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  1. Helpful (8)

    Headed in the Wrong Direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    9/80 Work Schedule
    New Building in 2015
    Rotational accountant program for new hires

    Cons

    Inconsistent with their Own Philosophy
    Weak Finance and Accounting Departments
    Unbalanced Advancement Opportunities

    Advice to Management

    The company motto includes "the right people doing the right things." I feel like in 2010 when I joined the company, it was following that mantra. Over the past four years, all I have seen is a shuffling of people to positions/areas they know nothing about instead of promoting from within the experts in that area.

    In oil and gas accounting, revenue and regulatory in particular, you need experts in those areas handling them. And, you need to keep those people happy and give them the ability and tools to do their jobs. This includes bonuses and promotions in line with their experience and contribution. In particular, the last year, an Internal Audit manager was put over Revenue, not once, but now twice. AP people were transferred to Regulatory. And Revenue people with tons of knowledge and experience are not being promoted. Former big four employees are moving up the ladder faster than those with years of company and industry experience. This is an industry where company knowledge and experience make a world of difference.

    As the company continues to grow, my advice to management would be to fill each department manager role with someone that is an expert in that area. And allow them to build their team of experienced people. Otherwise, you are going to pay heavily down the road when you get audited. Holes in finance and accounting are often not apparent in the now, but more so later.

    In my opinion, the accounting department should have been left in Fayetteville. You had an experienced group who knew their jobs well. Moving to Houston, you lost a lot of valuable people and experience. Those you did bring with you were not valued and almost all have now left SWN. The heart of the company is gone and the leadership seem to be rewarding their favorites instead of doing what is best for the company and employees.

    The turnover in Accounting and Finance has been enormous the past few years, and that show continued lack of leadership in those areas and bad decision-making in appointing management. I foresee unfavorable lawsuits and audits in the future for SWN, and would discourage anyone from joining the Finance and Accounting departments because of that.

    SWN doesn't want to believe it, but their bonuses and salaries are below industry comparable. They keep comparing to old data, but the best candidates are taking better opportunities.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Southwestern Energy as an intern

    Pros

    They care very much about their employees. Very family friendly, 9/80 schedule and the pay is competitive.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are very limited. You have to follow the industry to promote.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Good internship but not given much direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at Southwestern Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lot of hands on experience in field.

    Cons

    Not much direction given for summer project.


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  5. Great place - if you like gas.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Superintendent in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Superintendent in Little Rock, AR

    I have been working at Southwestern Energy full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Growing, Efficient, Effective, Focused, Popular, Stream lined

    Cons

    Lack of diversity (production)
    Lack of career options


  6. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Geologist in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Operations Geologist in Conway, AR

    I have been working at Southwestern Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere. Flexible office hours.

    Cons

    Promotions are not dependant upon experience. No established path for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to the opinions of employees.


  7. Overworked and under appreciated

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Geologist in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Operations Geologist in Conway, AR

    I have been working at Southwestern Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great place to get experience so you can get a great job somewhere else (if you work in operations). The R2 training program is a total joke and is not a challenge at all. You don't need to know that much about geology to be a Senior Geologist, either.

    Cons

    Some geologists are worked to the bone, while others simply have no impact. 20% of the workforce does 80% of the work. Those that put in the work are frequently overlooked for promotion by those who do nothing. The company has one asset, and it it's making realistic strides to diversify in a meaningful way.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that your operations geologists are the foundation of the geologic workforce. Development and exploration is overstaffed.


  8. Geologist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geologist in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Geologist in Conway, AR

    I have been working at Southwestern Energy

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a good place to get your start.

    Cons

    Hours are too long for anyone to endure.

    Advice to Management

    Re think the work load and hours given to employees.


  9. Good.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southwestern Energy

    Pros

    Compensation, adequate training, non-mgmt employees

    Cons

    Medical benefits, increase in micro managing



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