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Wood Group Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible work schedule and decent work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Willing to innovate and look beyond traditional oil and gas (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Leader"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Wood Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall leadership has integrity and shows commitment to the company's performance and health. There are many talented people employed at Wood Group. The focus on safety and ethics is genuine. There is a demonstrated support for innovation.

    Cons

    The communication is pretty strained across regions, locations, functions, etc. It's very difficult to understand priorities and to keep up with what's happening in various parts of the business, or even to know who to reach out to for help or ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on leadership and communication. With clear vision and priorities, the team at Wood Group can accomplish anything!


  2. "Execution Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being involved in all phases of a project from conception to turnover and having the ability to make changes to project planning in order to capitalize on past lessons learned.

    Cons

    Overseeing inexperienced contractor supervision and unskilled craftsmen that have never been taught the right way to bring a job in on time and within budget.

    Advice to Management

    When client assignments are coming to an end management should put more effort in finding other work assignments for their current employees.

  3. "Production Operator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Carrizo Springs, TX
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Carrizo Springs, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wood Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, good pay

    Cons

    Ailing industry and as a contractor you fall under the management of two companies at once.


  4. "Changing Values"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wood Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    We're getting bigger, is this a pro?

    Cons

    It's no longer about people here, it's about the dollars.

    Advice to Management

    Return to the culture of servant leadership.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "what a mess of a company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Lead in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Lead in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wood Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and decent work life balance. Some work half days on Fridays and some work every other Friday. Even there is no consistency on work schedules.

    Cons

    In my 20+ years of work experience never had I've work at such a disorganized organization. There are no standard policies,procedures as they seem to have several versions of everything: websites, policies, procedures, etc.... No one follows the polices anyways so probably does not matter and there is zero accountability or consequences as management simply looks the other way and those who break the rules know nothing will be done to them. I know of coworkers who did not receive their pay check and even some who had been paid the wrong amount. If you cannot even pay your own people on time and in the right amount how do you excpect to be a successful company? I've already had 4 line managers in my 5 years there and that's not the worst of it. My fellow coworker has had 5 line managers in only less than 2 years of being there. Communication is extremely poor and almost none existent. So many issues and problems. The Wood GRoup is simply not one company but several miscellaneous companies all acting in their best interests. They acquired so many companies you think they would have learned how to integrate companies but lessons learned clearly are not headed. Vacation time must also be earned, you do not get your full amout at the begining of the year. Heath insurance must be pruchased on an exchange and is extremely confusing. Can Andrew Stewart save ALCS West? Knock on Wood.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable and have repercussions for not following procedures.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Project Specialist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company willing to provide career growing opportunities and training. Offers 9 day fortnight, and generous PTO and vacations.

    Cons

    Constant major re-structuring. Company re-structured 4 times within 4 years I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and stick to a long-term plan, not knee-jerk/reactionary decision.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Focus on $ overtaking focus on people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wood Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relationships with great colleagues
    Opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Shifting focus to shareholders over employee
    Communications - too little, too late
    Very little opportunity for growth / promotion

    Advice to Management

    Trust your local management teams

  8. "Horrible. No systems. Worst leadership in the industry. Poor quality and even worse project execution."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Drive time is the only good part. PSN leadership have effectively destroyed all remainders of the former Mustang leadership and culture that made that company a perineal best work place rating.

    Cons

    Unethical, hostile environment. Back stabbing is a way of life. Anti-American sentiment. Current leadership is arrogant without cause. They are greedy and lack care for their employees. They will do anything to promote a buck. Safety is a routine failure and leadership sees injury as just part of the job.

    If you are American, you have no career chance.

    Advice to Management

    Throw all management out. They are unintelligent and ill equipped to manage. Spin off engineering, current leadership has no clue how to run a real engineering company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "My Former Employer"

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

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

    Pros

    Was known as family oriented, great co-workers and flextime.

    Cons

    WG is restructuring and may not be the same friendly and loyal place to work. The company downsized laying off many employees but able to purchase AMEC/Foster Wheeler. With the new merger there may be more layoffs. Be careful!

    Advice to Management

    Try to make and keep Wood Group as the employer of choice.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Wood Group - Grade F"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wood Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are similar to others in the industry.
    The salary is comparable to others in the industry.

    Cons

    No visible of shared long-term strategy for the organization other then to keep shareholders happy at all cost.
    Laying off employees to keep share price steady and reduce debt for AMEC/Foster Wheeler merger.
    Buying out competitors and assimilating them into the Wood Group PSN business model.
    Constant re-structuring and turnover of executives and management.
    Replacing native Houston employees with Aberdeen or offshore PSN employees.


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