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Royal Vopak Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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  1. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture and workplace atmosphere. Best in the field giving a great learning opportunity. Excellent place to grow for young and smart professionals.

    Cons

    Slow in taking decisions with a very conservative approach to growth. It is still very Dutch and most of the crucial roles of the company are managed by Dutch people.


  2. "Sr. Engineering Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deer Park, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deer Park, TX

    I worked at Royal Vopak full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great experience overall. Great history in this company. Over 400 years old.

    Cons

    Global company, but still run like a "mom & pop" from Rotterdam.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust Americans (higher management levels), that will be the only way you will grow in the US.

  3. "Great company to work for in Texas"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flat organization and focus on people

    Cons

    Technology could be improved a lot


  4. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall it is a good organization to work for. From past experience this has the best:
    People
    Life and work balance
    Freedom to exercise methods

    Cons

    Each terminal is different and ran with different people. Some location have ridiculous workers who make inappropriate comments all the time. Just have to learn how to deal with those types.

    Flat organization.


  5. "Great Job"

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    Former Employee - Operator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Operator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lot of overtime, great pay

    Cons

    some long hours days and nights


  6. "Good balance with business and personal life."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Vopak full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work for. You won't have to worry about being stressed all the time. Terminal pretty much runs on its own leaving you to have a well balanced life when you leave at the end of the day.

    Cons

    Hardly any advancement for new technology or designs. More business managing than engineering.


  7. "GOOD PENSION!"

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    Former Employee - Terminal Operator in West Thurrock, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Terminal Operator in West Thurrock, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Royal Vopak full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked for Vopak for ten years, workforce are friendly and knowledgable. I worked as part of the same 3 man shift team for the above period...lots of banter, as this is a male dominated environment. Facilities were basic at first....but mess room/kitchen/locker room and showers have been updated. Good training matrix offered, Nvq level 2 attained, yearly appraisals,good prospects for promotion based on attitude and experience......not based on if your face fits!

    Cons

    Long hours due to shift work, weekend and bank holiday cover, night work. It does impact on your life/work balance, that said, it is a 24/7 operation.

    Advice to Management

    The Management team, including supervisors and planners where friendly and approachable, but due to the out of hours pattern, there was little contact, which i think helped the balance. No advice really....on reflection, the management are fair, unlike my previous jobs/current one.

  8. "Very cliquey"

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    Former Employee - Temporary in Teesside County Borough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Temporary in Teesside County Borough, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    salary, free tea, coffee etc very nice mess room/kitchen

    Cons

    if face doesn't fit, not very tolerant of small mistakes. ie i made a few little mistakes but other people made worse ones but that was ok

    Advice to Management

    stop having "favourites"


  9. "Great workplace -work life balance - independent working environment"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in HarbourFront (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Marketing in HarbourFront (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The bosses are friendly, the work culture is very much like a European organisation which values employees, their input and give employees fair remuneration.

    Cons

    The location is not ideal as its quite far from my home.


  10. "Great company to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast growth in last 10 years, a lot of opportunities for staff development, good global network and expertise in the industry

    Cons

    Growing too fast, quite a challenge to organization development, in terms of having sufficient talent pool meeting the fast growth

    Advice to Management

    Time to think about change with the new competitions and narrower gaps between Vopak and other players, in safety, operations


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