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Rowan Companies Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Working environment, competitive salary, good benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • Great company to work for, it was the best job I ever had (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Knee-jerk decisions by upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • Oil and gas is in recession right now and not as much opportunity as in the past (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "A company that is worth working for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Bucharest (Romania)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Bucharest (Romania)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Rowan Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very humanly General Manager. An understandable person, very closed to his colleagues. Not very fast paced job, you'll have your idle time now and then, a typical 9 to 5 job.

    Cons

    Being part of a larger holding, there are times when conflicting interests are undermining the good working environment


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Increased growth caused loss of core values."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Rowan Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They started out as a great employee focused, family style organization.

    Cons

    They grew too big and brought in a lot of people used to working for big oil companies. This took a lot of the advantages of the small company away. There seemed to be very little concern about training the managers.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Company is not the same Rowan"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Safety Advisor
    Current Employee - Safety Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rig level management is outstanding!

    Cons

    The deepwater division, rig manager and up, lead using poor leadership skills and horrible management skills. HR chooses who gets laid off or transferred without any input from rig leadership. Some of the worst rig managers I have ever dealt with are in deepwater. Pay cuts come about every 3 months, and insurance has gone up.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the Rowan mentality that made this company so great to work for to the deepwater division.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company, but Room for Improvement"

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    • 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rowan Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very friendly and helpful corporate office staff
    Nice salary and benefits
    Good training opportunities

    Cons

    Corporate office should more closely monitor the supervisors and actions which take place offshore. The system of checks and balances needs a lot of improvement to ensure that all employees are treated fairly and never mistreated.

    Too many instances where "bias" or favoritism goes unnoticed by corporate.

    Advice to Management

    The company should be far more transparent in processes, such as determining who is laid off, promotion and other areas of business. The way some things are done gives the appearance that they have been conducted in a way that is unfair and where the "buddy" system was utilized instead of a professional system. That needs to be rectified. Also, while the HR staff is friendly, some of the methods of conducting business need a lot of improvement, especially during the onboarding process.


  6. "Good company overall but lots of politics"

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    • 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

    I worked at Rowan Companies (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere in the office
    Good benefits package, employee activities

    Cons

    Family atmosphere - can be very unprofessional
    Knee-jerk decisions by upper management


  7. "IT at Rowan Companies"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in South Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in South Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rowan Companies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Employees treated well by the company

    Cons

    Good 'ole boys, bad attitudes are praised and awarded, the worse the attitude is the bigger the promotion.


  8. "Payroll Department"

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    • 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
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rowan Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free fruit, paid covered parking, close to shopping and places to go for lunch
    Most of the people were nice. Good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Leadership in department changed. Director made things very stressful. If something would go wrong, director would call you out in front of everyone. Had favorites and treated them differently than others.

    Advice to Management

    Don't point finger at whoever is responsible for an error made in front of everyone - call them in your office, close the door and tell them. Treat everyone equally even when that person is a favorite of yours.


  9. "Employee"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Function in South Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Function in South Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rowan Companies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great work life balance

    Cons

    Industry is slow. People are getting laid off


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Rowan"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Rowan Companies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some people are incredibly dedicated and willing to help the company and those within it succeed. There are some very genuine employees.

    Cons

    Upper management has little disregard for the people working for them. We are all just numbers, there to make them and save them money.


  11. "Rowan Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Company sponsored events
    Great opportunities for those wanting to work offshore

    Cons

    Lack of communication from management
    Lack of diversification in management
    Company is reactive versus proactive



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