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Transocean Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
58 Reviews
3.6
58 Reviews
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Transocean President & CEO Steven L. Newman
Steven L. Newman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relatively good pay, flexible working schedules (in 6 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 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    “It was best place to work!”

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

    I worked at Transocean full-time (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.  

    OMG!

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    Former Employee - Doesn't Matter in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Doesn't Matter in Houston, TX

    I worked at Transocean full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, Work Schedule. If you need to beef up your resume it's a good place to work.

    Cons

    Low morale. Lack of transparency, promotion of inept employees, favoritism, core values mean nothing, with the exception of safety. They have been going through layoff for 2 or 3 years and it's the older employees going first. Of course age discrimination can't be proved, right?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at areas with the greatest turnover and address the problems, i.e., look for patterns. Pay attention to what employees do rather than what they say at all levels. If you can sense the low morale and you care do something about it. Happy employees are more productive and that adds to the company's bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at Transocean full-time (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
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  5.  

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

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    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 (less than an 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
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    Not too bad, not too good.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Transocean as a contractor

    Pros

    Great global company to work for. Morale was great. Helpful team, staff tenure - long, therefore helpful when problem solving. Overall great company.

    Cons

    Checks and balances in computer system not as strong as it ought to be. Work could be cumbersome as a result. Company culture difference between Transocean employee and Global Santa Fe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in documenting processes.

  8.  

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

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    Former Employee - Workflow Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Workflow Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Transocean full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    Overall decent as a contractor

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    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 (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
  10.  

    People really do come first.

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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 Transocean full-time (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
  11.  

    Some decisions leave you scratching your head???

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    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

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