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McDermott Reviews

Updated May 30, 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 (1)

    "Sr Subsea Installation Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Katy, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Katy, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott (More than a year)

    Pros

    Diversified, International locations, Used to have a better work life balance. Close to the energy corridor.

    Cons

    Poor Management, Lack of Strategy, No Employee Recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Have a long term vision for the growth of the company.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Wait for a while"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  3. "Great experience. would work there again"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McDermott full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and very multinational. Great benefits and good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Assignments are very long. This might be good for some people but not for those who continuously want new challenges.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Past projects
    A very few supervisors with great technical knowledge

    Cons

    A lot. First, a short sighted decision to layoff conventional engineering.
    Laid off people who were working for 30 years and more, who are supposed to be the face of the company.
    Once used to be innovative, but not now. Atleast, not in Houston.

    Advice to Management

    The best way to get better quarterky results is to do innvoative, challenging and profitable projects. Not closing offices. At this rate only upper management will stay.


  5. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    McDermott breeds loyalty and there are some wonderful people that work here. Pay is at or above market and they provide opportunities to work abroad.

    Cons

    It's a project-oriented company, so when projects are up, things are great. When projects slow down, well, things are not so great.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "It was a nice company to work for hard work and dedication."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My co-workers were very nice

    Cons

    Benefits has been reduced. Bonus's are non existent unless you're upper manager.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management only care about themselves.


  7. "I have been under utilized for my experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Designer Subsea in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Designer Subsea in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I would like to be utilized to the maximum of my capabilities. I would enjoy having meaningful and challenging work to look forward to on a daily basis. I can bring multiple years of experience to the organization.

    Cons

    I do not forsee any challenges with the exception of not being able to travel or go offshore.

    Advice to Management

    I am well versed in the offshore industry from installation companies to engineering firms.


  8. "Good place to start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Associate Structural Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Structural Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, friendly people

    Cons

    always playing "catch-up" with the tier one companies such as Technip and Subsea7

    Advice to Management

    Add a budget for team building exercises


  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
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    • 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 (1)

    "Good Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Team in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Team in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My manager was awesome. Enjoyed working for him. Work was challenging

    Cons

    Brought in new C-level management and changed things. Last I heard, they took away the yearly bonuses and no merit raises for the 1st time were given out.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and communicate with your teams


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