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Oceaneering Canada Limited

Offshore (Former Employee) St. John's, NL (Canada)

ProsThe only ROV company on the East Coast of Canda so if ROVing from a homebase is what you want then you dont have much choice.
The rates are between $300 and $800 CAD offshore rate plus benifits, good compared to the GOM pay, but not as good as elsewhere in the world.
The offshore guys and the office staff are really good to deal with and work with.
There are a few good companies to work for that provide training Fugro, Subsea 7 to name a couple, Oceaneering is also pretty good with the training, they do need to catch up with their own technology a bit - much of the new systems are not covered that well in the training - but it is still good.
A good choice of company if you want to work local to Canada, and use it as a stepping stone to get to another company or work internationally.

ConsOceaneering Canada Limited is not a Canadian company does not pay any Canadian taxes, your decision depends on whether you are a patriotic Canadian or not?
No one seems to be sent on the ROV courses in Morgan city from Canada, no wonder there is always a big learning curve trying to learn everything on the job. Most companies will send you on a manufactures course - ask when applying.
You are classed as an employee but you are actually more like a contractor because you only get paid for what you do, unlike other ROV companies (including the one i work for now) as an employee, you get a salary and offshore uplift. So no work = no pay, so you have to leave the company to go and work for someone else.
Time off between jobs in not respected, when you are on your time off and the phone rings there is always that sinking heart feeling, this is because they do not have enough employees to cover all the work all the time. They can be pretty pushy and threatening when you say no to extra work.
They do not pay double day rate after 180 days like most other companies, but do pay $150 a day on top after anything more than 100 days in each 6 month period - I.E they only give uplift after an average of 200 days a year and it is only $150. So you will have to put in the extra 20 days before any uplift at all.
Only senior management gets given shares every year, not open to lower employees.
Many offshore employees don’t like working for OCL it is just they are the only company in town and they want to work locally, if another company moved in and won contracts then the vast majority would move over - they see it as a change of overalls with a probable pay rise. Most offshore employees have their resumes out with other companies waiting for this opportunity.

Advice to Senior ManagementOceaneering is a large international company, stop thinking and working like a Mom and pop company. Allow HR to do their job and not have to report everything to operations, no one is going to come forward with complaints if that happens - why because operations never do anything about a complaint, just talk around in circles, the only thing that happens is the complainer get ostracized by the people they complained about, When personnel do leave the company, management should not conduct the exit interviews you will never hear the truth, if Oceaneering parent company is concerned why people are leaving then hold some anonymous interviews with HR, you will probably stand a better chance of hearing the truth. I am sure peopel who have left over the past year would be prepared to talk to HR, but not managment - Newfoundland is a small community. The Parent company should monitor local management more, and talk to the employees and not on leap courses - last time someone complained about management on a leap course there was a hunt on to find out who complained within 24 hours - hence no one has spoken their mind since.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Its good company for work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Oceaneering International full-time for more than a year


    Pros: Work Culture is Good. You can work without pressure. Cons: Management is not strong. Some problems are there Advice to Senior Management: No advice from me for Management. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Excellent Company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Oceaneering International full-time for more than 10 years


    Pros: Positive challenging environment, growth opportunities, great safety culture Cons: long hours, need better processes Advice to Senior Management: none Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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