Saipem America Reviews

Updated February 14, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Good place

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

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

    Pros

    International culture, family feel, International reletionship

    Cons

    no downside to notify upon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    It's some experience

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

    I worked at Saipem America

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Good work experience

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

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

    Pros

    Multiple varied and interesting projects.

    Cons

    No telecommuting option. Sometimes office politics were problematic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great experience so far

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

    I have been working at Saipem America

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More emphasis on training
    Salary closer to market

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

    Watch out for the back-stabbing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - "Engineer" in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - "Engineer" in Houston, TX

    I worked at Saipem America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Initial salary....and that's about it.

    Cons

    Yearly raises average around 2% IF you're lucky. Other employees will not help you in any way and management won't make them help, yet expects you to perform miracles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for some serious house cleaning - starting at the TOP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Saipem America Response

    Jul 2, 2014HR

    Raises average 10% and are awarded to employees based upon performance. Cost of Living Increases are equivalent to the market, which have averaged 2-3 %, and are given to ALL employees regardless of ... More

  7. Saipem has been a great place to work.

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

    I have been working at Saipem America

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There is not much room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no team building

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

    Horrible place to work

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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

  9. 4 people found this helpful

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

    • 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 Saipem America full-time (less than a year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  10. 6 people found this helpful

    Like working in a company in 1950's

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    A world wide organization specializing in Offshore Construction, Engineering, Installation and ROV's

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, work hours and location

    Cons

    New direction from ROV's to Offshore Engeering & Construction so we have a few learning curves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication with the employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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