SBM Offshore

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SBM Offshore Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
40 Reviews
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40 Reviews
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  1.  

    My review

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at SBM Offshore full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company where I enjoy working!

    Cons

    More and more fast track projects.

  2.  

    OK company to work with

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

    I have been working at SBM Offshore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefit with the company is good. Especially, the medical insurance is almost fully covered by the company. Not many companies are doing this nowadays.

    Cons

    I feel there are too many politics within the company. Many of my colleague knew and believe that "you are not much if you are not dutch (or French)"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very poor management at this sweat shop.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at SBM Offshore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay was good and benefits were adequate. The Operations group was a good place to work. However the Finance group was a very unpleasant place to work.

    Cons

    Contrary to what was presented during the interview, there was no work / life balance. Additionally, this was a very autocratic management structure. You were given responsibility, but no authority or resources to carry out the wrk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An employee survey was taken and the results were not very flattering. Management should review those results and begin to implement some of the recommendations from the survey.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing opportunity for entry-level growth

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SBM Offshore full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic working environment, great benefits, small company feel....only a sample of what contributes to SBM being a great place to work. SBM has best intent at doing right thing, especially considering leading position in the FPSO market.

    Cons

    Likely common in several O&G companies, silo mentality exists regarding Operations (Supply Chain, Procurement, Logistics, Proj Mgmt) versus Engineering (Discipline engineers, Engineering Departments, Design Teams). This is unfortunate considering unique size of the company.

    SBM will see positive impact with increased communications (informal) while becoming more transparent.....believe trend is heading this direction though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retaining employees & ensuring job satisfaction among all isn't sole responsibility of HR - they can do so much & are often advocating on behalf of employee. Mgmt should spend more time engaging with employees, recognizing the talents that each employee brings, & becoming more humbled (open to learning) by those in the trenches. Revisit employee/Mgr yearly appraisals for sake of calibrating goals for best outcome of company & individual.

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

    Nice place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Naval Architect in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Naval Architect in Houston, TX

    I worked at SBM Offshore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment. They have the fleet of FPSO and good amount of job security

    Cons

    Dutch and French kingdom. Only these nationalities seem to be promoted quickly.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company

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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 SBM Offshore full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Paid insurance, half day Fridays, company weekends, flexible schedules, paid cafe meals, most people are nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Parking spot rules, horrible cafe, hard work not rewarded across the board, 4DX WIG meetings. High turnover. Lack of staff. Compensation seems to be an issue here as they will pay more for recruiting a new employee than a bonus to retain the ones they already have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay out of peoples personal and professional life unless they seek advice or help to improve it. Get rid of the 4DX (WIG) meetings. Not everyone does it and those who do hate it. Everyone deserves good bonuses, not just the highly paid staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be better

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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 SBM Offshore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are really good. The company takes care of it's employees financially and is very generous with health and vacation. The yearly bonuses are hypocritical. You can be an A+ performer but they will still only give you a B, because bonuses are tied to reviews. However salary and benefits are good enough so that bonus dollar amounts are not a deal breaker to work for SBM.

    Cons

    Very high employee turnaround in the last year. Management shake-ups and installment of unqualified budget replacement workers increased stress levels. Some departments regularly working 50+ hour weeks as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should not give out referral bonuses to employees for new hire. If a toxic employee/manager is hired as such, and the referring party is upper management then they will cover for these individual's mistakes because it would reflect on themselves. The net result is certain unhappy departments.
    Also take a hard look at why so many 5+ year employees are leaving. Not everybody wants to tell the truth because they don't like to burn bridges. Leaving to care for 'mother' when colleagues know the real reason is that they are exhausted and don't feel appreciated is a good example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome people and culture to work in

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Cost Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Cost Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at SBM Offshore full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They really value their employees and promote a life outside of work. You got every Friday as a half day. A week off at Christmas in addition to your own vacation and plenty of team building excursions during the year. I had the opportunity to work for one of the best bosses I've ever had as well as an outstanding project management team.

    Cons

    As a French owned company it was difficult to move around once you were in a position. My husband was transferred to Charlotte, NC so we jumped on the opportunity but the company also has a policy that if you leave on your own, you are not "re-hire-able"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It has a great atmosphere and it's very comfortable placed to work at.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at SBM Offshore

    Pros

    Very relaxed European culture. Great health benefits. Family orientated. Up to date software & equipment.

    Cons

    Upper Management not competitive with pay rates. Salaries and bonuses seem not to increase.
    It alo seems that if you ain't European you ain't much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mr. MB,
    Stay competitive with pay rates.
    Compensate and reward your good loyal employees before they walk away.
    Before its to late and the remaining key guys are gone.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It is very comfortable to work there.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at SBM Offshore

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and relaxed European culture

    Cons

    If you're not Dutch you're not Much. Mostly Europeans and mainly Dutch get good salaries and more perks. Management refuses to increase pay rates to stay competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay up. Compensate your good people or soon the most valuable key guys will be gone.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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