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McDermott Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
67 Reviews
3.1
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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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  1.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    McDermott breeds loyalty and there are some wonderful people that work here. Pay is at or above market and they provide opportunities to work abroad.

    Cons

    It's a project-oriented company, so when projects are up, things are great. When projects slow down, well, things are not so great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good learning experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at McDermott as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Location - Energy Corridor best area of town. Going through restructuring, but should come through okay. Employs various cultures, very friendly.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Management could work harder to unify the groups. Need more team building.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a nice company to work for hard work and dedication.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at McDermott full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    My co-workers were very nice

    Cons

    Benefits has been reduced. Bonus's are non existent unless you're upper manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management only care about themselves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I have been under utilized for my experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Designer Subsea in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Designer Subsea in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    I would like to be utilized to the maximum of my capabilities. I would enjoy having meaningful and challenging work to look forward to on a daily basis. I can bring multiple years of experience to the organization.

    Cons

    I do not forsee any challenges with the exception of not being able to travel or go offshore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am well versed in the offshore industry from installation companies to engineering firms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an 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
  7.  

    Poor Management & Leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  8. 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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

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

    I worked at McDermott full-time (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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at McDermott full-time (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

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