- RPS Group, Inc.18.Dec 2015
Support from management
We are considered third party contractors and therefore, we are not employees with benefits. We are paid only daily rates when we are offshore working. The leadership in the office is good at responding to questions while offshore on the job.
Because you are third party contractor there is not really career development happening. There is offshore work and that is primarily it. You may get paid increases but they are very rare now adays and instead there has been steady and significant pay decreases. For veteran observers that can be as much as $125 a day paycut..which is a huge decrease when you only work 6 months a year. There is no ladder climbing because you are not employees.
Overall compensation for your work
Third party contractors get no health or retirement benefits at all. This makes saving much more difficult and all health expenses come out of pocket. They only cover injuries while on the vessel. You are a 1099 and so you must save enough throughout the year to pay all your own taxes.
Office / Work Environment
Vessels are generally very comfortable. They have TV rooms, workouts areas, TV, movies, and good food. Galley staff cleans your rooms and makes your beds. There is a helideck to walk outside. You are "stuck" on the boat for 35 days at a time.
It is very expensive to start as a PAM/MMO because you must have a computer, harddrives, and all the certs. You are required to have a special physical that costs up to $300. Helicopter training is $900 not including air/lodging, and additional training all comes out of your pocket. So you are looking at about$2000 out of pocket to start.
It is hard working offshore without having any time off until you get home. You do have access to telephones and wifi and so keeping in touch with friends and family is easy.
The oil and gas industry just crashed and so this is not a good time to be an MMO or PAM operator.
This work is on seismic vessels offshore and so physicals are required and people with disabilities are not allowed due to safety issues on living on boats.
Suggestions for improvement
- Being able to unionize as an observer group. Consistent raises in rates.
What I like about the company
Working only 6 months a year. Traveling all over the world.
What I dislike about the company
Never knowing what work is actually available. Very reduced daily rates because the industry is going through a crash. No benefits what so ever. Having to save for tax season. No stability. No upward career movement.
- CompanyRPS Group, Inc.
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Current employee