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Updated January 10, 2018
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Yoshihiro Shigehisa
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Pros
  • Work life balance, OT pay, generally good working environment for those looking for long term employment (in 6 reviews)

  • Good Company, Good Working Environemnt, Good Benefit (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Time punctuality, Work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Typical japanese company, lack of project recently (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Piping Materials Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Piping Materials Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JGC (More than a year)

    Pros

    New Office Start-Up that allowed individuals to make contributions to the organizations primary specifications, standards and procedures. Allowed to work full time on company overhead.

    Cons

    Organization did not hire sales personnel quickly enough to obtain contracts to sustain original staffing. Some Department Managers were not focused on the company goals.

    Advice to Management

    Honor your word and move personnel to perform other jobs when no work in there area of expertise is available.


  2. "Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    No leadership. Project Management is very poor at best. There is no respect for employees. Business Development is going nowhere. No new jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Look deeply into your organization. Understand client needs. Build a more detailed Scope of Work. Treat your employees fairly.

  3. "Poor Planning"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JGC full-time

    Pros

    Great salary and great benefits

    Cons

    Did not do proper planning to open and SUSTAIN a North American office


  4. "Cares about their employees"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at JGC full-time

    Pros

    JGC cares about their employees and it shows in so much of what they do for us. Since the Houston office, is a start up office, things have started slowly but I can see a successful path forward. Someone mentioned the 50 people layoff (it was actually a furlough) and JGC did that many months after other engineering companies had started their layoffs. It should not be seen as a negative for JGC as JGC was just responding to the downturn of the market.

    Cons

    The biggest con I see is this was a start up office. Everything had to be started from the beginning (procedures, work instructions, etc).


  5. "Assistant"

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

    I worked at JGC full-time

    Pros

    Very clean office and organaized

    Cons

    They just laid off over 50 persons


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Lead Cost Controller"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Cost Controller in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Lead Cost Controller in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JGC (More than a year)

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule , flexible hours. Building has break rooms with coffee machines.

    Cons

    Horrible place to work for the Japanese. Start up company for just one year, no planning or organization. Laid off 33% of the workforce just after one year of preparing the procedures and tools to execute projects. The Japanese management do not believe in Americans could be efficient. The company has no projects and is having financial difficulties and will close its doors this year.


  7. "JGC America"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Project Engineer in League City, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Project Engineer in League City, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at JGC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Their office is close to the beltway

    Cons

    Have very little loyalty for their staff - 2015 they had a mass layoff

    Advice to Management

    Change to a people who care policy (i.e. Hillcorp) as your resources are your greatest asssets

  8. "Sr. Process Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer Process Engineering in South Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer Process Engineering in South Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at JGC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    best benefits excellent pay master

    Cons

    short of projects related to petroleum refineries

    Advice to Management

    No comments


  9. Helpful (3)

    "JGC America is a fail venture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JGC full-time

    Pros

    Working with the Japanese is pretty enlightened that's when you get to work with them. Management sometime prevents the barrier.

    Cons

    Horrible management, they expects us to be efficient yet giving us very little direction to go on. Everybody in management keeps telling the technical engineer to get busy, but does not give any vision or structure. Everybody in management knows each other, typical "you scratch my back and I'll scratch your" management style. If you don't know upper management or their old school friends, good luck keeping your job. The principal process engineer is there because his buddy from KBR knows him. Everybody is in there to get as much from the new venture and walk away with their pockets full.

    When it comes to efficiency they laid off the technical people that work on the project first, and keeps their friends. JGC is an international renounce EPC company, but their JGC in America is a joke of a venture. It's more like a mom and pop garage engineering shop. Their eventual process leader (Alan) is a good technical P&ID engineer, but the most incompetent leader. He's only good at reading P&IDs, but not anything else. Most of the time he's a hot-head and stomp on people to get to the top. If you work with him, be sure to watch your back. If things go wrong, he'll throw you under the bus first.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent managers not your friends.


  10. "Generally a good place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JGC full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with: smart, energetic and driven. You will definitely be challenged

    Cons

    Typical large company feel, difficult to move around red tape and work directly with senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to communicate more with employees.


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