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Aker Solutions Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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  • Work subject to the vagaries of the oil and gas industry (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management very inconsistent, roles change frequently (especially during multiple 'restructurings') (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Aker Solutions has better than average health, dental, and vision programs to offer employees.

    Cons

    Aker Solutions management needs help with communications.

    Advice to Management

    Listen


  2. "IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Technologically progressive. Very experienced staff.

    Cons

    Poor communication from HQ in Norway


  3. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Service Technician in Tomball, TX
    Former Employee - Service Technician in Tomball, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is top notch, and the overtime pay is pretty good. Laid back atmosphere in the shop provides an easy place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    No scheduling, hard to have a life outside of work. It would be better if techs were on a rotation when it comes to going offshore.


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  5. "Production Planner"

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    Former Employee - Production Planner in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Production Planner in Houston, TX

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    environment and team.

    Cons

    Under qualified individuals in other departments.


  6. "Engineering Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aker Solutions (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not a bad company, mostly

    Cons

    Not a great company, anyways

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive


  7. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Excellent manufacturing capability worldwide for subsea trees, controls, umbilicals
    Very good technologies which are meeting clients needs ahead of competition
    Good personnel in most areas

    Cons

    Norwegian centric management and focus - senior positions selection driven by politics over competence with those who lack experience ( too many emperors with no clothes)
    Too many reorganizations which the industry sees as a negative, and it is.
    Reliability and product performances issues from the past keep haunting its current reputation

    Advice to Management

    hang on to those who have competence, client focus and relationships at all levels, and replace management in product and project execution areas.


  8. "Good company with great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manvel, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manvel, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aker Solutions (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed my time with Aker. Good company with great benefits.

    Cons

    Sold out to Jacobs, who I have worked for 2 times, and both times was a nightmare. They didn't care about taking care of employees of other groups they buy. All present employees were booted out to make room for their people, without regard to longivity or experience.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of employees. If you decide to sell a group, at least try to place employees that do not want to make the change.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "This was once a good company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good work and life balance. The company was at one point the leader in controls engineering. Many opportunities for promotions and exposure to different areas.

    Cons

    The company is run by few people who makes the decisions. Too many politics are involved. Upper management is not competent. This company has become a place of friends of friends. HR is not human resources it is manager's resources.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't know who is doing what and how much some employees are contributing to the success of the organization, ask around and investigate before you let the right guy go and leave the wrong guy.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "All about the politics"

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    Former Employee - Engineer I in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer I in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Good exposure to tooling and clients, personal growth due to differing scopes of work.

    Cons

    The company is run by politics, its not what you know but who you know. Tough to advance because HR does not listen to management, and can block advancement if they disagree.

    Advice to Management

    Less talk, more doing.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Below Average Oil & Gas Company"

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging projects. Ability to travel internationally. Good work life balance, I rarely worked more than 40 hours per week.

    Cons

    Poor management direction. Every 2 years there was a new company re-organization. There was not a clear path for career advancement and when it was defined, it wasn't supported by my manager.

    Advice to Management

    Find a organization that works, and stick with it. Trying to find the latest trend wastes time and makes everyone discouraged.



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