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Updated August 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Vigor Marine"

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    Former Employee - FITTER/WELDER in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - FITTER/WELDER in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits. Lots of overtime. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Hot, cold. Work is outdoors mostly.


  2. "Salaried Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Vigor full-time

    Pros

    Company has unique assets in globally competitive markets with diverse capabilities and customers. Planning for improved capacity. 401(k) matching is good.

    Cons

    Current downturn in new heavy construction has lead to significant job cuts and very poor employee morale. Culture is intent on finding someone to blame instead of working toward solutions.

  3. "Horrible middle management and foreman. Poor planning and constant strife between company and union."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting product. Employees care about what they make. Hours are reasonable. HR is capable and cares about the employees. Parking.

    Cons

    No training program or experienced middle management. Poor planning and poor staffing methods. Upper management is despised by hourly employees.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in actual production supervisors and supportive HR.


  4. "Still Learning"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vigor full-time

    Pros

    Lots of potential for overtime, if you're eager to travel and work weekends. There was also a strong emphasis on safety, or...at least the appearance of.

    Cons

    The Portland shipyard is a difficult culture to work in. As a second chance employer, they have plenty of options for low wage/dangerous labor...and they love to remind you. In a company (Specialty Finishes) wide meeting, our GM told all of us that we were replaceable. "No one's job is safe here." "If you don't like change, here's the door." In this case, change was a drop in pay accompanied by more responsibility. Adding insult to injury, he drove through the yard a week later in a new Porsche. Real team player.

    Advice to Management

    Retention. If you treat people a little better, and make employees feel valued, people might stay. Give people on the bottom a chance to move up, and set them up for success. That's not a hand out...it's just good business.


  5. "crane"

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    Former Employee - Crane Operator, Rigger in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Crane Operator, Rigger in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fun work, good crew to work with.

    Cons

    slow down in work. it does get better.

    Advice to Management

    they are very far.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "My Year on Pirate Island"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Vigor Seattle shipyard is an astounding and unique historical treasure. Sequestered on Seattle's isolated Harbor Island, which has been building ships for 100 years, Vigor has beautiful views of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The offices have industrial character; big and light-filled with high loft ceilings.

    Not only is the location special, the culture there is worthy of a documentary. There are workers whose families have been building ships in that yard for three generations. Get to know the old timers, and you will be rewarded with stories of the salty and semi-lawless days when it was Todd's Shipyard. Workers in the shipbuilding trade truly love what they do, and it's inspiring to witness the joy and pride they feel when they work.

    On the office side of things, it's a little more buttoned up-but still fun. Vigor is a tech-savvy company that does a great job of equipping you with technology and providing tech support. They are also fairly flexible about hours and working away from the office-if you are meeting all your goals, they don't really micromanage your time.

    There is also a lot of room for advancement if upper management likes you, and you put yourself forward. People skills count for a lot here, so make friends and don't make enemies.

    Health benefits at Vigor are amazing ($500 deductible on my health plan, that's one whole zero less than my previous plan's deductible), but you have to play hardball when negotiating salary and raises. There is a wide range of compensation amongst the administrative employees, you have to strongly advocate for yourself if you don't want the short end of the stick.

    Cons

    High turnover, too much restructuring without proper preliminary planning. When layoffs happen, they are not gentle. It can feel brutal and somewhat arbitrary.

    Corporate does a great job of taking initiative and restructuring things that are not working-the problem comes when they do not put resources toward accurately measuring the results. Without measurement, you cannot improve-you only create chaos.

    The company also suffers from severe communication disfunction, too much is left to the rumor mill and word-of-mouth. If you work here, it pays to be extremely proactive about communication.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management. They are dedicated, knowledgable, and talented. The disfunction within Vigor is a natural consequence of it's ambitious growth. A lot of different companies have been absorbed into the "Vigor family", and it's going to take a while for a coherent corporate culture to emerge.


  7. "Great Opportunities!!"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Morals and Ideal of the Company at the highest levels are refreshing. They genuinely care for their people and invest in them.
    -Safety is a priority and the culture is improving rapidly.
    -Many opportunities due to organizational restructuring.
    -I was told from day one that if you can prove that you will add more value to the company in another position or area then it won't be turned down. I have only found that to be true.
    -Great atmosphere to learn and grow your skills and experiences.

    Cons

    Vigor has had several recent acquisitions that have created cultural differences within these areas that are being worked out.
    Average Compensation Package
    Parking at the PDX location is not ideal

    Advice to Management

    Continue making the hard choices, communicating decisions earlier and ensure the message gets to all levels/areas accurately.

  8. "welder"

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    Current Employee - Welder in Clackamas, OR
    Current Employee - Welder in Clackamas, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vigor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great benefits and good pay. work your butt off while there is work.

    Cons

    not knowing when work will stop


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Bag, Overal Positive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vigor is a great place to get your start. I wouldn't dig in.The pay is competitive for the area, but not generally commensurate with skills, and there are many areas around the country where you can receive better. As of late, wages have not kept pace with the expansion of the area. In certain production positions, a talented individual can relatively quickly climb the ladder.

    With the "merger" of Oregon Iron Works, a significant improvement in their talent base has given the fabrication wing a much needed "house cleaning". Vigor is a much stronger company post-acquisition.

    Cons

    The facilities at Portland (Swan Island) are poor and inadequate for the scope of the work they attempt. Logistics and weather severely hamper their ability to efficiently produce. The opportunities for rapid advancement has a negative, in that frequently people are promoted far beyond their competency with predictable results. PMs do not ask questions of and will tacitly encourage crafts to get things done quickly, rather than correctly. They will resist or ignore efforts to address this.

    Vigor has a questionable strategy of trying to monopolize the market, rather than operate efficiently. This causes them to "eat their young", and generally are very poor at retaining talent. Absent that retention, long-term and meaningful improvements in the company's operation do not materialize, and haven't for a decade. Vigor also has a habit of biting off more than they can chew. Executive level regularly overestimates the capabilities of the company. Everyone else pays for those decisions.

    Advice to Management

    To compete with foreign markets, efficiency is imperative. Your operations are constantly battled by weather, but there are no efforts to mitigate this. Parts have to be moved far too often, across too much distance, and are often sat idle in the elements. This causes a tremendous amount of inefficiency, not merely in logistics, but rework for damage in transit.

    Retain your talent. Your entire business is completely dependent on skilled labor. Every single aspect of it. You will never stop hemorrhaging money unless you retain your talent. Monopolizing the west coast will not work, and you will over-extend yourself trying. You cannot make up for operating at a loss by picking up volume. You will never operate on a profit when your skilled crafts are constantly liquidated.


  10. "Easy to work while being a student"

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

    I have been working at Vigor part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, reasonable standards, kind coworkers

    Cons

    Vague future employment opportunities, lack of guidance

    Advice to Management

    Create more/better internships that actually lead somewhere in the company!


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