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McDermott Reviews

Updated November 29, 2016
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  • Senior management are literally all Scottish (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great stepping stone into the EPC and O&G world, but not great for career advancement."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are plenty of people with 30+ years of experience that have a wealth of knowledge about the industry. If you are lucky you might snag someone like that as a mentor that can really broaden your horizons and kick start your career. It is difficult, especially because these same people are the ones that are always busy and tied up with complex projects.

    Cons

    There isn't much room for advancement in your career. The pay is increased accordingly for the cost of inflation, but you rarely see an opportunity to "jump" into a new position. In reality this doesn't happen at most companies, but be aware that the progression is slow and really only available when someone leaves for another job or retires.

    Advice to Management

    In the difficult times be sure to recognize the loyal employees who stick with McDermott. I have seen the hard times come and go at McDermott and the ones that stick through it rarely see any incentive to have done so.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Political organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bus Analyst in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Bus Analyst in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McDermott full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Huge organization with limitless opportunity.

    Some really smart people work here. Good reputation for operational performance and a company that stands behind its work.

    Cons

    Subject to energy cycles.

    Biggest con is politics. Most important product is documenting that when something goes astray that you did not do it.

    Invincible is inaction rather than aggressive attempts at doing it better.

    Advice to Management

    Foster attitude of allowing good people to actually do what you hired them to do. I actually quit a second job when McDermott acquired my employer rather than work at McDermott again. Sad.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "QHSES Training Manager AEA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QHSES Training Manager AEA in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - QHSES Training Manager AEA in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay. Ample opportunity due to all of the issues Plenty of good hard working people.

    Cons

    Horrible upper management. Lacking in leadership. All about inner office politics and grabbing to hold on to their own piece of the pie. Just blind and deaf to whats going on. Despite spending half of the time in pointless meetings, very poor communication. Horrible company morale. It is like a real life Dilbert comic strip in so many ways. Even reporting wrong doings to HR was waste of time.

    Advice to Management

    Need a fresh start. Out with the old, the cronyism, and management only concerned with trying to cover their own butts. In with people with fresh ideas who are willing to do the right thing, and can see the big picture.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not the old MDR"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You work alongside great people. Make sure to be a sponge around the original MDR crew. They know their stuff.

    Cons

    Budget cut after budget cut. No job security


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Multiple Region Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - White Collar in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - White Collar in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at McDermott (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - McDermott has always been a family company. You will always feel welcome and respected when you put hard work in by your peers and your management.
    - Higher pay when compared to industry competition (outside of the US).
    - Experienced and helpful peers.
    - Best training ground for the offshore industry. If you work for MDR you can work for anybody.
    - Put the work in and you will advance

    Cons

    - A new era has started to remain competitive within the industry, this has started removing by removing perks . Although it is felt as necessary, the root cause for the overruns is poor execution, not in perks. They are merely giving themselves more room for error.
    - For joiners in the UK; A poorly executed foray into the NSA market run by ex-cronies hired by the new CEO. Zero delivery in project awards in 2 years sees promotions for senior management instead of replacements. Oh, and a 50% reduction in personnel. Blaming the tools.
    - For joiners to the Middle East division; the poorest HR communication seen in the industry. It borders exploitation and legal boundaries for the majority of workers. HR practices a don't ask and definitely don't tell policy, where if an employee doesn't ask about a perk they are entitled to legally or contractually, they will definitely not get it. The area is a dream for management and a nightmare for employees.
    - For joiners in Asia; as with point one, perk removals and silos exist.
    - For joiners in the US; low pay coupled with a loss making decade (public information). Work will be affected by micro (executive) managers.

    Advice to Management

    - Dig into internal procedures. Audit, Audit, Audit.
    - Review HR practices in Middle East - take an employee opinion survey and be surprised.
    - Hire people with the right contacts in the regions you are trying to break into - not your mates.


  7. "I had become so stressed out working with the coordinator that I was no longer able to rest at night and actually hated."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Counselor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Counselor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You will have an income and will not have to worry about being paid. I have also become an victim of their office politics

    Cons

    They are so unfair and unfair to the employee and will walk out in a heartbeat with justification

    Advice to Management

    Do your own investigations to find out why everyone is attempting to leave and no one wants to work there any longer.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Wait for a while"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 McDermott full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is a long history of good people with a company that started as a family business in Louisiana which later went public.

    Cons

    Share prices have dropped to near penny-stock values. There are no pay raises or bonuses. There have been too many teams of executive management in too short of a time. Layoffs are still happening. Austerity measures for everyone but the C-Suite executives.

    Advice to Management

    Take some of your own medicine and try flying coach class for a while, limiting your meal expenses to less than triple digit values, take a subway instead of a private driver, quit remodeling your offices while you lay off people, and quit paying for a Starbucks service for the C-suite and return the rest of the company back to a service that they actually drink.


  9. Helpful (2)

    ""Has-been" company, management has already run company into ground, a matter of time before they close their doors."

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

    I worked at McDermott full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers, lower management/ non management people level mostly helpful. People there for 25+ years (mostly all laid off now) were a HUGE resource.

    Cons

    No work. Barely any at all in Houston office. Lots of people on overhead. Subsea jobs abysmal, vessels are non competitive when compared to others in industry.

    They have laid off most of their experienced engineers. Lay off your senior management/HR managment first, not these guys that have been loyal to you 25-30 years. LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES, especially the loyal ones

    Current employees should get out before its too late....

    Advice to Management

    For once, think before you make a decision.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Lower-level employees were great, upper management not so much (Post-Deason)"

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

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

    Pros

    McDermott was a pretty nice place to work back when Deason was the CEO. Most people were friendly and pay was competitive. Benefits were pretty good. All that has changed now, and it is not just because of the recession.

    Cons

    After Deason left upper level management (Executives, VPs, HR managers) viewed engineers as simply warm bodies that could be hired and let go at any time with no consequences to productivity. It actually felt like they even had feelings of contempt for them. They had no clue how engineering worked or how to be profitable. They would make radical changes simply to copy what others in the industry were doing with no thought as to why. They seemed to get caught in a cycle of "we cannot get good jobs because we don't have enough decent people. We don't have money for our staff because we don't have good jobs and therefore we will lay off a bunch of people. Repeat."

    Advice to Management

    Good luck to the new CEO - he'll need it. He really just needs to clean house and get rid of the current upper management/VPs/HR managers that came in with Johnson. Their policies and attitudes are toxic to the company and productivity.


  11. "Terrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours, they don't care about workers. You can be called any time of day/night.


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