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Very Challenging and Enjoyable Shipboard Environment
SHIP SURVEYOR (Former Employee) –  Cleveland, OHJanuary 30, 2019
As an ABS Surveyor I underwent extensive training at the ABS Academy covering all areas of ship surveys, as well as materials testing and inspection.
I became very familiar with the ABS Rules. They were applied to my day to day surveys on board ships and at shore side plants and factories that required survey and certification of their materials and products.
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Extensive training and exposure to Marine systems and manufacturers.
Cons
none
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poorly run by fire fighters
Senior Surveyor (Current Employee) –  Houma, LAJune 8, 2018
The company has changed from a employee centered company to only looking out for an immediate profit centered company at the cost of employee moral. Has laid off good experienced people then hires new employees with no knowledge.
Pros
paycheck
Cons
do not care about the employees
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Strong customer focus
Surveyor II (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXMarch 29, 2018
A typical work day was 08:88 to 18:00 with every other day off. I learned to tackle many class and flag related compliance issues. Most managers were gifted professionals with exemplary talent and character. The work culture was less of a team culture and more an by individual achievement culture. The hardest part of the job was the lack of upward mobility while the best part of the job was solving problems for the customer.
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ABS Slow Paced
Senior Engineer/Surveyor (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXMarch 21, 2018
The American Bureau of Shipping is a good place to start a career as it is slow paced and not too stressful. However, the pay is very low. It is also a good place to end a career due to low stress environment.
Pros
Decent Training
Cons
Poor advancement
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Excellent productivity, culture diversity promoted
Marine Surveyor (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXMarch 20, 2018
Excellent productivity, culture diversity promoted, self development encouraged. training on the job highly cultivated, customer satisfaction, personal safety, environment, material and property are main focus of ABS mission.
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ABS Marine Surveyor (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXNovember 3, 2017
ABS is a great place to start your career right out of college.
However after the three (3) to five (5) year point there are more competitive options out there.
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Changed workplace since initial employment
Senior Surveyor (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXSeptember 2, 2017
Experienced two workplace environments, one out in the field and one in the office. The field work allows more freedom and individual tasks while the office work can lead to more oversight and collaborative work. In either areas, management fell short to provide the necessary support one would think can get. Seems the top level management controls most everything and all those under needs to follow suit. Be careful how you act around these managers as they will not be afraid to let you go.
There used to be a sense of satisfaction in the work but now it is seemed missing as well. Pretty much you can work your way up the ladder otherwise you will get stuck and there is no push for you to improve or continued support to learn more skills without shelling out your own money.
Pros
Expat policy and paid time off
Cons
Working environment is lacking. Slow in change.
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Good place to either begin or end a career, but run by nepotism
Surveyor (Current Employee) –  AmericasJuly 31, 2017
The company has a number of great benefits and the compensation is good as long as there are customers willing to pay the special attendance fee rates because that's how surveyors make overtime. The scenery tends to change; if you prove you can work productively, you generally are allowed to do so on your own with little oversight; and it's a great place to break into several different engineering roles. However, management is painfully aloof to most employees, and upward movement is completely dependent on one's relationship with executives. They are generally unwilling to provide training opportunities because that means a surveyor is not billable, and profits go down, which is a strange thing for a non-profit to worry about. Also, ever since management began pegging everything to the key performance indicators (KPIs) the culture as a whole has become unhappy and...corporate.
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Flexible hours, health benefits, and compensation
Cons
Aloof management, poor career growth, and unhappy workplace culture.
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An enjoyable yet stressful job
Surveyor II (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXApril 12, 2017
The job of marine surveyor can be difficult, yet quite fulfilling. The management of the company seemed to be out of touch with the financial realities of the sector I was assigned to (medium to small vessels and the oil and gas industry) which made it somewhat difficult at times.
Pros
Excellent benefits
Cons
Excessive paperwork
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Great project and coworkers.
CWI/Lead Surveyor (Former Employee) –  Block Island, RIApril 11, 2016
I am proud to have had the opportunity to work on this project. It is the first United States Offshore Windfarm on the coast of Block Island in Rhode Island.
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Great project and great company to work with.
CWI/Lead Surveyor (Former Employee) –  Block Island, RIApril 11, 2016
Proud to have had the opportunity to work on this project. The first United States Offshore Windfarm off the coast of Rhode Island.
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Great Project
Lead Offshore Surveyor/CWI (Former Employee) –  Block Island, RIApril 11, 2016
Proud to have had the opportunity to work on this project. The first United States Offshore Windfarm installed off the coast of Rhode Island.The company was great to work with.
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Great coworkers, pay was excellent.
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Productive and Fun Work Place
Surveyor (Current Employee) –  Fort Lauderdale, FloridaSeptember 22, 2015
Fun work place with incredible supportive management. Personal and professional growth is greatly encouraged and supported. Always new and exciting opportunities to learn and grow. Possibilities for advancement are plentiful.
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