Saipem America Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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  1. Operations/Support

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Saipem America

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

    Pros

    Company culture and environment. Fair salary review. Employees are recognized for outstanding contributions.

    Cons

    Older building, but i'm told there are plans to build a new one in 3rd quarter 2015.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication and be more transparent with employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    No support from management & back-stabbing is rampant.

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

    I worked at Saipem America

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable salary....and that's the only "pro" to working here.

    Cons

    No co-operation between employees; back-stabbing and making other employees look bad is the order of the day...and management does nothing to stop it. I had a report to get out and another employee in my department was told to give me info for the report; she waited until the last day before it was due to do so, with the result that the report was garbage - and it was MY fault because she delayed until the last minute to do her job. Talking to my manager resulted in - nothing; he refused to make her do her job in a timely fashion but was real quick to condemn me.

    Advice to Management

    Time to clean house, top to bottom. (By the way, a recruiter tried to sell me on coming back to Saipem; besides the fact that they have a policy of not hiring former employees, I would not go back for anything, not with all the games being played there.


  3. Helpful (5)

    It's some experience

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

    I worked at Saipem America

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

    Pros

    I was able to get a lot of exposure to high complexity work that I normally wouldn't have gotten a chance to see at another company. The people at the ground level are great, and they work hard to keep each other afloat. My supervisor let me work independently and trusted me to do what needed to be done.

    Cons

    The company has no internal pay structure, and they pay far, far below market. Raises, on the whole, aren't great, except for a few notable exceptions. there is very little feedback regarding work performance, and if you ask questions, you will be met with extremely harsh replies.There's very little training and attempts to get training through HR are difficult, mostly due to overly complicated internal processes. In general, procedures really bog down your ability to get anything done. This company is extremely political, and corporate alternates between completely ignoring the Houston office and breathing down their necks. There is also some extremely naked sexism and racism among people in management positions. While there are, in theory, mechanisms to report this behavior, most people will tell you stories about others who have filed complaints and were fired shortly thereafter. It's extremely hard to get information from people because open communication isn't particularly valued here. Also, they clock your work week to the minute. I get it, but we're all adults here. There's a huge emphasis on using expats in management positions, and virtually no upward mobility for most local hires (although there are a few notable exceptions).

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Don't treat them like children. Pay your employees better. There is a culture of both fear and boredom. You guys need to find ways to improve morale quickly, or you will continue losing people.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good place

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

    I have been working at Saipem America full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    International culture, family feel, International reletionship

    Cons

    no downside to notify upon


  6. Good work experience

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

    I worked at Saipem America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Multiple varied and interesting projects.

    Cons

    No telecommuting option. Sometimes office politics were problematic.


  7. Great experience so far

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

    I have been working at Saipem America

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

    Pros

    Invaluable experience
    Friendly coworkers
    Great opportunities
    Progress in work environment
    ...

    Cons

    Salary bellow market
    Training
    Inter office communication
    Limited corporate perks
    ...

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis on training
    Salary closer to market


  8. Saipem has been a great place to work.

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

    I have been working at Saipem America

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

    Pros

    Saipem gives you the opportunity to learn a lot about the industry.

    Cons

    There is not much room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    There is no team building


  9. Helpful (4)

    Horrible place to work

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

    I worked at Saipem America full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Location, but that is it

    Cons

    There is almost zero opportunity to move up depending on which department you are in, and if you are not Italian don't expect to ever move up to management. You won't even be considered even if you have more qualifications than the Italian being hired. This company does not appreciate their employees at all. Salaries are laughable and they don't give good raises, it doesn't even account for inflation because it's so small. Don't ever expect a bonus either. I'm surprised there aren't more lawsuits with their internal practices... They are obviously lucky but one day I am sure they will regret it. I left this place as soon as possible and don't regret it one bit.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they deserve, do reviews periodically (the real kind), let Americans into management and stop discriminating before you get into a lawsuit, and give better raises.... Especially if you are not going to give bonuses!

    Saipem America Response

    Jul 2, 2014HR

    Raises average 10% and are awarded to employees based upon performance. Bonuses average 12.5% and again are awarded based upon performance. Cost of Living Increases are equivalent to the market ... More


  10. Helpful (6)

    Whom ever wrote this was a 1950s mentality place was not wrong.

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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 Saipem America full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Not one except maybe location.

    Cons

    Plenty. I gave up an opportunity working for a well respected American company for this place only because Eni is a renowned well known offshore construction company. That move on my part was a huge mistake but also a lesson learned. The place is very old and to me, has areas that are hazardous even to the employees. The company has grown employee wise a lot for what I see in one year so they cram employees in offices like sardines. You are lucky if you get a cubicle. The place is run like Communist Cuba. You are lucky if you get any supplies. The place was in my experience extremely unprofessional starting with HR, IT, and top management. They will have you working in unreasonable conditions with zero help, support, or guidance. They in a few days expect outstanding results with no support and will demand work to come out like pizzas out of a fast food restaurant. They are insulting, backwards, degrading and too unprofessional. I would stay away from this place.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to Italy or don't hire Americans. You are wasting your time and theirs. If you expect to work the Italian way then you will continue with the mess you have.

    Saipem America Response

    Jul 2, 2014HR

    I apologize that was your experience, but we have since made leadership changes in the areas/departments you mentioned.


  11. Helpful (8)

    Like working in a company in 1950's

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

    I worked at Saipem America full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I do not have any positive comments

    Cons

    Low pay. Lots of turnover. They do not pay their vendors and make excuses on why not to pay. The amount of paperwork and beaucracy is horrible. No training and management is ex pats who think they don't have to abide by US laws.



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