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Transocean Houston Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Pay, Regular schedule, Able to advance as far as you are willing to work for (in 12 reviews)

  • WOrk life balance is the best in the industry (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • I believe upper management should see who is ready to move up inside the company rather than someone who has never been offshore (in 6 reviews)

  • Oil and Gas Market condition impact work load (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Roustabout"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Roustabout in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Roustabout in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. They spend the money to do things right. Good benefits 2 for 1 401k match up to 5%.

    Cons

    3 weeks away from family, but you get 3 weeks home as well. You miss a lot of holidays and birthdays.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people you hire not the policies you put in place


  2. "Good money but average for the industry"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Third Mate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Third Mate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Excellent benefits (200% of the first 5% matching on 401k, good HSA). Training programs are good.

    Cons

    It's a huge company with the bureaucracy to match. Lots of paperwork and burdensome regulations. Pay is high compared to land jobs but lower than many companies offshore. Everybody seems to be waiting for the axe to drop, more guys are laid off every day because of low oil prices.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lay off half the rig and expect to be able to do the same work. Don't compromise safety for money.


  3. "Transocean"

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    Former Employee - Senior Management in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Transocean full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is not a bad company to work for in general. When times are good the workers are happy.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the oil industry is in a bad position at present. Transocean have had to make huge cuts in their workforce and decimated the experience that they once had employed. In general I feel that this should have bee looked at in a better way.

    Advice to Management

    The previous CEO had a vision for Deepwater drilling only, this in my opinion, was the wrong one. As we watch oil prices stabilize around the $50-$60 area, deepwater fleets will be very slow in picking up work, jackup and mid water fleet will be first. Remember the 'bread and butter' that made Transocean.


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  5. "St. Toolpusher"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Toolpusher in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Toolpusher in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Transocean full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benifits good work hours.

    Cons

    To much policitics in office

    Advice to Management

    Work with your people who make the monies to keep you in business and hear their views.


  6. "Electronic Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The company did a good job looking out for employees benefits (med. Den. salary matching etc), pay, career.

    Cons

    The company treats all employees equal without regard to longevity, most often this is ideal, in some instances not so though, ex. during mass layoffs, employees with 15 to 20 yrs service were giving the same package as those with 4 yrs. Those with longer service to the company should have been rewarded for their lengthy service.


  7. "Roustabout"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Roustabout in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Roustabout in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and time off

    Cons

    Layoff and evaluation structure was flawed.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure evaluations are completed and use them to high grade the fleet.


  8. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Material Handler in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Transocean full-time

    Pros

    Advancement opportunities are plentiful. Pay is competitive.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to "know" somebody to get somewhere. Hours can be long.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are an asset, not a liability.


  9. "Working at Transocean"

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    Current Employee - Senior Subsea Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Subsea Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity for growth. Constantly changing industry is exciting to work in and very challenging.

    Cons

    Working rotation offshore makes it hard to raise a family.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the needs of those that are working offshore. It is very easy to lose sight of what is really happening offshore when those making new policy or driving change haven't been to the rig to see the situation first hand.


  10. "Good Company when oilfield is booming"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome 401k matching and competitive pay. They good about paying for travel and booking decent airlines tickets for crew changing (Supervisor positions).

    Safety is the number one concern, they don't just say it, they really mean it. Everyone has the authority to stop the job at anytime if they feel uncomfortable without repercussion from supervisors. It's their number one safety tool!

    Cons

    Due to the oil down turn, they no longer pay for license advancement classes, which is why I can to Transocean from my previous employer. They use to be really good about paying for continuing education and Coast Guard license advancement classes, but they cut back a couple years ago.

    They're policies and procedures are constantly changing and evolving which can be very stressful and confusing for the employees working on the rig. It seems like every time you come back to work something has changed. It's sometimes hard to keep up with.

    Advice to Management

    Give good employees with good appraisals the chance to upgrade their license. Management should focus more on keeping the good junior officers and helping them develop and upgrade as needed, otherwise they will leave to company that will. Pay is not just the number one concern, most people see recognition and advancement as more important.


  11. "Project Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Lead Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Transocean (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diversified jobs in many areas and locations

    Cons

    Not very diversified in gender, etc in operational roles

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved



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