Dresser-Rand full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Ability to gain knowledge into Oil & Gas Equipment manufacturing industry

    Cons

    Career growth is terrible, this company would rather hire from the outside than promote within. Financial Management Acceleration Program is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Stop luring college grads into your organization, you are wasting the most valuable years of their career.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Dresser-Rand does not care about it's people or its customers, only its profits.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Union Machinist in Olean, NY
    Current Employee - Union Machinist in Olean, NY

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The money is good...that's about it. It is pathetic to know that you only work for the weekly paycheck.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. They have no clue as to what goes on each day. They spend (waste) a lot of time and energy trying to figure out new ways to screw over their employees and each other. If their customers knew what goes on, they would be out of business. The product quality has gone downhill. Cheaper materials, poor design, poor engineering, poor planning, foreign programmers who have no knowledge of machining. Wasted money on painting floors when there is no tooling. This place has all the "isms". Nepotism, favoritism, cronyism. If you don't "know" someone, forget it. They employ every union busting tactic in the book. Recently, that seems to be their main goal.

    Advice to Management

    Come out onto the shop floor once in a while so you can see how bad it really is. Implement a comprehensive training program for all new hires and utilize the probationary period to weed out those who aren't progressing. Eliminate the "minimum requirement" rules that close the door to many potential bidders on jobs. Stop trying to take away our pay and benefits to line your pockets.



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