Thread regarding McDermott International Inc. layoffs

Greener pastures are out there for awhile

I left McDermott not long ago. I saw lots of companies with flex Friday schedules, good benefits, employees that like their company, and employees that think their company respects them. One company told me that they wouldn't have considered someone with years at McDermott until they realized I was really legacy CB&I. They think if you have been at McD for the last 5 years you must not be hireable or you lack the sense to get out. To the friends i left behind, think about it.

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Are u ok?

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-1btsr

Making up word for CMS again.

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-4auz

Nonsequitir? Is that one of them fancy Latin words you Woodlands fellers use around the country club? Do you wear shoes to the office too?

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-3uhx

Ya, a guy that can't think in a straight line. And spends his days off this site. Sounds exactly like a Bechtel engineer.

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-3igt

@WyQPpI4-3cea, keep those non sequitirs coming, you'll be running MDR in no time!

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-3ktu

Taho dummy - please give us all a hint when you plan on going postal - I hope it’s not on Blue Jeans Friday.

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-3cea

So to recap, MDR has a reputation as a real bad place to work. But its disaster projects are not as big & not well known. In fact most people don't know what MDR does. Including MDR management. So MDR on your resume is a black mark. Makes you look unambitious or low grade.

CBI has not a so bad a reputation as a place to work. CBI had high pay and kept you on even if you had nothing to do. But CBI's had some mega disasters damaging the co's reputation.

Bechtel thinks its better than CBI. Bechtel doesn't like small projects, sounds like MDR management selling tanks & pipes because tanks & pipes won't pull through the E&C whoppers. Bechtel has poor HR screening. You can tell Bechtel that you worked at MDR and nobody will connect the dots and see you are lying. You can be vague about what you did as an engineer, Bechtel's core function, and nobody your interviewing with will catch that your b---s---ting. And Bechtel pays less but maybe that's cause they did notice you b---s---ted in the interview.

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-3pnh

So Mr Bechtel. If you were unemployed for about a year you never really worked at MDR, right?

Why did CBI fire you?

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-2gzn

I am proud of McDermott. I am part of McDermott and McDermott is part of me. It is the part that has a severe learning disability, attention deficit disorder, tinnitus, and something that resembles a hangover. I proudly wear my polo shirt with its "L" over my heart on BJF. I mock the pitying microexpressions and awkward plastic smiles I get when I tell the friends people I know from my UT days that I work for McDermott. I am building A New Kind of Company, dammit! A NEW KIND OF COMPANY!!

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-2teq

My experience has been similar to the bechtel guy. All interviews end up discussInfo how bad CBI was and how they messed up so spectacularly. Definitely feel like it was bad for future prospects. Ended up taking a cut in pay a few weeks ago bit better to start over imho. Thanks for the insight.

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-2yut

The M logo should be replaced by a finger and thumb in the shape of an L.

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-2vnz

Looking up ur BS - case in point - you can’t read. That’s he problem with you guys trained in CBI world.

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-2hry

To Looking Up

If I were your recruiter at whatever Arby's you interviewed at, I would flat out give you a thumbs down. If you openly spewed such negativity about your former employer CBI (no matter how much they deserve it) during the interview, what negativity about Arby's would come out of piehole when you interviewed for your next job at Best Buy?

No soup for you. Next!

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-1yrs

Rare move. LOL

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-1gid

Hahahaha - is that u with your feet on your desk? Let’s get some coffee and reminisce about the dog days.

Let me add that in a rare move, I flat out slammed CBI’s culture, management and basically wished I could unsee everthing I saw at CBI. In frustration I literally named names and gave them my personal blacklist. I think this really got me the job.

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-1uwo

I agree it's GREAT here at Bechtel

Plenty of spare time to troll MDR

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-1lfa

I recently got hired by a competitor but we don’t really consider MDR/CBI a competitor with all your ‘sizeable contracts’ announcements for a millilion dollars. But that’s another story.

I was unemployed for about a year and realized that The CBI name was really hurting my chance of getting an engineering job. Changed it to MDR and started getting some calls. I also changed my approach and discussed engineering skills honed over my career and stayed away from specifics of my time at CBI. A couple of good takeaways - not many companies really know what MDR does so be vague and distance yourself from CBI cause it’s got a really bad reputation in the market. I took a substantial hit in level and pay but I figured CBI was overpaying to keep people quite I their cubical.

I was in e proud to be working st CBI but this feels like Enron. Hope this helps anyone that’s interviewing.

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-1grd

CB&I so stupid. They put their professionals in half wall cubes. Move them around like cattle. Bog down creativeness with policy and procedures. No wonder they have no skills.

Stopped having Christmas parties and any fun activities. They just keep cutting corners until they cut themselves right out of work.

All work and no fun. CB&I you so stupid!

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Post ID: @WyQPpI4-1phi

Glad to hear it worked out for you Pat.

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