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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for. You need to be self motivated. You will not be micromanaged. The pay is good (when oil prices don't tank).

    Cons

    Funds can be limited depending on the department you work for.

    Advice to Management

    Open up to employees a little more. More transparency would be a good thing.


  2. "Eto"

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    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

  3. "IT"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Executive in Madgaon (India)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Executive in Madgaon (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Helix Energy Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Start Up,Good environment,Culture,Values,Friendly staff,Schemes was proper etc.

    Cons

    No proper Investment,Projects,salary & benefits,Management.

    Advice to Management

    Proper Management


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good company to ride through industry downturn"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Stable company, expanding quickly, able to ride the oil drops without massive layoffs, a lot of new assets coming on board

    Cons

    Niche company, not for everyone.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Behind the ball but trying to catch up"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Helix Energy Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company is expanding and has tried to improve salaries and benefits recently. Training has improved and a new atmosphere of advancement and promoting from within has started to be enacted.

    Cons

    A lot of cut corners on there offshore assets but some are from previous management that have since been replaced. Still on the low side for salary and benefits but the office is aware and trying to keep improve.

    Advice to Management

    Put more money into quality equipment and vessel systems, especially in the beginning to ensure but results. Continue bring compensation up to industry standards.


  6. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. 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

  8. "Growing pains"

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

    I have been working at Helix Energy Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Small company atmosphere, flexibility in work schedule; friendly work atmosphere

    Cons

    Flat management tree - small opportunity for advancement; experiencing growing pains

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for growth within the company


  9. "Excellent company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent management and senior management

    Cons

    Really no cons that I know of.


  10. "Has been very good to me."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In this smaller company, employees can have a greater impact on company results than at larger companies. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    A lot of people have left, and HR is shorthanded and swamped. Positions go unfilled and those that remain retain more and more work.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more often to employees, instead of focusing almost entirely on investors. A higher stock price is not the only goal. Quality work, a sound strategy, and employee pride should count also. The stock price will eventually follow if you achieve those things.


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