Aker Solutions

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Aker Solutions Reviews

Updated 8 June 2014
Updated 8 June 2014
115 Reviews
3.6
115 Reviews
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Aker Solutions President and CEO Øyvind Eriksen
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They work hard to live up to their core values and ensure that they have a good working environment (in 13 reviews)

  • Extremely good when it comes to work-life balance (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • All business units are not equally developed (in 3 reviews)

  • Constant change, management team is young and therefore inexperienced (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship. HR, Business, Legal departments have had mass exodus.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Half day Fridays are a positive.

    Cons

    Constant changes without any direction. Meager bonuses - recently less than 1% of salary. No company culture. Extremely weak management team. No motivation to work towards common goal. Weak President of North America who doesn't interact with employees or develop a culture of collaboration and excellence. Many groups have had entire teams leave. Legal group has had 3 out of 4 members leave in last 3 months due to poor leadership from General Counsel. HR team has had multiple people leave and support to organization is poor from entire group because of lack of resources. Business development team has had key/best people leave to join competitors. If this isn't a sign of a sinking ship then I don't know what is. Go work for a company that actually values employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire executive team that has significant experience and leadership skills. Promoting from within to save money will only work for so long. Cultivate strong leaders in the organization instead of cutting budgets for training. Value your employees and they will work hard for you. Embody the core values instead of just posting them on the walls. These are simple concepts but executive team does not grasp them or does not have the aptitude to lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Aker Illusion

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I am sure there are some very well meaning people in management that think the posters about Core Values are working.

    Cons

    There are so many things that could be said, but I will keep it short. Senior-level management not only allows, but creates forged records. The posters regarding “Core Values” are merely colorful pictures on the wall. There is such thing as Whistle Blowers hotline, but I would have to have a modicum of trust for the people running the program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit turning blind eyes to what you know is happening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Grass Is Not Greener Here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Money was Good. That's about it.
    If you are in dire need of money and can put up with a lot of "STUFF", then come on and get some of this!!
    If you are already in the oilfield, Please read the "CONS" very carefully.

    Cons

    Very Low Morale.
    Doom and Gloom Atmosphere.
    Management downright pathetic. Has no business being in the position.
    Favoritism. Big Time!!
    No Promotions, no acknowledgement of good performance.
    Perform Mission Impossible on Products.
    Does not practice what they preach.
    Mgmt gets very defensive when you try to ask questions. No open door policy for everyone. Only a select few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfixable. They are in it for the title and that's it!
    Position filler at best. Only got that way thru the buddy system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Aker Business Services

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed enviornment, is the only good thing till they dont get after you.

    Cons

    Underneath the relaxed env there is strong politics by management and HR who are continuosly flattering Norway counterparts and care nothing about the employees, breaking job laws all the time.Most Norway Managers come to US for shopping trips than Business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Each new manager wants to get new rules and policies alongwith the HR.Lots of employees after years of service have been blamed and let go in a second. easily get away by citing its a Norwegian company and follow thier rules..but watchout you are probably going to face the mirror one day.What happens to others can happen to you as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good but watch out if they try to hire you as a contractor, it's a warning they might not keep you

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Would Rather Not Say in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Would Rather Not Say in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Aker Solutions

    Pros

    Pay is excellent to start with, very competitive. Recruiters and most people at the company are friendly, everyone works flex hours

    Cons

    The company spent over 1 month interviewing and aggressively recruiting me because of my qualifications. Turns out I was overqualified for the position. Stayed 2 months before being laid off due to lack of work even though I was told how busy they were at the time I was hired. No complaints from anyone about my job performance since I was never trained for the job - they had me opening mail and filing the entire time instead of what I was hired for. Waste of 2 months for a job I can't even list on my resume. Pay raises for office staff are barely 3% and that's if you're lucky.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some managers with spines, most that I saw were controlled by their senior staff. Need better communication with staff. Stop having so many meetings! Never sure exactly what they are trying to tell employees during these meetings, they seem to be a way to waste time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Powergas going down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aker Solutions

    Pros

    Good social activities, understand personal issues, good office.

    Cons

    Low salary, no focus on employee development, much boasting little substance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of politicians, get professional senior management, require to be hands-on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A very unprofessional professional place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aker Solutions

    Pros

    Working enviroment is easy, all you need is smiling. They don't care about accuracy of engineering calculation.

    Cons

    No quality work needed. A fantastic place for politicians but the worst E&C firm in Houston for engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aker Houston branch should be closed to save shareholders money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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