Aker Solutions Reviews

Updated 10 April, 2015
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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. I temped there as a Receptionist. All of the staff there were professional and helpful. Best temp job ever.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Receptionist in Vancouver, BC
    Former Contractor - Receptionist in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at Aker Solutions as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very professional group of people who know how to balance work and lifestyle.

    Cons

    The opening hours were East coast so the doors open very early.

  2. HSE Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aker Solutions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic networking opportunities and access to one of the worlds largest oil and gas companies. Flexible working hours helps provide a work/life balance.

    Cons

    Its hard to progress within the company unless you leave then come back which in turn helps to promote a very competitive culture. The salaries are not the highest either.

  3. AkerSolutions REview

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Sallary and benefit is comparabale

    Cons

    This company is a small company is Calgary branch, the name is going to be changed

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  5. Lots of things to learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Design Engineer

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Company with future and involved different product and service areas.
    Clear work procedure set for employees to follow.
    Friendly work enviornment.
    Multi culture enviornment provide opportunity to get to know each other.

    Cons

    Leak of good IT support and slow down the work process.
    Service support center located oversea with limitation.
    Management change often which have impact to company direction.

  6. Good working experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aker Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Lot of learning opportunities
    International projects

    Cons

    Bureaucratic at times
    Management attitude might get irritating

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees, share more information

  7. A great company to work with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Surveillance Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Quality Surveillance Engineer in Pune (India)

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    1. Wonderful and talented CEO who can empathize with people and know what they going through at the workplace.
    2. Amazing people
    3. No micromanagement
    4. Freedom
    5. Leadership is not given to people based solely on their performance but on their attitude and conduct towards others along with the performance.

    Cons

    As in the case with every other company, there are black sheep who try to take the credit, however, the managers are sharp enough to understand.
    As a service provider to internal clients within the group based in Norway, USA, Malaysia, etc., not many are getting opportunities, and as result their careers are hitting a roadblock.
    It's good to work to here initially, and boring once you get saturated.

    Advice to Management

    Please do something by involving the global management of Aker to revive the careers of people.

  8. Company in decline.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience in subsea equipment, especially trees and controls. Many people that work there go on to very lucrative careers at other companies. They had great flex time packages and insurance when I worked there.

    Cons

    Very high turnover, inexperienced staff, and much lower quality since buyout of Kvaerner by Aker. Safety issues were rising steadily while I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Management just needs to be changed, it is an engineering company that should be run by engineers like it used to be. Currently much of the senior staff including the president is made up of former sales people who have no idea how to run a company.

  9. ccscf

    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Fa Peng (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Fa Peng (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at Aker Solutions

    Pros

    promotions are given out to a number of people so great place to work

    Cons

    training in the office and the nice people to work with on a daily basis

    Advice to Management

    afaffa

  10. Helpful (1)

    An arena where American managerial style is imposed on an unsuspecting workforce by unscrupulous, weak management/HR.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Oslo (Norway)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Oslo (Norway)

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good colleagues. Good subsidised restaurant, although the food is usually cold by the time you have queued to pay for it.

    Cons

    The core values to which we all aim to heed and promote are nothing more than a letterhead when it comes to performing to the advertised values, where management are concerned.
    A culture of bullying from management is prevalent. Shouting, desk thumping, and emotional cruelty are rife. At a time of a downturn in the industry, dirty tactics are used to encourage staff to leave, to reduce the impending staff layoffs.
    Workload is increased well beyond that which can be achieved within the 37.5 hour week, whilst payment for overtime is refused although it is in your contract.
    The man management is weak and an indication that it was not so long ago that Norway missed out on the industrial revolution, and all of the lessons learned thereafter.
    Your contract of employment will state one location as your place of work, but it will likely be a different location.
    You will be limited to the 37.5 hour week, but meetings which you must attend, will be set for 8am through 95% of the day until after 5pm. You will be expected to work for free after the 37.5 hours, into the early hours at your home. No Exceptions!
    If you disagree with the American management style, you will be on a slippery slope out of the door. Do not expect the Norwegian management to support you. This is a flat structure, where only the bullies speak out, and therefore they reign supreme.
    Nobody records or cares how many hours over the 37.5 hours you have worked. There is no measurement, no record, no cost, no accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Live by the values you so quickly promote to the outside world. They are the values by which you are measured each day. Stop the bullying management tactics ! If you cannot pay a person for the hours he works, and that person cannot book those hours in your time system, how can you ever calculate the true amount of effort used to complete the project. All project estimates will be based on false figures because you have no way of recording the truth. All companies should know exactly how much effort it takes to perform. If they fail to do this, they fail their workforce, and a storm is brewing over the horizon!

  11. Helpful (3)

    Interesting work soured by incompetent HR and a management that seems to strive to make employees feel worthless/pawns.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Aker Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The work can be fast paced firefighting
    Some of the people are a joy to for for and with.

    Cons

    Put clauses in contract that allow they to tell you to work 70hrs and only get paid for 37.5hrs
    Incompetent HR
    Nepotism
    Very difficult to move between departments.
    Bullying management

    Advice to Management

    Live you to your values with open and honest communication
    Stop trying to screw employees
    Management by screaming at your employees does not work.

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