Noble Energy Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

    Good, but going downhill

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - First Line Corporate Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - First Line Corporate Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Energy full-time

    Pros

    Decent salary, half day Fridays, fancy new building, flexibility on schedule, management open to new ideas, lots of talented people.

    Cons

    Used to have good bonuses until oil price crunch, now nothing. Moved HQ to middle of nowhere; 1-1/2 hrs from downtown. Company spends money wastefully on frivolous, non-operations-related SG&A- art, cafeteria, charities, ads, a consulting co called GAP that bilks the co for millions. Company values going downhill. Too many contractors; poorly tracked. IT is incompetent and has too much power. HR is the least competent group of the bunch and completely apathetic. Layoffs in April included mostly staff level, a few managers, no directors or above. Surprisingly, no contractors were let go. The layoffs were cancelled out with # of people added in the recent merger, so expect another round. To get promoted you need an executive sponsor; even then you might not get a market based salary with the promo. No training for managers except generic online self serve courses.

    Advice to Management

    Think through initiatives before committing to long term contracts. Reward and promote talent. Get rid of GAP! Stop changing the organizational structure every 6 months.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Lost the Edge

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Security in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for work, nice work week (1/2 day Fridays)

    Cons

    Poor opportunity for advancement; poorly managed as employees are promoted to managers based on politics and have no idea how to manage employees. Further, are not provided training on how to be a successful manager

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to be more visible and not just when bad things are going on.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Good large company that is sometimes resistant to change

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Analyst in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company that is pretty large but has a good community feel to it. I don't feel "anonymous" but it's also large enough that it doesn't feel too gossipy or politics-centered. The company has high salaries for the industry and good benefits, including good healthcare, condensed workweek flex-time (for office workers it's usually 9 hour days M-R and 4 hour Fridays), onsite showers for bike commuting and health incentive programs.

    Cons

    Noble touts "innovation" and even holds an innovation conference each year, but it sometimes feels like lip-service, especially for non-engineering and operations departments. For example, Land/Land Administration and Accounting are VERY attached to standard operating procedures and often do not listen to suggestions for workflow improvement, despite there being more efficient ways to do certain tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Look at retention. I often hear people say "retention is up to HR" or "people leave for higher salaries." This is not the case. I know several employees who left for LOWER salaries because they did not feel their work or ideas were appreciated here at Noble. Retention happens at the lowest level and the most immediate supervisors. Create a culture of respect for innovation and output in all departments, not just the ones putting a bit in the ground.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Not what it used to be but better than others.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canonsburg, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canonsburg, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, half-day Fridays.

    Cons

    Upper management, incompetent and unprofessional employees in the Land Department, no real accountability.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency, better decision making, and bring back the positive, employee-focused working environment under Chuck Davidson.


  6. Helpful (2)

    DJ Land

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Noble Energy full-time

    Pros

    Half day Fridays are a big pro

    Cons

    Land department is oversized and stale


  7. Helpful (3)

    Noble Energy is OK

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Energy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good coworkers, nice new building

    Cons

    Poor training program for young professionals and disconnected leadership

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees


  8. Helpful (3)

    PA Office in Transition, But Promising Future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canonsburg, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canonsburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Noble Energy full-time

    Pros

    After downturns in the oil and gas market, and layoffs in all offices, Noble is in transition. The Canonsburg office underwent a change in management, and it remains to be seen exactly where the office is headed - but it looks promising. Many of the issues from the past management in this office are finally being addressed. The future looks good.

    Cons

    The previous management structure was chaotic and created a lot of bickering among employees. Morale has improved over the last month, but the situation isn't completely settled down yet because we are still in transition. I personally would like to see more minorities here and some women in higher positions, but the lack of that is mostly the result of former management. We'll have to wait and see how the shake-up here shakes out.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a structure where everyone knows their job in relation to others. There are still a lot of "fuzzy" areas and people step on each other's toes, or else they don't really have good guidance.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Contract Landman

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Landman in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Landman in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company found in many areas of the US and the world

    Cons

    Land department seems to treat their own very badly. All other departments are free of this problem

    Advice to Management

    Better Land department management - ones who respect other people and professionals.


  10. Helpful (7)

    Great job and always been focused on family until they decided to close the doors on Ardmore office

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Ardmore, OK
    Current Employee - Accountant in Ardmore, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family focused. Great people great salary. Awesome benefits.

    Cons

    Now everyone has to choose between family and a job.

    Advice to Management

    You are losing what people looked up to you for.


  11. Helpful (12)

    Not as "Noble" as one Might Think

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Noble Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with. Project teams are very supportive and knowledgable. Great benefits..both benefit package and benefits at work (like gym in the office).

    Cons

    Limited room for advancement. Managers seem to make promises that they cannot keep. Executive Management is not involved and seems clueless. Nothing comes from the top down. Everything is from middle management out. Lack of communication between departments creates silos and multiple people working on same initiative in parallel. They need to wake up that they are no longer a mom and pop shop from Ardmore Oklahoma.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with employees. The minute you find out you can't keep a promise, tell the employees. Create better work life balance. A few people seem to do all the work. Respect people's talents and don't preach you want out of the box thinking while you confine individuals to a mold. Stop talking about how the company has no money...get rid of the biggest money waster-GAP!



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