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Updated January 15, 2018
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Pros
  • A multi-national entity which encouraged a consistent work-life balance across board (in 9 reviews)

  • The company offer lots of good benefits (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "EEOC Needs to get involved"

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    • 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

    Benefits is the only pro that I seen. I guess the relaxed dress code is good if you haven't researched the fact that this leads to a relaxed work ethic in your personnel.

    Cons

    Everything besides benefits: no procedures, no training, incompetent managers, outdated use of technology, SAP implementation but no one uses it they'll prefer to use spreadsheets that no one understands except the developer, only Brazilians are in management, etc etc etc

    Advice to Management

    This is America & when you hire American employees they generally bring more to the table besides Petrobras thinking which is very unethical and won't lead to efficiency here. If you want to run a company led strictly by Brazilians, only take advice from Brazilians, and assume only Brazilians are competent then stay in Brazil --- don't diversify to other countries.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Better times..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent along with the Benefit Supervisor.

    Cons

    Top leadership is not as good as in times past.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and recognize the non-Brazilian talent before they've moved on.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Buyer"

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

    I worked at Petrobras full-time

    Pros

    100% paid Health insurance. Good Brazilian coffee.

    Cons

    This company have Equal Oportunity Rights, but does not follow, your are promoted not by your skills, but by who you are friends with.
    They hire external employees, instead of offer and consider existing employees.
    If you are not Brazilian you will not have future career.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to park your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Job security, great health benefits, friendly coworkers, good 401k program (6%), good bonuses, flexible hours and relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    No career plan. No training provided. No chance of advancement. Salaries are below market average. From HR to Procurement every process is slow in the company. Hiring Someone or to sign a contract takes from 3 to 6 months, unless upper management request which then it is done within days. The upper management is all expats from Brazil which prioritize good relations with Brazil above any thought of career plan for the US employees, after all their career will continue in Brazil not here. Training budget was reduced this year even though the company is apparently breaking production records. Every year an environment/employee survey is sent out but it is a joke, no matter how much is complained nothing changes.

    Advice to Management

    1)Reduce Procurement bureaucracy
    2)Optimize HR processes (make sure it is efficient all the time not only when the managers request, stop sweeping requests and complaints under the rug)
    3)Provide a career plan
    4)Do not cut the budget for training
    5)Increase salaries to the market levels

    Unless the items above are met good professionals will continue to leave Petrobras for someone else that can "show them the money"


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Current Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Health Benefits, flexible working hours

    Cons

    Poor management, have good code of ethic but useless, lack of procedures, employees do what they think is the best for them not for the company, employees work about 30 hours, lack of control in the contract of services complete absent of professional background revision.

    Advice to Management

    More control over employee too much money in hands of people with little experience, hire good professionals and stop hiring relatives and friends without any experience. Hire a good audit company to improve procedures.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Very relaxed company like government , a lot of red tape, take 6 months to pay an invoice"

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

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

    Pros

    Relaxed, very little work, have a lot of time to search in the internet and shopping, good lunch hours ( 2 hours)

    Cons

    No promotion , no recognition of work done

    Advice to Management

    Focus on work instead of politics


  7. Helpful (2)

    "No future for professional in Petrobras America Inc"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Petrobras full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Culture is different, nobody is accountable, so it is o.k. you can watch internet all day and no body bother you as long as you don't rock the boat. There are Managers without College Degree.

    Cons

    Most of the time there is not enough work to do for 2 hours a day. It is very boring . A lot of people in each department, every day, they complained they have a lot work and then disappeared and take very long lunch( 3 hours) and smoking breaks. The Managers are too busy playing politics with Brazil and do not have time to worry about your career or advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Do not travel so much to Brazil for 1 hour meeting, there is phone and tele-conference , Don't waste money and time. Don't bring a lot of American goods back to Brazil, focus on running the company and make profit

  8. Helpful (2)

    "current employee -accounting and tax area"

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

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

    Pros

    Lazy, you can mess up big and do not have to worry ,getting fire. Only promotion for Brazilian.

