Chesapeake Energy Reviews

Updated July 17, 2014
Updated July 17, 2014
128 Reviews
3.8
128 Reviews
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Chesapeake Energy President, Chief Executive Officer and Director Robert D. Lawler
Robert D. Lawler
38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fitness center, aggressive approach, Encouraged to think outside box (in 19 reviews)

  • Lots of great benefits if you work at headquarters (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Even though there are a lot of "perks" to working there (food, fitness center, parties, etc (in 4 reviews)

  • Long hours, at least in my department (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great campus restaurants and gym. The benefits are very competitive. Great community supporter

    Cons

    Horrible supervisors and bosses, they do not recognize past experience. Want to start you at bottom again to test you out in their 60 - 70 hour grind. They love micro manage and brow beat you. Verbal recognition for going above and beyond is little to non existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hire good people. Trust them more and give them verbal recognition. It costs you nothing but a little time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very hard to get ahead within the company if you express your mind and opinions.

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    Former Employee - Opereations  in  Carrizo Springs, TX
    Former Employee - Opereations in Carrizo Springs, TX

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    compensation was decent. company values were family oriented at one point. only certain employees are allowed an opportunity for growth in the region i worked in.

    Cons

    benfits have depleted since Lawler took over. fellow employees (not mgmt) were easy to work with. when i was there it was very difficult to take time off. Lost my first 2 years of vacation, since not able to get approval for PTO and unable to rollover any PTO.
    2nd tier management not very knowledgeable in operations and just looking to get promoted no matter who they step on or throw under the bus. South Texas region needs better upper managment. no class.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote people based on performance, not based on politics of the business or race. examine your Upper mangement team and their ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Once was a great place, then things went downhill quick.

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    Former Employee - Landman  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Landman in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Gym is nice, for $20 a month.

    Cons

    After Aubrey time, things got tight, less perks. Lots of stress of getting laid off, sold off and canned. Lots of paranoid employees unsure on what the future entails. If laid off they don't vest your 401K unless you have reached their 5 years.
    15% 401k match is a joke, they give you 20-25% of it each year after it's earned. The golden handcuffs keep you from wanting to leave, because there will always be money left behind. I only got to keep a faction of my 401k match. Same applies to Stock bonuses, if you leave on your own terms they get to keep all the unvested portion, which is a lot.
    They got rid of the garden but had to place it back due to land contract from purchase, otherwise that would have been closed too. Any small little benefit that helped them reach Forbes Best, pretty much went away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open with employees and people wouldn't be leaving and searching for other opportunities. Even when management tried to be open, the comments where vague and untrustworthy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Big Brother

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Marketing in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of great benefits if you work at headquarters.

    Cons

    They watch when you scan doors and when you log on to your computer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't rely on door scans to determine if a person is late. Many people walk in at the same time and a missing scan does not mean that someone isn't there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    too many chiefs that should be indians

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    benefits, good working experience, time off, good sick pay, good vacation time

    Cons

    Chesapeake needs to take a closer look and some of the companies it acquired, ie, Nomac, Great plains, Hodges etc...individuals that are in management cheat, lie and are literally stealing from the company. They put on an honest face when Oklahoma is in town, but as the saying goes, when the cat is away the mice will play..Here we have Rats, not mice. There is no honor among thieves. They need to take a closer look at expenses, ie..parts and materials purchased on company accounts for personal use...Management enforcing rules and regulations to workers but fail to practice what they preach. Poor incentive for high morale. To Chesapeake..Do you know what your children are doing?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do the undercover boss bit...send them out to PA and Ohio yards...put them in the shops and out in the field...as the sears optical commercial goes..."see what you've been missing"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Morale and employee satisfaction at an all time low due to reorganization. Management has botched the process.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chesapeake Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Restaurants, child care on site. Understand these will now be outsourced.

    Cons

    Things that made this a great place to work are gone. Significantly reduced wellness programs, no more perks that made it unique, communication to employees is non-existent. Would not consider employment at CHK at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your communication. Replace HR management - they are focused on maintaining their power base and don't care about the employees. Live the core values you have stated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    All bells and whistles

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    Former Employee - Accountant  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Accountant in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice benefits package, loads of bonuses throughout the year, parking was usually pretty easy.

    Cons

    VERY LOW pay, played 'favorites' with employees - no matter how unethical the "ass kissing" was, your ability to play the corporate politics game dictates how far you go in the company. Even though there are a lot of "perks" to working there (food, fitness center, parties, etc.) once you get rid of the bells and whistles you realize that CHK is operating at a very morally bankrupt level and they care FAR more about the bottom line and public image than their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I honestly do not have any advice. I feel like this place is far too gone to save it now. It is a great place to work, but only if you have that 'special' kind of attitude.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very chaotic mess

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Towanda, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Towanda, PA

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Had a good concept. Just never followed through with it.

    Cons

    Total lack of HR or accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tighten up or you will lose all of it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cult of personality

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    Current Employee - IT Supervisor  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - IT Supervisor in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at Chesapeake Energy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people working at the company. The restaurants serve delicious food. Beautiful campus and we have the best of everything to do our jobs and in the way of workplace amenities.

    Cons

    Very political. Lots of the problems I see are cultural and a result of weak leadership. Speed has always been the driving currency but it comes at a very high price which we have to pay sometime. Huge amounts of inefficiency and waste. Business processes are often not well defined and often are contradictory between departments and at times within the same department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept the fact you are going to have to make some people unhappy and lay down some boundaries. It is easy to look like a champ when everything is going your way, now comes the real test. Finally, if you give someone a job to do and can't offer any help, at least don't stand in their way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A highly overrated place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you are one of the select few who can get into the right department (i.e. if you have a world class college degree with excellent marks in ALL disciplines and multiple years of verifiable, relevant work experience) then this company is for you. It is rated one of the best places to work for a reason. However. . .

    Cons

    . . .for the other 99.9% of us, you will be treated like an ant. If you are a contractor, you are a dime a dozen and you feel like it too. Your performance is constantly under vicious scrutiny and there is hardly any room for error. You can have a phenomenal month or even multiple phenomenal months in a row, have one bad month, and be shown to the door. No warning. No probation. No negotiations. No kidding. And it doesn’t matter how long you’re there. Training seems to be in short supply as well. You can think you’re doing everything right and still be in the sand traps, and you won’t know until the verifiers give you the results back from your work which is only after you’ve submitted 3 or 4 sets that you’ve done wrong, and probably more sets than that if the verifiers are tied down with a project and can’t grade your work (this happens often). The verifiers are poorly trained too as they constantly make glaring errors (which reflect poorly on you if you don’t catch them). Your only hope is that your team leader will catch these errors which also may not happen as they bring in new, inexperienced ones every few months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your people! It will be cheaper for you in the long run if you spend more time on training. It will also reduce your turnover which will in turn boost the morale of your team. It’s difficult to overtrain, but even if you do, that’s better than undertraining in every way imaginable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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