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Wood Group PSN Reviews

Updated 13 April 2015
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  1. My line manager and team were brilliant but senior management were not convincing they are looking out for you.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland

    I worked at Wood Group PSN full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Given lots of responsibilities and salary was competitive. People are always willing to share and help each other.

    Cons

    WGPSN are the first company to cut back or stop payrises if the market gets quiet or they lose work, always a knee-jerk reaction. They lose most graduates to competitors or to going contract.

  2. Wood Group Engineering

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Piping Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Current Employee - Graduate Piping Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland

    I have been working at Wood Group PSN

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

    Pros

    There are no pros. This company is being run to the ground.

    Cons

    The estimates charged to the clients are a con. Too much management. Why do you need a Business Manager, A Contract Manager, A Business Development Manager, A Business Services Manager, A delivery Manager and 10 Project Engineers to execute a project? Especially if you are an engineering company?

    Advice to Management

    CEO is a maniac

  3. Company procedures are very disorganised, it's similar to working in the wild west!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Wood Group PSN as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The teams in the regional offices have a "in it together" attitude, in which good engineering is delivered despite the overall corporate governance. No previous expereince of Oil & Gas industry is required, the team helps to bring new entrants on quickly.

    Cons

    There is a lot of uncertainity within the industry at the moment (Dec 2014). Rates for contractors are below average though the long hours compensate; salaries have been frozen with little in the way of a benefits package. This is a "bargain basement" type company.

    Advice to Management

    There’s a perception at the moment that through cutting rates and freezing salaries the industry will be saved. This single minded approach is akin to a "race to the bottom" approach which has never worked out well in the medium to long term; in the short term it alienates and destroys good corporate cultures. The current focus should be efficiencies and lean as well as salary/rate constraint.

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  5. Great company if you aren't aspirational.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, some great people and international opportunities

    Cons

    Slow progress
    Very little to challenge
    Company takes forever to do anything

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good place to start in the Oil&Gas

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland

    I have been working at Wood Group PSN full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment.
    Strong core values.
    It is a good place to start a career, there are several courses provided mainly to develop your soft skills and help building a solid working attitude.

    Cons

    Poor benefits.
    Poor interaction with other Wood Group Companies (Mustang, Kenny, etc.).
    Still lot to do to consolidate the whole Group.

    Advice to Management

    There is a big area of middle Management which puts a big distance between Executive levels and basic employees. There seems to be a genuine effort from the CEO to reduce this distance but still lot can be done.

  7. T&Cs so bad they can't hire anyone.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instrument Technician in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Former Employee - Instrument Technician in Aberdeen, Scotland

    I worked at Wood Group PSN full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Not much. They are a big company so potential for development and career development I suppose. Good support for training. Good safety culture.
    Look after their people but only provided you are lucky and have the right line management. If you don't you are just a number.

    Cons

    Still have the 'body shop' mentality. Some of the worst T&Cs in the North Sea means they cannot hire anyone, not instrument technicians anyway, so they have many vacant positions. This means the workload has to be done by an understaffed and hence overworked crew who therefore have further incentive to leave. It's a downward spiral and it is so bad that it is a serious safety concern. I only worked for them because I was TUPE'd across in a take over. I, like most of the rest of the very good team we had prior to the take over, now have a job else where.

    While there are many very good people at Wood Group it is a shame that their efforts are undermined by others who are so utterly useless the only explanation for them having a job is because of who they know.

    Advice to Management

    Take your T&Cs package from the bottom of the industry to at least somewhere in the top 25% and you'll be able to hire quality staff no problem. Then you'll have well skilled, happy crews who will get the work done that allows you to meet your contract obligations and your KPIs.
    End the blatant cronyism culture and clear out the dead wood.

  8. Graduate Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wood Group PSN

    Pros

    Good Salary, office culture, company values, benefits, management support

    Cons

    HR issues, promotions, work-life balance……...

  9. Shower of incompetent short sighted idiots

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Current Employee - Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland

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

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

    Pros

    Depends on whether or not you have any talent. If you have no talent and are incompetent then you can go far within the management structure as incompetence is rewarded.

    Cons

    Senior management are completely out of touch. Woodgroup was built off the backs of hard working contractors who have been singled out for running down the industry, yet are the most productive contributors to the company's success.
    PSN won a lot of contracts through hard work and reputation was built over a long time. Woodgroup have trampled over PSN good practice and steam rollered their mark on the company - there is no PSN any more. Nobody within the company takes responsibility for their actions and procedures are constantly being meddled with, which ultimately causes losses for the client. The organisation is painfully top heavy, with rewards going to those that produce the least.
    Recent rate reductions combined with forced removal of independent agencies and rumours of further rate cuts will ultimately wreak havoc in the market and cause long term damage to the industry as well as the negative knock on effects to the local economy.
    The CEO is a lunatic and completely out of touch with reality and his own importance.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the yes men, question and challenge idiocy at all levels. Remove unnecessary overhead costs. Retire Bob Keiler and Dave Stewart out of harms way. Show more attention to important details, not poorly generated plans that have no basis in reality. Stop lying to the clients and blaming everyone around you when reality makes an entrance to the fiction. Initiate a central repository of the most up to date procedures. Stop playing with the company logo. Stop pretending that you follow the company core values when you break them at every given opportunity. Less hypocrisy, more innovation.

  10. Horrible.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Controls Apprentice in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Former Employee - Project Controls Apprentice in Aberdeen, Scotland

    I worked at Wood Group PSN full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    People Were nice, well most of them. Flexi time was good. Holidays Were good, some good benifits.

    Cons

    Management. Employed as a trainee in a specific role, never got an opertunity to practice that role. Basically just got used. Problems were never dealt with untill they escilated.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff a bit more. Treat everyone as an equal, not one rule for someone, another for someone else. Deal with problems/complaints as they come in, rather than wait untill they are a big proble.

  11. Exciting and rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Construction Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at Wood Group PSN full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are all very helpful and the opportunities to better yourself and progress through the company.

    Cons

    None really, I enjoy my job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

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