ConocoPhillips Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
298 Reviews

3.8
298 Reviews
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ConocoPhillips Chairman & CEO Ryan M. Lance
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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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  1.  

    Great Company For Stockholders, Not So Much For Employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Borger, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Borger, TX

    I worked at ConocoPhillips

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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?"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    WHAT MANAGEMENT DOESN'T KNOW

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stillman  in  Borger, TX
    Former Employee - Stillman in Borger, TX

    I worked at ConocoPhillips

    Pros

    OVERALL 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.

    Cons

    MANAGEMENT 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 ManagementAdvice

    TAKE 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bartlesville, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bartlesville, OK

    I have been working at ConocoPhillips

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move new hires around quicker and to expose them to all that COP does and has to offer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work prior to 2002

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at ConocoPhillips

    Pros

    I've developed lifelong friendships with many colleagues. My pay check is deposited on time twice a month. The fitness center is very nice and an overpriced coffee bar is available to those that can't stomach the coffee like substance dispensed in the break rooms. The cafeteria at the Houston HQ is good. Cafeterias at other locations are lacking.

    Cons

    Pay is below the industry average
    Career and compensation development is slow and celebrates mediocrity while discouraging exceptional performance
    Benefits are reduced each year
    Short term success, at the expense of long term development and stability, are celebrated and rewarded
    Promises of promotion are offered in order to encourage employees to transfer to different positions and cities.....these promises are generally broken after the fact
    Human Resources staff refuses to address employee issues....they won't even return phone calls for up to a month and that's if you contact them daily and complain to their management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your mid-career talent. We're leaving in droves. The boomers will be retiring soon and the new recruits are not experienced enough to lead us into the future. You, and more importantly your shareholders, will regret it when the mid-career experience leaves along with the boomers because we're being ignored in order to please the new talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    If you want the opposite of pay for performance, look no further......

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ponca City, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ponca City, OK

    I worked at ConocoPhillips

    Pros

    Great severance package, great outplacement.

    Cons

    Be aware that when your supervisor puts your name in for promotion that he/she might come back with a pink slip. From what I've seen its better to spend time on Facebook or chewing out peers than to perform. In fact, if you've had exceptionally poor performance, it takes 6 - 12 months for you to get fired. If you're a great performer, they just lay you off and call it a reduction in force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership at ConocoPhillips? Hmmmmmm.......................................

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Review of ConocoPhillips

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at ConocoPhillips

    Pros

    Really talked up work/balance to compensate for average remuneration. Early career females lapped this up and some practically begged for us to offer them a job, even when jobs were plentiful.

    Cons

    Sometime after the merger, it got to where getting results no longer matter Engineering style management control. Little empowerment exists. Poor transparency from supervisory management. Management so wrapped up in execution that they lack of vision to see business landscape. Herd mentality. Low appetite for risk. Over levaged (too much debt). Deal taker, not a deal maker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start with changing the CEO. The new person at the top can implement changes to see if the Street believes.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Get Real

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

    I have been working at ConocoPhillips

    Pros

    Reasonable compensation a lot of projects

    Cons

    No teamwork no collaboration best way to get ahead is to tear others down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take accountability for recent poor track record. Understand what a non cash charge means - poor decisions in the past. Quit focusing on production and focus on value

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Management takes MILLIONS in VCIP payouts while laying off hundreds of employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bartlesville, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bartlesville, OK

    I have been working at ConocoPhillips

    Pros

    It's a horrid economy, so it's great to have a job

    Cons

    Individuals are unable to control their own career. Senior Mgmt participates and waists nearly 2 months of the year in "people planning" activities trying to direct the careers of their reports. Sadly, positions that are posted have already been spoken for by the Senior Mgmt team. This is contrary to the actual communication to the employee which says that they are to take charge and own their career by filling out their Individual Development Plan and post for positions that make sense.

    Sadly, employees with appropriate skill sets are passed over because they didn't graduate from the right University Graduate program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example and don't take your Variable Cash Incentive Program payout to avoid the announced Layoffs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is a need for change at the CIO level and middle management in order to re-align the stragic IT direction.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Bartlesville, OK
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bartlesville, OK

    I have been working at ConocoPhillips

    Pros

    If you are just out of college then you will be treated like a King or Queen with plenty of opportunity.

    Cons

    If you come in as a seasoned professional you will not have the same opportunities as the young (out of college) professionals. There is a small town mindset with a huge amount of nepotism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT should work tighter with the customers and businesses. IT arrogance should not be tolerated. There are a lot of smart and talented folks that have a lot to offer. However, they are afraid to make suggestions because middle management seems only interested in furthering their own careers with quick money saving opportunities. Theses quick opportunities may have long term costly consequences.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wood River Refinery pays well, but fails to have a good work-life balance for its employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer  in  Wood River, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Wood River, IL

    I have been working at ConocoPhillips

    Pros

    The high salary, the chance to make changes that have a lot of monetary value.

    Cons

    The lack of work/life balance. I worked 45 days straight of 10-12 hour days and only got 5 days of comp time. However, getting any comp time is atypical. Typically no comp time is given for having to work late or on weekends.

    The lack of business sense is frustrating. We spend a lot of time trying to save money and do the bare minimum to fix the problem. Then shortly thereafter we have to spend twice the money and time to reapply the band aid. Then we go on to the next fire to fight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanage less. Trust people to make the right decisions.

    Do the things that makes the most money, not the things that cost the least.

    Approves of CEO

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