Ask an assclown question, get an assclown answer. Hows that for useful advice?
Here is some more useful advice for your friend; When someone offers you a job, open your fucking ears and ask questions to clear up any confusion, because if you don’t you look like an ass(clown) asking about it later. Most job descriptions for a licensed position will include a statement along the lines of " must be able to understand and execute orders". That means if they tell you something, they expect you to retain it, and if you don’t get it, you will ask questions and clear it up right then and there.
So if you want company policies, get it from the company.
And if you just want info on work environment, then ask for that. I can kind of help there. Kirby is huge, all over the country. Some of their east coast stuff is rumored to be junky though ive never seen it, some of the west coast stuff ive seen actually looks pretty nice. I feel they are the bigger company since ive never heard of the other, and the bigger company generally offers more stability, so if the pay is comparable and the rotation sounds good, that would be my choice.
I would especially take the position as FAR AWAY from the oil patch as possible, just to have it on my resume. When I was poking around for work in seattle, I spoke to a few companies that mentioned they had received several applications from people coming from the oil patch, and that’s all they had to offer for experience, and the companies were not interested in that type of background. Not trying to stir the pot against the oil patch guys, I was there looking for work too, its just what Ive seen first hand with the NW companies, so a diverse work history would be great for the future.