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Hornbeck Offshore Reviews

Updated October 22, 2016
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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 (5)

    "Chief Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Chief Engineer in Port Fourchon, LA
    Former Employee - Chief Engineer in Port Fourchon, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    CEO was really concerned about the people working for him and there was some really great people directly around him

    Cons

    Mid to lower management (as well as market conditions) have destroyed this once large and successful company! While there is a small group left, many of those are the same ones that helped to destroy the trust and cooperation that made it great!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the deck plates and dump most of your 'managers'. With as small a company as you have become, let the actual boat people take over your company and FIRE those middle men bureaucrats that have made you into the feared and even hated shell of a company!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hornbeck Offshore (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The MPSV are very well design as well strong dependable crew, that take there career seriously and want to be rewarded.

    Cons

    To many lay offs, lack of work hr doesn't communicate with ship's crew about their future. They are good at lied to you over the email but looks to cut cost and employees to benefit them. Lot of hard and dedicated crew members gone poor management top to bottom.

    Advice to Management

    Forget loyalty it doesn't matter, these companies are about there own skin.... Make as must and work long schedule as long as you can and save...


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be a good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Master
    Current Employee - Master
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hornbeck Offshore full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not very many these days.

    Cons

    0 communication from the office to vessels or internally. Employees are suffering due to overspending new build programs.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Company of choice?"

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    Former Employee - Vessel Crew in Port Fourchon, LA
    Former Employee - Vessel Crew in Port Fourchon, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hornbeck Offshore full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    2 years ago, I considered HOS the best offshore service company anyone could hope to work for. My assigned vessel had crew who truly valued professionalism, loyalty and teamwork. The pay was great and with even time rotations, it made us the envy of the offshore service community. HOS's "Goal Zero" safety culture was never fully achieved but the highest I've ever worked for in my career. A lot of times I thought it was a little over the top but your odds of going home the same way you showed up were excellent. I would say the new boats are good but not great due to various design issues but definitely better than the older boats.

    Cons

    Present situation is far different due to industry downturn which has forced draconian measures that upper management says are necessary to survive. The good days are over. Substantial pay cuts and 28/14 schedule is now the new HOS. Crew change logistics getting to and from Fourchon is your problem. Spot charters do not factor in crew change so be ready to come back to work a few days early or go home a few days late. Bad news for people who live in places like ME, WA or OR or outside of driving distance.
    The ambitious new build program was too many vessels that came too fast and there are still 2 more unlimited tonnage MPSVs coming in 2017. Between the demotions, pay cuts and crappy rotation, the ongoing exodus of experienced and enthusiastic officers doesn't appear to be stopping which will probably impact HOS's ability to fully take advantage of any future industry upturn if and when it happens.
    The atmosphere with management is now toxic with threats of termination for any open criticism or small safety violations and rumors of more cuts are trickling down to the boats. There seems to be a belief from upper management that we would all suck it up and stay because there was no place to go. Not the case if you have a good professional reputation and willing to make some changes.

    Advice to Management

    We get the challenges of the current industry downturn but you can't go back to the old ways of running a mud boat company if you want to keep and attract the best people. Everyone needs balance between work and quality of life- I had to choose and many others are not far behind.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Only Give Them 2 Years of Your Career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covington, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covington, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hornbeck Offshore full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    HOS attracts some of the brightest and most talented workers available. The corporate headquarters is full of great people in all sub-Director levels. The renovated office is beautiful and in a convenient location. It is an exciting and fast-paced workplace where you will learn things you wouldn't otherwise ever be exposed to. It's a great short-term experience.

    Cons

    The best and most talented people don't stay long. To be successful at HOS, you must pledge your allegiance to the company. You are expected to work 60 hour weeks and sacrifice your family and personal life for the good of the company. I'm surprised that expectation isn't a stand-alone agreement in the onboarding paperwork. In return, you get your pay check and not much else. Career growth in the office is a almost non-existent. Director-level positions are almost always filled with outside hires. Internal promotions rarely promote past the "supervisor" level, which is their trick to put you on salary and not pay you Management-level pay.

