Pipefitter (Former Employee) – Scotland – 6 January 2018
There are many thing about the shipyards that need to be improved, from management attitude to the general culture of its workers. It paints itself to be a wonderful company, but there is very little to prove it from the shop floor.
Pipefitter (Former Employee) – Barrow in Furness – 30 August 2014
Job handed out first thing. Go onboard vessel and work on the job on my own. Co workers a pleasure to work with.Good lads/lasses who were willing to help out. Hardest part of the job was working on own on some jobs that were a 2 man job.
Typical days work includes been given daily targets to meet and excel to your best ability. The management could be done better, seems to be a 'us against them' approach at times, like to make things difficult, creating a divide. co-workers are all very helpful with one another. The job however is very enjoyable and satisfying as its good to see your hard work pay off.
A typical day involves communicating with managers to recieve jobs, which could come in the form of an engineering drawing or via verbal instructions. Working on your own or as part of a team to complete these jobs in safest quickest manner, using the relavant skills gained through my experience. Overall I've enjoyed my time working for the company.
pipefitter/welder (Former Employee) – Glasgow, SCT – 4 February 2014
bell to bell working with unreasonable demands, i was treated like an outcast because i attended a football match even though i never talked about it or bragged about it like my supervisors did. there was also a case when jimmy johnson passed away that during the toolbox talk we all had to stand for a minutes silence as this deep underlying religious divide still remained in this day and age. i feel this was brushed under the carpet by the management leaving me and other guys with nowhere to turn for help with bullying.
early finish friday
most supervisors will discriminate depending on your religion
Pipefitter (Former Employee) – Glasgow, SCT – 8 January 2014
before I worked in the yards I was a travelling man going from job to job ,after I started in Govan I was surprised how soon I took root and as I was being encouraged stay by the wife I sort of drifted into it three days before I started I came back from Paris where I had been working for Howdens it was November and I told myself this will do me till the new year but I was still there in march and was admitted into the pension scheme this was the clincher I had a steady job I had made good friends the wife was happy the work was interesting the gaffers were friendly the days went by . Just over 24 years later I have taken voluntary redundancy and although I am content with the deal part of me wants my routine my friends my Job back
Workmates, steady employment
like most working people our wages are falling in real terms year on year
Pipefitter (Former Employee) – Portsmouth, ENG – 6 January 2014
Worked on various Ministry of Defence vessels New Build and Ship repair work generally fabricating and fitting pipework from small bore Cuni, copper and stainless steel to Large bore Steel.
I spent most of my time in Portsmouth working on Oman 2 from the beginning when the ship was in Fabrication hall in sections right up to Hand over to Oman navy.
I really enjoyed my time in Portsmouth and the only reason I left was down to the announcement of the yard closure. I worked in Portsmouth for almost four years and I really enjoyed being part of a great team.
Long Term, lots of overtime available, and I was lucky enough to work for a great management team.