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Hornbeck Offshore Reviews

Updated March 26, 2017
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Hornbeck Offshore Chairman, President, CEO, and Secretary Todd M. Hornbeck
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Pros
  • good pay, and large corporate experience (in 8 reviews)

  • This is a great company trying to survive an economic downturn which will last longer than any, the oilfield has experienced previous (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • There have been two pay cuts so far (in 8 reviews)

  • after all, the upper management doesnt have the skills or required licenses to do any dirty work themselves (what the company is based upon) (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "ENGINEER"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hornbeck Offshore full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Hornbeck Offshore for almost 8 years, they used to be a decent company back when we were "the lifeblood"

    Cons

    Somewhere along the way, the lifeblood became an "anchor". Im sure that could be a way of saying something that drags or holds something down. If youve ever been anchored you know thats not exactly a compliment. Maybe its a current state of the the fleet? Either way im not sure. The uppermanagement makes way too much money for what they actually do. I think at one point they were ranked obscenely high for the entire state of louisiana vs every other company. Pretty much a lose lose for any investor, especially in down times....after all, the upper management doesnt have the skills or required licenses to do any dirty work themselves (what the company is based upon). On Jan 1st the company made the bold decision to force every employee into a 28-14 schedule...why? So you would quit instead of drawing unemployment and reviewing negativly upon the shareholders bottom line. After all its straight out of the Dilbert manual....

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your cell phone rings "lets have a party" while discussing wage cuts with some of your senior highest liscensed employees...Especially if you are the owner.

    Red solo cup


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not "The Company of Choice"!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Three Time Demoted Bridge Officer in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Three Time Demoted Bridge Officer in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hornbeck Offshore (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A paycheck.
    Decent health and vision insurance.

    Cons

    Uber layers of unnecessary management.
    Extreme excessive paperwork for no apparent reason.
    Not a good working environment. Low morale.
    Office not Masters running vessels. They prefer you call them instead making a decision on your own.
    Unstable employment. Never know from one day to the next if you will finish a hitch or sent home.
    Many other cons were overlooked when schedule & pay was good but not anymore.

    Advice to Management

    You can not maintain good morale if you use fear & intimidation as a means to control your employees.


  3. "The company of choice is not what they make out to be, especially for their employees."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chief Engineer in Grand Bay, AL
    Former Employee - Chief Engineer in Grand Bay, AL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hornbeck Offshore full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They are providing a place to work for newer employees. All of the vessels are good stable platforms some more then others.

    Cons

    The company has lost sight of where the income comes from. Yes they were once a $60.00 stock but are below $10.00 now. The vessels and crews are what makes the company. Right now HOS is a management group that just happens to have some boats. They stood on principles while keeping the schedules at 21/21 which brought high caliber employees from competitors which were only 28/14. Now have cut pay and forced 28/14 schedules. People were prepared for the pay cuts but the 2/1 schedule and over demanding terms makes HOS just a run of the mill boat company.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to being personnel with the people not just a name on a sheet of paper open your eyes to how your company sees you. Remember the BIG TEAM not just the employees that work in the office but the people that bled for the company to make it what it was. And can be again


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Worse ethics ever"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Fourchon, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Fourchon, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hornbeck Offshore full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I suppose if your upper management you have tons of pros. But if you work on a boat I guess the pro would be finding a new job away from this company.

    Cons

    Hmmm where to start... 28/14 schedule. Opps that's not correct that's only if your boat has a contract. If it doesn't you are on-call for 28 days at home not drawing pay. Then OFF-call for 28 days. Nice job Todd is a great way not to let people get that BS unemployment money. The only good crew coordinators they fired. Now you are stuck with people that couldn't give a care for anyone but themselves. Seriously if you decide to work here you are a fool. Just about everyone is looking for jobs elsewhere. They loose people every hitch because people don't come back to work.

    Advice to Management

    Waste of time writing here. Management is going to do what the want to make sure they still receive their monster bonuses and salary. Well once all the good people leave and youre stuck with new people or people fired from other jobs. Good Luck with your goal zero or company of choice. Most people just want workmans comp case.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Fleet Crew Member"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Covington, LA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Covington, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hornbeck Offshore full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    New Vessels but not much to positively say about the rest of the company.

    Cons

    Work day schedule are terrible. You are never at home. To much job paperwork to perform your daily duties. It is getting to the point of being ridiculous in that if you get a minor scratch on your arm or finger it is a write-up. Therefore it is mandatory for an individual to wear long sleeve shirts at all times. When it come to the hand they have a glove for every task, from cooking food to handling 6-32 screws to large equipment. I have to ask myself... really 6-32 screws? Everyone has a very negative moral attitude which makes going to work dreadful. Then you take this attitude home when you get off. Not a very pleasant place to work! Also you have to pay for your travel. Sure they give you pay allowance but that only covers 50% and it is added to your payroll, hence you have to pay income tax for this additional income. Its not fair for the employees to have such burdens put upon them. No 401K bennies...

