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Aker Solutions Reviews

Updated March 10, 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. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great Opportunities, Poor Leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    A very laid back environment with many ways to advance your career in other departments if you show enough interest.

    Cons

    Due to the laid back environment many people don't care. The management teams often show poor leadership or are disinterested

    Advice to Management

    Help the good employees advance and grow


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Analyst II"

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

    I have been working at Aker Solutions (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life Balance, colleagues are like a family.

    Cons

    Upper Management cannot make decision.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good and Bad"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Magnolia, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Magnolia, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and great work life balance. Lot of opportunities for knowledge and education. Nice facilities at Briar Park location.

    Cons

    Management lacks clear direction and is always changing gears. This lack of vision leads to a constant state of flux.

    Advice to Management

    Tough to say because company is Norwegian and marching orders come from them. Markets are different and require different dynamics. That gets lost sometimes.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "QA Inspector II"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Inspector II in North Houston, TX
    Former Employee - QA Inspector II in North Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting work regarding electrical, electronics, & hydraulics.

    Cons

    Despite all the corporate declarations, you are still just a number and a burden to their bottom line. The goal is for management to receive all the glory and you're personal contributions are meaningless.

    Advice to Management

    Take an ethic's course and remove you're current Quality Management since they will produce false allegations and not listen to facts.


  9. "Account Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Globally recognized. Good people on-board.

    Cons

    Too Many changes in personnel and Management. Company name has changed several times in the seven years that I was with the company. Logo and name recognition is losing status.

    Advice to Management

    Measure twice, Cut Once! Turnover and Management changes is way too high.


  10. "Relaxed environment but lack of direction"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people everywhere, friendly environment, not much pressure.

    Cons

    Upper Management has no clue on how to take the reigns of the company with its new direction. As a result, they are struggling with a skeleton crew.

    Advice to Management

    Cross Training means both ways. New groups and Old.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Be prepared for continuous change"

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

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Good potential for growth, good coworkers, comparable benefits

    Cons

    Management changes strategy frequently. Company vision is always evolving.

    Advice to Management

    Have a consistent strategy and stick the course.



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