Dril-Quip Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2020

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3.1
47%
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Dril-Quip President & CEO Blake T. DeBerry (no image)
Blake T. DeBerry
62 Ratings
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  • "Ineffective formal training program; this is more of a "get thrown into the ocean and then learn to swim" sort of place(in 7 reviews)

  • "Senior management have no clue and it’s not the same as making cars for Toyota(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Opportunity for those who wish to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Design Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dril-Quip for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A great company for those who wish to advance their skills and put their education into practice. Unlike most corporate companies, Dril-Quip allows opportunity for advancement for those who wish to put forth the time and effort to do and learn more. Previously I had worked for several larger corporations where there were multiple layers of middle managers that contributed very little to the organization also making it difficult to get a decision or direction quickly. Dril-Quip has a very flat management structure that allows a decision to be made very quickly. Dril-Quip also has a very "hand-on" upper management structure that have technical competency. With that being said it is not for every type of person. If you are a go-getter and wish to put your education and expertise to practice and contribute to the growth of the organization it is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Like most companies in the oil business their are boom and bust periods. These coincide with periods of hiring and firing and current state is a down cycle. Other small problems existed when company was much smaller with previous management which have for the most part been corrected. The company is fairly lean which sometimes requires long work hours to make up for this deficiency.

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  2. "Not a bad place"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CNC Lathe Machinist Setup/Operator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Dril-Quip full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Upper Management knows how to run a company.

    Cons

    Middle management leaves something to be desired.


  3. "Authoritarian Style Company"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Writer/Editor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dril-Quip full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits. Parking. Well-lighted office. Free coffee. Free water and ice.

    Cons

    Inflexible. Pay reductions and freezes. Layoffs. No independent thought. Rigid.

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  4. "Get some experience and leave"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Drafter 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dril-Quip full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good overtime, pay is ok, good benefits

    Cons

    Management is horrible, backstabbing, don’t trust anyone

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  5. "Just a job"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Drafter in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dril-Quip full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy straight forward work Regular Schedule

    Cons

    Long hours and repetitive dull work

  6. "Forge facilities are being leased out to AFGLOBAL"

    3.0
    Current Employee - QC Supervisor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dril-Quip full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Made friends throughout entire plant.

    Cons

    Low moral in some areas.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Assembly department is pretty cool."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Mechanic in Houston, TX

    I worked at Dril-Quip full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some of the time people would leave me alone so I could put quality into my work.

    Cons

    The main problem with DQ is that the 3 original owners are dead and gone.

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  8. "Good company to work for"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Dril-Quip full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good environment to learn new skills

    Cons

    They laid off a lot of emplloyees

  9. Helpful (6)

    "Poor Vision and Poor Direction,"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dril-Quip full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A competent engineer will get involved in a number of projects and efforts not otherwise available at a larger company. A lean structure with forging, heat treating, testing, machining and design is an engineer's playground. One can make a career at Dril-Quip cleaning up the engineering and quality mistakes, or at least pad their resume before moving on.

    Cons

    -The above average employee is not rewarded for their efforts. In fact, you will end up with more responsibility but no additional pay. -Apathy to mistakes. Some parts can have NCR rates of up to 80% of those produced. Historically this is tolerated. -Poor vision. The company rode a $2 billion backlog down to a $100 secure in their belief of a recovery of oil prices. They failed to see how cheaply shale wells could be produced. Despite having resources unavailable to many companies, they never tried to break into the on-shore market by designing and/or machining fracking equipment. Offshore is and will continue to be sluggish. -Poor direction. A great effort to reorganize the company was started because some consultants thought it would help. The company is still stuck in the 80s because of the number of older employees riding out their career to retirement rather than putting in "new blood" still looking to make a career. The Centers of Excellence failed at other companies; why is DRQ trying it? -The layoffs. You never know if you'll be next. -Pay. I lost 10% of my salary over a 3 year period as I was asked to do more and more.

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  10. "Drafter"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Dril-Quip full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Consistent schedule, job security, and advancement opportunity

    Cons

    You have to work 50-55 hours and feel stuck on a rigid path

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