    Advice to Management

    Stop creating burdens, inconveniences, and, liabilities to your employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Bad time to work in the oil industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in Covington, LA
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in Covington, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hornbeck Offshore full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's all about timing, if oil is going up then everyone is happy pay is good schedules are good.

    Cons

    Right now 2016 oil is down 25% pay cuts no benefits at all and all boats now on a 2:1 schedule

    Advice to Management

    This company preaches safety, but still asks employees to do more for less and with less to satisfy shareholders. I'm pretty sure every worker is disgruntled with management and the way they are going about indiscriminate pay cuts, layoffs, and schedule changes...


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Poor management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mate
    Current Employee - Mate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hornbeck Offshore full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent coworkers, newer equipment. Pay is ok, but not great.

    Cons

    -Hiring from from outside instead of promoting over-qualified people from within.
    -extremely poor planners- your work schedule is liable to change up to the day before you are supposed to arrive for work
    - crappy 28/14 work schedule
    - vessel managers and crew coordinators think no one has the option to leave, so they bully people and frequently threaten with "if you don't like it you can quit" over minor requests

    Advice to Management

    Work with your current employees instead of constantly disregarding them and screwing then over


  8. Helpful (10)

    "FuRandySWiNeedAflight"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Hornbeck Offshore full-time

    Pros

    Used to be a great company to work for. When (and only when) they need you, they will take great care of you. The best part of the company is the experience if you're fortunate enough to work with a quality crew on a quality vessel. Spring Break Forever.

    Cons

    This company just can't get right...

    At one point the CEO started a meeting with the a vessels crew by telling them they're all overpaid, just as they were about to begin a very profitable charter that basically kept the company afloat throughout the market downturn. This. Actually. Happened. That was six months before the decline in the Gulf, when the company was actually making money. So pretty much, thanks for making me millions, I wish I could pay you less. I haven't seen a backhand like that since Dolemite!

    Their VGMs, or Operations Managers, or whatever they feel like calling themselves this week are notorious liars. I've yet to meet one that didn't go back on their word, or give their crew a runaround worthy of political office.

    Let's not forget about the steady pay cuts, the loss of almost all benefits & incentives, the recently built, multi-million dollar "world class" gym and corporate office renovations during a financial crisis, the near-daily crew shuffles, and my favorite.... The mandatory 2:1 schedule.

    Advice to Management

    If you're expecting unwavering loyalty from your employees, then have the decency to reciprocate with a basic level of respect and honesty. Return to the moral and ethical values that once made you the company of choice.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Run Away."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hornbeck Offshore full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well was a decent company from what I hear. Not anymore. Not a single PRO to put here.

    Cons

    Crew coordinators that can't return phone or emails. Lying, lots of lying and back stabbing. Management that is only concerned with their welfare not anyone elses. Payouts Payouts and then some more Payouts. But that didn't stop the higher ups from getting massive yearly bonuses. And now. Only boats on contract will have crew everyone else is to be on-call at home with no pay until you are needed.

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving yourself bonuses. And cut your pay. And how about honesty that would be nice.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "No Company For Good Men"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hornbeck Offshore full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's really difficult to think of any at the moment. Due to the insidiously negative changes that have not only occurred with how the employees of the company are paid, the cultural changes within the company's management and how the employees are treated [poorly I might add] leave very little if anything positive to add.

    Cons

    Paycuts are now coming in at an incremental and razor sharp reliable rate of every six months. The first round of cuts started in Jan. 2015 which averaged between 5%- 8%. Fast forward six months later and yet another round of about the same percentages of paycuts were assaulted upon the employees. Starting to see a pattern? Well I hope so....And now the most recent pay cut [ and this one is a real blood sucker to be sure] happened in Jan. 11th 2016 at a nice, greedy, shareholder friendly , we don't care one bit about you lousy boat scum 25%....It's not just the paycuts. It's also the new environment of fear and intimidation they have created and perpetuated. Russian prison camps in Siberia literally treat their captives better than this place treats their employees. With the dismantlememt of even time schedules you now no longer have any time at home with a mandatory 28/14 schedule they have imposed and forced upon the crews. Think you are going home on time? Guess again....Get ready for the absolute worst crew changes in the industry and being treated like an invisible person by the shore side "support staff and crew coordinators". Paper work levels are absurd and their false safety culture is only to ensure they are immune from blame and legal ramifications.....Let's cut to the chase, unless you WANT TO experience continuous paycuts, ever growing workloads that exceed reason and feasibility, high accident rates, no time at home [that's always fun isn't it?] , bullying along with fear mongering intimidation tactics, and what is otherwise an impending environment of human misery, I would seriously avoid this place!

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves before the industry and the employees fire your company!


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