Dresser-Rand

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Dresser-Rand Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
81 Reviews
3.5
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Dresser-Rand President, CEO, and Director Vince Volpe Jr.
Vince Volpe Jr.
52 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)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No real engineering since it has all been done before.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dresser-Rand

    Pros

    Lots 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.

    Cons

    It 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Summer Engineering Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Summer Engineering Intern  in  Olean, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Engineering Intern in Olean, NY

    I worked at Dresser-Rand as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    I 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.

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good name on outside, Terrible work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand for 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
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Olean, NY
    Current Employee - Accountant in Olean, NY

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand full-time for 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Serious Issues in Finance, Accounting, and Internal Audit

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    • 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 for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Demanding, yet very satisfying.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Millwright  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Millwright in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Pay, better people. Money is good depending on the hours you work. The people that work here are second to none. Most are always willing to show you how to do a specific task properly.

    Cons

    Extended periods of time away from home. Weeks, months and sometimes several months away can give the family left at home a sense of detachment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On jobs that will be 30 days or longer, offer to fly a spouse or loved one out to the location. This would boost moral on extended stays away from them and may even save a marriage or two.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Moving Nowhere

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Olean, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Olean, NY

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people that you work with, are great people

    Cons

    You don't get anywhere, even with promises. Dresser paid for me to get my Bachelor's degree, and I'm still at an entry level position, as an Administrative Assistant I.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Decent place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Milling Machine Operator  in  Olean, NY
    Current Employee - Milling Machine Operator in Olean, NY

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

    Pros

    Good money, good group of guys to work with.

    Cons

    Outsourcing, two tier pay scale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more up to date machines and tooling

  11.  

    Typical US Public Company, some great things, some you wish you could change

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Olean, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Olean, NY

    I have been working at Dresser-Rand full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Exciting work, military contracts have added stability. More than fair in compensation in a region where there are not many options

    Cons

    Painfully low rate of reinvestment. Almost no progressive capital investing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy that is simple and direct. Commit and invest. Quit doing the rest and stop trying to do everything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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