McDermott Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
62 Reviews

3.3
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McDermott President, CEO, and Director; President and CEO, J. Ray McDermott, S.A. Stephen M. (Steve) Johnson
Stephen M. (Steve) Johnson
24 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay, nice people to work with (in 3 reviews)

  • Some great people to work with but unfortunately they are becoming fewer (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Bonus's are non existent unless you're upper management (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to start

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Structural Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Structural Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, friendly people

    Cons

    always playing "catch-up" with the tier one companies such as Technip and Subsea7

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add a budget for team building exercises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Poor Management & Leadership

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

    I have been working at McDermott

    Pros

    Average Benefits, Different Benefits for Directors and above

    Cons

    Poor Management & Leadership, Low Moral Across Entire Company, Lack of Appreciation show to workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some leadership and hire management that have basic management skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Has-been" company, management has already run company into ground, a matter of time before they close their doors.

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at McDermott full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers, lower management/ non management people level mostly helpful. People there for 25+ years (mostly all laid off now) were a HUGE resource.

    Cons

    No work. Barely any at all in Houston office. Lots of people on overhead. Subsea jobs abysmal, vessels are non competitive when compared to others in industry.

    They have laid off most of their experienced engineers. Lay off your senior management/HR managment first, not these guys that have been loyal to you 25-30 years. LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES, especially the loyal ones

    Current employees should get out before its too late....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For once, think before you make a decision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Management

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

    I worked at McDermott full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My manager was awesome. Enjoyed working for him. Work was challenging

    Cons

    Brought in new C-level management and changed things. Last I heard, they took away the yearly bonuses and no merit raises for the 1st time were given out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open and communicate with your teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    In the world of engineering, seemed like a pretty fair employer. Have to weather the ups and downs of business cycles.

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    Former Employee - Legal Department  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Department in Houston, TX

    I worked at McDermott full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people I worked with were all good, the working hours decent, and expectations reasonable while allowing for new challenges. Pay was fair.

    Cons

    Location only convenient at HQ if you live in west part of Houston. Traffic all around the area petty heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to offering new opportunities to current employees before laying off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lower-level employees were great, upper management not so much (Post-Deason)

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

    I worked at McDermott full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    McDermott was a pretty nice place to work back when Deason was the CEO. Most people were friendly and pay was competitive. Benefits were pretty good. All that has changed now, and it is not just because of the recession.

    Cons

    After Deason left upper level management (Executives, VPs, HR managers) viewed engineers as simply warm bodies that could be hired and let go at any time with no consequences to productivity. It actually felt like they even had feelings of contempt for them. They had no clue how engineering worked or how to be profitable. They would make radical changes simply to copy what others in the industry were doing with no thought as to why. They seemed to get caught in a cycle of "we cannot get good jobs because we don't have enough decent people. We don't have money for our staff because we don't have good jobs and therefore we will lay off a bunch of people. Repeat."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck to the new CEO - he'll need it. He really just needs to clean house and get rid of the current upper management/VPs/HR managers that came in with Johnson. Their policies and attitudes are toxic to the company and productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Fulfilling, but short. They closed down before I could reap the full benefits.

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Amelia, LA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Amelia, LA

    I worked at McDermott full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Tight, family-oriented atmosphere with lots of room to grow!

    Cons

    Fast pace and lots of meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember where you came from.....dint forget about the people that helped you get where you are today.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Terrible

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Electrical Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at McDermott full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours, they don't care about workers. You can be called any time of day/night.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Once a vibrant place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at McDermott as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Sound Conventional Oil and Gas construction & engineering. Good clients to work with

    Cons

    Not aggressive for bidding on new work. Change in direction left many out of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people you entrust with day-to-day operations

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Downhill Quickly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    McDermott used to be a great place to work. They treated the employees very good and people wanted to work hard, they took pride in working for this company.

    Cons

    Benefits have been reduced. Bonus's are non existent unless you're upper management. Management doesn't listen to the engineers that do the work, causing much waste. Turnover is getting extremely high. Upper management only cares about themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try listening to the workers more. Also by not offering better benefits your losing the cream of the crop. Which will drive McDermott into the ground eventually.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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