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Devon Energy Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
96 Reviews
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Devon Energy President, CEO, and Director John Richels
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance supported by generous time off package (4 weeks vacation (in 14 reviews)

  • Good place to work with and excellent total compensation package (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • opportunities for advancement/transfer can be hard to come by (in 3 reviews)

  • Devon is a great company but not well known outside of operational areas (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great work environment, competitive pay, great benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Devon Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are many improvements to made in all aspects of the business. I find this enticing as an employer, as there are many projects underway and plenty of work to do. The people are very nice and very professional. The building is great and the offices are more than satisfactory. Accommodations such as the parking garage, dry cleaning, car wash, food court, and gym just add to the positive work environment. I don't know of many employers in Oklahoma that offer such accommodations.

    Cons

    Promoting from within often times motivates individual contributors to work harder and learn new things. However, I have seen more leadership positions filled from outside than from within. This is a shame, as there are many competent employees that have aspirations for leadership. You have to know the right people to further your career towards management if that is your career aspiration. Change is good, we've all heard many things about change. However, Devon seems to change (change organizational structure, change goals, etc.) for the sake of change. The work environment is like the Oklahoma weather - if you don't like it just wait a few months and it'll change. This is less than motivating for most employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate goals clearly and holistically from top down. Over communicate goals for that matter and define success so that is applicable, visible, and understandable for all levels of employment (Top to bottom). I believe Devon would benefit from a culture aimed at promoting from within. As mentioned above, most leadership positions are hired outside of Devon.

    Feelings and personal perceptions seem to be more important the results. This is a shame. It is almost more beneficial to you if people like you and you "drink the tea" rather than delivering results and possibly stepping on a few toes to accomplish business goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company if you live in OKC

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

    I have been working at Devon Energy

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, community involvement, challenging work. The people by and large are all "nice", but that sometimes detracts from productivity via too many meetings to not hurt someone's feelings. They are risk-adverse meaning if you don't rock the boat and uphold a moderate professional behavior standard, you can have a long career here.

    Cons

    The "collaborative" / all-inclusive / decision-by-committee style at Devon means it takes a while to make changes and you will spend a lot of times in mertings. For folks riding out a long comfortable career, this is great. For those who want to implement changes, experiment, implement new solutions or processes, this can be quite frustrating. Though the company touts innovation, risky ideas are seen as bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of the company is run like a factory. Operations is looking for small, incremental ways of improvement that doesn't distupt the machine. Implement a new department within each division who is tasked with R&D, disruptive innovation, game-changing ideas. Do not force the same Status Quo policies on the organizations who are trying to innovate. Implement work from home, bring your own device, profit sharing and less restrictive HR and IT rules.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    If you live in OKC, this is the place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    High level of professionalism
    Opportunity for growth and leadership if you want it
    Open communication

    Cons

    Certain employees get away with little to no productivity and management knows it, but does nothing. Their approach is to give more work to those who work hard.
    It seems promotions to leadership positions may be a little preemptive, before those individuals have the skill set to be a good leader / manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All employees need to be held accountable to a certain level of productivity and standards, regardless of their years of service, position, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company & Great people

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

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

    Pros

    A great working environment thanks to the perks. Good insurance benefits, 401k, & wellness center. Great people to work with and family oriented.

    Cons

    Being the best with less staff than other similar companies leads to longer hours and more stress. Silos are a problem between divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow good employees to find and reposition themselves into right role within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work with opportunity.

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

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

    Pros

    The company is well organized and cares for it employees.

    Cons

    Some people may see a little face and are quite ambitious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation is on par with the industry. Revise your appraisal system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall Good comapny

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

    I worked at Devon Energy

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Great people. Promoted growth.

    Cons

    No longer in Houston. Relocated to OKC

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Seems like a great company, not so for contractors.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Stillwater, OK
    Current Employee - Accountant in Stillwater, OK

    I have been working at Devon Energy as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Judging from the updates visible on the company Strata page, I can tell that this is a business that values their employees.

    Cons

    As a contract employee, the culture of the company seemed greatly different from full Devon employees. Management had the attitude that all contractors are replaceable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company that cares about its employees

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

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

    Pros

    I interned with Devon for a summer and enjoyed it very much. The company is simply just full of good, hard working people. The company takes very good care of its employees and prides itself on that. They keep an open mind to any ideas and let them flow up the ladder rather than having the big executives bark orders down the ladder. It is a very collaborative enviornment.

    Cons

    Location is very closed-minded. Since they closed their Houston office and centralized to Oklahoma City, I think that they have annoyed some people and have discouraged some from working there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Learned a lot and made many new friends

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

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

    Pros

    Believed in training their employees, management always seemed to be fair.

    Cons

    Closed Houston office. Oklahoma City too far away. Some departments spent too much time reorganizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the employees you have. Make sure there is a work / life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Devon Energy as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment to work in!

    Cons

    If you are on contract to hire they treat you extremely different

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in contractors that have potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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