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Updated Jun 12, 2014

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3.0 27 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

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James D. Bennett

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38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Going on one year and wondering if I should have made the transition

    Measurement Tech (Current Employee) Alva, OK

    ProsI believe the pros and cons directly depend on your position and what area you work out of. To say dropping the 401k match from 15% to 10% is no big deal either shows that if you make 200k a year it wont really affect you. However someone like myself that works in the field from the Alva office that makes less than half of that a year it is a really big deal. Also Sandridge has made several changes in the structure of the company. From a field standpoint the changes we have experienced have only added confusion and more work to the employees in the field. I am sure that there are several people that the changes made a positive impact on, but I guarantee for every one person that is happy with these changes their are five people that are unhappy. On a brighter note their are probably more changes to come however when upper management is so far out of touch with what is going on in the company at the field level you cannot expect your field teams to be happy. I was promised things when i was hired that never happened and I have little faith in the management of my department. Midstream is a mess and I wish I could transfer out of the measurement group I am in. I will try and stay positive and hope that things will improve up here before we lose the last few knowledgable techs we have in our group.

    ConsI feel like the blind is leading the blind. Its not what you know to move up in this company. Its who you know. My views are strictly based on what I have experienced in the group I work in. But it goes all the way up the ladder. Midstream measurement or now the field automation group is managed by people with no knowledge in what we do. And this is true in OKC as well. The most qualified employees for the positions were bypassed by the least knowledgable that had friends in all the right places.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a close look at some of the issues we have in Alva. We have guys in our group that are home everyday at 2pm that don't ever wear their work clothes. No guidance from our team leaders or Manager. My manager wont answer the phone. Email, or tex messages. We are not mind readers. They are running off good technicians and replacing them with people that have no experience. We will end up losing more!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    These guys aren't worth your time

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proshad the potential to become a great company

    ConsI would not work for them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementField personnel assaulting hired employees is not professional.

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    HR has too much power

    Manager (Former Employee) Oklahoma City, OK

    ProsSandRidge was hiring and were in a boom period when I go hired. Not the company's fault, the cyclical nature of the market... and for the area, they were paying pretty well at my level (manager). Two years post-hire, one of my old consulting companies called, and offered me a chunk of money to go back to consulting. Talked it over with the family, told them I'd take the job, and then turned in my notice. SandRidge VP came back to me with an offer that matched what the consulting company was offering, so I stayed.

    ConsIt took more than three months for the company to give me the promised raise and change my title. The title was not the one that was promised, but the one that I finally threw up my hands and said "Fine, I'm tired of arguing!" Within 90 days, HR pulled my vice president into a meeting and told him that they were getting hot-line calls from ALL of my employees. I had 18 people who reported to me... six of whom had been laid off in the latest market bust. Exploring the matter afterwards, I found out that the person who called was an employee that had been laid off in the latest market bust. I'm not saying I was a perfect manager, I was not--but there was no rebuttal allowed, no way to find out who accused me, nothing I could do except, in the end, leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFirst - HR's aim is not to keep the best people anymore, it's reason for being is to help the company avoid liability. I honestly get the need to do that... But if you believe in someone enough to offer them a raise to keep them, why are you willing to believe an anonymous caller that is putting forward obviously false information? Don't give HR the power to ruin people's careers when they're willing to listen to anonymous callers. Bluntly, of the people that were left after the laptop, four would have loved me, four would have hated me, and four would not have cared one way or the other... it's the nature of management--if everyone loves you, then you're not actually doing your job... managers aren't there because everyone doesn't need a manager, they're there because they're needed in order to get the work accomplished.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    CEO can't be trusted, is greedy, and doesn't see anything wrong with making $25MM/year

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNice fringe benefits: Thunder tickets, gym on-site, discounts at local restaurants

    ConsCompletely unpredictable management decisions. Zero structure in certain departments, resulting in no accountability for any level of employee. Most policies literally seem to be made up as they go along. HR is full of 20-something girls who don't have the slightest clue about either the oil and gas business or how to run an HR department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out what you want to do and do it. Stop trying to trim costs when it comes to employees, while not being willing to give up your ridiculous salaries. Don't tell people you're worth $25 million dollars the week after you've just laid off almost 60 people. And don't deny that over 60 people losing their jobs is a layoff to begin with.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Run away

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Oklahoma City, OK

    ProsGood pay, great benefits, central location in downtown, and several opportunities to give back to the community, and tickets to the OKC Thunder.

    ConsThis company had a lot of potential. Due to poor management in Accounting and other areas, the morale and good people have all left the building. Repeated complaints to HR from several different people regarding the same issues in different departments goes in one ear and out the other. The upper management is totally disconnected from reality and if you like micro managers, this place is for you. Even recruiters know their reputation and it just keeps getting worse. They brag about community involvement yet allow management to treat their people poorly. It's not worth the $$. There are several good companies in OKC that have a positive work environment. Look elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot sure there is any advice to give middle/upper management except you treat your people terribly. I used to think that Tom was good, but he's let this continue with constant turnover and complaints to HR.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Confused management

    Engineer (Current Employee) Oklahoma City, OK

    ProsGreat people. Lots of potential upside. Great pay.

    ConsManagement has nearly no direction from a micromanagement standpoint. They understand the broad strokes, but little of what should be done to get there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRole definition is very important in a job. Currently, proposed additions in workload are just picked up or given out randomly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Look Elsewhere

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Oklahoma City, OK

    ProsGreat offices for most employees (accounting is in sub par offices). There are several outstanding professionals, managers and a couple very good executives. Cheap cost of living in Oklahoma and above average compensation. Event tickets for free.

    ConsLack of executive leadership, ethics and communication. Empire building is the most obvious strategy employed by the company. No one wants to tell Tom bad news or even news that is not as positive as Tom is perceived to want.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to communicate! Put the blackberries away, set aside a full Saturday to lock yourselves in a conference room and talk....talk about the company, strategy, industry, or just nothing in particular. No large agenda, just a 10 hour day together until people feel more comfortable providing their true thoughts to the group.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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