    Cons

    No promotion if you are not Brazilian or a relative of the expatriate. Cannot suggest good idea to help the company , you will be punished. Cannot work hard , you will make the Brazilian look bad because they are busy watching soccer games and complained they have too much work

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring relatives and incompetent and lazy friends(especially those Brazilian)


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Working at Petrobras America is like working at the post office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Job security - think of Petrobras America like the post office. If you are content with doing the bare minimum, having absolutely no career development, and don't mind taking orders from uneducated managers then this is the place for you.
    2. Work and life balance - again think of it like your local post office. With the exception of 2-3 areas, most work 30 hours a week tops and HR closer to 20.
    3. 401k - 401k is good compared to other industries but for the oil and gas it's subpar.
    4. Bonuses- they can be good, about 20%. BUT keep in mind that when you get paid 25% less then the industry standard a 20% bonus still sets you well below the industry.
    5. Dress code - by far the best benefit of working at PAI is the causal dress code. You can basically dress like you did back in you college days. There's definitely some monetary value to this benefit.(It's sad when this is the best benefit)
    6. Health benefits- 100% paid for by the company

    Cons

    One thing that has to be kept in mind is that working for Petrobras America is NOT like working for "Petrobras" the oil giant in Brazil. I made the huge mistake thinking that it was and is the #1 thing I wish I would of known. PAI is more like a small 400-500 person mom and pop company with a handful of characteristics of a major. Management here does not realize that this is not Brazil. In Brazil, Petrobras is the "it" company. They have difficult tests (like the GRE) that everyone must pass in order to be considered for employment. They have many career developing programs and even their own university. In the USA, IT'S QUITE THE OPPOSITE. They think that everyone should be thankful for having been given the opportunity to work at Petrobras America. This mentality is due because a lot of management (not all) are under qualified, have 0 business acumen and never would have passed the test in Brazil.

    1. Low salaries- salaries here for the most part are well below industry average. When I say below, I mean 25% below. All raises were taken away for 3+ years until recently and when we got them back, they didn't even cover the average yearly inflation rate. They say that all employees get evaluated by a external grading company that evaluates job duties. Problem is that the official "job duties" are far less than what you actually do so they get away with paying you much less. Some are as old as 7+ years.

    1. Very high turn over - the turn over at PAI is unbelievable. In the last 3 years, PAI has lost so much talent. Management does not realize that one of their biggest assets are the local talent. Talent that is highly educated and experienced. HR is a mess and will not do anything about it.

    2. Management - let me be clear, PAI has some excellent and brilliant expats and managers / supervisors. Unfortunately a large amount of the managers / supervisors are under qualified and have 0 business acumen. Again, not all but most are in the position they are in because they are all friends that do favors for each other. When it comes to expats, most of them are talented with the exception of some that are just here for their kid's college tuition (expats get free college tuition for their kids). The problem is that expats get rotated every 2-5 years and they are all in key positions. Most of them don't want to make any significant decisions because they don't want be held accountable for them, so they wait things out. This is true from operational to organizational issues. Also any progress made is lost when they are replaced and the process starts all over again.

    3. Career development - does not exist, period. Unless your Brazilian or in HR. This along with low salaries are the main two reasons why turn over is so high. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO INCENTIVE TO DO ANYTHING MORE THAN THE BARE MINIMUM. No matter how hard you work, problems you solve, or advances you make for the good of the company, you will not see anything for it. Also, no training is provided. The occasional in house training usually has less than 20 spots and over 50% of the spots go to corporate support and HR. Every time. They don't even bother to "appear" to be fair.

    4. Unprofessional environment - large amount of the brazilians are friends with each other, dating /or married, and related. Its common practice to hire a son, daughter, friend, cousin or any form of a relative of a manager or supervisor that have 0 experience over qualified candidates. What's worst is that these people start at a much higher salary than the people currently in the same role that have been denied raises for 3 years straight. Its a never ending cycle. Also, not the biggest issue but its something worth mentioning. People bring their kids to work all the time. It's beyond me why. I understand on occasion or emergencies but not all the time. They run around the hallways screaming and playing with each other.

    5. Human resources - the HR area here is a total mess. From the bottom to all the way up to the top. They are puppets for the Brazilians with good connections in Brazil to get what they want. Only area in the entire company that have clear career paths and career development. They are absurdly big compared to the size of the company. Extremely bureaucratic so it doesn't show that they really don't have any power unless HQ approves first. Only area that have supervisors that don't supervise anyone! Yes that's correct. They make professional certifications mandatory and paid for to all corporate / HR employees but will not approve the same for other areas. As mentioned above, the little training that they do provide is half taken by them and their spouses.

    **Now all of the above cons do not apply to you if you're Brazilian, know one or are related to one***

    I feel like its important to share this information and experiences so people considering employment at Petrobras America can make educated decisions. I wish I would have known this when I was evaluateing multiple job offers.

    Advice to Management

    1. share business plans
    2. At least try to "appear" fair


  10. "Adminstrator"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Administrative Business Partner in Macaé (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Administrative Business Partner in Macaé (Brazil)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Petrobras full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many professional challenges, company with the latest technology. National leader in its segment.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic company, which values only career employees. Contractors are considered mere performers of simple and routine tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Nowadays managers are employees who have little company time, have assumed managerial position because the older employees do not want to assume these positions. They prefer, in many cases, retirement through the PIDV.


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