Apache Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
51 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Production Engineer  in  Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Production Engineer in Midland, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good projects and some good people to work with

    Cons

    Understaffed in some areas so there is a lack of support from other departments, primarily land and reservoir

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized but stable

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    Current Employee - Geologist I  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist I in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of training, steady work and production, great geologic mentors

    Cons

    No exploration, disorganized, inexperienced in unconventional plays

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a great company with great people and has many opportunities to get loads of experience right out of college.

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    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer  in  Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in Midland, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits, good people, loads of opportunities for experience from the beginning, different training available out of college

    Cons

    Never ending amount of work, lack of career guidance past the first couple of years, limited upward mobility, seems to be a lack of vision and forward planning from the executive level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More career planning and guidance for employees, more forward planning for the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Clompany to work for

    Former Employee - Senior Staff Reservoir Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Apache full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Hands off management, great place to work if you are creative and proactive

    Cons

    Had seem to loose perspective at the Global scale and retrenched to what they know better, ie Lower 48.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job in the US, need to rethink where they would like to be Internationally

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    I'll be here at least four more years...

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time

    Pros

    There is plenty of work to do. Very laid back office environment; private offices are even given to those in positions that wouldn't normally have one. If your like me and enjoy learning different aspects of the business, your encouraged to learn and many are willing to teach. Benefits are some of the best in the industry. Most managers are competent and approachable. My manager in particular is great, this person encourages us to have a proper work-life balance, doesn't micro manage (as long as we get our work done), will fight for us, and etc.

    I like Apache, I feel the direction they are headed in is the right way to go even though the environment isn't in their favor right now. I have a personal goal of being in a certain position within four years, but they haven't won me over enough to stay if I haven't reached it by that time.

    Cons

    Similar to what another review pointed out, in some areas a few people do all the work while others share the rewards, I would say 50/50 split. I can easily get a higher salary and bonus elsewhere, but the benefits balance this to some degree... Each region/area and tenured employee has their own way of doing things-because some managers don't have a backbone- which makes having a structured work environment difficult.

    I know employees that have should be promoted only to be overlooked by people brought in because they look better on paper and in person. Some managers are blinded by favoritism: college, interests and etc. One was such a staunch supporter of their Alma Mater that they would only interview and hire individuals from that university...

    My initial training was pretty bad... I don't understand why people are coupled with those that are poor teachers and/or obviously don't care to train.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the "old heads" need to go or be set straight, they do nothing for this company except push away talented employees as they wait for retirement; they aren't willing to learn proper procedures and etc, some managers need to build the courage to address this...

    Compensation needs to be raised to retain and compete with other firms. Managers need to do a better job in vetting employees, often at times people are onboarded because they look good on paper and in person, but their work says otherwise.

    To touch on the 50/50 again... I had applied to positions at APA for quite some time before I was was brought on, which is understandable because I had an average resume. But fast forward to now, even with my limited experience with the company, I know more and perform better than most employees at the same level and higher... If you want to keep people like myself around, don't overlook your current employee pool for promotions...

    Again, I like APA, but you haven't shown me enough to stay if another opportunity comes by. I've seen people overlooked for promotions, the only loyalty I've seen is to those that have been with the company for quite some time, even the poor performers, which is the issue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very helpful people. Loved working here.

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Apache as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    No extra hours. Laid back work culture. Worked as a contractor, and was paid very well.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs to start exploring latest technology.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Busy and challenging

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Hands-on experience, eye-opener, learnt lots of things

    Cons

    Heavy workload, constant pressure, no work-life balance, company should hire more people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expected more onboarding employee training, would like more social events in order to boost work morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work. Great people.

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    Current Employee - Administrative  in  South Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative in South Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Great holiday party!

    Cons

    Onboarding new employees / training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache

    Pros

    Hard working employees, opportunities to excel

    Cons

    compensation relative to other O&G firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stricter requirements for employee reviews and feedback

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Apache is on the right track.

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    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache

    Pros

    It offers a great work and life balance. It is fairly easy to move to positions in other departments. Bureacracy is kept in minimum. Apache is growing fast and creating great opportunities for all of us. At the same time, management is very conservative and keeps the leverage at the managable level.
    Senior management is doing a fairly good job communicating with lower ranks of the company.

    Cons

    Also, Apache needs to make a change in their stationary supplies. I need to contact my supervisor every time I need supplies. We need better interaction between different accounting groups. Also, almost no training is offered at the headquarters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize team work events to bring people from different departments together and increase communication between groups.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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