Good benefits and decent overall compensation (in 3 reviews)
Long hours, no clear vision, poor execution on management's half (in 4 reviews)
I worked at BJ Services full-time (More than 3 years)
If your fresh to oil and Gas this is a place to gain massive hands on experience in 2-3 years. This company will take you all over the world so you understand how to Commission Various Pipeline Applications
1. Below Market Rate Salary
2. Lack of Work Life Balance
3. Managers lack Decision Making ability or refuse to use it ( Go along to get along)
4. Lack of integrity is condoned amongst managers
5. Hostile work Environment is accepted
Advice to Management
1. Take care of your employees
2. Make a decision and stand by your decision especially if it impacts employee benifits
3. Ensure your first level managers have a track record of being ethical
4. Do not allow managers it stir conflict amongst employees.
benefits package, training, relocation package, partial tuition pay
100+hrs, unorganized programs, never receiving promised benefits
Advice to Management
be respectful of employees both above and below
Intensive training program brings new hire engineers into the fold immediately. State of the art training facility in Tomball where engineers take technical classes on products and services that the company offers. They shaved off any hiring fat during the technical courses which shows they are serious about having technically proficient employees and are not afraid to cut their losses.
With the right attitude, an employee will be able to get out of the company the effort he puts into his job. I was able to become proficient in multiple service lines which has been a launching point for my career beyond BJ. The beginning salary and benefits are much better than most offers for engineering grads (non-petroleum).
The company is well respected and I never felt that knowledge was a secret. The technology the company had allowed me to experience cutting edge applications and operations in the field.
You will become stagnant in the position you are in. Your success and career advancement are not always based on your accomplishments or technical capacity. On the same hand that you will get out of what you put into the job, when you go the extra mile and make family sacrifices for the benefit of the company, you are not always rewarded or even recognized. Once you are successful in a position that is hard to fill if you are promoted, management severely limits your promotion opportunities.
Management was quick to cut the job bonuses for engineers which is what made the job worth the time you invested into it. The job bonus program was a joke and its basis is ethically questionable. Engineers are able to self report job bonuses based on their own performance and I found that some of my peers did not have the same integrity that I did. It was completely frustrating.
Advice to Management
I understand that tough times call for unpopular decisions. I watched many hard working, good people laid off with seemingly no remorse. In a large corporation, golden parachutes and corporate survival by sticking it to the little man will continue as long as capitalism. None of that angered me about the company at all.
What pisses me off and drove me away from the company was the disconnect management had from the widget producing employee. When I am working 100+ hours a week in the most profitable district in the company and there are engineers sitting on their ass working 35 hours a week making the same amount I am while their district hemorrhages money, something is wrong.
The company needs to learn to grow and foster their best talent. They also need to learn to compensate their employees based on their production. You do not have to rope all engineers into one category or wage scale. Recognize who is producing the most and compensate them accordingly.
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