Dresser-Rand Reviews

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Dresser-Rand President, CEO, and Director Vince Volpe Jr.
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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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  1. Regrets - 1980's Big Business Mentality (Go Somewhere Progressive!)

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    • 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
  2. Just OK to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Pune (India)

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good exposure to different product lines. Good learning experience.

    Cons

    Poor work load distribution and forecast. Some teams are over over loaded, while others are just sitting idle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management...need to spend more on employee salaries. No promotions on personal relations please check the capability of individual.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. poor management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Olean, NY
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Olean, NY

    I worked at Dresser-Rand

    Pros

    people are there to help you

    Cons

    no values, they are all for there self

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they need to re-tool there manadement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. There is a cast system within the company

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Olean, NY
    Former Contractor - 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
  6. Needs Help

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    New Equipment is a corrupt organization!

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    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful

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

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    • 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 a 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Good name on outside, Terrible work environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 a 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
  10. 4 people found this helpful

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

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    • 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 a 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
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Serious Issues in Finance, Accounting, and Internal Audit

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    • 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 a 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

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