Hercules Offshore Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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Hercules Offshore President, CEO, and Director John T. Rynd
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  1. Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    get promoted very quickly offshore

    Cons

    pay is not very good


  2. Short

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior QHSE Manager in Lake Charles, LA
    Former Employee - Senior QHSE Manager in Lake Charles, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hercules Offshore full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, heathly approach to safety, and the environment

    Cons

    Offshore environment, old rigs, no internet service

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  3. Good Culture, Not Financially Stable

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hercules Offshore full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture is good in comparison to Big Four and people are willing to help. Top Execs are approachable. Lots of opportunity to learn for a staff position. When the market is good the Company gives various gifts/prizes/raffles: coolers, mugs, gift cards, kits, gym bags, bags, etc. They also have company events to keep up morale like employee appreciation day (stuff your face with Mexican food till youre in a comma), Christmas party (during lunch and they raffled away electronics, gift cards, etc), company family picnic party (more gifts), Town-hall meetings and free pizza afterwards, etc. four weeks PTO.

    Cons

    Not financially stable. Filed for bankruptcy. Lay offs. Financial reporting department leaned out with no plan to replace people. Lots of overtime. No raises and bonuses were meager. Managers are good managers but under conditions stressed and its hard to plan PTO in advanced. Work plenty of OT during busy periods and some month close and get no compensation yet see other departments have minor lay offs and leave after completing 40 hrs/week. Sometimes you can expect OT other times managers fail to warn you till its apprx 4 pm and then you find yourself stuck at the office till 8pm (if you're lucky) and no dinner. Don't expect a meal on the company's dime for 10+hrs of daywork in this bad market.

    Advice to Management

    I liked this company until the market went south and things started falling apart. My advice is hire a better marketing/contracts group! When things were good the company had issues getting contracts for major rigs. Now that things aren't good the company is hurting worse. Also, dont take on so much debt!!! Monitor positions because some employees work more OT than others yet you lay off people in the department that already works lots of OT.


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  5. Good job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broussard, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broussard, LA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, great benifits, good vacation

    Cons

    bad management, long hours, and 24/7 on call

    Advice to Management

    Look into who is in charge of each department and make sure they are right for the job and offer more opportunity for advancement.


  6. Upgrade

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mate in New Iberia, LA
    Former Employee - Mate in New Iberia, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hercules Offshore full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hercules at least will not make high demands before expecting a full commitment on writing JSA's, Work Permits, Crane Inspections and other forms of documentation.

    Cons

    A lot of special treatment for certain personnel. They don't train well on the job.

    Advice to Management

    At least give the mates some experience that is not job related before expecting them to break out.


  7. Liftboat Division

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Deck Hand in New Iberia, LA
    Former Employee - Deck Hand in New Iberia, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady work, good benefits. Company worked with you for the most part when you needed them.

    Cons

    Liftboat division carried drilling division but still got less perks. Sold liftboat division. didn't care about employees as much as they made it seem.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of higher ups taking all the money and not doing anything productive with it


  8. Bust butt for 12 hrs no breaks

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I work with a good crew

    Cons

    Pay and out dated rigs

    Advice to Management

    Update and increase pay to other drilling companies wages


  9. Love it!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I love the company, no complaints.

    Cons

    Needs new management, to revamp it as it goes through tough times.


  10. Overall Ok

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hercules Offshore full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Pay, off at 11:30 every Friday

    Cons

    Micro-Managers, No reimbursement for school, No stock purchase option

    Advice to Management

    Overall great work. Some of you need to stop micromanaging your departments.


  11. If you want to move up there's always room for someone who's ready to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hercules Offshore full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There's a rotation schedule 14 days on and 14 days off so on your time off the quality of the time off is really nice if you don't mind being away for the other 14. Over half of the time you work is OT. If you want to make a little more just stay out on the rig a little longer. Good start to getting your foot in the door offshore.

    Cons

    If you don't like manual labor or working outdoors you won't like it. Lacking in training and development for rig personnel. No travel per diem so what you spend on driving out to the dock is out of pocket.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a better training and development program for employees, with a culture that clearly encourages a lot of advancement.



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