Petrobras America Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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  1. Fantastic organization to work for!

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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 Petrobras America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Environment is very friendly and open. Great benefits that are among the best in the industry. High degree of talent here, many employees have over 20 years of industry experience.

    Cons

    Flat organization with little career path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great place to park your career

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

    I have been working at Petrobras America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Job security, great health benefits, friendly coworkers, good 401k program (6%), good bonuses, flexible hours and relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    No career plan. No training provided. No chance of advancement. Salaries are below market average. From HR to Procurement every process is slow in the company. Hiring Someone or to sign a contract takes from 3 to 6 months, unless upper management request which then it is done within days. The upper management is all expats from Brazil which prioritize good relations with Brazil above any thought of career plan for the US employees, after all their career will continue in Brazil not here. Training budget was reduced this year even though the company is apparently breaking production records. Every year an environment/employee survey is sent out but it is a joke, no matter how much is complained nothing changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1)Reduce Procurement bureaucracy
    2)Optimize HR processes (make sure it is efficient all the time not only when the managers request, stop sweeping requests and complaints under the rug)
    3)Provide a career plan
    4)Do not cut the budget for training
    5)Increase salaries to the market levels

    Unless the items above are met good professionals will continue to leave Petrobras for someone else that can "show them the money"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Current Employee

    • 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 Petrobras America

    Pros

    Good Health Benefits, flexible working hours

    Cons

    Poor management, have good code of ethic but useless, lack of procedures, employees do what they think is the best for them not for the company, employees work about 30 hours, lack of control in the contract of services complete absent of professional background revision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More control over employee too much money in hands of people with little experience, hire good professionals and stop hiring relatives and friends without any experience. Hire a good audit company to improve procedures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Takes some time to get used to the culture, but overall is very good...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Geophysicist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Petrobras America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice people. Friendly and helpful management. It is a pleasure to work with these kind of people. You feel secured and more responsible, knowing that your supervisor will do his/her best to support you and cover you back if needed.

    Cons

    A part of a large corporation, trying to act as a small company As a result, too much bureaucracy. There is not much training provided to employees, as they are expected to be experienced and skillful. Meetings rarely start in time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Very relaxed company like government , a lot of red tape, take 6 months to pay an invoice

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Tax Accountant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Petrobras America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed, very little work, have a lot of time to search in the internet and shopping, good lunch hours ( 2 hours)

    Cons

    No promotion , no recognition of work done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on work instead of politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    No future for professional in Petrobras America Inc

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

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

    Pros

    Culture is different, nobody is accountable, so it is o.k. you can watch internet all day and no body bother you as long as you don't rock the boat. There are Managers without College Degree.

    Cons

    Most of the time there is not enough work to do for 2 hours a day. It is very boring . A lot of people in each department, every day, they complained they have a lot work and then disappeared and take very long lunch( 3 hours) and smoking breaks. The Managers are too busy playing politics with Brazil and do not have time to worry about your career or advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not travel so much to Brazil for 1 hour meeting, there is phone and tele-conference , Don't waste money and time. Don't bring a lot of American goods back to Brazil, focus on running the company and make profit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. A good company

    • 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 Petrobras America full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, work-life balance, co-workers, great company, great facility, free gym, tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Low chance of promotion, average market salary, no stock options

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    current employee -accounting and tax area

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Lazy, you can mess up big and do not have to worry ,getting fire. Only promotion for Brazilian.

    Cons

    No promotion if you are not Brazilian or a relative of the expatriate. Cannot suggest good idea to help the company , you will be punished. Cannot work hard , you will make the Brazilian look bad because they are busy watching soccer games and complained they have too much work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring relatives and incompetent and lazy friends(especially those Brazilian)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Please open your eyes PAI

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrator in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    good health benefits does count for something

    Cons

    the company does not keep the employees informed about what is going on. Also, it seems that the focus has totallly wend away from America and all they can talk about if the developments in Brazil.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check the procedures that are currently in place to put a contract in place. It is absolutely absurd that it take 3 to 6 months to purchase anything.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful

    Working at Petrobras America is like working at the post office

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    1. Job security - think of Petrobras America like the post office. If you are content with doing the bare minimum, having absolutely no career development, and don't mind taking orders from uneducated managers then this is the place for you.
    2. Work and life balance - again think of it like your local post office. With the exception of 2-3 areas, most work 30 hours a week tops and HR closer to 20.
    3. 401k - 401k is good compared to other industries but for the oil and gas it's subpar.
    4. Bonuses- they can be good, about 20%. BUT keep in mind that when you get paid 25% less then the industry standard a 20% bonus still sets you well below the industry.
    5. Dress code - by far the best benefit of working at PAI is the causal dress code. You can basically dress like you did back in you college days. There's definitely some monetary value to this benefit.(It's sad when this is the best benefit)
    6. Health benefits- 100% paid for by the company

    Cons

    One thing that has to be kept in mind is that working for Petrobras America is NOT like working for "Petrobras" the oil giant in Brazil. I made the huge mistake thinking that it was and is the #1 thing I wish I would of known. PAI is more like a small 400-500 person mom and pop company with a handful of characteristics of a major. Management here does not realize that this is not Brazil. In Brazil, Petrobras is the "it" company. They have difficult tests (like the GRE) that everyone must pass in order to be considered for employment. They have many career developing programs and even their own university. In the USA, IT'S QUITE THE OPPOSITE. They think that everyone should be thankful for having been given the opportunity to work at Petrobras America. This mentality is due because a lot of management (not all) are under qualified, have 0 business acumen and never would have passed the test in Brazil.

    1. Low salaries- salaries here for the most part are well below industry average. When I say below, I mean 25% below. All raises were taken away for 3+ years until recently and when we got them back, they didn't even cover the average yearly inflation rate. They say that all employees get evaluated by a external grading company that evaluates job duties. Problem is that the official "job duties" are far less than what you actually do so they get away with paying you much less. Some are as old as 7+ years.

    1. Very high turn over - the turn over at PAI is unbelievable. In the last 3 years, PAI has lost so much talent. Management does not realize that one of their biggest assets are the local talent. Talent that is highly educated and experienced. HR is a mess and will not do anything about it.

    2. Management - let me be clear, PAI has some excellent and brilliant expats and managers / supervisors. Unfortunately a large amount of the managers / supervisors are under qualified and have 0 business acumen. Again, not all but most are in the position they are in because they are all friends that do favors for each other. When it comes to expats, most of them are talented with the exception of some that are just here for their kid's college tuition (expats get free college tuition for their kids). The problem is that expats get rotated every 2-5 years and they are all in key positions. Most of them don't want to make any significant decisions because they don't want be held accountable for them, so they wait things out. This is true from operational to organizational issues. Also any progress made is lost when they are replaced and the process starts all over again.

    3. Career development - does not exist, period. Unless your Brazilian or in HR. This along with low salaries are the main two reasons why turn over is so high. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO INCENTIVE TO DO ANYTHING MORE THAN THE BARE MINIMUM. No matter how hard you work, problems you solve, or advances you make for the good of the company, you will not see anything for it. Also, no training is provided. The occasional in house training usually has less than 20 spots and over 50% of the spots go to corporate support and HR. Every time. They don't even bother to "appear" to be fair.

    4. Unprofessional environment - large amount of the brazilians are friends with each other, dating /or married, and related. Its common practice to hire a son, daughter, friend, cousin or any form of a relative of a manager or supervisor that have 0 experience over qualified candidates. What's worst is that these people start at a much higher salary than the people currently in the same role that have been denied raises for 3 years straight. Its a never ending cycle. Also, not the biggest issue but its something worth mentioning. People bring their kids to work all the time. It's beyond me why. I understand on occasion or emergencies but not all the time. They run around the hallways screaming and playing with each other.

    5. Human resources - the HR area here is a total mess. From the bottom to all the way up to the top. They are puppets for the Brazilians with good connections in Brazil to get what they want. Only area in the entire company that have clear career paths and career development. They are absurdly big compared to the size of the company. Extremely bureaucratic so it doesn't show that they really don't have any power unless HQ approves first. Only area that have supervisors that don't supervise anyone! Yes that's correct. They make professional certifications mandatory and paid for to all corporate / HR employees but will not approve the same for other areas. As mentioned above, the little training that they do provide is half taken by them and their spouses.

    **Now all of the above cons do not apply to you if you're Brazilian, know one or are related to one***

    I feel like its important to share this information and experiences so people considering employment at Petrobras America can make educated decisions. I wish I would have known this when I was evaluateing multiple job offers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. share business plans
    2. At least try to "appear" fair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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