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Ensco (UK) President, CEO, and Director Daniel W. Rabun
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  1. "IT Analyst"

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Health, vacation and 401k

    Cons

    no advancement if not part of a club.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify


  2. "An Acquisition...one company will suffer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ensco (UK) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I was a Pride International employee. Ensco acquired Pride. I stayed with the company for 1 year after the acquisition. I couldn't find any "Pros," so I left (like so many others). However, after I left, Ensco did investigate the Audit Director and made him leave the Company. This is something that Pride wouldn't do. So, I applaud Ensco's Audit Committee and Board of Directors for their ethics in this decision, even if it took a little longer than it should have.

    Cons

    Ensco is a "lean" company, meaning NO employee perks. For example, there was no flexibility in work hours, employees were expected to travel by the cheapest means possible (which meant one step above the pay-by-the-hour hotel), benefits were substandard, and bonuses (if you were high enough to get one) were way below the industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    It takes an investment to get good employees. When a company does not care about its employees, the good employees go elsewhere. Then, what are you left with?


  3. Helpful (2)

    ""Going Beyond" as the new motto does not apply to treatment of employees."

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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 Ensco (UK) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are competitive when compared with the rest of the offshore industry. For all of the negative issues in the company culture, there is a strong safety culture at Ensco.

    Cons

    Merger integration with Pride Int'l was managed very poorly, creating an antagonistic culture in Houston and on legacy Pride rigs. Even the legacy Ensco employees that moved to Houston from Dallas during the merger are leaving in high numbers. Senior executives are not approachable, and are known to punish those that are not "yes men".

    Advice to Management

    Look at your turnover rig by rig and department by department. VPs, Directors and Rig Managers need to be held accountable for the culture they are creating that leads to high turnover on their respective teams. If turnover is high in a specific area, there is a reason.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "White males only club"

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

    I have been working at Ensco (UK) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is decent otherwise most would leave. If you are a white male, your opportunities are not limited, for the rest of us, we are invisible so limited to mid-level.

    Cons

    Very old school. Complete "good ole boy" company. Women and minorities...forget it! You won't have a chance at moving up to a top level. They have one "token" female/minority on the board and known in management.

    Advice to Management

    This is not the 1950's where companies are run by white men. Learn what it means to diversify and perhaps you will have a better run company!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Money is what keeps people but maybe not for long..."

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    Current Employee - IT Support in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Support in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Excellent retirment benefits
    -Great pay for individuals who were retained from the Pride merger

    Cons

    -Lack of communication from upper management is frustrating
    -Company has doubled but is ran as a small company(no procedures, no structure and no direction)
    -Decisions are made by too few and usually by those who are not knowledgable enough or insecure
    -Disturbing when asked about community involvement that the CIO says "We feel Ensco does not owe them anything."
    -Penny pinching is very evident with the unwillingness to hire more than absolute base essential headcount even when it is not enough

    Advice to Management

    IT upper management does not seem to have a thorough understanding of implementing an enterprise network due to lack of understanding or "we have always do it that way" frame of mind. Technological decisions made are counter intuitive of Microsoft or industry standards and is costing the company more than saving in productivity and resources.


  7. "mechanic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ensco (UK) full-time

    Pros

    good pay, decent benefits, until the bottom dropped out.

    Cons

    Too much good ole boy going around, used to be a great company till the Pride merger/buyout. Now its too much back stabbing and lies to get promotions, oh and if you were with Ensco before the merger, well you are SOL as the management from Pride is still in place, so those guys get moved up first. When the ax dropped, all the semi guys were let go, cause they want nothing but drillships now. Enter at your own risk. And the "new" CEO, well lets just say he almost ran Schlumberger in the ground, now hes doing it at Ensco. Look it up, 2nd worst CEO in the world. Only some steel mill guy was worse.

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't listen anyway unless you are a stockholder.


  8. "Could be worse, could be better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay. Company invested heavily in quality assets which benefit offshore employees. Decent management in the operations department.

    Cons

    Lack of clear company goals. Lack of communication from management to lower level employees. Lack of teamwork/ support from other departments. Cross-department knowledge lacking.

    Advice to Management

    start training employees in additional roles besides their own; when major projects require multi-department cooperation (which many do), there needs to be resources available to work on project.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Top down management issues, profits before people, no office communication."

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    Former Employee - Second ENGINEER in Gom (Ethiopia)
    Former Employee - Second ENGINEER in Gom (Ethiopia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ensco (UK) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good crew on the ship I was working on, the people they kept from Pride International (that didn't quit on their own accord) were great.

    Cons

    Non-competitive pay, no consistency in policy, hypocrisy from vessel management all the way down, no reaction to huge crew turnover numbers to address issues, several pay cuts before I quit.

    Advice to Management

    Go out and spend time with the people working on your assets that are making you money. Realize that people put years into these ships and rigs and care about them and the fact that the office would go out of the way to dock pay over less than $50 for mess ups when they are already not paying people well is so angering. Very unhappy with my time at Ensco.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Go Beyond"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ensco (UK) full-time

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits is acceptable among other oil and gas drilling contractors in the world. It is well known in Ensco that on-shore expatriates, and off-shore crews are 'pampered'. If you are however on the local payroll, you may have to manage your expectations.

    Cons

    Go Beyond is the main message of the Company's vision, and values, and it means employees are expected not to be mediocre folks. but to produce exceptional results.

    The previous management style (prior to the change of CEO, Dan Raban) was out-of-date (micro-management), high turn-overs are evident across regions and certain departments, and there were no transparency for important information or discussion properly disseminated to the employees. It was tough to convince the management to promote or to retain certain employee despite hard evidence and facts of good performance being presented, and some individuals are victims of dismissal due to bias and redundancy.

    Being an on-shore personnel (non-expatriate) working in Asia, there is no work-life balance and it includes the weekends.

    Advice to Management

    In one of the five Ensco's core values - Success for employees, customers, and shareholders, you need to re-think what success have you provided to your employees.

    1. The management needs to dedicate time to analyse and find out why are there high turnovers in the Company.
    2. The management needs to adopt a coaching and mentoring approach, rather than micro-management or finger-pointing.
    3. The management needs to 'listen' to the employees' voice by regularly holding town-hall sessions.


  11. "interesting job with poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Subsea Engineer in Luanda, Luanda (Angola)
    Former Employee - Subsea Engineer in Luanda, Luanda (Angola)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ensco (UK) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very goog salary, health package, ....

    Cons

    Management, organization, logistic, training, human consideration.

    Advice to Management

    be more human


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