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ConocoPhillips Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
302 Reviews
3.9
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work prior to 2002

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  3.  

    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
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    • Comp & Benefits
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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
  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10.  

    Working here has pluses and minuses

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

    I have been working at ConocoPhillips

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to take your career in many different directions. (Jobs are posted internally, but like most job-hunting networking is important.) Most people seem to have a good work-life balance. There is a lot of talk about alternative energy and developing new technology, which is exciting.

    Cons

    The work processes are pretty weak (relative to an ExxonMobil, for example). This allows flexibility, but also causes a lot of confusion about how to get things done and what goals are most important. Senior managers are strong, but middle management is decidedly lacking. People follow seemingly random career paths and frequntly do not have the skills and knowledge they need to manage the group below them very effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help the managers below you learn to be good managers.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Negative experience in terms of culture, training and work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at ConocoPhillips as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Gym and fitness class facilities

    Study support

    Free lunches

    Cons

    I worked in a contract position at Cononophilips in Aberdeen for around 18 months after graduating from university in 2010. I am currently employed in a staff position at another Oil and Gas Operator in Aberdeen. I have now worked for three operators in total (one being a student placement year) and out of those previously worked for Conocophillips is the only one that I would definitely not choose to return to. My wellbeing and work life balance is considerably better at my new employer.

    Induction and training for the role was non-existant and nobody took the time to give me a proper handover. On my first week in the job there, I sat for around four days with nothing to do before anyone had the time to show me where to start.

    Staff attrition rates were unhealthy in the department I worked in. Nearly every month someone was resigning.
    Younger people tended to leave for better paid opportunities at more prestigious companies after having gained some experience in an operator environment.

    Colleagues were not particularly friendly and development opportunities appeared to be given to people if their "face fitted" rather than on other qualities and competencies.

    Pay and benefits were ok but not particulary competitive compared to the other organisations I have worked for.

    Xmas lunches were dire in comparison to the other two employers I have experience in and there was very little in the way of team building / travel and corporate events.

    The "PEOPLE" value (in other words, respect for one another and all stakeholders) among the corporate
    SPIRIT values definitely did not feature highly in practice and should be removed from the acronym, in my opinion. I felt I was continually patronised and spoken to like rubbish, and I ended up leaving the organisation mainly because of a nit picking, unfair and unapproachable supervisor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people like human beings!

    Create a respectable and friendlier environment, provide mentoring or a buddy system for newcomers. Learning Interventions are likely to make individuals more productive, people will be more engaged and may stay with you for longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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