Dresser-Rand

  www.dresser-rand.com
  www.dresser-rand.com

Dresser-Rand Reviews

Updated October 4, 2014
Updated October 4, 2014
82 Reviews
3.5
82 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Dresser-Rand President, CEO, and Director Vince Volpe Jr.
Vince Volpe Jr.
53 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Company provides a good work environment (in 3 reviews)


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

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

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    There is a cast system within the company

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

    I worked at Dresser-Rand as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some good people who want to perform at their job

    Cons

    Upper management misrepresent their qualifications and take credit for those who really deserve it. Accounting procedures are not followed. Too many peacocks running the show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your friends and hire real engineers and MBAs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Needs Help

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

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are very nice and helpful.

    Cons

    Management : non working finger pointing slugs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the V.P.'s : Look closely at the yes men under you there are quite a few who will throw you under the bus if they can.

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

    New Equipment is a corrupt organization!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - New Equipment in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - New Equipment in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    You will meet some of the best people you will ever work with, and make life long friendships with some people.

    Cons

    Management and HR are terrible; there is no loyalty or appreciation in this organization! They are incapable of running a great team that has so much potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at your management team, specifically the newly promoted VPs. There is a reason there is a high turnover rate and so many people will leave to competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    From settled mid-career contentment to career-ending chaos.

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

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fine for entry level experience, but evaluate your choices carefully
    Vacation Buy
    401k employer contributions are generous

    Cons

    Autocratic, dated management style with none of the good of paternalism

    No incentive plan for employees below management level

    Work-life balance blatantly different by department and even within departments- highly paid people leaving at 4:PM every day when lower-paid exempt staff stay on many hours later

    No non-vacation leave policy

    Immediate management is very self-serving, in GFSS run by dictator

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create fair compensation plans for everyone, not just management
    Stop favoritism and executive self-entitlement particularly at corporate level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good name on outside, Terrible work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand (more than an year)

    Pros

    Only few people willing to truly help you get adjusted.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people that are qualified for the positions not those who are threatened by those who do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Restructure. 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.

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

    Serious Issues in Finance, Accounting, and Internal Audit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance, Accounting, and Internal Audit in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Finance, Accounting, and Internal Audit in Houston, TX

    I worked at Dresser-Rand full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Dresser-Rand

    Pros

    Co-workers are nice as they are people.

    Cons

    treat 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pigeon Hole

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

    I worked at Dresser-Rand full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Work at Dresser-Rand? Share Your Experiences

Dresser-Rand

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.