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Anadarko Petroleum President & CEO R. A. Walker
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  • Work/Life Balance is important now (in 11 reviews)

  • Our 9/80 schedule allows for more free time which helps balance work and home life (in 6 reviews)

  • Many of the "smaller" assets in the Denver office are understaffed and over-worked due to everyone going to the Wattenberg asset (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you miss 1970s management styles and are trying to perfect brown-nosing skills, this is the place for you

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX

    I worked at Anadarko Petroleum


    Convenience, decent pay and benefits, mindless repetitive job if you are looking for that type of thing. Lower-level employees tend to be very friendly when treated fairly. In-house gym and cafeterias are very nice.


    In the group I worked in (accounting), upper management tends to micro-manage employees and distrusts anyone but a favored few. Employees are not allowed to make decisions in their own jobs, and you are told that you serve at the whim of management. Poor performers are rewarded and good performers are ignored based on the amount of brown-nosing and office politicing that is done. It was a very totalitarian, oppressive work environment where career advancement is based on if you are a "yes-man" who management likes (and yes, I was told I could not promote a good performer because a manager did not like them), you are encouraged to take time off as long as you are available and at your desk every day (yes, you are encouraged to take time off but if you do, it is seen as a weakness and if you don't, you're not a team player so you must take vacation time to stay at home and work), and management expouses a servant-leadership model where management is supposed to help employees but employees are used as stepping stones to job promotions. Office politics is pervasive throughout the department and employees must constantly watch their backs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees more, you hired them for their expertise. Stop the blatant favoritism, the promotion of "yes-men," and treating employees as commodities - this is 2010, not 1970. Instead of fostering an "us versus them" mentality, try promoting a cohesive group working toward the good of the Company. You have some very good knowledgeable people working for you - take your thumbs off of them, stop using them as pawns, and let them shine a little bit. Change the bi-polar management methods you've been using (saying one thing while doing the complete opposite). The atmosphere and employee morale would improve immensely.

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