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Oceaneering International Houston Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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Oceaneering International President and CEO Roderick A. Larson
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Pros
  • great people; always work to do; tip of the spear engineering; freedom (in 22 reviews)

  • Good pay, excellent benefits, 11 paid holidays (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is not respectful of the workers (in 14 reviews)

  • Oil and Gas is going through a tough 2 years (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Sometimes good, sometimes bad"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good peers to work with.

    Cons

    Hard to move up through the organization. Pay rate has been flat for 7 years.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Nothing Changes"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company if you land in the right department. Seasoned people with a lot of experience to share. Their "on the job training" attitude taught me to survive and use every bit of my skills to get by. You will never be more aware of what you can do until you are left to fend for yourself.

    Cons

    There is NO training, NO support, NO real advancement unless you're in with the good 'ol boys club. Learn what you can and move on that's my advice for anyone that wants to work here.

    Advice to Management

    I read a lot of warnings about the no real structure and no training and I gave it a shot because I really wanted to work here. In the time I was there everyone talked about change and nothing changed. There are/were a lot of good employees being held back because management is just worried about staying afloat themselves so they can't really look out for employees. Change starts at the top, you want a great team then you have to train them and invest in them.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Senior management is clueless"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    The CEO pretty much admitted that he has no idea how to lead the company in the latest video posted 6/22.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul senior management


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, good experience with many different aspects of the business

    Cons

    Regularly put in 60 or more hr weeks (being salary with no overtime) to get projects out. There is also too much resistance between departments even with a common goal which was extremely frustrating at times. I was tested in adverse situations too early with a lack of guidance. It was a real sink or swim culture with too much finger pointing when things went wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management was good, immediate supervisors need leadership training and or more management experience to respect employees and nurture potential.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Ok place"

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

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

    Pros

    Great amount of vacation and holiday time off
    Some good employees

    Cons

    Zero bonuses
    Slim chance of opportunity advancement - unless you have worked here a long time and know all of the "right" people. Effort for a job well done does not even matter
    Expensive healthcare
    Multiple buildings so not all in one location
    Tons of employees that gossip all day (politics)
    Some business units merged; mixing stupid, uneducated personnel with the intelligent, educated... Seems like the more intelligent employees are taken for granted and layed off, or have wised up and are jumping ship
    Like the other reviews read: if you're not part of The Family, you're an outcast
    Turning into Baker 2.0 (new management)
    Compensation is on the lower scale

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within instead of outsourcing
    Actions speak louder than words
    Some of the management does not deserve the management title


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Hanging In There..."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oceaneering International full-time

    Pros

    Oceaneering has as good a balance sheet as anyone and will survive this downturn. Seems like every quarter a competitor files for bankruptcy which has to help in the long run! If the market recovers there will be lots of room for advancement.

    Cons

    Its taken a couple quarters longer than I would have hoped to get the company aligned with a focus on OPEX and Decommissioning. Raises have been nonexistent for a couple years.

    Advice to Management

    If this truly is the bottom you better be ready to give raises quickly as the industry recovers. If not you'll see people jumping ship quickly to TechnipFMC, Schlumberger, GE, etc.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    opportunity for upward mobility
    organization can move fast when it needs to get things done

    Cons

    no bonuses
    heavy work loads
    sometimes conflicting priorities in production

    Advice to Management

    improvements to processes would help compensate for lack of personnel

  8. "Straighten up"

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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 Oceaneering International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management is not respectful of the workers.

    Advice to Management

    Start doing what the company values say that you believe in.


  9. "Oceaneering"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oceaneering International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great people; always work to do; tip of the spear engineering; freedom

    Cons

    lots of growing pains; needs better recruitment and production assessments


  10. "Oceaneering as an employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent for experience development for people wanting to enter the market

    Cons

    Management lacks leadership skills toward employees

    Advice to Management

    Leadership Training


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