Anadarko Petroleum

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Anadarko Petroleum Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
74 Reviews
4.3
74 Reviews
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Anadarko Petroleum President & CEO R. A. Walker
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life Balance is important now (in 11 reviews)

  • Our 9/80 schedule allows for more free time which helps balance work and home life (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Many of the "smaller" assets in the Denver office are understaffed and over-worked due to everyone going to the Wattenberg asset (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great opportunity,and outstanding leadership.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Offshore Production Operator I  in  Woodland Heights, TX
    Current Employee - Offshore Production Operator I in Woodland Heights, TX

    I have been working at Anadarko Petroleum full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of time off to enjoy quality of life.

    Cons

    Away from home 6 months of the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Accountant II

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant II  in  The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant II in The Woodlands, TX

    I have been working at Anadarko Petroleum full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, your own office, onsite gym, Huge holiday party, vanpool from all over Houston, competitive pay

    Cons

    Used to be a good ole boy kinda place, mostly gone, some remnants remain. Job board is not always open process. Some individuals able to game system and do very little while moving around and getting promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be even more transparent. Identify strong performers and reward them. Eliminate favoritism and really use the job board. Have the job board show the manager the hire would move into. Show results of who was hired to show and reflect values. Change the rating system. Hiring people you think are excellent and then call everyone average.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the best companies in the industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anadarko Employee  in  The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Anadarko Employee in The Woodlands, TX

    I have been working at Anadarko Petroleum full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Anadarko is one of the best companies in the industry. There is a diversity of work afforded to employees and the portfolio is strong. For employees who perform well, there are a lot of opportunities to advance. Anadarko is growing and there can be some growing pains with this, however they are very focused on keeping the culture strong and aligned to the core values. The benefits are reflective of the values, adoption assistance, strong PTO, 9/80 schedules, secondary bonus system etc. Most companies talk about pay for performance cultures, Anadarko really backs this up with the bonus systems and compensation structure.

    No company is perfect, however Anadarko seems to really care about employees, professional development, and being a strong community partner.

    Cons

    With growth can come growing pains. Some things you would think are established and in process are not, so this can be somewhat frustrating. The company can operate different in different groups – some overall continuity, however execution can vary. Some departments fall back on the “this is how we always done things” which is contrary to the core values, however there are signs that this is going away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on developing employees, cross training in different departments if possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Safety Inspector  in  Carrizo Springs, TX
    Former Employee - Safety Inspector in Carrizo Springs, TX

    I worked at Anadarko Petroleum as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very professional place to work

    Cons

    Away from home a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are great employees waiting for you,who do not have a four year degree.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top Tier Operators

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain
    Current Employee - Supply Chain

    I have been working at Anadarko Petroleum full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Would be difficult to find a better and more encouraging large operator to work for. Excellent benefits, compensation and very encouraging people.

    Cons

    International work is limited and through my experience run by consultants which carry none of the company values yet hold a great deal of power.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay closer attention to personnel & consultants on international projects. Allow more employees outside of engineering opportunities to explore other groups within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Technology Group at APC

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Petrophysicist II  in  The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Petrophysicist II in The Woodlands, TX

    I have been working at Anadarko Petroleum full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very good work-life balance and benefits. Responsibility given at a young age and experience. Quality staff around you. Strong company values. Good bonus program.

    Cons

    Training can sometimes be up to the employee. Cost saving can sometimes hinder individual progress. Culture of not confronting a team or employee when found at fault. HR department will always favor a senior employee/manager in case of a dispute.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company has changed beyond recognition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anadarko Petroleum full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Company benefits are wonderful. Love the passion most people have to be the best in the industry.

    Cons

    At one time, Anadarko worked hard to encourage and mentor new industry workers, while still valuing and rewarding the contributions of older, more experienced workers. The last couple years, they have placed such a focus on the younger workers that it has demoralized many people with years, if not decades left to work. The company values are made a focus for the rank and file, while seeming to be absent for many at higher levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to your former philosophy. There are many people with a lot to contribute who are not being encouraged or given opportunities to do so.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old boys club

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Anadarko Petroleum as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance is great. Lots of vacation/time off and fairly relaxed schedules

    Cons

    This is not an organized company. Considering its size, Anadarko needs to be more organized and less based on internal connection and feelings.
    It feels the atmosphere quite oppressive and secretive, information is really given and need to know basis, everything is so secret..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open a bit and get processes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Staff ITS Administrator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff ITS Administrator  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Staff ITS Administrator in Denver, CO

    I worked at Anadarko Petroleum full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great salary, bonuses, benefits, etc. I really like how they combine vacation and sick into paid time off (PTO), so that all can take advantage or get paid for not using time off. They also have two bonus programs, a 401K match, and a retirement plan.

    Cons

    Anadarko is getting to be such a large corporation that you can get pigeon holed into your specific skill set. They tend to promote based on age rather than performance, and they never get rid of anyone, regardless of whether or not they are productive. In addition, the cultures between Denver and The Woodlands are completely different, which makes it challenging at times. Denver employees are much less likely to be promoted than employees in The Woodlands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture by promoting for performance, not age or location. Poor performers should receive poor performance reviews, otherwise the company will continue to retain unproductive life-time employees. Also, give notice to employees who are not petroleum engineers that attended A&M.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    So so

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - N/A  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - N/A in Denver, CO

    I worked at Anadarko Petroleum full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Big company perks
    Great reputation in the industry
    Flex Friday's for corporate staff
    Technical information sharing
    Good leadership at top
    Safety conscious
    Stock!

    Cons

    Bureaucracies
    Social clicks
    Overly conservative culture
    Significant divide between engineering and tech staff
    Heavy workloads
    Strict adherance to Minimum of 7:30AM to 5:30PM daily
    Tech staff not eligible for stock

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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