Exterran Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
58 Reviews
3.4
58 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You don't realize how nice the work-life balance is at Exterran until you go somewhere else (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper Management, too many investment bankers making rash decisions (in 5 reviews)

  • New management made irrational decisions behind closed doors (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Generally, a good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Exterran (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees are generally high-quality and hard-working. Depending on your department, there may be room to grow. The company is now about seven years old and seems to be developing a more formal work culture.

    Cons

    Some financial instability in the past and cost cutting seemed to lead to lower earning potential. Since Brad Childers took the helm, there has been a perceived increase in the income gap between the officers and everyone else. Upper management seems to be more focused on increasing earnings and cutting costs in the past--a good thing--but the culture may have suffered somewhat because of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More sharing by employees between departments would be beneficial. In any large organization, information can get lost between people, but Exterran is especially fragmented.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I like this company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Document Control in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Document Control in Houston, TX

    I worked at Exterran as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relax, family environment, but they are still struggling to set their name in the oil & gas industry.

    Cons

    complicate internal structure. great promotion if you work here more than 10 yrs. Training is good more entry level, they take time to train you.

  3.  

    Not bad company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, dynamic work.

    Cons

    Dragging feet on technology upgrades, and IT management a little uneducated on current IT trends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire someone with a heavier background in the trenches of development.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company but Room for Improvement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intermediate Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intermediate Project Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Focused on safety; spends money on developing employees, and has different career paths available.

    Cons

    If you've been with the company for some time your salary isn't increased accordingly to market conditions. Hires too many people outside of the industry which creates problems with "PROVEN" ideas not working out as planned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This review is a bit old but it seemed that they could increase merits based on market conditions. There are also too many managers and not enough workers. Could look at reducing overhead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    High turnover rate, lack of support from upper//mid management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Projects Planner in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Projects Planner in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Exterran full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    salary and benefits, traveling, diversity and company culture. You have multiple opportunities to develop your career and getting exposed to high level managers from both the company and client sides

    Cons

    There is a high turnover rate on employees and high level executives, changes in hr policies, lack of support from upper/mid management, frequent layoffs due to restructuring and changes, remote management from executives based on the middle east

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    review long term strategic objectives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Exterran full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family oriented. Feels like a family. Someone is always willing to help.

    Cons

    You need to know your stuff if you want to make it here...other than that...I've got nothing to add.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Definitely a Learning Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 Exterran full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and fairly decent pay

    Cons

    Poor communication and undefined processes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Good company after the merger.

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

    I worked at Exterran as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good place to work. Upper management very accessible and cordial.

    Cons

    None while I was there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the Friday morning breakfast snacks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A good place to work. I have the opportunity to do make suggestions that are actually implemented.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 Exterran full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hard working employees that truly like their jobs and care about the company.

    Cons

    Projects could be managed better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company is headed in the right direction with the new CEO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience. Opportunities are endless if you have drive and ambition.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Organizational Development in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Organizational Development in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Huge potential to learn and expand. Pay and benefits are great.

    Cons

    The company is recovering from a difficult period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the new direction!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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