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Aker Solutions Reviews

Updated September 3, 2017
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  • Work subject to the vagaries of the oil and gas industry (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management very inconsistent, roles change frequently (especially during multiple 'restructurings') (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Assembly and test Technician III"

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    Former Employee - Assembly and Test Technician III in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assembly and Test Technician III in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, awesome pay, and the people around have good attitudes

    Cons

    No career development, no room to grow, no accountability, every man for themselves, no leadership skill, no open mind too close minded.

    If you want to just make good money and ok with not growing, this company is for you. They will pay you, but you will be held down on your career growth.

    Advice to Management

    In order to change the culture it takes changing the people.

    Stop talking about and be able about.
    Challenge your employees, don't let them get comfortable. Make them learn more so you don't have to rely on one person.
    You should able to rely on everyone. It's not a one man team.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Was once great, not so much anymore"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a quite a bit of freedom to work the way you want to work.

    Cons

    With the oil market decline, it is not the company it used to be. Many of the good have gone and it has become a very stressful environment to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Need to try better to find opportunities for the good employees

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Counting down the days from the sink..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good technical senior staff.
    Some very good engineers and industry leaders
    Have good products that can really sell in the gulf.

    Cons

    No career path for engineers.

    Management thinks only project engineers and managers are worthy of raises and promotions.
    Keep changing titles among a handful of the people and keep calling it streamlining or reorganisation.

    Like to add own flavor to industry's best practices like lean and kaizen with lack luster attitude as leaders lack experience.

    Keep hiring outside candidates on director level roles.

    Advice to Management

    Promote sound technical people to managerial roles. Engineering is more than just time, schedule and resource management.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible unfocused company, no product quality"

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    Current Employee - Quality in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Quality in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Work home balance
    Nice people
    Not a bad first job out of college

    Cons

    Endless amounts of negatives.
    Reorg corporate structure every 6 months or so.
    No training
    Poor management at all levels

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and hire some competent management.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "All the good people got out years ago"

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

    Pros

    Half Day Fridays - Good work/life balance

    Decent pay scale for position

    Some really good hard working people are still there.

    Cons

    Excessive meetings that could be handled with an email.

    Managers believe in the "buddy-buddy" system and could care less about performance.

    All the exceptional worker are forced out or found better opportunities due to lack of teamwork and management.

    Advice to Management

    Hold Engineers accountable and start weeding out management that adds no value to the company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and decent work environment

    Cons

    Majority of the people are lazy. Don't bother to look up information. Always relying on other people to do the work

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the lazy people. Improve the development of people career


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Disiorganised and cut throat"

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

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    decent pay and good benefits

    Cons

    No training for job functions or systems. They tout core values of Customer drive, HSE mindset, People and teams, Open and direct dialogue, Hands-on management, Delivering quality results and they are all talk. TEAM building is a non existent concept. HSE is the first paperwork to hit the trash bin and quality is next in line. They are a failing business because their clients know they have no quality. Bad work, horrible moral and "open and direct dialogue" will get you written up for insubordination.

    Advice to Management

    Live the values you preach. If you did that your company would be 200% better.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "engineer II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great people, good teams, fair pay,

    Cons

    management needs to get their stuff together

    Advice to Management

    listen to clients, listen to front line employees making all of the money for you.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, good working relationship among senior personnel

    Cons

    New hires friends with upper management, did not have the experience to have the job much less to be promoted to their level

    Advice to Management

    Take care of senior personnel, they are the ones with experience and can help mento the new hires when they come aboard


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not the best place to work for."

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    challenging work
    no micro management
    good work life balance

    Cons

    no overtime
    no bonus
    promotions based on who you know up top in the ladder
    Too many project engineers, deputy project managers and project managers who keeps travelling without adding any value to the project.
    poor performance/ appraisal tool.

    Advice to Management

    gauge people based on the work they do, not on who they know.


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