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McDermott Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  • Upper management interference from afar (in 7 reviews)

  • Senior management are literally all Scottish (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Uninspiring Sweatshop"

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

    I have been working at McDermott full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hahaha. Gym and Cafeteria in the building.

    Cons

    The CEO is mainly MIA, except for once a quarter town halls. Therefore, he hired a tyrant self awareness lacking person as a CFO to run the company for him. Senior management are literally all Scottish. We are just missing an official declaration of monarchy. The company is run on the ethos of fear. There is no collaboration or trust building. Employees are worked into the ground and stressed to death due to erratic demands from CFO. The turnover in senior management, and the poor quality decision making is a sight to see. Who needs tv. There are some gems of people/management here, but very very few possibly on their way out too. I have worked for large organizations but never one that treated their people so poorly. There is a deadline everyday, and Finance and Accounting organization is one of the worst groups one could be in. I don't see the point of all the running around like headless chickens. One spends 80% of their time preparing for presentations, so there is a real culture of perception management. My advice to anyone considering working for this company is to stay away. The money isn't worth the loss of time for your family or loss of health. This management is trampling over its people at the moment since the economy is bad, but the market will not be bad forever.

    Advice to Management

    BOD, what are you doing?? Can't you see the writing on the wall? Financials aside, the morale of the workforce couldn't be worse.


  2. "Regional Payroll Manager Asia Pacific."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Regional Payroll Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager, Regional Payroll Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at McDermott (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    MNC environment with worldwide presence.
    Oil & Gas Industry which is the upbeat industry

    Cons

    1. Sliding oil prices around the world has made McDermott to cut down on operating costs by relocation their HQ from Singapore KL.
    2. Slow career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your experienced workforce.


  3. "Hard work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Installer in Ixonia, WI
    Former Employee - Installer in Ixonia, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I learned to install granite counter tops

    Cons

    Longs hours and very heavy lifting


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Political organization"

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


  6. "statutory accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Statutory Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Statutory Accountant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McDermott (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice working environment; within 5 mins to eateries too.

    Cons

    could have been better in managing the teams in terms of splitting in work load.


  7. "Senior Engineer"

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

    I have been working at McDermott full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big company. Good projects to work on.Used to have good and reasonable management before.

    Cons

    Certain engineering team emphasizes politics, you must attach to the small circle. It becomes more incompetent compared to the peer competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Certain group should learn how to be fair to your employees, learn to get integrity, which are good for company.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Welding Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgan City, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgan City, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    outstanding learning experience from the Pioneer and people of South Louisiana

    Cons

    Top management was the con of all cons

    Advice to Management

    Don't globalize. Should have stuck with what made the company strong...-just fabricating.


  9. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    McDermott has full capability worldwide that include engineering, procurement, construction and installation. It also has a long history in executing full scope offshore projects .

    Cons

    The cons come from its strength. With its full EPCI capability in house, McDermott competes with most of contractors (engineering firms, construction yards, offshore installations contractors).

    Advice to Management

    McDermott has paid too much attention to fabrication and installation. It would be better if McDermott can pay more attention to engineering.


  10. 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Not the old MDR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


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