Saipem Employee Reviews about "italian"

Updated 29 Jun 2020

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Who you know, not what you know!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Saipem full-time

    Pros

    Some opportunity to work offshore. Interesting projects to work on. That's about it. I know so many people that have been screwed over by this company it's unbelievable.

    Cons

    Either you're in with the right people, or you're out the door (being Italian certainly helps you to be in with the right people!). Current state of industry has led them to make a number of redundancies. The selection process for this has nothing to do with your ability, it's all about who you know. Minimal opportunity for career progression unless you get lucky enough to work on the right project at the right time. Absolutely no benefits to working as staff rather than a contractor.

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  2. "Great experience, recommended"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Planner & Chief Estimator in Caravaggio
    Recommends

    I worked at Saipem full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    it's a great organization, full of good people and with awesome benefits at least if compared to the average italian company

    Cons

    bad calls from top management are causing troubles that affect all the company, throwing mud on the work of dedicated employees (and possibly eventually losing contracts)

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  3. "Overall good experience but can improve"

    4.0
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    HSE Staff in Lagos
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saipem for more than 3 years

    Pros

    35/35 on off rotations decent pay good training programs

    Cons

    No bonuses. Recent cuts in salary Recent cuts on health insurance benefits. Still struggling to get read of old type mentality of some italian/spanish workers.

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  4. "Good company to work with"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Piping Material Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saipem full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Management is good but mostly Italians. They talk in the Italian language even in the meeting. I had a good experience working for Saipem Canada and lots of opportunity to success throughout my four years of work there.

    Cons

    Management is not transparent to local employees. Sometimes local employee feels they are not part of the management.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Corrupt, Incompetent and Unprofitable"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Administration in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Saipem full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Despite all the terrible Italian expatriate managers, there were still some great people that worked there. Technically, the company is pretty good in its design and execution (albeit not profitable). You will learn a lot about working in an International company, and meeting people from all different cultures.

    Cons

    The Saipem management style is to treat everyone around you poorly, promote and reward based on social connections (not competence), take no responsibility for your actions, and blame HR when things go wrong. The numerous expatriates are arrogant and incompetent--which is rather ironic considering that Saipem hasn't turned a profit on any projects in years. The company will most likely leave Canada in a few months. If it stays, only work there if it is financially lucrative for you to do so, and get out as soon as you can. Saipem has very little upside in Canada. The parent company in Milan is run even worse than Canada. It dumps expenses into its subsidiaries to ensure they are not profitable, and bogs them down in useless reporting in the name of compliance while providing no real support. The corruption is rampant in Milan, and the CEO has made very few changes in his tenure.

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  6. "Disgruntled to say the least."

    2.0
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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saipem

    Pros

    Good mix of some friendly, multi-national people. Big projects. A few nice vessels (chartered only). Some nice equipment. Job for life, if you want it. Private health care for contract workers.

    Cons

    They make you work for their own agency GPS who are terrible in their own right. Salaries have recently had huge cuts with some people reporting as much as 50% Racism towards non-Italians from senior management. Rotations for people vary depending on position and/or nationality. 35/35, 56/28, 84/28 and a whopping 168/28 for Thai and Malaysian people (Some who get paid $25 a day!) Some terrible vessels with extremely poor standards of living and working and no care for the safety and hygiene of others. Except you to work over your rotation with less time at home on a regular basis. Promotions are based on who your father is. Poorly trained guys in top positions who have just left school. A lot of deadwood who stopped caring about the job many years ago. Lack of safety culture on certain projects. Will only pay for training for Italian people. A crash bang, gung ho attitude towards the projects and never stick to operational procedures. Hire people with no qualifications and won't fire them when they get found out.

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  7. "Generally friendly and socially sensitive company"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milan
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saipem full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You can feel safe it this company as they will usually offer you switch of department before you are laid off. Salary is not in top of the sector but should be somewhere in the middle. You can ask for some overseas assignments but if you are not Italian you will be offered only locations where Italian don't want to go.

    Cons

    You will often find fossils that are not doing anything nor they know to do anything except slow you down. Sharing of information and knowledge is extremely bad. They will not invest in your training or development at all except you are Italian, of course.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good company, bad people"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Saipem full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good salary, good opportunities to learn and grow, exposure to megaprojects, exposure to multinational work culture, identifies your true potential and value and appreciate your abilities and contributions as per tier 2 below.

    Cons

    There are two tiers in company: (1) Italians on top of pyramid like kings (2) Everyone else is slave. Rules are different for both tiers. An Italian will always be your boss even if they don't know anything....just because they are Italian. They take credit for everything good and blame slaves for everything bad.

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  9. "my experience"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Saipem full-time

    Pros

    plenty of great project work

    Cons

    quite a heirarchical organisation, very italian workplace culture

  10. "Very bad experience"

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    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Fort McMurray, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Saipem full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    While we were working they had plenty of overtime, no limit to work money was good, it should be one of the reason of several incidents

    Cons

    If you aren't Italian you are out of the circle, no high positions for you, they have lot of experience but they brought to Canada the worse management team their policies are obsolete their quality program is a joke their understanding of the Canadians standard is zero and their opportunities to grow below zero... They want to control and micromanagement everything again is a multicultural company just in papers... Because they only trust in their Italians colleges even they know they are wrong... I will never work with this company again and I will no refer anybody to this company ask to all my fellows coworkers that worked with me at husky sunrise project it should a very powerful reason: they just get fire form CNRL and Husky almost at the same time

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