McDermott Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 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
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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 atmosphere to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Mechanical Engineer  in  Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Associate Mechanical Engineer in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I have been working at McDermott as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Value for ethics and safety and compensation.

    Cons

    The cut back on the benefits due to the economy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company experience but bad middle management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

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

    Pros

    Great company experience
    nice people, supportive in many ways
    the company's procedures, policies are under continuous improvement
    great development of employees

    Cons

    salaries are not enough since the life expenses increasing
    middle management fear for their positions
    more than 4 fifths of the company force come from one country
    racial forces work under the codes of ethics like work experience is supported on racial profiles
    employees don't have a say on the HR policies
    they can kick you out anytime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give employees more job safety with the salaries/contracts security/HR policies. ethics enforcement into the work area rather than marketing for ethics. direct the middle management when setting task-wise goals for each employee and commit to development

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Generally a good company to work for, but room for improvement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McDermott

    Pros

    Seem to have high employee retention rate in an itinerant industry (actions, words etc)
    Lots of emphasis on safety
    Have consistently let me pay my bills since I started with them 7 years ago (regular work)
    Slow but consistent investment in new equipment
    Investment in employees regarding sponsorship in training
    Fairly flexible work/leave rotation

    Cons

    Too much paperwork for everyone from coal face upwards, both for daily documentation and policy/procedure stuff
    Lots of compulsory in-house safety orientated courses, much repetition and sometimes not relevant
    No pay rise or bonus for a few years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the paper work. There is too much for anyone to read which results in cut/paste of the same spelling/procedure mistakes in subsequent documents.
    Reduce/combine the number of in-house courses
    Put the older management guys on an IT course!

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  5.  

    GOOD, HIGH ETHICAL VALUE COMPANY

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Document Control Manager  in  Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Document Control Manager in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Work hard and get better elevated role and responsibility

    Cons

    Working on other expenses, will get immediate termination... Working as Manager is not easy with McDermott as employees misuse the Ethical Values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I found employees, especially in India, women misuse the Ethic Code of Conduct to give hard time to supervisors..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, many opportunities available to explore and grow

    Cons

    None I can think of. Need more emphasis for training and job rotation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Point of view from an entry level employee in Singapore office

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

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

    Pros

    Senior employees are easily approachable and willing to guide and advise us. Opportunities are plentiful too if you are willing to seek for it.

    Cons

    Remunerations and compensations are definitely not close to the best in the industry, at least for an entry level employee. Haven't been in the company for long but already felt that motivation over here is not high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More can definitely be done to raise motivational levels and create a more fun environment to work in which can increase the quality of work. This can definitely help in the future, especially when the company is undergoing restructuring. A good foundation starting from the employees can help to achieve the company goals more easily.

  8.  

    rich

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer  in  Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

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

    Pros

    you learn from different departments in the company for three years as a graduate engineer along with workshops and trainings to enhance the experience.

    Cons

    i personally think three years is too long for a graduate program, and it benifts the company more than the individual. it is good if you're passionate about long term commitment in the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    need to catch up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer  in  VilliĆ©-Morgon (France)
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in VilliƩ-Morgon (France)

    I worked at McDermott as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's a big family. Everybody is close to each other.

    Cons

    It's far behind of other EPCI company. Need to catch up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Zero loyalty, high staff turnover, silo organisation, bogged down in procedure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Use this company to gain experience.
    Some great people to work with but unfortunately they are becoming fewer

    Cons

    Extremely silo oriented organisation with poor cross communication, one gets the feel staff are protecting their own departments and jobs rather than working for the greater good of the company. Heavy internal administration and procedures cause increases in schedules and costs but you are a good boy if you follow the procedure and not what is best for the jopb at hand.

    Recent poor project delivery, which seems to continue, various forays into markets they do not understand, boats, engineering and now lets see what happens to subsea.

    Absolutely no loyalty and will hire and fire at will. Tis has caused consternation amongst th eworkforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see my cons section...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    I've worked as a sub-contractor for McDermott globally since 1999

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

    I have been working at McDermott as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent training opportunities for employees coupled with stringent safety policies.

    Cons

    Often demanding and difficult procedures stand in the way of progress. Jobs are taking far too much time to complete than they should and obviously more costly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Looking in from a supplier point of view, I find that internal administrative procedures take far too much time particularly in procurement. Often jobs are delayed or cancelled altogether because someone somewhere failed to hit a button on the your computerised system. I have experienced lack of necessary communication between individuals and departments. I could be wrong but it appears to me that employees are more concerned with their job security rather than the good and benefit of the company. The old adage "too many cooks spoil the broth" also comes to mind. Give the authority to purchase back to those that need the product or service, don't leave it to someone in the procurement department to hold things up, they do not understand the real issues and fail to meet deadlines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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