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Hornbeck Offshore Reviews

Updated March 26, 2017
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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 (3)

    "Not "The Company of Choice"!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Company of choice?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Only Give Them 2 Years of Your Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Worse ethics ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Fleet Crew Member"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  8. "Product of the times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cargo Mate in Covington, LA
    Current Employee - Cargo Mate in Covington, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very strong commitment to safety.

    Cons

    Due to downturn in oil and gas industry, 28 on and 14 off schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to even time schedule


  9. "Got to stay in your toes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Captain in Covington, LA
    Current Employee - Captain in Covington, LA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money and mostly good vessels. During good times pay us good and bonuses but not any more. That's all.

    Cons

    To many people with unnecessary jobs in the office which creates a big overhead for all of us to support

    Advice to Management

    Cut down on the BS formalities


  10. 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...


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Chief Engineer OSV"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chief Engineer OSV in Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Chief Engineer OSV in Pensacola, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well, up until the crash in oil prices, Hornbeck was a good company to work for. Initially, the benefits were very good but have been steadily declining over the past several years for one reason or another.

    Cons

    The inability or unwillingness of the upper management to communicate with the vessels and keep the personnel abreast of the viability of the company to maintain personnel levels and the likelihood of layoffs or terminations to the point that any layoffs come as a sudden surprise with no warning.

    Advice to Management

    Remember who the people are that make it possible for you to do what you do. That without all those people that have been recently furloughed, laid off, fired, you wouldn't have been able to have the job you have now (for how long though?).


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