Anadarko Petroleum
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www.anadarko.com The Woodlands, TX 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 2, 2014
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Anadarko Petroleum President & CEO R. A. Walker

R. A. Walker

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86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Oppressive, uptight, no structure, terrible treatment of interns.

    Division Order Analyst (Former Employee)
    The Woodlands, TX

    ProsOn site doctor was nice.

    ConsManagement lets horrible employees run their departments. These employees treat the others in the group like they are dogs. No respect for your amount of time in the business. No training even though they preach all this training and mentorship. It's basically a politically driven company. Even the President tries to throw his political opinions and aspirations down your throat at meetings.
    i had heard bad things before starting and boy did I find out.
    Another example: Computers and your back is always facing the door. i was told the first day that everyone has their office set up this way. It's so management can watch what you are doing. Also, a little eyeball pops up on the screen every now and then to let you know IT is watching you... It's just utterly ridiculous. i felt extremely stifled the whole time I was there and was miserable to even come to work. So glad I moved on and found a wonderful company to work for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of hiring ass kissers, hire REAL leaders that can run these departments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible

    Staff Division Order Analyst (Current Employee)
    The Woodlands, TX

    ProsPaid time off for family

    ConsPolitics, like working for the government. Horrible treatment of employees by other workers ALLOWED. Been in this business almost 20 years and I will say it's the strangest organization I've ever worked for. Can't wait to find something else! Don't believe the hype that surrounds this company. All that glitters is definitely not GOLD.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead above

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Happy not be working there anymore

    Anonymous - In the Know (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsThe Gym

    The onsite Doctor

    Once you get past the shiny new office environment, facilities and The Woodlands environs it's all a facade

    ConsUtterly futile to strive to be the best you can be (at any level) when vast swathes of middle management promoted to such positions based on non-core business attributes and as a result have no idea as to what you contribute.

    Open Communication core value is laughable - actually all of the core values are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCore values are all well and good but you need to practice what you preach.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Never work for this place

    IT Department (Current Employee)
    The Woodlands, TX

    ProsCan't think of any, oh Money

    ConsWorst job I ever had, disfunctional team enviornment, mgt and employess's degraded contractors. If anyone asks you to work for the IT dept run like hell. a buch of ass kissers

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep doing what you do, I'm sure if you pay well enough employees will take your abuse.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you miss 1970s management styles and are trying to perfect brown-nosing skills, this is the place for you

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    The Woodlands, TX

    ProsConvenience, decent pay and benefits, mindless repetitive job if you are looking for that type of thing. Lower-level employees tend to be very friendly when treated fairly. In-house gym and cafeterias are very nice.

    ConsIn the group I worked in (accounting), upper management tends to micro-manage employees and distrusts anyone but a favored few. Employees are not allowed to make decisions in their own jobs, and you are told that you serve at the whim of management. Poor performers are rewarded and good performers are ignored based on the amount of brown-nosing and office politicing that is done. It was a very totalitarian, oppressive work environment where career advancement is based on if you are a "yes-man" who management likes (and yes, I was told I could not promote a good performer because a manager did not like them), you are encouraged to take time off as long as you are available and at your desk every day (yes, you are encouraged to take time off but if you do, it is seen as a weakness and if you don't, you're not a team player so you must take vacation time to stay at home and work), and management expouses a servant-leadership model where management is supposed to help employees but employees are used as stepping stones to job promotions. Office politics is pervasive throughout the department and employees must constantly watch their backs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your employees more, you hired them for their expertise. Stop the blatant favoritism, the promotion of "yes-men," and treating employees as commodities - this is 2010, not 1970. Instead of fostering an "us versus them" mentality, try promoting a cohesive group working toward the good of the Company. You have some very good knowledgeable people working for you - take your thumbs off of them, stop using them as pawns, and let them shine a little bit. Change the bi-polar management methods you've been using (saying one thing while doing the complete opposite). The atmosphere and employee morale would improve immensely.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    So so

    N/A (Former Employee)
    Denver, CO

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

    ConsBureaucracies
    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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Denver: Good company, great co-workers, but many junior managers un-developed, lack leadership skills, poor mentoring

    Techincal Staff (Engineering/G&G) (Former Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsThe work/life balance is pretty good overall, the 9-80 work schedule is key, plus the PTO based on age is also great. The people that work there are very good people and your co-workers are definitely a great asset. A lot of good, talented, smart individuals work there.
    Senior VPs, CEO, CFO, Board have a good vision
    Very good, stable company if you have a family, kids, etc.

