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Updated November 16, 2017
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Oceaneering International President and CEO Roderick A. Larson
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Pros
  • Great people and great work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • work life balance it's Ok for the most part (in 9 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. "bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oceaneering International full-time

    Pros

    depends on which business unit, which one is hiring manager

    Cons

    someone is busy, someone is idle


  2. Helpful (1)

    "ROV Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oceaneering International full-time

    Pros

    family oriented, somewhat flexible, good insurance

    Cons

    a lot of unethical things (friends and family promoted, even if they arent qualified), pay is low for oilfield, expect you to go out on short notice or it looks bad

    Advice to Management

    stop the good ol boys club and join the 21st century. treat your employees with respect.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid if you can!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compressed working weeks

    Relaxed office environment

    Cons

    • No opportunity/clear path for career progression
    • No training/development opportunities
    • Internal politics is rife
    • Unqualified people in Senior Engineering and Management roles
    • No chance of promotion unless you know someone from the management
    • Employee welfare is the least of their concern
    • Lack of communication from management regarding business plans
    • No communication between departments

    Advice to Management

    Don’t be surprised when people leave in hordes once the oil price recovers.


  4. "1980's corporate culture"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My direct manager was great.

    Cons

    Backwards culture from the 1980's. There is a lot of corporate kool-aid to drink. If you don't drink, then prepared to be laid off. If you can tolerate that type of non-progressive, non-open environment, then this could be the environment for you.

    Advice to Management

    You destroy employee loyalty and trust by fabricating Trump-level spin (lies) that any intelligent employee can see through.


  5. "Good company, good people, challenging times"

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

    I worked at Oceaneering International (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people at the top, good business decisions
    First-line managers generally have a lot of autonomy (sometimes a pro, sometimes a con)
    Very easy to communicate with upper management--they don't stay locked in their offices, they're very approachable
    Company is maturing, and business processes are catching up with the dramatic growth of the past 10 years
    New CEO (who was CEO-in-waiting since being hired ~4 years ago) is smart, tough, approachable.

    Cons

    Their segment of the oil industry is hurting badly and will be the last part to recover
    Little room for advancement due to lack of growth since oil downturn
    Benefits are just okay, not great
    New blood in senior management roles are bringing lots of change, and it's a rough transition

    Advice to Management

    Carefully consider the value of older practices before throwing them out.
    Implement more uniform management practices, but do so more carefully.


  6. "Cool job flying ROV's, compensation has gone down hill"

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    Current Employee - Senior ROV Tech in Morgan City, LA
    Current Employee - Senior ROV Tech in Morgan City, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with really cool equipment, fly submarines, travel the world on occasion, coworkers are all great, offshore supervisors are great.

    Cons

    Used to have good health care, used to get two raises per year, used to get two or more bonuses per year, recent 8% pay cut across the board, away from home for 3-4 weeks sometimes more at a time and home for 2-3 weeks at a time, compensation doesn't justify being away from home, friend, family anymore. The offshore oil industry doesn't look like its going to get better anytime soon. So this is basically a dead end job.

    Advice to Management

    The management at Oceaneering is just fine, they are doing what they can being in an industry whose commodity has lost half its value in the last two years and has a very low outlook on going back up in price.


  7. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clear Lake, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clear Lake, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supported the Space Systems Division. Great people and great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Government Contract work so job security isn't ideal

  8. "To Become a Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun loving learning part
    Good exposure

    Cons

    Internal politics
    Any one can became a Manager
    noting to change

    Advice to Management

    To Change the current polocies


  9. "Coordinates Life-cycle of Projects with Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oceaneering International full-time

    Pros

    Loyal, Close, Family Oriented Company

    Cons

    The price of insurance benefits is a bit pricey.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Division Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting work and opportunities for involvement with new technologies and services. Some colleagues are good to work with. Compensation and benefits are fair; about average for the industry. Incentive compensation is non-existent however (excluding executive management and board.).

    Cons

    Weak senior management team who provide no clear strategy or direction. New CEO and senior VPs have no experience or knowledge of the company’s history or core businesses. They attempt to pass off lame town hall meetings and “The Helm” videos for actual actions and implementation of a clear strategy. Only strategy seems to be to wait for oil prices to rebound and try to keep one major client and the investors happy. Losing a lot of talented personnel in the meantime.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your mid-level managers and staff, because many of you are clueless about the businesses you’re managing and industries you serve. A management overhaul and new direction is required if the company is to recover or survive.


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