Chesapeake Energy

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Chesapeake Energy Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
136 Reviews
3.8
136 Reviews
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Chesapeake Energy President, Chief Executive Officer and Director Robert D. Lawler
Robert D. Lawler
44 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fitness center, aggressive approach, Encouraged to think outside box (in 22 reviews)

  • The company is large enough to get great benefits but feels comfortable in that you still have an impact (in 18 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)

More Highlights

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  1.  

    It was once a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Land Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Land Manager in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pros are still the physical work environment... Beautiful buildings, gym, restaurants, etc...

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Very demanding pace and a lot of office politics, especially with the new management team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bringing in your friends and take advantage of the experienced work force you laid off...they have so much knowledge and could be a great asset to the company. While they have rehired many former employees, they would do well to hire more back.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Workplace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lease Operator in Jane Lew, WV
    Current Employee - Lease Operator in Jane Lew, WV

    I have been working at Chesapeake Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, excellent co-workers. vacation time is based on age no matter what background. Huge focus on safety while in the field.

    Cons

    low compensation. not a lot of room for advancement. Company itself isn't doing well financially and you can see that trickle down to field personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to promote from within more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chesapeake Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits. 15% 401k match plus lots of vacation.

    Cons

    My personal boss is awful but I wouldn't say he's indicative of most managers in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Oklahoma City, OK

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

    Pros

    good benefits, good pay for the area. Great campus, awesome fitness center and restaurants on campus. Management seems to value employees and their input.

    Cons

    Promotions and career development seemed to be a low priority. Didn't seem to be a clear and defined set of steps for career advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great pay especially if you like a "laid back" (LAZY and poorly managed) environment then you'll be satisfied.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Engineer - Drilling
    Former Employee - Field Engineer - Drilling

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and work schedule was as promised. Job advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Extremely lacked experienced management. Absolutely no structure in training employees. They seem to just throw money away! The only place to really advance in your career is the corporate headquarters which is located in OKC - not where I want to raise my family. If you're looking to actually work and apply your education and skills, you might want to look elsewhere! Positions at this company look good on your resume, but will leave you with nothing to apply to another company that's actually well ran.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Control your money and hire some talented analysts/project managers. Then, listen and actually budget and follow your spending! Fire people who don't work, because there's a lot of them at your company. I literally watched employees do nothing all day and weren't held accountable for anything. I believe the term "laidback" is used a lot, but really there's a lot of lazy employees who are taking good money away from your company and essentially, out of your pockets. Hold managers responsible for training and employee accountability, Create and adhere to a regulated training program for ALL employees. I found that there was a lack of experienced leaders at your company. I left your stable, good paying job because I wasn't being challenged and advancing mentally in my technical background.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at Chesapeake Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Training available for computer programs, etc. Good benefits, compensation and vacation time. New bereavement leave. Great Restaurants and Fitness Center. Annual sick leave replenishment.

    Cons

    Core values, Metrics, Corporate Mumbo-Jumbo. Lack of experience in Upper Management/Supervisors. Recent layoffs caused severe loss of experienced, knowledgeable people. Some of the recently promoted supervisors have let the "power" go to their heads and employees tend to feel micro-managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is a great culture at Chesapeake that offers employees a great lifestyle

    Cons

    Not the most secure place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little more conservative in spending

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing Campus, Average work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The campus is incredible and the restaurants are delicious, lots of activities going on all the time, friendly and supportive co-workers

    Cons

    Workload was below average: Lots of free time with nothing to do. I asked and was told is was somewhat the culture. Also a volatile company, not something I would feel comfortable at full time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should look at the workload of employees and shoot for a better balance. Culture also feels very rigid and cold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It could have been better but could have been worse.....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy full-time

    Pros

    The pro's are the benefits (15% 401K match), the restaurants and the gym. I also really enjoyed the location of the campus in NW Oklahoma City.

    Cons

    All of the departments are stove piped which has led to many inefficiencies. Also the hypocrisy of the new "core values" is comical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow your own leaders

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work if you can keep up with the work pressure and competitive co-workers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Geologist in Douglas, WY
    Former Employee - Field Geologist in Douglas, WY

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - great salary
    - one of the very few companies that offered rotational work = work/life balance
    - very thorough initial training
    - rotational promotions through QC, remote logging and remote geosteering
    - $250 additional credit to buy merchandise

    Cons

    - very tense atmosphere. mudloggers would worry about getting fired after a simple number switch on a well name in a report.
    - would fire people for the smallest things
    - introduced tests to basically weed out the more inexperienced (4 months in) and less knowledgeable mudloggers. had to get more than 80% pass the first time, then 90% pass the second time. if failed both times, you get terminated. knew many people who barely scraped a pass the second time round. or would take pictures of the questions the first time so they revised for the second time. some mudloggers had much earlier deadlines than others to complete the test.
    - pressure from geologists who'd complain non-stop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    that was back during Audrey McClendon's management so not very familiar with the current management.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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