    Benefits have deteriorated in the past 5 years. Old-timers reminisce about the glory years. Bonuses are used to close the deal at hire, but mean very little afterward. Vacation is a dirty word. The CEO once announced in a company-wide meeting that he would prefer that we were home with the flu than out on vacation. He was joking, but everyone understood his true meaning. Not what you would expect from a public company with Louisiana's 2nd-highest paid executive team in 2013 and one that bought a fishing yacht for the CEO's "business" use.

    Their technology is years behind the norm. They're scared to death of software updates, social media, and Wi-Fi. You have to use an Ethernet cord to connect to the printers and the internal server.

    Worst of all, the in-fighting at the Executive level will eventually sink this once great company. The Executives insist that it doesn't happen but it's obvious. They once actually fired a Manager for openly discussing it. After that, those who need a job, dare not discuss that which must not be named. No matter what they say to the contrary, HOS Executives can't handle hearing that the Emperor has no clothes. If you openly disagree with one of them...your days are numbered.

    Advice to Management

    Try to spend as much time addressing my criticisms of HOS as you're going to spend trying to figure out who wrote this review.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "blah"

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

    I worked at Hornbeck Offshore full-time

    Pros

    There are those who currently have a job, which is a huge pro. There is not a lot of other things that I would consider a pro currently. That being said, it always has not been this way.

    Cons

    Vessel crews are looked at like a lesser being.

    nothing EVER positive about vessels, crews, or indivduals.

    Pay cuts, Schedule changes 28/14.

    Paperwork

    Threats.

    401k no match

    no rental from airport

    Too many half assed vessels instead of a few real good ones.

    Advice to Management

    take two vessels cost and make ONE. Z drive and Moyno pumps and VFD's and circulating fans. Make crew berthing and facilities a priority. Make the client comfortable, sure... but make your crew MORE comfortable. ALWAYS. Have something good to say once in a while. remove the negative from the company upper management.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Everyone in any management position just seems to tell you what you want to hear."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The only good reason to work here would be the health insurance. Beyond that, there is no good reason to work here.

    Cons

    All upper management cares about are the shareholders. All licensed officers are required to attend annual training meetings where upper management just tries to get you to believe otherwise. The Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Annessa does seem to be very sincere at these yearly presentations. However, that makes you wonder how disconnected he is with what is truly going on in the fleet and middle management or if he is just the biggest liar of the group.

    Advice to Management

    Be upfront with your employees. Why do we have to call and call or send repeated emails to not have anyone respond? The only way we get any answers is to call upper management. If your middle management is "afraid" to make the call and let your employees know what is going on, then you need to find someone that is willing to accept that responsibility.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Better travel pay"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in Port Fourchon, LA
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in Port Fourchon, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The rotation is good. The insurance is OK. They provide transportation from the airport to Fourchon.

    Cons

    The "travel " pay is terrible. You pay for your flight to and from if you fly into New Orleans. They only pay 370 for someone who flies long distances. If you don't work your full hitch then you don't get any travel pay. Crew changes are the worst that I have encountered while in the industry. No one has a clue of what is going on from the crew coordinator to the Officers at home that are getting a half days pay to set this up. There is no communication with the on coming crew.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying for travel and pay for hotel rooms for the guys that fly in the night before.


  10. "Non commital commitals"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Covington, LA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Covington, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay good benifits and very capable people.

    Cons

    Poor managment on larger vessels. Micro management and indecision. This company needs to stick to mud boats where they do very well.

    Advice to Management

    Let the profesionals run the ships and quit micro managaging.


  11. "You are treated like a commodity If you are néeded things are great if not, well that's another story."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in Macaé (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in Macaé (Brazil)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the time you get your checks without errors. If there are errors in it the usually have it fixed and put on the very next check two weeks later.

    Cons

    They are not very understanding when it comes to the employees personal life. They routinely ask people to work two and three month hitches to cover for undercrewing.

    Advice to Management

    Do not intimidate employees to get them to work long hitches or to get them to work for less pay. People understand that sometimes pay has to be adjusted, but to hold a persons job over thier head to squeeze everybit of productivity out of that person you can is just not right. It becomes a safety issue when people believe they have to work 16 hour days or risk being fired.



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