ConocoPhillips Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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ConocoPhillips Chairman & CEO Ryan M. Lance
Ryan M. Lance
6 Ratings

Pros
  • work life balance and good benefits (in 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits and retirement planning--generous company matching of my IRA contribution (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is a challenge for some groups (in 7 reviews)

  • Large company with more bureaucracy than needed (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Senior Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at ConocoPhillips full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is good. There are some very talented employees. A world class corporate gym. Access to some world class plays such as the Eagle Ford.

    Cons

    Extremely bad middle management. Extreme politics. A very depressing working environment. Constant threat of layoffs. A high percentage of "moronic employees". "Spirit Values".

    Advice to Management

    You first mismanaged the company to the point where it had to split. Now it is being mismanaged to the point where it will be either driven into the subsurface or taken over. Admit defeat, and call in McKinsey to reorganize the management structure.


  2. Business Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - Business Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at ConocoPhillips as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They are a large company so they have been able to become partners with several large companies to keep employees employed steadily.

    Cons

    They outsource their corp to corp contractors which means they have very little control over the third party System Soft Technologies which pay their corp to corp by mail. They often violate their contracts by paying employees late and if you have a situation where you need extra time to fill in a timesheet you can expect to get paid 2-3 weeks late. They only have excuses to make up for the late payments and treatment of System Soft Technologies. They have reduced contractor pay to please organizations at the expense of contractors. Letters were sent out to contractors 1099 and W2 that if you want to keep your job you have to agree to the pay cuts by a certain date or you lose your job. They basically treat people badly and don't care unless it impacts their master service agreements. Work life balance is determine by the client and not Apex.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat people properly and don't employee corp to corp employees because you aren't capable of managing that situation.


  3. Very Disappointing to say the least!

    Former Employee - Systems Specialist in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Specialist in Midland, TX

    I worked at ConocoPhillips full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Benefits are good compared to others.

    Cons

    Hold people back, don't promote from within, lack of respect by management, only management knows whats best attitude. They say one thing and do something else with regards to safety and production.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people! Promote the qualified personnel from within the company! Work to effect your personnels attitude in a positive manner in regards to safety. Be creative don't keep copying BP policies and processes!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Anonymous Employee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ConocoPhillips full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Great Goals and Values ON PAPER!!

    Cons

    Great Company but the Technology organization is everything but Technology. Hands down it's a mess! In technology, managers are hired by the "top technology guy" (his old Gangs), unqualified people. Suggesting good and productive ideas is an act of suicide. DO NOT Do smart things, or will be viewed by your manager as a threat. Never question your boss if he is coming to work at 10 or leaving at 3pm. HR is composed of silent and scared college hires who wants to keep their high paying job (checking Facebook and sometimes answer emails and do some work)

    Advice to Management

    I hope Ryan M. Lance reads this!


  6. Helpful (1)

    Poor Culture / Big Bureaucracy

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ConocoPhillips (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay rates. Good benefits. Very focused.

    Cons

    Worked there since the mid 1980's and left a few years ago. Great company to work for before merging with Phillips. After the merger the company became too top heavy. Several layers of middle management was added. Poor upper management business decision such as splitting of the company and is no longer an integrated oil company, the billions lost on the venture into Kashagan, no presence in the Gulf of Mexico, and the purchase of Burlington Resources. The once family oriented culture has been decimated. Employees are treated like a piece of equipment and not as a human beings. Very little mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at your values and your people. As a manager, do you really value your people?


  7. Helpful (2)

    Land of cubicles

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ConocoPhillips full-time

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

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good. Benefits (health insurance, bonuses, pension, etc.) are decent. If you are an engineer or geologist, you get better incentives than other functions (restricted stocks, etc). The company has 9/80s, which means some people get every other Friday off (but not everybody).

    Cons

    It's an uninspired place to work. Nobody loves their job at ConocoPhillips.There are lots of bureaucrats. The company is always a few years behind in technology. Don't be fooled by their recruitment tour or flashy website. The company doesn't have a strong brand or cohesive identity - people usually think I work at a gas station. ConocoPhillips doesn't even own gas stations, but doesn't put any effort into managing their reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Catch up with the rest of the 21st century and become a brand employees can associate themselves with.


  8. Contracts Administrator for Turn Around in Santa Maria, CA

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contract Specialist in Santa Maria, CA
    Former Contractor - Contract Specialist in Santa Maria, CA

    I worked at ConocoPhillips as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone talks about the future a person can have with ConocoPhillips

    Cons

    They were overloaded with work, that no one wanted to take time to give basic instructions. Other than showing someone where the bathroom was, nothing. The underlying problem was they had a change over to SAP and no one in the location had a thorough knowledge of how to teach the system and when you would contact someone in Bartlesville they lacked the time to work a person through the usage of the part of the system that pertained to just procurement. I spent some 6 weeks their and spent most of my time in contemplation trying to fine a base from which I could then expand to be a productive team player.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take that southern attitude that people are lazy and you can keep firing people until you finally get someone who is just a good ole boy. We are all teachers and students and not taking time to learn and instruct, ruins a company's bottom line of profitability. Work on having a low turn over and not fostering the attitude through out they company that temp's are second class citizens.


  9. Spent 34 years with Phillips and ConocoPhillips

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at ConocoPhillips full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    When you compnare benefits to the top 3 oil compancies, I should have interviewed with Cheveron and Exxon as their Retirement plan was much better.

    Cons

    I got caught up in the Conoco Vs Phillps management fight for control of the company that occurred in 2002-2012. How this happened was all of the top jobs went to the Phillipss guys, as truly as everyone knows , Phillips took over Conoco and not vica versa. The name of the company was a last minute deal that Phillips management agreed to get controil of the company. Unfortunatly, while the top layer was Phillips personnel, the next layer was alll Conoco Personnel. So if you were in that 3rd tier level and you were a Phillips guy, you might as well forget, once 55 came around, you would not get any salary increases as was told to me separately and if they could think of any reason, you were terminated at age 55 or as soon after..I can provide 15-25 names who left at 55,of who i knew.

    Advice to Management

    quit installing a atmosphere of fear and retaliation. I literally saw heated arguements in the trading betweem grade 19 ande 20 managers. This made the employees in this group to only want to come in at 8 and get the hell out of there as soon as you can. Both of these managers were later promoted to Canada and then Hong Kong?Dubai. I am gone so i am just providing facts of what happen its up to management to check our the facts and addreess the issue. Terrible atmosphere


  10. Helpful (1)

    Huge company, depends where you are

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at ConocoPhillips

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    19/30 days we get one extra day off a year 401K matching is great Free health insurance is great Overall great benefits

    Cons

    I am in Global Procurement and have been with the company 3.5 years. I hope to be gone by next year. I find the GPS organization very depressing. Bad leadership and no real growth. Other parts of the company seem to be good though.

    Advice to Management

    Provide advancement to the people that are in your organization and stop trying to force them to do things they don't want to do such as relocate to bad areas b/c it benefits you and not their development.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Bait and switch

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Bartlesville, OK
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Bartlesville, OK

    I worked at ConocoPhillips

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Usually pretty good compensation Most incompetent lower level managers are about to retire

    Cons

    Don't let them trap you in Bartlesville Management is useless Stiffle young employee growth

    Advice to Management

    Develop your employees and stop treating them like disposable garbage



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