Petrobras America Reviews

Updated May 7, 2015
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Claudio Nunes
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  1. Fantastic organization to work for!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Better times...

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

    I have been working at Petrobras America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent along with the Benefit Supervisor.

    Cons

    Top leadership is not as good as in times past.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and recognize the non-Brazilian talent before they've moved on.


  3. Buyer

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

    I worked at Petrobras America full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    100% paid Health insurance. Good Brazilian coffee.

    Cons

    This company have Equal Oportunity Rights, but does not follow, your are promoted not by your skills, but by who you are friends with.
    They hire external employees, instead of offer and consider existing employees.
    If you are not Brazilian you will not have future career.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place to park your career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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"


  6. Helpful (1)

    Current Employee

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

    I have been working at Petrobras America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Takes some time to get used to the culture, but overall is very good...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Focus on work instead of politics


  9. Helpful (1)

    No future for professional in Petrobras America Inc

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  10. A good company

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

    I have been working at Petrobras America full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    current employee -accounting and tax area

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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