Apache Nitrogen Products – Saint David, AZ
• Evaluate and offer recommendations for the day-to-day operation of the processing plants • Provide process troubleshooting, problem solving, and… Apache Nitrogen Products
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I worked at Apache Nitrogen Products full-time
It is a small company, there is lots of opportunity for improvement. It's located near a small town if that lifestyle appeals to you. SE AZ provides ample opportunity for hiking/cycling.
The company culture has changed significantly from what it has been historically. Prior to the 2011 change in leadership Apache was a very "family" oriented company with a long history of multi-generational employment in this lightly populated area. However this changed almost completely with the new plant management that was brought in by the two parent companies. The corporate culture currently is largely reflective of the worst aspects of large multinationals in that it has become exceedingly bureaucratic. This has resulted in a large exodus of the best talent that Apache had acquired over the last 20+ years. Where previously the average retention time here had been measured in decades, it has now shrunk to only a years within the ranks of middle/upper management. The heads of almost every department have left or been replaced within 2 years of this leadership change and the same goes for many of the middle management positions as well, with the engineering and EH&S departments having seen 100% turnover. The trend seems to be to replace competent, qualified staff with yes men who will cater to the whims of autocratic management. The executive management is very technically competent, however this competence is completely absent in the areas of leadership and management. This was a great place to work at one time, however it has now acquired the reputation among people who work there as a dysfunctional company and someplace to be avoided when job hunting (besides its terrible location in the middle of no-where).
Advice to Management
The management should hire competent people who will challenge their thinking and trust them to make decisions rather than trying to micromanage and second guess all decisions of the subordinates. Management should invest in hiring mid-level staff from the heavy chemical industry to bring in experience in industrial operations not just whoever will take the least amount of money.