Gardline Limited Employee Reviews about "stepping stone"

Updated 22 Nov 2016

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Gardline Limited CEO Christiaan Vermeijden
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  • "no investment (training or pay rises) in staff, meaning most leave once they've gained experience(in 5 reviews)

  • "Considering that you are working away from home for several weeks at a time and usually on old and uncomfortable vessels the salary is a pittance(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good if you need experience"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Great Yarmouth, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gardline Limited full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good; no real requirement to work overtime or stay late Good to build up some experience/as a stepping stone

    Cons

    No real opportunities for progression despite promises Workforce is treated with "that'll do" mentality - they closed the Crow's Nest canteen where we could get fresh sandwiches or hot lunches etc and replaced it with a couple of vending machines and a sub-par sandwich van Pay reviews have not been carried out for three years in a row now, and salaries are not all that competitive to start with Work social events have stopped - they used to have a gala in January and a Christmas do at a nice hotel but this year no gala and the Christmas do is just a meal at a restaurant High staff turnover because people (particularly young graduates) get 1-2 years in to the job and realise they can't go anywhere within the company - they won't get pay rises or promotions

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  2. "Stuck in the 80/90's"

    1.0
     

    I worked at Gardline Limited

    Pros

    Crows nest oh no it's closed. Car park oh no it holds directors cars and pool vehicles. You do get paid on time although limited pay rises. If you like fish the offices smell of old kippers. Good Health and safety. Perfect stepping stone to better companies. Courses were very good.

    Cons

    Seems to be a lack of foresight into oil industry caught cold by dropping oil price. No logic in some management decisions. Company lives in the 80/90's no female senior management, no chill out zones, shirt and tie mentality. Can feel like Big Brother watching your every move trackers, hidden cameras etc.

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  3. Helpful (4)

    "Missed Opportunities"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Offshore Surveyor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gardline Limited

    Pros

    Quite good as a start up, stepping stone, to try out the career/lifestyle particularly if it's going off into the wild blue yonder. Life on board is mostly quite good, there are some ship's to avoid though - unfit for human habitation in this century.

    Cons

    The company direction was marred by some very poor corporate decisions. We were traditionally the 'Burger flippers' of the Survey industry and in the case of the vessels and equipment, the scrap metal dealers. With some build up of finances after a poor start to the century, it would have been prudent to bring the company up to the level of it's more professional looking competitors. Purchase of scrap vessels and then obscene investment, in some cases, was nothing short of a cover up of ginormous proportions. This then impacted the investment in the existing assets and we are now reaping the seeds that were cast on stony ground. Their attitude to their staff is abysmal, they would like a good chunk of us to disappear for a year until the market picks up again, at no cost to them of course. We have been consistently lied to regarding the 'national recession' which never happened in our industry until the last year. The Boys on the top floor have given themselves huge pay hikes and shareholder bonuses - again, stripping the financial assets of the company. The boss has had over 400% pay rise during the 'recession' whilst telling all to tighten their belts. We have now to accept another drop in salary (offshore) of another 10% with earnings already having fell by 20% or more due to the drop in workable days for most people. Instead of now building up the company ready for the next surge, assets', including people, will be left to rot.

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    "Poor company with poor values!"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    UW Engineer in Great Yarmouth, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gardline Limited

    Pros

    Some employees, stepping stone into bigger and better things

    Cons

    Thinking they are a big company, they are not! They are the bottom feeders in a very big industry. Management haven't a clue what they doing and they have a fleet of floating skips. Let's hope the down turn gives them time to reflect, get rid of the wastes of space and prepare for the upturn....but they won't.

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