Noble Energy Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    I worked on the non-petrochemical side of the company, in an ops role, doing data analysis and software rollout (not IT)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Noble Energy full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Noble, similar to most upstream oil and gas, pays reasonably well. For a commensurate job in most other industries in Denver, I'd expect to make appreciably less money.

    Cons

    My personal experience (as well as some others in other non-petrochemical roles) demonstrates that it can be difficult to receive fair reward (such as promotion) for hard work and strong ability. In numerous departments, there were tenured mediocre middle managers that both A.) made getting things done difficult and B.) stood as barriers to advancement for individual contributors. In my own department, a few highly incompetent managers were tolerated in management positions for a very long time. These managers did not develop their people. Relatedly, there was a lack of a culture of development in the department in general: superstars were not identified and did not progress in their careers and become groomed for management; in lieu of this was a status quo of ingrained middle managers, with individual contributors making many "lateral moves" within and between departments. Eventually, most ambitious people find their way out of the company after a few years, as I did.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is to create a leadership development program that identifies leadership qualities and rewards with advancement, while conversely removing poor or mediocre performers from middle management. Mostly, the company just needs to promote the right people to management positions - people who are both competent and interested in developing others; such are the qualities of a leader.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Network Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Noble Energy

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Management does not understand anything of what is really going on. They hire a bunch of high level individuals who get paid to do practically nothing and expect those with less experience to know much more. Everything seems backwards there. Not to mention that if you are not part of their in group you will not advance there.

    Advice to Management

    Learn your job and actually make a difference.

  3. Helpful (4)

    I had high hopes while working at Noble Energy, but the management if quite frankly incompetent.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Noble Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Diverse assets with unbounded opportunities.
    - Overall great talented co-workers

    Cons

    - Good Ole boys club mentality, especially in the drilling department
    - Out of touch Executives that turn the cheek when workers point out obvious abuse of management.
    - Heavily relied on contractors vs. employees.

    Advice to Management

    - Restructure the entire organization.
    - Identify poor managers and replace them immediately.
    - Listen to the needs of your young engineers, they are the future NOT the contractors.

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  5. Helpful (8)

    Noble eats you up and spits you out

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    Current Employee - Geologist II New Ventures in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist II New Ventures in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Noble has pretty generous salary and bonus packages, but the standards for the bonuses are pretty high. They are given at individual amounts, but on the achievement of a group. If the group misses the objectives by even a cent the bonuses are not given that year. They are annual. Raises are also only given to keep up with inflation. And they are constantly giving "deprotions" - lots more work deserving of a raise and new job title, but you get the work and no more money and no new title.

    Cons

    They will work you to death with no acknowledgement or praise or pay. Corporate culture is cutthroat and dishonest. They screw their partners, their suppliers and their employees. Upper management keeps morale low at all times. No employee could ever keep up with all the work thrown at them. Leading positions at the company are given out by upper management to people they have worked with in other companies (BP). Very little opportunity internally, because all of your bosses will be from BP. There is corporate tuition assistance, but they will pick what you may study, and there will be no time to do so anyway because you will have no free time.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up and realize that your employees are people first and not just producing machines. Promote from within. Honor your bonuses. Deal with others honestly and with transparency

  6. Helpful (11)

    Very inefficient processes and procedures.

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    Former Employee - Land Administrative Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Land Administrative Analyst in Denver, CO

    I worked at Noble Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Noble has high salaries and decent benefits. They also paid for parking. At Noble you work 9 hour days and half day every Friday. Noble is a great company, but unfortunately my department had arrogant supervisors that treated employees poorly.

