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Updated October 27, 2016
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  1. "Enjoyed working for this company"

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    Former Employee - Fisheries Observer/Marine Mammal Observer in Petersburg, AK
    Former Employee - Fisheries Observer/Marine Mammal Observer in Petersburg, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have some special needs....they went out of their way (especially Stacey Hansen) to get me work

    Cons

    I don't have a single complaint


  2. "Great company !"

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    Current Employee - Lead Line Cook in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Lead Line Cook in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at Saltwater (More than a year)

    Pros

    I learned a lot working here.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say about this company.


  3. "Fisheries Observer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akutan, AK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akutan, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great adventure biologist job for someone fresh out of college. Great for the short term. Decent money to help pay off student loans. Little to no expenses in the field. Travel from
    Seattle to Alaska, and company/vessel lodging provided.

    Cons

    The longer you are with the company, you will find a dozen people in training for the position, when you are told there is no work. Little to no communication with field coordinators in the field when serious issues arise. (My experience) Nickel and dimed when it comes to letigimate expense reimbursement. Position pay not keeping up with cost of living. One dollar/day raise afforded and fought against by the company every 3 years. Long hours. Possible to work 12+hours a day for several months at a time continuously.
    The company gets paid by the fishing companies regardless of employee competence, wether exceling or lacking. So, there is no incentive to retain or give work to experienced people who cost more than fresh faces.

    Advice to Management

    Stop nickel and dime-ing loyal employees. No one wants to feel like a worthless burden while giving up creature comforts to work unwanted by the vessels in a potentially dangerous environment for months at a time.


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  5. "Helpful Management"

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    Former Contractor - Fisheries Observer in Akutan, AK
    Former Contractor - Fisheries Observer in Akutan, AK
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saltwater as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The observer coordinator would go out of her way to help while you were in the field.

    Cons

    No cons in my view as of 2012.


  6. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Fisheries Observer in Newport, OR
    Current Employee - Fisheries Observer in Newport, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Saltwater full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good money if you work hard

    Cons

    Poorly managed most of the time

    Advice to Management

    Better communication skills are the most important thing needed


  7. "Good pay, awful job, decent company"

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    Former Contractor - Fisheries Observer in Anchorage, AK
    Former Contractor - Fisheries Observer in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Saltwater as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pays well and provides an adventurous job opportunity in scenic locations, great way to save up money as you have little or no expenses, can see lots of whales and marine life in the summer

    Cons

    Working on fishing boats is terrible, lots of manual labor involved, no days off, long odd hours, terrible weather conditions, sleep deprivation, etc


  8. "Fisheries Observer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saltwater full-time

    Pros

    Get to see amazing ocean sceneries. Good pay. Definitely a different job.

    Cons

    Absolutely don't work as an observer if you get sea-sick. Long times away from land.

    Advice to Management

    Don't burn observers out with extended months of work. Offer some sort of land pay.


  9. "Fisheries observing"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saltwater as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to contribute to the sustainment of ocean resources, Get to know how fisheries are manged, and meet a lot of interesting people in the fishing industry,

    Cons

    Long hours at sea, time away from home, being off the grid with little to know access to e-mail or the web.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the CEO, he changed the culture for the better


  10. "Good company in transition"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Saltwater as a contractor

    Pros

    Contract work lets you make a lot of money in a short period of time. This company still has some pretty good boats to work on and they seem to be expanding into new biological services which might open some interesting opportunities.

    Cons

    The company used to be really good at getting prior observers preferential contracts but a lot of the people that made working for them nice have left. Not sure what it's like now, but the NPGOP restructuring has changed a lot of things for Saltwater and it seems like they are going through a rough transition.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key.