Layne Christensen

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Layne Christensen Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
27 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Dream Subject of an MBA Student Writing A Thesis

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Kansas City, KS

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

    Pros

    The culture. Met some great folks during my (short) time with the company. They truly cared about the legacy and future of this enterprise. Close-knit relationships were the norm. I saw loyalty in bunches, which was displayed in the number of folks who packed it in and took a chance in a new market.

    Cons

    As a Consultant, I've worked in many industries, for many employers, in many regions of the country, so I have a unique perspective.

    A few points:
    1) I've never interacted with more unqualified Middle Managers in Corporate Ops. And many were completely disengaged.
    2) The move to Houston was completely unnecessary, a huge risk of capital, and robbed a KC-based company that had been around for 100+ years of its unique identity.
    3) Communication- a nightmare. At times, I got the feeling that nobody knew who was steering the ship, what the needs of the crew were, etc.
    4) A lot of outdated systems (IT infrastructure).
    5) Executive hires with strong resumes, but interpersonal relationship-building/leadership skills that were lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take your workers for granted. Give them the tools they need to succeed. And although it is an impossibility, go back to early 2013 and don't move.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A rough and rocky road.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Layne Christensen full-time

    Pros

    A very long and interesting history. Some amazing people in the operations around the world that have been tremendously loyal.

    Cons

    A board of elitists trying run a company from a tower where they like to reinforce their own view. Systems are a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employees are what make a company successful. You have some very talented, loyal, and understanding ones all over the world. Stop trying to manage them with ivy league, elitist, MBA graduates who don't know what the people in the field do. We have gone years without pay increases, taken unpaid furlough days, and had benefits cut. What has the board done to take responsibility for the decisions made resulting in our current situation?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    SMH

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX

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

    Pros

    There really aren't any. There are some good people who have been beat down by the company.

    Cons

    They don't care about their employees and show it with lack of communication and consent negative changes. Upper management can't make obvious and simple decisions. The HR department needs to act like and HR department and start truly standing up for employees. HR is very incompetent and show a lot of favoritism. If you aren't in the buddy system you aren't moving up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't give advice to management that shouldn't be in management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst Company Ever

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company has provided a valuable service to rural communities and businesses. Field crews work hard to stay safe and generate revenue.

    Cons

    Current managers are inexperienced, disengaged from reality, disinterested and deeply rooted in "the good old boys" network. Those managers that rose through the ranks are protected by their "buddies" and do not need to comply with company policy and procedures. The only constant within the organization is inconsistency. Any hourly employee that would require assistance from the HR department would be better served by submitting their immediate resignation as the employee would be forced into a very unpleasant experience!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Until new blood is infused into this company it will continue to rot away and hemorrhage financially

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Leadership, No End in Sight

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Layne Christensen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great operational folks and a few corporate employees who have been with Layne prior to the HQ move to Houston and are (or were) loyal, dedicated and motivated. People who believed in the company and took a leap of faith with them...However, their numbers are falling fast.

    Their products and services could make them an industry leader; if only anybody had the slightest idea how to manage their people and run the business.

    Cons

    Executive Leadership and the Board is a joke. There is NO leadership, save for one long standing operations SVP who truly embodies the little good that is left at Layne. And it cascades down the organization: Directors and VPs in Corporate & Operations alike are up there based on old friendships and have zero skills to back up their titles. Once set, they are secure in their positions because the nonexistent leadership is too weak to trim the fat and cut out lazy, unmotivated and non-performing employees.

    The horrible leadership, lack of vision and refusal to clean house has led to a mass departure of many of their key operational employees, as well as some of the long standing corporate employees who were the best people to work with in HR, Legal, Tax and IT.

    They recently lost their head of HR, which is a big win for the company, and are also on the hunt for a new CEO and CFO - all of the previous incumbents were self-serving and two-faced in a pathetically obvious way. If the Board knows what's good for the company, they will take advantage of this opportunity to go ahead and clean out the remainder of the executive team and start fresh with completely different leadership styles, visions, attitudes, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your employees first. They are your biggest asset. That's all there is to it. Find a CEO and CHRO who CARE about the employees - unlike the former exec team - and once your workforce is engaged and recommitted to a leadership team they believe cares about them, they will work harder than ever to turn around the operational struggles and bring Layne back to prosperity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wow, what a dramtic turn around by new CEO

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Layne Christensen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Layne recently relocated the corporate office from Kansas City to Houston. In Houston they made a quick hire for CFO. He was actually the third choice. He brought in a new team of people who knew nothing about construction and almost bankrupted the company. The old CEO did not have the nerve to fire him so the board replaced the CEO and the new CEO promptly fired the CFO. The attitude and profitability across the company has improved dramatically in the last couple months.

    Cons

    Still have some work to do in flushing out the old CFO’s dead weight that was hired, but management is making progress (and firing dead wood) every week!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Layne has a long history and 4,000 great people in operations. Management needs to finish the cleaning job at corporate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    No sustainable plan for the future - losses year after year

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Staff in Houston, TX

    I worked at Layne Christensen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some great employees working for Layne. Inliner and Energy division are true winners. It is a shame they have the rest of the company dragging them down. Employee level talent in all divisions is good. A lot of talent at the field level.

    Cons

    Just look at the published financials. No company can have losses year after year and survive. Leadership has accepted this performance for years. Cash flow is an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some leadership in that can make the hard decisions. Clean house. Executives should be judged by company performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Layne

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with

    Cons

    no accountability, poor upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not the same. Different now.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Layne Christensen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good group of employees. No training programs.

    Cons

    Less than average benefits. No flexibility. Employees aren't number 1.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of HQ management is disconnected with employees. Says one thing, does another. Good we still have operations management team to keep it real.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    No cohesive plan forward

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Engineer in Quakertown, PA
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Engineer in Quakertown, PA

    I worked at Layne Christensen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Talented workers & engineers, solid technology

    Cons

    Management can't find a direction to go in

    Disapproves of CEO

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