Newfield Exploration

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Updated February 10, 2015
Updated February 10, 2015
11 Reviews
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Newfield Exploration Chairman, President, and CEO Lee K. Boothby
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  1.  

    Don't trust these guys

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Newfield Exploration

    Pros

    I'm not sure there's any. Location is good. Some of the people are decent. Not all of them are though.

    Cons

    They talk a lot of big talk at the interview, but are not able to deliver when you join them.
    Do not trust their stock compensation plan. I personally know of a guy that brought in a lot of stock from another company and was never compensated as negotiation (due to lay offs).
    Management is crap. People are promoted to management that I don't think have any business being at that level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys need to be more honest at your interviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Can become so much more

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Newfield Exploration

    Pros

    Great benefits, including health, 401(K) match, fitness reimbursement and ESPP.

    Cons

    Complete lack of leadership with no clear direction. Only managements friends get promoted. Management does not take constructive criticism well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize and reward the employees who are actually putting in the time and doing the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Too many games are played

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Materials Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Materials Analyst in Denver, CO

    I worked at Newfield Exploration full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Vacation - Salary is decent. Need better stock options for non-management ee's.

    Cons

    too much favoritism. If you don't play the games, you loss your job. Hypocrites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing games. Communication is key to keeping good employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Disappointing

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

    I have been working at Newfield Exploration full-time

    Pros

    Good People, strong market presence

    Cons

    Lack of solid direction and ability to manage their business ethically

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you restructure don't promote individuals who should have been let go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    too many games to be played to get ahead at Newfield

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

    I worked at Newfield Exploration full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary - Vacation time is good.

    Cons

    Back stabbing, terrible stock options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    started out great and went downhill from there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Newfield Exploration full-time

    Pros

    everyone has an office, and they have half day fridays

    Cons

    they want loyal employees, but they don't want to be loyal to those employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest and quit lying to your employees, the "we are a family mentality ' is only if it benefits them and the employees are left out in the rain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Company does not know what it is doing and has no clear plans for the future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Staff in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Staff in Houston, TX

    I worked at Newfield Exploration full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Good vacation time. Personal offices.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover rate. I have seen hapless junior employees left floundering then fired. Many of the positive reviews here are from people in commercial functions (HR, IT, Accounting etc) who have no clue how the oil & gas industry actually works.
    The company is transitioning to entirely unconventional assets; asset portfolio is not diversified. The company is hedging all bets on unconventional plays but has not come up with any new areas to work, yet is not willing to make full use of assets the company already owns. They came in too late in the game for the Marcellus shale, etc.
    Company seems to be downsizing and losing experienced staff - they recently sent out company-wide retrenchment packages. Low stock price makes company liable to be bought out. Management afraid to take risks but exploration is by nature a risky business. There is no real company culture with the high turnover rates, and whether or not someone is a 'fit' for the company is just an excuse for management to fire employees they dislike.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your scientists and engineers, not your stockholders and bean counters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Decent program - but not for an individualist

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    Former Intern - IT Analyst in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Intern - IT Analyst in The Woodlands, TX

    I worked at Newfield Exploration as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    HR took care of us very well and information was communicated effectively throughout the company

    Cons

    Felt like I was not welcome to "be myself," but I guess that goes without saying if you're working in this industry! Coworkers weren't difficult to work with but once we stepped out of the office, there was nothing more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know who you're managing - there are different ways with different personalities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Circling the drain

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Newfield Exploration full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    local IT team is excellent, the newfield veterans all have a great attitude.

    Cons

    Many of the long-time newfield employees are leaving because the culture is changing. IT = second class citizen. The culture of each team varies between office, can be drastically different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the fat. They seem to be in the process of doing this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Benefits. New leadership is bad. Treat employees very bad.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lease Operator in Myton, UT
    Former Employee - Lease Operator in Myton, UT

    I worked at Newfield Exploration

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Co-Workers are very fun and good to work with. Low level Foreman are very knowledgeable and good to work with.

    Cons

    New top level management is not good, Struggling to get a hold of how there employees feel. Treat employees very badly. Have to be in the right group to move up in the company. They don't base raises on performance it is based on how well they like you. Bonuses for the Newfield are horrible for the industry. Not a place that is good for low level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better. Split the bonuses up evenly. Lear how your employees feel about your company. Take a look at the leader running the Myton, UT office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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