Kinder Morgan

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Kinder Morgan Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
104 Reviews
3.2
104 Reviews
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Kinder Morgan Chairman and CEO Rich Kinder
Rich Kinder
60 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and salary adjustments (in 9 reviews)

  • Safety culture, competitive pay, great benefits package, reasonable hours, plenty of advancement opportunities (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • It was disheartening to watch the steady and then rather rapid decline in the integrity of upper management (in 9 reviews)

  • The overall workload is unprecedented when compared to other Oil and Gas terminals and the pay does not come close to reflecting such output (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Must be friends with the Big Bosses!!!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kinder Morgan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best thing I can say about KM is the benefits package was the one of the best that I have seen around.

    Cons

    There are way to many to really get into, but just to bring some into the forefront, HR will discuss other people during exit interviews and other meetings that have no relevance to your meeting. Unless your are "best friends" with the boss, you will never go anywhere and feel that you must constantly CYA for fear of reprisal on the stupidest things. The anonymous hotline they encourage you to use if you see any ethical issues is a complete joke! I figured out fairly quickly, that unless you play by the rules laid out in front of you, however unethical they may be, you are labeled a trouble maker and will get no where fast....

    It's sad when a supplier can tell you stories about upper management in a department because they had previously worked with them and the same issues applied here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to look outside the box when you receive multiple complaints on your Ethics Hotline from multiple sources. Review your upper management selections carefully.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Family Affair

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

    I worked at Kinder Morgan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Rich Kinder is obviously a solid business man. He is strategic with assets and the company continues to grow. Job security seems high as the workload is intense.

    Cons

    Recent management has been allowed to fill the company with friends and family. Under the old management, things seem to run with relative integrity. Now, positions are filled with unqualified candidates and directors are pressured to hire the "recommended" applicants. Unfortunately some have taken it too far and even gone so far as to hire a former basketball coach as a Safety Consultant. These decisions have an effect on the morale of the people on the team who do value safety and all that KM claims to hold valuable. It was disheartening to watch the steady and then rather rapid decline in the integrity of upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the integrity of the company when making hiring decisions. Allow people to earn their time and experience by putting them in roles they are qualified for. Actions speak louder than words...always...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was great until Kinder Morgan took over El Paso.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Pipeline Controller  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Pipeline Controller in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Kinder Morgan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed my coworkers under El Paso, they were honest.

    Cons

    Upper manangement was not honest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Kinder Morgan CO2 should be called should be called “Kinder Morgan Family and Friends”

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

    I have been working at Kinder Morgan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Average pay and benefits.
    Normally a 40 hour work week.

    Cons

    There are three ways to achieve a high paying position.
    • Friend or family of upper management (i.e. director level or above).
    • Native of Bolivia (subcategory of family and friends).
    • Former Shell employee.

    This is not an exaggeration, the amount of nepotism and cronyism is unbelievable! If HR actually implemented a policy preventing relatives from working and even supervising each other 2/3 of the staff would be eliminated. This would stop all productivity as a few people do all the work for the friends and family network as qualifications are not a requirement for employment.

    This is the cheapest upstream oil and gas company in the country. Saving money is normally a good thing; however they will spend a dollar to save a dime. Standard policy is to pay an extra $1,800 on a company truck to have the power windows and door locks removed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR needs to put a stop to hiring personnel solely based on their relation to upper management; it is driving the few remaining qualified employees away. They’re racing the legacy El Paso employees out the front door.

    Start a real safety program to replace the vague policies that don’t make sense and are inconsistent between locations. Everyone must be clean shaven but no employees have ever been given a respirator fit test. A good start would be putting a qualified person in charge (i.e. someone with a background and education in EHS).

    Employees are your biggest asset. Invest in some training.

    Look at turnover rates by department, manager and supervisor. There are instances that exceed 300%. This is well known with employees and it would be nice to see action taken.

    Do something with the information from all of the employee surveys; currently it just goes into a black hole. Everyone has the same issues but nothing ever changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intense work with little to know support.

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

    I have been working at Kinder Morgan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Large company and still growing. Various opportunities

    Cons

    Management manages with fear and intimidation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    management not very good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - LNG Operator  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - LNG Operator in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Kinder Morgan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    hourly pay and benefits ,other then that i can't say much more about it , atleast you get 40 hours a week most of the time

    Cons

    they cut overtime for some people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees and not someone that knows nothing about the jobs they are making rules for

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Natural gas piplines need to watch effects of Elpaso merger closely

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

    I have been working at Kinder Morgan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benifits wages have increased and have been competitive. People are great to work with but this can be diffrent depending on work area and group. Bonuses have gotten better.

    Cons

    First line supervisors are grossly under payed the company is loosing good supervisors left and right main reasons are hardships with the Elpaso merger, they do not supervise they have been turned in to bean counters and have little or no assistance from corprate. Elpaso merger has been especially hard the company has gotten too big too quick you would have thought that Elpaso has bought Kinder Morgan with all the policy changes that have been put in place. Make employees fill out "Saftey Observations" to tell on other employees. They have adopted Elpaso saftey philosophies even though Elpaso's saftey record is horrible compared to Kinder Morgans. Bounses are not preformance based like they are told to be everyone in a work group gets the same amount. Field employees used to get sock options and able to buy stock at a discount they have slowly taken away things and not given anything back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look hard at the new culture that is evolving if it was not broken before then why change it. Put more responsiblity on area managers and let the supervisors do their jobs and supervise. Watch the Elpaso management closely they are weak there is a reason they where able to be bought out dont follow in those foot steps.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not an employee focused company

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

    I worked at Kinder Morgan full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Company is run well from an investment standpoint so any investment in company shares will do well. Company is large and has many opportunities to move around to different jobs if you chose.

    Cons

    I do not feel that they value employees as assets. They are very tight with technology improvements which in the long run cost more due to inefficiencies, and frustration. Certain departments are more concerned with when you come and go for the day than the quality and/or quantity of work performed by an individual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees as assets, they are as valuable as the hard assets owned by the company. Train your management in proper soft skills - how they come across to employees and outside customers is very important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Where careers go to die

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

    I worked at Kinder Morgan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's a job. If you are 4-5 years away from retirement, go for it!

    Cons

    Unless you are a lifer and can sit through about 20-30 years worth of brain erasing 8-to-5 stuff, filling our spreadsheets for your bosses without making a single decision, without having any say in what's going on whatsoever... do NOT even bother. Even VP level guys barely make any decisions in KM. Director level guys are bragging about managing 5-6 million dollar projects. Perhaps after being burned in Enron, Richard Kinder doesn't want anybody to make any decisions ever.

    I don't know a single person who left KM and wasn't happy afterwards. I suffered through 3 years of this stuff until it was painfully obvious that I wasn't going anywhere while watching guys with much less education and experience getting promoted because somebody is pushing them up or pulling them up. You are completely screwed if you don't have any connections in that company. And to develop those kinds of connection, you need to be there 10-15 years. If you are ready for that, more power to you.

    I left KM for a job with much more responsibility and MUCH better pay. That is also a recurring theme between most people who leave KM - more responsibility and better pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't even know why I should bother. Management doesn't listen anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    BEcome to big and less employee focus

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

    I have been working at Kinder Morgan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits - health, life, 401k, employee stock option, vacation
    flexible schedule - 9/80

    Cons

    no room for growth
    lack of training focus for employee who want to advance
    if you are not part of the "in crowd" you will not get far within the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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