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Oceaneering International Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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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. "Nothing Changes"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

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    • 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
    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Ok place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Big company, big issues"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    San Diego, CA, software development team, gets lots of perks. Lots of free food, nice kitchen, good office space, though they've had a break-in, managers accommodating, deadline pressure seems low,.

    Cons

    Upper management is far away in Houston. Even formerly-local top manager has moved to the East Coast, leaving lower level managers in charge. Some employees worried about job cuts, some layoffs already as company has lost key development work.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure how you resolve real trust issues there. When Oceaneering "merged" with local company, things seemed good enough. But then former CEO and CTO left. Monthly company lunches aren't enough and free food isn't enough when you lay folks off by surprise. Employees regularly receive emails announcing layoffs and reorganizations in company offices around the world. This doesn't help matters. Houston headquarters regularly sends unnecessary emails, including invitations to worldwide employees to participate in events in Houston. No raises in three and a half years doesn't help either.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "RUN"

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    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are none. Run as fast as you can.

    Cons

    You have to be in The Family

    Advice to Management

    Don't eat the yellow snow


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Horribly managed, disrespectful of talented employees"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Hanover, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Hanover, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fascinating work; great stories to tell. Their culture of safety is taken VERY seriously, and is something they are rightfully proud of.

    Cons

    Untalented people in charge of some VERY talented and skilled engineers. Management constantly second-guessing and thwarting good works by their employees.

    Advice to Management

    I have to think that you feel the people in charge are geniuses, and the people in the trenches / on the front lines are imbeciles. Not true. You're going to continue to lose more and more of your talent, until you've got nothing left.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Wasted Opportunity, Wasted Talent"

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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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company is full of good people, the offshore crews are top notch. Morale and general atmosphere on Oceaneering vessels is a level above most others (in my experience). Relative to other group's in the Gulf, Oceaneering also has a good amount of work.

    Cons

    Rampant old-boys club. Several mid-level managers mostly take up space. They engage in lots of frantic activity, but contribute very little to actual work being done or creating profits. On the contrary, the biggest road blocks to effective work are internal - managers trying to justify their jobs and playing the stupid office games we all know too well.

    Creativity is suppressed by the culture. The way you get rewarded is to keep your mouth shut and play the game, do not show individuality or initiative. Trying to do things a different way, or operating on a management style different than the norm will get you in trouble.

    Advice to Management

    You can never fool the people below you. If you think that watching ROAD warriors sit securely in their jobs has no effect on morale or productivity, you're blind. Be careful of the culture you create, it speaks much louder than mission statements and empty words.

  8. "Business Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive for the industry, benefits package is decent (used to be better). Workers on the same level seem to get along really well.

    Cons

    Seems like all they care about is butts in seats and making management look good, no care regarding employee satisfaction. Never expect to be able to work from home unless negotiated in your contract. Not much upward advancement available, especially with new performance management system. Preference given to supervisors with knowledge regardless of their inability to supervise, communicate, and train effectively.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dissapointed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Service Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Service Technician in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oceaneering International (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity was given over the years

    Cons

    Downturn was foreseen and nothing was done until it was too late.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not what it used to be"

    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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oceaneering International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some good experiences if you are lucky.

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits are mediocre.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better compensation and/or incentives.


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