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ConocoPhillips Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.5 287 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

ConocoPhillips Chairman & CEO Ryan M. Lance

Ryan M. Lance

(71 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • In the Conoco days, the company was great - family-friendly, cared about employees and work/life balance(in 24 reviews)

  • work life balance and good benefits(in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • My wellbeing and work life balance is considerably better at my new employer(in 7 reviews)

  • Large company so you are a "cog in the machine" at low level(in 9 reviews)

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    Good first couple years, then downhill

    Ops (Current Employee) Trainer, PA

    Proscompensation is fair.
    Schedule is great.

    ConsKept in the dark
     Low morale

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake leadership as responsible for mistakes as much as low level employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you are an experienced hire be prepared for little guidance

    Marketing (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsBeautiful facility, pleasant environment, the people who are nice are REALLY nice.

    ConsNo true vision or plans for managing retail & marketing, priorities and goals for current year change without explanation or time for annual plan to gain traction, very political, innovation and creative problem solving not encouraged, department managers hired and retained despite poor performance in managing staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to separate downstream from upstream. Downstream will never get the focus it deserves when competing against the high profitability of Exploration and Production.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Demoralizing Management!!!!

    Process Engineer (Current Employee) Linden, NJ

    ProsGood pay and decent benefits. Could be much better on medical benefits.
    Interesting work with daily challenges.
    Excellent union workforce.

    ConsProduction over Safety Mentality.
    Micromanagement.
    Company feels that it "owns" its employees.
    Cronyism.
    Lack of diversity.
    Management does not appreciate or empower employees.
    Vindictive bosses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote true leaders or develop leadership skills in existing management.
    Stop stripping employees of the power to make decisions.
    Adhere to developed safety procedures and involve employees in the development of new ones.
    Hire more employees instead of increasing work loads.
    Does Jim Mulva know what's going on at Bayway?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ageing Oil Company Offers Great Pay, Limited Job Satisfaction

    Analyst (Current Employee) Bartlesville, OK

    ProsAbove market salaries. Low performance expectations. Little or no overtime required. Gold plated benefits. Some prestige working for a Major Oil Company.

    ConsThe Bartlesville, Oklahoma office houses a sprawling bureaucracy which administers the IT, Finance, and Accounting functions. The culture is extremely risk-averse. The Orwellian office-safety campaign reflects an unwillingness to quantify risk, rather than a sincere commitment to worker safety.

    The computer systems line employees interface with are 10-20 years out of date. The staffing model, driven by seniority and cronyism, promotes uneducated legacy employees beyond their level of competence.

    The Tone at the Top, both in corporate management and business unit management, is focused on control, constricting employee autonomy and stifling innovation. Decision making is paralyzed by fear of risk. While the pay is above market, the opportunities are decidedly limited.

    Any college finance course will teach you that an option is worth money. ConocoPhillips knows this, and pays employees a premium for the options they forgo due to the remote work location and glacial pace of promotions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRationalize the workforce. Communicate company goals to line employees clearly. Employ current tools and technology appropriate for the 4th largest listed firm in America. Address the risk-averse, change-resistant, low-productivity culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bully management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Linden, NJ

    ProsDecent salary
    Decent benefits package
    Free work boots
    Cheap prescription eye glasses
    Free coveralls and safety glasses
    Interesting work once in a while
    Casual dress code

    ConsNo opportunity for advancement or promotion
    No promotions from within
    No opportunity for transfer to another location within ConocoPhillips
    Weak HR department
    Minimal training opportunities for career enhancement
    Too many hours per day expected for non-management employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementIntense training in people skills for management and supervision is urgently needed for personnel holding management positions at the Bayway Refinery.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing. The priorities are yourself, your team, the company - in that order. Doesn't foster teamwork.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsGood salary and benefits compared to other major oil companies (except Exxon)

    ConsWay too policitical. Politics is everywhere, but it is heightened at COP. Also, heirarchy is supreme. Mid-level managers can be incompetent. Management is ineffecient. Power is concentrated in the hands of a few with no opportunity to impact decision-making.

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    Not Important

    Not Important (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    Prosgreat brand name, bold mover in conservative sector, good decision science personnel, good place to learn

    Conscliquish, not fully leveraging their employees potential, career growth is a function of who is looking out for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBalance and team building

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company For Stockholders, Not So Much For Employees

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Borger, TX

    ProsThe company does a great job of providing knowledge sharing between business units and refineries. It has an ample supply of industry leading subject matter experts. The company's size allows it to offer a wide variety of geographical different places to work.

    ConsThe management culture at the refinery is regressive with regards to treating employees as real people. If business goals can only be met by overworking their subordinates, this is much more likely to happen than communicating negative news up the chain of command. High level management makes decisions on benefits and HR issues from a strict accounting perspective.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a step back and look at your employees as people. Ask yourself, "When I first started out, how would I feel if I was treated this way?"

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    WHAT MANAGEMENT DOESN'T KNOW

    Stillman (Former Employee) Borger, TX

    ProsOVERALL THERE ARE TOO MANY PROMOTIONS BASED ON SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT RATHER THAN PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE. BUT THERE ARE MANY MANAGERS THAT ARE WILLING TO LEARN FROM THOSE EXPERIENCED IN THE FIELD.

    ConsMANAGEMENT SUPPORTS ALL MANAGER PROPOSALS OVER THOSE THAT ARE MORE ADEPT AND REASONABLE TO THE SITUATION. IN DEALING WITH PERSONNEL THE DIRECT MANAGER IS GIVEN UNQUESTIONED AUTHORITY TO DEAL WITH UNDERLINGS--OFTEN TO THE POINT OF EXCESSIVE ABUSE OF AUTHORITY.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT YOUR MANAGERS AND SEE IF THEY ARE TOO LITIGIOUS ON RECORDING WORK INFRACTIONS ON SOME EMPLOYEES AND TOO LAX ON OTHERS THAT THEY LIKE. THAT INCLUDES ALL THE WAY UP TO PLANT MANAGERS.

    QUIT SELECTING MANAGERS BASED ON WHAT HISTORICAL PORTION OF THE COMPANY THEY FIRST STARTED THEIR CAREER WITH. TO MANY MEMBERS OF THE REFINING DIVISION ARE BEING SELECTED FROM ONLY THE CONOCO SIDE OF THE COMPANY. THERE ARE MANY MORE QUALIFIED PERSONEL FROM EACH SIDE THAN ARE BEING JUDGED TO BE FIT FOR MANAGEMENT.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bartlesville, OK

    ProsIf you are looking for a company where you would like to work for your entire career, this is a good place to be.

    ConsIf you want to progess quickly and learn alot about the company and the industry, you probably shouldn't work here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove new hires around quicker and to expose them to all that COP does and has to offer.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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