NEWSFLASH: The 2011 FIRST Excellence Award recipients (for achievements in 2010) were named on April 28, 2011. Read the list at FIRST Online and watch for our coverage of them in August.

Four rig teams and 17 individuals were recognized with a FIRST Excellence Award for going above and beyond to apply Transocean’s FIRST core values to their work in 2009 and instill those values in the people around them. The honorees received their awards at a special dinner held in Houston in June 2010, many winners with their families in attendance to share the special moment.

“One of the hallmarks of the FIRST Excellence Award is that it honors men and women who rise to challenges every day and show their commitment to the values that define us,” President and CEO Steven Newman said that evening, giving special recognition to the crew of the Deepwater Horizon.

“The Deepwater Horizon team was one of those performers, earning a FIRST Excellence Award in 2005 and consistently making – and breaking – safety and operational records.”

Steven told the audience how proud he was of Transocean employees who have pulled together and shown their strength and commitment to each other since the tragic events of April 20, 2010, when 11 lives were lost as the well the Horizon was drilling in the Gulf of Mexico blew out.

Those in attendance at the awards dinner stood and applauded the surviving crew members, including Senior Toolpusher Randy Ezell, one of the FIRST Excellence Award recipients.

“All of these crew members heroically embody our FIRST core values as they helped each other get off the rig and showed our values in action,” he said.

Since the FIRST Excellence Award was established in 1999, Transocean has recognized 99 individuals, 48 rigs (seven of these repeat recipients, representing hundreds of rig crew members) and three teams.

The 11th Annual recipients once again represent the diversity of Transocean employees, who come from all parts of the globe and confirming that FIRST Excellence means the same in any language. Several recipients described how they apply the FIRST core values of Financial discipline, Integrity, Respect, Safety and Technical Leadership every day at work, several spoke of the way the values guide everything they do. Honesty and respect were considered to be the two most important. Most said, “It’s just how we do things. The values are what make Transocean a great company.” When in doubt, several said, refer to the core values before you make decisions.

The recipients said that initially they were shocked when they heard the news that they had been selected to receive a FIRST Excellence Award, then felt honored that they had been recognized by their peers for going above and beyond. They all gave credit to the teams they work with and their families for being the reason for their success. Spouses were the first to be told about the award, although two unattached recipients told their moms first. “You can’t work in this industry without family support,” several said.

The number of years that the 2010 winners have worked at Transocean ranges from three to 30 years; one winner even left the company at one point, but returned. The winners represent all levels leadership, from the rig floor to the corporate office.

“The people.” That was the response most often stated by FIRST Excellence Award winners when describing the best part about working at Transocean, noting a sense of family and team spirit. “With any issue or problem or concern, they’re always there for you.”

“You feel part of something here,” one said. “I know that I can call [CEO] Steven Newman if I wanted. I wouldn’t, but I know I could,” another commented about the culture. The company’s leadership in training was another plus for the award winners, from safety and on-the-job training to career growth. “Transocean offers a banquet of opportunities. You can take as little or as much as you like.”

Let’s meet last year’s FIRST Excellence award winners.

Next >>


A message from CEO Steven Newman

Norway: Portraits of Success

11th Annual FIRST Excellence Award Recipients

2010 Photo Contest Winners

Macondo Update

Measuring Our Success
INBOX: Letters from our customers

Achievements and Milestones

Safety Snapshot

Employee Communications Survey Results

Around Rig
Transocean Unveils New Vision, 2011 Focus Areas

Deepwater Champion Debuts in Turkey

Introducing “People Focus: Face 2 Face” Offshore Training Program

Deepwater Frontier Drills First-Ever Offshore Well in Timor Leste

Addressing Deepwater Challenges with CAPM

Transocean Introduces Code of Integrity

Cairo Employee Gihan Awwad Wins Rig Naming Contest

News Briefs -- New Digs in Angola
Rig Upgrade Snapshot: M.G. Hulme
Alex Illah Named Chairman of Nigeria IADC Chapter
Discoverer India Begins Contract with Reliance Industries
Transocean Expands Corporate Card Program
Recruiting Efforts Score New Talent in SAM Division
HR Hosts Open House in Houston
“World Cup” Trophy Drives Performance Culture in SAM

TO Employees Join the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Aberdeen Employees Raise Money for Cancer Research

Transocean Leader and JW McLean Join Forces to Raise Donations for Sick Co-Worker

Sedco Express Donates to Angola Orphanage

DEN Captain Joins Effort to Drill Water Well in Guatemala

Transocean Employees Participate in Deepwater Horizon Fundraiser

Grand Banks Raises Money for Cancer Organization

Transocean Prospect Raises Pounds for Charity by Dropping Pounds Offshore

Piperdam Employee Event Brings Together North Sea Team, Benefits Charities

Transocean John Shaw Raises Money for FACE

Transocean Donates Computer Equipment to Public Library in Africa

Rig People
Spotlight On: Tony Noriega

Service Anniversaries and Other Events

Editor’s Note

Pat on the Back

Vision in Practice



Copyright © 2009 Transocean LTD.

item5a BeaconOnlineMast02