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Maersk Oil Reviews

Updated February 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance although pressure has increased with the oil downturn (in 17 reviews)

  • Good company to work for and look after the employees (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Decision making is very top down, lack of or inconsistent vision/direction (in 4 reviews)

  • Employees do not know what's going on with the Houston office everyone seems to be left in the dark (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "horrible company's"

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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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They had nice new equipment is all I can say good about this company

    Cons

    Worst company ever be prepared to not advance unless yoy got a buddy in the office or either from Denmark not good 4 American s

    Advice to Management

    Take time to look at whole picture not just your butts take that Hr leader and flush her down the toilet


  2. "Stay Away from Accounting Department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has great insurance and good location for few close to I10.

    Cons

    Great company but not much going on in the US. I started working for the company when they had 200 employees, currently they have less than 100 and still overstaffed. Accounting department is a place where you want to stay away from. Rude controller

    Advice to Management

    Tell people the truth when interviewing. Get rid of people who are making this company look bad.


  3. "Dysfunctional... But Diverse"

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    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 Maersk Oil full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The genuine individuals. It's just too bad that there aren't more honest, forthright, caring people. The diversity of the company is amazing... but that simply comes from the fact that it is an international company, in a very diverse city (Houston, TX, USA).

    Cons

    Sadly, I could write a book. I worked with full integrity during my tenure at this company, yet was accused of doing things by a reporting employee (who was not even on the company payroll as a permanent employee). Rather than investigating situations and standing behind their employees, the company (particularly local management) tries to sweep things under the rug.

    I had four different managers in three separate departments during my four years at the company, with the last manager being the only truly supportive individual. They could learn a lot from him.

    The company does not focus on business outlooks, and therefore must constantly adapt to changes/business needs in an emergency and unplanned fashion, causing much stress on the supporting departments to deliver unrealistic results (even though my team managed to deliver and exceed expectations on several occasions). The mismanagement of business planning also costs the company more money, in addition to overworking employees, and causing chaos with technical teams who need to meet stringent deadlines. Managers and team leaders need to learn to fully listen to, humble themselves, and hear other professionals in departments supporting their business teams when supporting team members ask questions or make suggestions during strategic planning sessions.

    The corporate culture at this company is so absurd that I had a business partner from an outside vendor refer to the company and it's local management as dysfunctional. I still have contact with this business colleague, which I mention because it is the company who has much to learn about relationships and people. Relationships, "constant care" (one of the "Core Values"), and people are core business competencies that must be masted in order to develop a healthy, robust, trusting company culture. I saw many middle management employees leave the company after only a short time with the company because of the nonchalance, unsupportive mannerisms, and even outright misrepresentations of job expectations of upper management employees.

    The corporate evaluation process is also very undermining. Evaluations can be a very useful tool in developing valuable and tenured employees, when used properly. Rather, the evaluations at Maersk have been developed into corporate goals with little intent into actual personal development for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to truly live the core values and remember that each and every person who contributes to the success of the company and it's goals is the reason for the company's successes.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Negative Outlook for Houston Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Maersk Oil (More than a year)

    Pros

    Half day Friday's and decent vacation time.

    Cons

    Leadership lacks vision, sound organizational structure and is strangely secretive, HR has way too much input and influence on cost cutting equating to a negative work environment, and employees are not respected.

    Advice to Management

    There is no future for this company in Houston...just close the doors.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Struggling"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Part of the bigger Maersk Group. Don't panic in time of crisis and lay off in bulk. Treat people with respect.

    Cons

    Lacking visible strategy. Consensus driven to the point of not making decisions. Lack of communication, and a lot of disguising bad news as opportunities seems fake.

    Advice to Management

    Rebuild trust and confidence from people before all the good ones leave. Begin communicating clearly.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Leadership must be Top-Down"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits package is great, but could use tweaks to make it more aligned with competitors. Currently we can't even wear jeans on Fridays. Little things...

    Cons

    Leadership is skewed and don't provide much basis to support decisions- act based on opinions not a clear strategy.
    Not enough employee engagement / recognition.
    No plans in place to protect high performers and not enough recognition given for jobs well done.
    HR promotes based on friendships- not performance.
    In the half year before leaving- dissolved the Brazil exploration team, moved to open floor plans, drastically cut back on spending, created a policy restricting use of the stairwells, cancelled the company holiday party, and no longer offer a free lunch for employees. Wonder why people are leaving...

    Advice to Management

    Become more aligned with the market in order to retain people.
    Most of your employees are looking for something better.
    Cutting corners in places that affect morale just to save a penny will only hurt the company in the long run.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Maersk Oil's Now Defunct Houston Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Maersk Oil full-time

    Pros

    The Houston office of Maersk Oil was set-up in approx. 2008 to be a deep water center of excellence staffed with technical professionals across many disciplines cherry picked from the Petroleum sector, and despite high hopes for success, numerous unsuccessful deep water exploration efforts in Brazil, Angola and the Gulf Of Mexico resulted in severe financial losses and significant lay-offs in 2014 and 2015, and despite still having an active development project in Angola, the low oil prices in 2016 forced closure of the Houston office and lay-off of the remaining 41 Houston-based employees.

    Cons

    Salaries were overall competitive, but the company was deficient in some benefits when compared with other Houston-based companies. There were no long term incentives provided such as retirement benefits for Houston-based employees. Career progression opportunities were essentially non-existent, and to the extent that there were any career progression opportunities...preferential treatment was given to Danish staff members. When the Houston office was closed in 2016,41 Houston based employees were laid-off, and there was no effort made to provide any job opportunities to the Houston-based employees in any of the other Maersk Oil global locations.

    Advice to Management

    If you ever decide to open an office again in the Houston area, it will be quite difficult to find seasoned petroleum professionals to recruit in the wake of the multiple series of lay-offs that occurs between 2014 - 2016. Consequently, the company does not have a good reputation here in the USA, despite the company's great concern about the integrity of it's brand. If a Houston office re-opening is ever again considered, then the company needs to be very aggressive with regards to the compensation and benefits offered as an incentive to overcome existing local negative perceptions about the company.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Strategy for Houston Office"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Maersk Oil full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities through their MITAS program, food and soda was provided for a small fee

    Cons

    Hard to get any training approved, poor strategy for Houston office, other offices have nice features like beer after work, sit stand desks, games in common areas, bikes to use to get around near by, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Value all of your employees, especially the ones you invest a lot of money in.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good people and good efforts get lost in politics"

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

    I worked at Maersk Oil full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Modern offices, good employee benefits. Part of a huge conglomerate with good opportunity to move around if open to travel/relocation

    Cons

    Highly political environment, incentive structure turns colleagues against each other with scores on forced bell curves. The values are good on paper but flouted in execution of employee strategies

    Advice to Management

    Stop enacting the 'us and them' environment - "leaders" vs "employees"


  11. "Mechanical engineeer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Lead Mechanical Engineer

    I have been working at Maersk Oil full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Duly payment , good pension agreement

    Cons

    No job security , redundency of senior staff during mass reduction in organization
    No over time payment

    Advice to Management

    Lack of sense for experienced staff , salery reduction and down grade in job levels in last
    year


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