ONEOK Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Great atmosphere. Lots of opportunities for advancement.

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    Current Employee - Pipeline Operator in Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Pipeline Operator in Midland, TX

    I have been working at ONEOK full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay. Awesome benefits. Relocation package.

    Cons

    Working around high pressure Natural Gas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. eh...ok place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ONEOK

    Pros

    they pay well, some departments flexible

    Cons

    not what you know but who you know

  3. 2 people found this helpful

    It's a job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ONEOK full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good safety culture, gets you the experience to move to a real energy company. Opportunities if you are willing to move to ND.

    Cons

    Pay is not market based it is well under, company does not seem to promote from within and I've work as many as 17 days in a row due to not having coverage.... 12 hour days and nights

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people more and the will stick around

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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    It's ok

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    You are left to complete projects without micromanaging. About the only thing I saw people fired for was poor ethics. If weather or bad circumstances hit a project, it was not considered the personal fault of the project team. That is different from some other energy companies. Some managers are great at making employees feel valued and heard. They provide the right stretch assignments and can grow the employees knowledge base.

    The discounts at ONEOK are pretty good. 1/2 off Drillers tickets (local AA ball club) and pre-sale access to concerts at the BOK Center. Discounts on other stuff are less.

    Cons

    Other posters have touched that there management categorizes employees as mules and stars. Stars go on recruiting trips and interview prospective employees. Mules do not. Mules are kept around to do the work but are not considered for advancement. They are not abused but expected to stay in place regardless of performance, good or bad. The value they bring to the company is often attributed to stars, even if the star had little to do with it. Star employees are often mentor, are promoted quickly and sometimes do not finish projects before moving to the next position. Star employees often receive 2nd and 3rd chances without being relegated to mule status. These things aren't minor and would be automatic dismissals at other energy firms. Year after year, poor performers are retained, both stars and mules.

    Some managers understand very little about the business or what they are responsible for. There are no clear and accountable goals for managers. If a manager fails year after year, there are no consequences. These managers provide no direction to their reports and the whole organization suffers. There's lots of talent being wasted this way.

    Pay and benefits are well below market. Without the stock award program, the average employee receives no cash incentive for safety, good operations, appreciation ect. The stock award program will end in a few years after the last tranch of stock is awarded. There are no safety awards or free shirts like other energy firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the old culture. It used to be pretty collegial and now it is overtly political.

    Bring back the zero tolerance policy on nepotism. There are a growing number of parent/child employee pairs even if they report to different people in different divisions. It used to be rare and only child-in-law but now there are more than a few parent/child or parent/children pairs working in the HQ office.

    Get rid of the DCHP program and replace it with an HSA. For those who don't know, the alternative to the PPO at ONEOK is like an HSA plan but rather than the company funding a savings account the employee owns, they fund an account that the company owns and is cap it's balance at 5k. If you leave the company, they keep the money.

    Take the time to actually figure out which managers provide value and which ones just punch the clock waiting for retirement. Fire or early-retire the bad mangers. ONEOK does not have a lot of overhead or spare employees so bad managers have large impacts on individual business units.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Business Development in Tulsa, OK
    Current Intern - Business Development in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at ONEOK as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    oneok is great to work for. great pay benefits and corporate structure. lots of room for advancement in the company and up the ladder

    Cons

    not too many cons. Not as high pay as some of the bigger energy companies across the us. tulsa isn't that big either

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Fast paced growing company with strong, steady, cautious leadership.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager of Corporate Applications in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Manager of Corporate Applications in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    This company combines a family atmosphere with an ever growing company that comes with all the benefits and services that employees typically enjoy at large companies.

    Cons

    The pace of growth at times leads to some disfunction as new teams and capabilities spin up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Friendly Atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at ONEOK as a contractor

    Pros

    Great Company, lots of encouragement for contract employees to apply for full time positions

    Cons

    slow to react to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Williston, ND
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Williston, ND

    I have been working at ONEOK full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefit
    Good Pay
    Great stock Options

    Cons

    Travel half an hour to get to job site

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up god Work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Not demanding, but not rewarding either.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Nice work-life balance with a somewhat flexible schedule. Nobody watches over you and lets you get things done.

    Cons

    Company is waaaay behind on compensation. Too much emphasis on 'market based' pay and reluctant to reward employees who consistently go above and beyond. When you do apply for an advancement internally you get blocked by your current management since you're "too valuable" to them but they refuse to promote or compensate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. No real complaints

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Accountant in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Plant Accountant in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for!

    Cons

    There are limited promotion opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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