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Willbros Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
45 Reviews
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45 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very Professional and progressive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Survey in Canonsburg, PA
    Current Employee - Survey in Canonsburg, PA

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

    Pros

    Willbros is a leader in new technology, we use the latest versions of software and the newest equipment. We also have to ability to chat live to each other on our computers, even share screens, and control others computers to give or get help with any issues. There is also a strong inter-department cooperation. We all help each other.

    Cons

    Willbros has a very bad cross department feud which can seriously hinder progress, and productivity. They have forgone quality in many cases to use procedures that inexperienced programmers have written. This is all in an attempt to streamline workflows, but in most cases, makes work flow cumbersome and complicated. These over done processes are over seen by the less skilled of the firm, and all this costs time, causing many over-budget projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managment should let the ones skilled in their respective fields have input to the processes imposed on them. The managers them selves should feud less and allow more open non-competitive collaboration between trades and skill levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Willbros full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, Great management, Challenging and open to new opportunities.

    Cons

    I currently do not have any negative feedback for this company. I am completely satisfied with my job here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Values people, reasonable pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Willbros

    Pros

    They have a good system of recognition by peers, culture of safety, middle management is young and hard working, does not just ask engineers to do the work. Have a good national presence.

    Cons

    Perks are next to nothing, their stocks tanked after oil prices dropped, don't have diversified portfolio other than upstream - oil & gas and downstream refineries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Middle of the road consulting firm.

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

    I worked at Willbros

    Pros

    There were many good people to work with. The work culture was enjoyable and they paid you what you were worth in the market.

    Cons

    The benefits were the same as most consulting firms. There were no bonuses available to the engineers. There were many layoffs when the market turned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good People Good Culture

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

    I have been working at Willbros

    Pros

    People are great
    Lots of opportunities for growth
    Good Salary for position

    Cons

    Lots of Manual Data entry to spreadsheets
    Lots of room for Human Error with Data

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to really believe in and follow the Value Wheel of Culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Willbros is a classic presentation of the "Peter Principal".

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

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

    Pros

    They pay regularly.
    Benefits are middle of the road.
    Little meaningful input from leadership

    Cons

    Miserable systems, but don't worry, nobody talks about the failure to execute and track projects.
    Tremendous siloing and complete breakdown across internal groups.
    Leadership that doesn't lead. No ears to hear of issues or problems. If mediocrity is your goal, apply at Willbros, that is their pinnacle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over with a new team.
    Scattered areas of bright, good employees, completely obscured by a below average management team determined to quash any information flow.
    Focus on excellence. Non existent culture and values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Walk the Talk"

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

    I worked at Willbros

    Pros

    Nice office atmosphere and good compensation package.

    Cons

    The company spends a lot of money on culture ideas, but fails to walk the talk. For example C2 Culture, things like Process Matters, One Willbros, Build Trust, etc. And the company value moments, like Our People. These concepts are great, but they stay concepts and stickers on the wall or handout focused recognition cards. Management does not lead these concepts by example. They say they care about their people, but they really don't. It is all about utilization!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that Willbros doesn't make "widgets," they sell their employee's expertise for money. What they sell is not tangible and therefore, can disappear very easily.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Willbros Engineering. Cast of cartoon characters. (WB)

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

    I worked at Willbros

    Pros

    Best thing about having worked at WB, is I got to work with many cartoon characters and that I was terminated.

    Cons

    Mutual respect constantly emphasized by management, but was simply a front. Evaluations were done without good timing and delayed. Best practices were talked about but never implemented. Lots of talk, but no action. All one big circus act.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump your young HR manager if you want the mutual respect motto to be carried out and adhered to. Learn the importance of timely personal evaluations. Get rid of the best practices if they are not going to be implemented. Quit with all the pretentious overtones of "Willbros' mutual respect". It is a joke. No one believes it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Made mistake coming here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Willbros full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, nice office building and location

    Cons

    Management by intimidation and ultimatum. It's all about profits. Leadership is via good 'ole boys who continue to lack leadership and team support skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either train the director and vp levels in people skills or move new people in. Internal promotions of people who have been passed over for years allows their weaknesses to be manifested and ruins the company in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Needs better work/life balance.

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

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

    Pros

    Nice work environment. Located in a central area.

    Cons

    IT department needs improvement. More communication as to what is expected of employees would be nice. New systems introduced with no training and without all of the bugs being worked out before go live. Work/life balance is talked about but not practiced on a regular basis.
    Medical benefits could be A LOT better compared to other organizations I have worked for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give guidance to those who are new to the position. Improve work/life balance.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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