McDermott Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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McDermott CEO David Dickson
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Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule, friendly people (in 3 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Some of the worst upper management I have seen - way to political for my taste, not enough clear direction (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Multiple Region Review

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    Current Employee - White Collar in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - White Collar in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at McDermott (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - McDermott has always been a family company. You will always feel welcome and respected when you put hard work in by your peers and your management. - Higher pay when compared to industry competition (outside of the US). - Experienced and helpful peers. - Best training ground for the offshore industry. If you work for MDR you can work for anybody. - Put the work in and you will advance

    Cons

    - A new era has started to remain competitive within the industry, this has started removing by removing perks . Although it is felt as necessary, the root cause for the overruns is poor execution, not in perks. They are merely giving themselves more room for error. - For joiners in the UK; A poorly executed foray into the NSA market run by ex-cronies hired by the new CEO. Zero delivery in project awards in 2 years sees promotions for senior management instead of replacements. Oh, and a 50% reduction in personnel. Blaming the tools. - For joiners to the Middle East division; the poorest HR communication seen in the industry. It borders exploitation and legal boundaries for the majority of workers. HR practices a don't ask and definitely don't tell policy, where if an employee doesn't ask about a perk they are entitled to legally or contractually, they will definitely not get it. The area is a dream for management and a nightmare for employees. - For joiners in Asia; as with point one, perk removals and silos exist. - For joiners in the US; low pay coupled with a loss making decade (public information). Work will be affected by micro (executive) managers.

    Advice to Management

    - Dig into internal procedures. Audit, Audit, Audit. - Review HR practices in Middle East - take an employee opinion survey and be surprised. - Hire people with the right contacts in the regions you are trying to break into - not your mates.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Has potential

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McDermott full-time

    Pros

    Becoming more profitable and more attractive to investors. Opportunity for new people to join as company reorganizes.

    Cons

    Must be willing to do much more with less. Lots of great people with years of experience walked out because they were not part of the new GE regime.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that when you outsource you typically lose quality, knowledge, loyalty, and passion. How sustainable is that model and what have you become as a company. Can you look at yourself in the mirror and be proud of your choices?


  3. I had become so stressed out working with the coordinator that I was no longer able to rest at night and actually hated.

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    Former Employee - Counselor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Counselor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McDermott full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You will have an income and will not have to worry about being paid. I have also become an victim of their office politics

    Cons

    They are so unfair and unfair to the employee and will walk out in a heartbeat with justification

    Advice to Management

    Do your own investigations to find out why everyone is attempting to leave and no one wants to work there any longer.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Wait for a while

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McDermott full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is a long history of good people with a company that started as a family business in Louisiana which later went public.

    Cons

    Share prices have dropped to near penny-stock values. There are no pay raises or bonuses. There have been too many teams of executive management in too short of a time. Layoffs are still happening. Austerity measures for everyone but the C-Suite executives.

    Advice to Management

    Take some of your own medicine and try flying coach class for a while, limiting your meal expenses to less than triple digit values, take a subway instead of a private driver, quit remodeling your offices while you lay off people, and quit paying for a Starbucks service for the C-suite and return the rest of the company back to a service that they actually drink.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    For once, think before you make a decision.


  7. Helpful (4)

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

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Terrible

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott full-time (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.


  9. Incompetent engineering section

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxing working environment. Good salary and benefit.

    Cons

    Incompetent engineer, management doesn't know how to use the right people, some people seat in the high position just because they look to be experienced. Happy to get escaped.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out the right strategy to develop.


  10. Poorly managed Good company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at McDermott full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Small Efficient ( once) Full service Several industry firsts

    Cons

    Too small to handle major projects Incompetent leadership team Lost lots of good professionals 4 years of poor performance

    Advice to Management

    Be sincere and protect company's interest and not simply line your pockets


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company...until company split

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules...9/80 schedule...work/life balance usually

    Cons

    Unfair bonus practices and pay for performance is a joke

    Advice to Management

    Focus on lower level employees...they matter too.



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