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McDermott Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
73 Reviews
3.1
73 Reviews
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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
26 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 Management

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Amelia, LA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Amelia, LA

    I worked at McDermott full-time (more than an 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
  6.  

    Terrible

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

    I worked at McDermott full-time (more than an 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
  7.  

    Once a vibrant place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at McDermott as a contractor (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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 (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
  9.  

    Great opportunitys if the management can get their act together

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful employees, great knowledge base for those who want to get industry experience

    Cons

    Some of the worst upper management I have seen - way to political for my taste, not enough clear direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a plan and stick with it - encourage your staff to do their job instead of being afraid to loose it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good people bad management

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

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

    Pros

    Some fantastic people to work with.

    Cons

    Executive level decisions have crippling effects on production

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean House

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at McDermott in the many positions I held taught me how to be versitile and multi task.

    Current Employee - Logistics and Trade Compliance Specialist in Morgan City, LA
    Current Employee - Logistics and Trade Compliance Specialist in Morgan City, LA

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

    Pros

    I was able to work flexible hours and learned many different job duties in my 23 years of services.

    Cons

    Decisions are sometimes made without input from experienced and knowledgable employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit hiring and trusting the word of an outsider. Go to the actual workers for their advise and opinions and react on their ideas or comments not someone who hasn't worked for the company longer than 15 years.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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