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Helix Energy Solutions Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Valuation up. Morale and retention down."

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

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

    Pros

    Helix is a good place to work if you want to learn. There are plenty of opportunities to branch out into areas of interest outside your job description.

    Cons

    Politics and incongruous treatment of employees inhibits organizational progress. Employees are over worked and overloaded. Management turns a blind eye to employee morale. The HR department is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Take a break from the balance sheet and focus on the true assets of the organization, the employees.


  2. "receptionist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Easy Work, Long Lunch Break

    Cons

    Horrible Work Environment, Toxic Management


  3. "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Helix Energy Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Initially great company to work for when O&G industry was steady

    Cons

    With market downturn, management throws the employees out with very little regard. Management is stagnant.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of the employees that provide your job.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Well..."

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

    I have been working at Helix Energy Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sometimes good - sometimes bad - ok

    Cons

    As every where... stand for yourself


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Added experience to my resume at a cost."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sharepoint Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sharepoint Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the folks are great people with which to work.

    Cons

    The pay scale is grossly below market value; little to no room for advancement. Very disorganized IT department.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees fairly at the actual market value. Do some research on what other companies in the same industry in the Houston market are paying, and you will see that the Helix pay scales, at least as far as IT goes, are grossly under value. To lose a good employee to another company because of unfair pay is a completely fixable problem.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "A very poorly managed company that treats its employees as bad as it is managed."

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    Current Employee - Project Procurement Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Procurement Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, generous vacation/sick time/company holidays

    Cons

    During my time I had the two worst supervisors I have ever had during my professional career. Being lied to, having credit taken for your work, being used as a scapegoat are all common place at Helix in the supply chain department. During 2.5 years, there has been a full 45-50% turnover rate in a group that had as many as 25 people at one time and 2 manager and 1 director left/were fired. There is no use of the chain of command, no focus on employee development at all, no leadership training as the leaders are terrible role models (and need training for themselves before they could logically train an employee)and there are no employee evaluations to speak of.

     A couple other notable cons:
    - Favoritism for under-performers is the norm in supply chain, the strong are pushed aside as they are threats to the managers.
    - Promotions are rarely, if ever given and raises are never given less the measly 2-3% cost of living adjustment people receive.
    - HR is not on the side of the employees, its actually quite the opposite. Going to HR with an issue is a risk and most employees that I know suffered for bringing problems to light.

    If you want to use Helix as a place to learn but not stay, it can serve that purpose, don't plan on making a home here.

    Advice to Management

    Subjectively the answer that come to mind are grow a backbone but that is not helpful though it is accurate. Objectively, the managers are not professionals, not ready to lead their employees by example and incapable of empowering them to make decisions that are related to their scope of work. Helix supply chain had a strong leader in the past, his position was filled by someone quite the opposite and there is no sign it will change in the near future.


  8. "Still adjusting to corporate environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Helix Energy Solutions (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Acceptable salary and, at least for me, a satisfying match for my background and position. Need to be in the right group.

    Cons

    Small business mentality does not work when trying to convert to corporate environment. Agree with another reviewer - HR a joke.


  9. "Summer intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great food, the ship accommodations were nice. Good interaction between deck and engine staff.

    Cons

    Pay was on lower end for cadet work in the gulf of mexico. Not a high retention rate for employees. Looked like they pulled primary workforce solely from Woodgroup.


  10. "A mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Helix Energy Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Salary and work environment very excellent. It can be a good place to work if you land in the right department.

    Cons

    If an individual has a key/critical role at the company which can significantly impact the bottom-line, he/she is protected by upper management, no matter how poorly they manage their employees, how poorly they communicate and despite unbelievably unacceptable
    behavior towards employees.

    Advice to Management

    There are certain types of management styles and behaviors which are entirely unacceptable. When an HR department must get involved repeatedly, it is time to take a hard look at the situation. Additionally, each department seems to be an island with completely different ways to doing things and there is not a lot of effective communication between groups. Too much suspicion etc. A well thought out and implemented management policy would be a good idea...


  11. "Eto"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Helix Energy Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work

    Cons

    If you don't want to travel this is not the intended job

    Advice to Management

    None


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