Bouchard


#1

I am thinking of going to work with bouchard in the gulf, just wandering if anyone has anything to say about the idea I have ? and whats the pay , schedule … okay thanks


#2

Be careful. Have heard many horror stories of entire crews being fired when one person screws up. Their pay is one of the top in the industry, but benefits are a little lacking. They also have some new equipment which many other companies are lacking. But I wouldn’t want to lose my job just cause of some other shmuck onboard.


#3

I work with a couple ex bouchard captains, they were both fired for voicing their opinions regarding safety issues. The loved the pay, but hated the pencil whipping of some things.


#4

Just supposing a person went to work for them as a mate and managed to not get fired, do mates get any barge loading/discharging time or credit towards PIC or is it strickly tankermen only work the barge?

If you can get time towards a PIC endorsement then I think going to work for them is a good idea because even if you do get fired you’ll gain something of value for your time spent with them.


#5

C.C

considered going to work for these people myself…the way I understand it you can assist in the load/discharge under the tankerman and get PIC credit…as far as their reputation, heard both good and bad like with most other companies…they had a barge blow up in NY some years back and think that got them headed in the right direction with safety, the owner had a reputation for coming down to the vessel and firing crew if he didn’t like what he saw…go figure…the equipment is in fair condition w/ mostly bludworth couplers…they have GoM runs…work 1 for 1…its redflag ATB work, so piles-a-plently of paperwork…I think they run 3 in w/h…as mate you should be able to duck most of management’s BS, that’s why the ole’ man gets paid the big bucks as so some of the mates I’ve had exclaimed.

**if anyone on here knows different or takes exception please speak up!


#6

[U]Well I am sorry to dissapoint you! [/U]
[U]but Bouchard is not hiring anyone atm!,[/U]
[U]in fact, they now are laying people off while they are working on the ATB (barges) for the weekends now![/U]
[U]you may go home to Texas, or wherever you reside if you like, but be back in NY on the boat by midnight sunday!![/U]
[U]All the horror stories that you have heard are true![/U]
[U]case in point, just two months ago!, the ENTIRE barge crew was fired due to a failed vetting inspection for a big money contract “down south”![/U]
[U]Bouchard lost the contract due to barge maintenance issues![/U]
[U]and the entire barge crew was terminated![/U]
[U]and the tug was reamed out, for not notifing the office about the barges condition to the office! (a company letter soon followed!)[/U]
[U]Bouchard also has not been giving any raises at all!, [/U]
[U]they were the top paying company on the coast!in the 80’s and the 90’s![/U]
[U]no company could match what Bouchard paid their employee’s![/U]
[U]now in 2009 everyone on the east coast gets more money then us![/U]
[U]also if you work here for over 5,10,15 or 20 years and expect seniority or any loyalty here, you may need to seek out a psychologist to see what is the matter with you![/U]


#7

I APPLIED SEVERAL MONTHS AGO AND WAS TOLD I WAS NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR EMPLOYMENT, I THOUGHT IT WAS DUE TO NO TOWING ENDORSEMENT, BUT MAYBE NOT. SOUNDS LIKE IT WOULD BE BETTER TO [U]NOT[/U] BE THERE. :eek:


#8

That, and worse, is what I’ve been hearing. Lately the company I work with has hired several ex-Morty whipping boys and it sounds bad over there.

One captain went to an all-expense-paid family/golf/captains meeting and was called up to the podium and fired.

Morty sounds like a real mean drunk.


#9

[quote=seadog!;18543]That, and worse, is what I’ve been hearing. Lately the company I work with has hired several ex-Morty whipping boys and it sounds bad over there.

One captain went to an all-expense-paid family/golf/captains meeting and was called up to the podium and fired.

Morty sounds like a real mean drunk.[/quote]

Boy, that isn’t the door prize you want to win. I remember at a Crowley Christmas party some 25 year ago (or so), I was disappointed when I went in to the party with no expectations and left with a round trip cruise for one to Puerto Rico leaving in a few days. On a tug. Towing a trailer barge. Two weeks before I was supposed to go back to work.