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  1. "Ehh"

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

    Pros

    Time off is okay with most coordinator. However, different observers have different experiences.

    Cons

    Random work schedule. Too inconsistent.

    Advice to Management

    Real interviews. inform your applicants better. be more supportive and encouraging.


  2. "no good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fishery Observer in Bridgeport, CT
    Current Employee - Fishery Observer in Bridgeport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    per diem
    travel reimbursements
    seeing cool stuff

    Cons

    overtime is 80+ hours a week
    cant hold personal relationships without them suffering.
    some coordinators talk bad behind their employees backs (management is unprofessional)
    observers get yelled at by not only fishermen but by their bosses.
    observers looked down upon for turning down trips even if they have 12 seadays
    will move around alot
    cant really see family much
    sometimes out to sea for two weeks with no shower
    pay isnt very good except if on travel.

    Advice to Management

    observers are human beings and have personal lives, not everything is about sea days.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Dead End."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fisheries Observer in New Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Fisheries Observer in New Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible at times, highly demanding to extremes at others

    Cons

    No career advancement or opportunities, no professional development, no balance or consideration of your personal life, dead end.

    Advice to Management

    Do you wish to retain employees? Then this advice does not matter much.


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  5. "Fisheries Observer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fisheries Observer in Point Judith, RI
    Current Employee - Fisheries Observer in Point Judith, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Crazy adventure
    - Great managers

    Cons

    - On call 24/7
    - Difficult to plan ahead - work/life conflicts
    - Extreme hours
    - Tough work environment
    - Work is never guaranteed

    Advice to Management

    More company events and team building.


  6. "Misleading work frequency in contract description"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Northeast Fisheries Observer
    Current Employee - Northeast Fisheries Observer
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Mrag Americas (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Coordinators are generally helpful, as they used to be observers

    Cons

    Contract is misleading to the amount of work that is actually available. Point system for bonus has large capacity for negative point, small capacity for positive points.


  7. "Great Mid sized company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mrag Americas full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional and great open communication.

    Cons

    New but growing industry in the US Market (Seafood Sustainability), US market needs more education and time to grow this sector.

    Advice to Management

    Seize more opportunities to engage and educate the public on what you do, and the consumer will grow the market.


  8. "Horrible Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fisheries Observer in Gloucester, MA
    Current Employee - Fisheries Observer in Gloucester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Just the basic advantages of being an observer. Work 15 days a month. Can take off as much time off as you want. If you get a good Area Coordinator life is easy.

    Cons

    Pay checks rarely the correct amount. No career advancement opportunities. No pay raises in two years and a pay cut last year. Break their contracts. Horrible Benefits. Bunkhouses( frat houses they provide so they can pay you less). Try to find anyway to take money away from observers and put it in their pockets.

    Advice to Management

    I have worked for other Observers companies. This company is simply incompetent.


  9. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends

    I worked at Mrag Americas as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I had a really great experience with MRAG. My supervisor was always available, resolved all of my travel issues immediately, was considerate of my schedule and time off. They always offered me as much work as I could handle, it was great. I did not have any problems with payroll or expense reports.

    Cons

    I dont have anything negative to say.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Aggravating at times, good money if you work a lot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Fisheries Observer
    Current Contractor - Fisheries Observer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Mrag Americas as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to make good money if you work tons of days
    time off essentially when you want it

    Cons

    poor organization internally
    insane schedule, never know when you will be working next
    middle of the north atlantic ocean is not fun in the winter

    Advice to Management

    create more organization among management, and display a stronger dedication to employees rather than worrying more about accomplishes sea days


  11. "Unprofessionally Operated"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NEFOP Observer
    Current Employee - NEFOP Observer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience working directly with commercial fisheries regulations and commercial fishermen. Opportunity to see some incredible sights once in a while.

    Cons

    Payroll - consistent errors reoccurring for the duration of my employment. If not closely monitored, expect to lose up to several hundred dollars a paycheck. Incredible complex payroll, often resulting in decreased income than what is expected. Misleading recruiting tactics. Unprofessionally managed. You will not get as many sea days as promised, often putting in great effort, while not being compensated. Most observers working for this company are extremely dissatisfied.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff, with more experience in managerial roles. Slow the hiring of observers. Hiring dozens of observers every month is not solving problems for your employees, only for the company.