    Cons

    Some supervisors were borderline verbally abusive. If you are not chosen as their "favorite" you will not be given any opportunity to succeed or lead projects. Noble has extremely inefficient procedures. You need to get ALL your work double/triple checked and approved, often by lower level inexperienced Analysts. They have created a culture of covering your own butt. Very slow processes and some inexperienced individuals make for a huge headache. The supervisors are extreme micro- managers. Many people on the team had poor morale. The CSB building looks and feels like a prison on the inside, no pictures, or art, just white walls and prison guard supervisors. Noble has a lot of talent, few are given encouragement and the opportunity to succeed. Many people keep their head down and fly under the radar and they only stay for the high salary. I wouldn't have stayed as long as I did if it wasn't for the high salary, but in the end my dignity and happiness prevailed. I always had extremely high performance evaluations, which was surprising considering the poor treatment I received from my supervisor. It was a very toxic work environment in my department.

    Advice to Management

    Noble hires great talented people that need to be encouraged and mentored. Get rid of bully supervisors!

  7. Helpful (14)

    Was a great company, going downhill from here

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    Former Employee - Senior Geologist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Geologist in Houston, TX

    I worked at Noble Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be up-and-coming with growth, now senior management has changed-will likely be development/production oriented.
    The new building is beautiful, though don't know if and how Noble will actually grow to fill it. (Widely remarked)
    Good place for development geoscientists for the next few years.

    Cons

    Many will say that Noble has become too big, and is not addressing its poor quality lower level management.
    Not a place for explorers, at least until 2017. No grasp of regional geologic concepts, poor technical skills, and ability to expand into new frontiers. Many have already left.
    Near-term drop in exploration scope due to specific country alignment, and inability to gain new acreage, and consequently lower level management are so desparate given limited running room, that they are bullying employees to overstate prospects. Becoming quite corrupt. Well known to be a very siloed, non-communicative clandestine culture. Managers protect themselves by promoting incompetence around them. Not a good strategy for growth.
    Mid and late career people will receive no training or onboarding. The focus is purely on developing new hire replacements.

    Advice to Management

    Become a less siloed entity, encourage cross departmental communication, exchange. Train managers in effective management, including basic measures to prevent your likely imminent, downfall through encouraging poor technical performance, deceit, incompetence, and likely safety issues, that accompany poor decisions based on intimidation tactics. Grow proper exploration skills that support growth, and get into countries that allow for expanded running room.

  8. Helpful (3)

    I was working on a contract basis at the Records Center not the downtown office.

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    Former Contractor - Land Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Contractor - Land Technician in Denver, CO

    I worked at Noble Energy as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Got to wear blue jeans everyday, worked 9 hours a day with Friday afternoons off.

    Cons

    Low pay, no chance of advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Workers at the Records Center should be considered for placement at the downtown office.

  9. Helpful (7)

    Lloyd Noble would be embarrassed of this business unit.

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    Current Employee - Title in Canonsburg, PA
    Current Employee - Title in Canonsburg, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Money. That's really all I can say. Money and Benefits

    Cons

    Arrogant managers, key personnel with lack of applicable experience. Some of the long time employees demonstrate what this business unit should be. Every time upper management comes to town it's a dog and pony show.

    Advice to Management

    Smoke and mirrors only go so far. Teach a class on ETHICS since 90 percent of the people here lack them.

  10. Helpful (7)

    It's only a matter of time before it implodes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canonsburg, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canonsburg, PA

    I worked at Noble Energy full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I can't think of any...

    Cons

    No management structure whatsoever. It's a kindergartener operated by the babysitter while the parents are on a high profile vacation in Houston. It's on a matter of time until the wheels come off.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people from Marietta, Colorado or your "buddies" and consider the people who are actually doing the hard work and not just crying about it.

  11. Helpful (5)

    Strange Environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Noble Energy

    Pros

    Pay is good and hours are flexible.

    Cons

    The environment is very strange. Most of the workforce seems to be contractors, yet contractors seem to be looked down on and fired randomly, like they aren't worth anything. It's strange.

    Advice to Management

    Take better control. Pay more attention to your employees (direct and non-direct) and realize they have families to support and homes to pay for just like you do.

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