Transocean Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
53 Reviews

3.9
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Transocean President & CEO Steven L. Newman
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Pros
  • Good pay, good people, they actually care about your family (in 5 reviews)

  • Good people, good salary and excellent Benefits, good working environment (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • And WRA shelf drilling killed all persons activities which you built (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    “It was best place to work!”

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Transocean full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Transocean was the best place to work. Good people, good salary and excellent Benefits, good working environment. It was in top 100 best working place for several years.

    Cons

    going through restructuring. Laying off a lot people and may be more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Specialist  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at Transocean full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Enjoyed the work and the technology.

    Cons

    Employees did not seem to be valued as much as consultants. I was an expense...just a price.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the long-term future of the company...not just short-term profits for shareholders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    PT Student Worker/Intern: HQ Corporate Legal Department Houston, TX

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Worker/Intern - Legal Filing  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Student Worker/Intern - Legal Filing in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Transocean part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working here part-time for a few months while I was in college. The legal and corporate executives were very friendly people who allowed me to keep a flexible schedule around my classes.

    In sum, I appreciated:
    Friendly people
    Flexible schedule - I created my own
    Nice corporate office
    Great central location

    My supervisor always made sure I put my academics first and would check in to make sure I had a good balance in my schedule between work and school. I could take time off or change my work hours when I needed to - no questions asked.

    Cons

    No real big downsides that I can recall, however I was not employed full time or permanently so my experience is limited.

    I imagine that if I worked in the C-suite over a long time could get boring? I'm personally not a classic "corporate exec type".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Extremely top heavy management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, Corporate Planning  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager, Corporate Planning in Houston, TX

    I worked at Transocean full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits and generally nice people, though competence is a minor criteria for promotion, mimicking and praising your boss being far more important.

    Cons

    At the shore based HQS, it is almost impossible to convince management to listen, much less act. All authority resides at least two management levels above responsibility. Managers are required to make most decisions and not allowed to delegate. There is virtually no numerical analysis, most discussions about key issues start with " how do you FEEL?" . Thus, most decisions are made by managers who don't have or don't fully understand the facts, and based on gut feeling rather than facts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the basics of avoiding poor decisions by basing key decisions on analysis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall a place that I enjoyed working at and would go back to if the right opportunity ever arose.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Workflow Coordinator  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Workflow Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Transocean full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the best people I've ever worked with. They were knowledgeable, friendly, and a great source for information. I still keep in contact with a few of them.

    Cons

    Most managers are disconnected with their employees and do not communicate effectively with their subordinates. Job security is unstable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to connect with your employees and do not favor people you know that have zero experience for others that deserve better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall decent as a contractor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Applications Developer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Applications Developer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Transocean as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay is good. Work environment is good.

    Cons

    Do not want to hire full time programmers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more respect to contractors who in many cases have been working on projects longer than most employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    People really do come first.

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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 Transocean full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great mentality of personnel, very team driven, very little administrative overhead (timesheets, status reports) to get in the way of productively achieving goals; management supports any time required for personal/family issues that may need to be resolved.

    Cons

    A bit silo'd in departments, some 'us vs. them' goes on; lack of standard processes throughout creates redundancy in efforts from time to time; uncertainty over future with restructuring has affected morale.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Some decisions leave you scratching your head???

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager (Individual Contributor)  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager (Individual Contributor) in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Transocean full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is at the mid to upper end of the market

    Cons

    Move internal leaders around way too much causing disruptions for employees and customers. Lack of consistent vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow leaders to stay in roles long enough to implement their ideas and evaluate if they were a success or not. Put leaders in roles where they can use their expertise to advance the function as opposed to being a learning experience for that leader at the expense of the people and customers of the function.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company but uncertain Future

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance/Operations  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Finance/Operations in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Transocean full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very engaging CEO who still is figuring out a way to improve efficiency.
    Good business model with certain cash flow over the foreseeable future.
    Striving for SAFETY and employees well being is cared about.

    Cons

    going through restructuring. Laying of 1500 people and may be more if they cannot achieve $300M savings.
    Lots of bureacracy.
    Too many Vice Presidents

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics and make Rig Manager responsible and accountable. Give him the responsibility but also the authority to make decisions.
    Why do you Operations Managers and a Business Unit?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Transocean, the world best offshore drilling contractor...Incident free all the time everywhere...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager (Individual Contributor)  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager (Individual Contributor) in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Transocean full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Transocean has the best equipment, technologies, and passionate people...

    Cons

    Offshore drilling is a cycle industry. Be prepare for all challenges....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on Operation Integity, Operation Excellent, Project Excellent , Profitability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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