Wood Group Mustang Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
62 Reviews

3.9
62 Reviews
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Wood Group Mustang President Steve Knowles
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work environment that is relatively low stress (in 12 reviews)

  • Great for people with families looking for stable employment that supports work/life balance (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • There are too many senior managers (over 35 Vice Presidents) that provide little to no value to the organization (in 3 reviews)

  • The company has grown enormously and Mustang's parent company Wood Group has been implementing many changes, many of which have not been well received (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall pretty good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wood Group Mustang full-time

    Pros

    Friendly work environment. People are highly motivated. Good culture and good people.
    Have a lot of top knowledgeable professionals. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    In general this would happen to a lot of EPC firms is when market goes downhill, there will be a lot of people being let go.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Internships

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer Intern  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Wood Group Mustang as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great experience for any college student looking for an engineering experience in the oil and gas industry. Easy to get along with one another and also the pay rate for the interns can vary depending on the department you are in. These people will do anything to keep you if look like a potential employee. Flexible and reasonable managers.

    Cons

    When work gets too slow, the has to let go many people but unlike other companies, Mustang strives to keep their employees and try to have their lay offs to a very small minimum. As intern, I didn't see any cons about being an intern here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    ok, could be better with time

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    Current Employee - Project Control Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Control Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Wood Group Mustang full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    relaxed work enviorment, easy going peole

    Cons

    no upward mobility for folks that have not been here fro 10+ years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    On your Own

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wood Group Mustang

    Pros

    Decent pay, stepping stone to better things

    Cons

    No real support, No room for growth

  6.  

    Great learning, but compensation does not match individual efforts.

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    Current Employee - Process Technical Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Process Technical Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Wood Group Mustang full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people working here have a high human quality and high technical skills. The projects go smoothly with lots of individual contributors to make the projects successful.

    Cons

    The corporate structure is not transparent and with a clear vision. Mergers and fusions are designed without care and without keeping the key differentiators of former companies. The managers barely deal with chasing fire but without getting to know their people closely. High performers are only recognized by their peers but so far there is not a way the management can enhance and contribute to the development of people with good skills and high quality. Sometimes low performers can access to salary rises and bonuses just by playing the corporate game, but not contributing to deliver a better quality to the clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wood Group CEO Bob Keiller has done a decent job in structuring an giving overall guidance for the integration and formalization of the companies under Wood Group umbrella. Wood Group Mustang president Steve seems he doesn't have a clear vision about how to take WGM to the next level and make a new company stronger than the former parts. The WGM president don't have the "eye of the tiger" thing and is maybe lost thinking about what Mustang used to be. Steve, you either have to step out or redefine yourself and make your contributions viewed more clearly.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wood Group Mustang full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Wood Group Mustang is a company that embodies taking care of their people. They provide great benefits, flexible work schedules, and great people to work with. They have offices located in Katy and on the East Side of town which appeals to both sides of town.

    Cons

    Would like to see more self taught training provided. Some companies offer a online school that employees can take classes that appeal to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Work.... let's keep it up for a successful future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Still a Good Place to Work, but Enormous Change, Not all Good

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    Current Employee - Consulting Technical Professional  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consulting Technical Professional in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Wood Group Mustang full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The best aspect of working at WGM is working with a great bunch of friendly, self-motivated people who take pride in doing their best work every day. We have some of the sharpest technical minds in the business. The work environment is casual and relaxed, and employees are typically free to work flexible hours when needed to take care of personal business and schedule their vacations when they want. Pay and benefits are reasonably competitive (you must know your market value when negotiating, however). Salaried staff are eligible for straight time for hours worked over 40. WGM encourages a family-oriented, safety culture with numerous fun events over the course of the year (although it appears these are going to be scaled back permanently).

    Cons

    The company has grown enormously and Mustang's parent company Wood Group has been implementing many changes, many of which have not been well received. Overhead staff (HR, senior management) seem increasingly distant from Project staff (technical staff, project managers) and unaware of daily challenges. Some new corporate polices seem to be counterproductive and there have been busy times when it has been difficult to obtain the resources needed for projects. Workload is very uneven (perhaps more the nature of the business than the fault of WGM) and currently very slow. Still need improvement in the implementation of quality assurance and standards. There is very little overhead budget, which translates to almost no formal training. WGM does not pay for P.E exam review classes or to take the P.E. exam, but they do pay for annual P.E dues once licensed. Also, there is no formal mentoring, and very little in the way of career coaching. You are more or less on your own here in that respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch and/or communicate more. Fight harder to maintain the aspects of our culture that make us (or perhaps used to make us) stand out as a place to work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Your experience will depend on timing and available projects.

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    Current Employee - Staff Technical Professional (Mechanical Engineering)  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Technical Professional (Mechanical Engineering) in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Wood Group Mustang full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company has very flexible hours, as long as you give your project notice, I have never heard of vacation time being denied. WGMI also has a company culture of helping people "mak[e] heroes out of clients, vendors, and fellow Mustangers" and it really shows in the project teams and work environment.

    Cons

    There is little to no formal training - most will be on the job and subject to the project manager's discretion. Most of the managers are supportive of training in theory but may or may not support financially or in hours. Also there are very few company standards or standards for dealing with long-term clients' needs. Many things seem to be project specific and particularly specific to the managers or leads on a project. Lastly, the compensation is probably on the lower end of competitive.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company for work/life balance. Extremely family friendly, flexible hours, highly involved in charitable activities

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Controls Coordinator  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Controls Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Wood Group Mustang full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great for people with families looking for stable employment that supports work/life balance. Highly supportive of charitable activities to support community as well as individual staff members who need special financial assistance due to life altering illnesses, allow fund raisers to help staff members and their families with special needs to raise money. Flexible hours, casual work attire (sometimes too casual). Attempts to find new projects to be assigned to when your current project is winding down, rather than laying off. Most people are hired from referrals of present employees. They value experience and do not hesitate to hire senior level (55 and over) talent.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a place that will offer numerous possibilities for career advancement this is not the place to work. Relatively flat organizational structure such that the people that occupy most leadership positions have been there for 10 years or more. You can get stuck doing the job you presently occupy but your employment will be stable. If you are a person focused on advancement and career building you will have to change companies. Vacation policy has improved for new comers but you must accrue time off for holidays. There are no paid holidays unless you have accrued enough hours to take holidays off with pay. They will however let you borrow PTO to cover holiday pay you have not accrued. Also they do not provide trash can liners for trash disposal except in break rooms. Therefore, the trash can in your office or cubicle is not good to throw used Kleenex, teabags, gum, or anything wet....can be very inconvenient to go to break room to dispose of used Kleenex every time you blow your nose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much advice. Mustang's environment continues to attract people who value work/life balance and steady employment more than career advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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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 Wood Group Mustang full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company is very family oriented and puts on several team builders throughout the year. Good benefits with an onsite health clinic. Very knowledgeable staff and most are willing to go above and beyond.

    Cons

    There is a significant gap between company pay and the industry standard. Small business culture is being slowly replaced with that of a larger corporation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would love to see a return to the "small business" mindset.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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