Oceaneering International

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Oceaneering International Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
91 Reviews
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Oceaneering International President and CEO M. Kevin McEvoy
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great company and very great people to work with (in 7 reviews)

  • Good pay - some good people that work there (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours hard to balance life and work (in 5 reviews)

  • Company suffers from poor management in some key positions (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Run from this company!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    steady work or so they say

    Cons

    Oceaneering does not pay fair salaries compared to other companies' salaries. Expected to work overtime everyday. Paid sick days, but frowned upon if you use them. Layoffs are witch hunts to get rid of those that don't fit in the many cliques. Horrible managers that don't pay attention to you until they decide to get rid of you.

    NO CAREER PATHS!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to manage PEOPLE!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Where the Inexperienced Excel and Experienced Go No Where

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    Former Employee - Material Coordinator in Morgan City, LA
    Former Employee - Material Coordinator in Morgan City, LA

    I worked at Oceaneering International as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work and money to make a living

    Cons

    Too many "still wet behind the ears" people with bigger positions than they're qualified for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring mainly women right out of school then giving them high positions just for your own eye candy. It's an age old known fact about Oceaneering. I'm not saying that anyone should and could perform a job but it's very strange that young and attractive girls, with very little to no experience are promoted quickly while the less attractive aren't given such opportunities or equal salaries. All it takes is one look to see that looks and skirt lengths are the key factors to achievement there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very Poor, No Growth, No career advancement, cheap management

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Oceaneering International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to spend time without doing anything

    Cons

    Management is inexperienced, they don't know how to manage skills. Worst of all, to save the blame they fire people. I have seen more then a dozen people who were walked out from the gate. Very political environment. You don't need to be talented or educated to be a senior, but you should know how to butter people. Its one of the worst places I have ever worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pl educate yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cool products, but not a good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oceaneering International

    Pros

    Interesting products. Seemingly good reputation with customers.

    Cons

    Low morale, painfully poor communication within the organization, culture of keeping employees as contractors rather than bringing people on full-time, inconsistent treatment of one employee vs. another (poor or non-existent HR protocols), departments do not work together as a team, but instead work against each other, culture of HUGE egos that get in the way of productivity, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team-building training maybe? All I can say is that many of the problems seem to come from the top.

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

    coordinator

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Oceaneering International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    the co had great clients and a surprisingly good reputation despite they were never on time and had to constantly fix mistakes they made in the oilfield build

    Cons

    Low morale and no support or camaraderie with colleagues.Tough to get things done and keep a positive attitude among so many unhappy peers. Management dictated with fear and infighting. The worst place I ever worked.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company in USA but Very Poor in India

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Functional in Chandigarh (India)
    Former Employee - Functional in Chandigarh (India)

    I worked at Oceaneering International full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Great and Knowledgeable Peers, Flexibility in Work, Less Work Tensions

    Cons

    Very Poor I would say Almost NO Ethics in India, Poor Management, High Levels of Corruption in Recruitment and Procurement, Lots of Internal Politics of Localities (Chandigarh), Whole Company run by few unethical Individuals who takes decisions according to their will and wish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp Your Indian Management Team, Otherwise its gonna be another Satyam in Very Few Years which would affect your Firm at an International Level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    ROV Tech

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oceaneering International full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Money is great when you are allowed to work

    Cons

    You only get to work if they allow you to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hired people if you can't work them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Rov Supervisor worked for Eight years and two month for oceaneering India

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    Former Employee - ROV Supervisor in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - ROV Supervisor in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Oceaneering International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Got good exposer to Rov operations

    Cons

    Compensation & Benefits are neglected in oceaneering India,Treated badly even if you are at senior level specially in india , No transparency in polices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People leave managers not company.It is true as i left oceaneering because of poor Managers ethics.Management should talk to its employees those have work so long for the company and left for petty reason like above.

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

    Oceaneering Canada

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ROV Supervisor in St. John's, NL (Canada)
    Former Employee - ROV Supervisor in St. John's, NL (Canada)

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

    Pros

    They were the only "ROV gig in town", so you had no choice. Pay is not bad $700 a day for Supervisor and Medical, Retirement plan and bonuses.

    Cons

    Personnel are leaving - approximately 30 this year alone- why, not for money because many have moved to other for the same and in many cases less money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management of Oceaneering International, take a closer look at Canada - There are reasons why people are leaving, it is not the pay or conditions. Ask to speak to some of the employees who have already left over the past couple of years, i am sure they will tell you now they are free - pick the names yourself!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Oceaneering Canada Limited

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Offshore in St. John's, NL (Canada)
    Former Employee - Offshore in St. John's, NL (Canada)

    I worked at Oceaneering International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only ROV company on the East Coast of Canda so if ROVing from a homebase is what you want then you dont have much choice.
    The rates are between $300 and $800 CAD offshore rate plus benifits, good compared to the GOM pay, but not as good as elsewhere in the world.
    The offshore guys and the office staff are really good to deal with and work with.
    There are a few good companies to work for that provide training Fugro, Subsea 7 to name a couple, Oceaneering is also pretty good with the training, they do need to catch up with their own technology a bit - much of the new systems are not covered that well in the training - but it is still good.
    A good choice of company if you want to work local to Canada, and use it as a stepping stone to get to another company or work internationally.

    Cons

    Oceaneering Canada Limited is not a Canadian company does not pay any Canadian taxes, your decision depends on whether you are a patriotic Canadian or not?
    No one seems to be sent on the ROV courses in Morgan city from Canada, no wonder there is always a big learning curve trying to learn everything on the job. Most companies will send you on a manufactures course - ask when applying.
    You are classed as an employee but you are actually more like a contractor because you only get paid for what you do, unlike other ROV companies (including the one i work for now) as an employee, you get a salary and offshore uplift. So no work = no pay, so you have to leave the company to go and work for someone else.
    Time off between jobs in not respected, when you are on your time off and the phone rings there is always that sinking heart feeling, this is because they do not have enough employees to cover all the work all the time. They can be pretty pushy and threatening when you say no to extra work.
    They do not pay double day rate after 180 days like most other companies, but do pay $150 a day on top after anything more than 100 days in each 6 month period - I.E they only give uplift after an average of 200 days a year and it is only $150. So you will have to put in the extra 20 days before any uplift at all.
    Only senior management gets given shares every year, not open to lower employees.
    Many offshore employees don’t like working for OCL it is just they are the only company in town and they want to work locally, if another company moved in and won contracts then the vast majority would move over - they see it as a change of overalls with a probable pay rise. Most offshore employees have their resumes out with other companies waiting for this opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Oceaneering is a large international company, stop thinking and working like a Mom and pop company. Allow HR to do their job and not have to report everything to operations, no one is going to come forward with complaints if that happens - why because operations never do anything about a complaint, just talk around in circles, the only thing that happens is the complainer get ostracized by the people they complained about, When personnel do leave the company, management should not conduct the exit interviews you will never hear the truth, if Oceaneering parent company is concerned why people are leaving then hold some anonymous interviews with HR, you will probably stand a better chance of hearing the truth. I am sure peopel who have left over the past year would be prepared to talk to HR, but not managment - Newfoundland is a small community. The Parent company should monitor local management more, and talk to the employees and not on leap courses - last time someone complained about management on a leap course there was a hunt on to find out who complained within 24 hours - hence no one has spoken their mind since.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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