    ConsFirst, Anadarko can no longer say "we arent a super major", because the corporate culture in the last 4 years has changed to that of a super major, they are more like Exxon than an independent. Which for me is undesirable, but for other may not be, I prefer a smaller company feel, which isn't there anymore like 5 years ago.

    Several front line managers are very immature, inexperienced, and un-mentored, mainly those coming from an engineering discipline. The company tends to promote those people that have been there the longest, not the people with the best, developed leadership skills. Promotions are very limited, with one very good geologist in the company being passed over for a title-only promotion 3 times, which is absurd. Putting in extra time, time on weekends, etc. is actually seen as a career-stopper. One supervisor actually being dishonest and making up statements to make their direct-report look poor has also happened, which goes back to the immaturity. Among the junior supervisor/manager level, people skills and how to develop their direct reports is extremely lacking, with one supervisor not actually even knowing the proper promotion guidelines for a discipline who they were responsible for, only caring about their own discipline. Coming down to not wanting to spend the time to make their direct reports become successful, only concentrating on their own self. Same junior supervisor also promised their staff many team building events and volunteer opportunities, while never coming through, again too busy concentrating on their own career and personal life.

    Prior military is also taken advantage of, the company benefits from the training, experience, leadership skills, etc., but does nothing to reward that prior life experience and the time in military, which is problematic across many companies, but for how much they say they are military-friendly, they don't do anything more than any other company, so in reality they are military-neutral if anything. There is no proactive stance to go out and find military veterans to hire, which would constitute being pro-military.

    Office politics is big, you have to "go along to get along" as is the case in many companies, but those that don't necessarily deserve promotions get them based on who they know, not necessarily what they know or how hard of worker they are or what they have been doing to better themselves in or outside of the company.

    Many of the "smaller" assets in the Denver office are understaffed and over-worked due to everyone going to the Wattenberg asset. These other assets are sacrificing for the benefit of one asset. The Wattenberg asset is also an "assembly-line" type job, with little to no work challenge, but long hours and very busy work life. Many people get burnt out from this type of work very easily.

    The VCP bonus (bonus based on stock price vs. 11 other peers) should be stopped, it was developed when the company was smaller and could sustain top stock performance against it's peers. The recent increase in dividend and growth of the company shows the company is more of a conservative stock play with lower end growth in stock price, basically only super-majors are its peers. Smaller peers have been consistently out-performing Anadarko stock, with the effects of Macando and Tronox suppressing the price, even with those issues coming to a close, the price still has seen marginal gain, with its peers out-performing it still.

    Medical insurance coverage has declined significantly since implementation of Obama-care, the company seems to be protesting the implementation of the mandate by passing the extra cost to its employees, instead of picking up the minor increase in cost themselves. Also, they chose a healthcare provider that isn't accepted in many of our field office locations, with our field staff having difficulty using it in remote towns/cities.

    Advice to Senior Management- Develop your junior-supervisors/mentors, the General Managers should take charge and develop their direct reports, take the time.

    - Lominger training should be put on hold or stopped for non-management employees, many people are disinterested in this training and it is a hindrance. By implementing the Lominger training, you are also inferring your managers don't know how to teach leadership on their own to their direct reports. By implementing Lominger, you take that skill or ability out of their hands. Learning how to teach leadership to people is a valuable skill, you do a disservice to your managers by not allowing them to teach their direct reports using their own knowledge. You are also trying to have a "pre-canned" leadership training method, instead of one that is flexible based on the manager's style of leading and the direct-report's style of learning. The Lominger training is one of the huge mistakes the company is making, also leading to un-developed, inexperienced junior managers who rely on this "pre-canned" training, instead of developing their own methods and learning from that process.

    - Be an industry leader in military-friendly! Promote those individuals with military and/or combat experience, bump them up to the next level in their title, pay a little more, recognize they spent time serving their country, recognize the valuable skills they bring, and the sacrifice they made by spending years in a role few will do, while those around them were in school or amassing industry-experience, thus by passing them in their present situation. Show your peers and the country that you want to be a leader in valuing prior-military.

    -Build a better mentorship/new hire program, there basically hasn't been a new hire training program for over 5 years. Disciplines should also be teamed up with disciplines for mentoring, geologists/geophysicists have a hard time mentoring engineers, while engineers have a difficult time mentoring geologists/geophysicists.

    -General managers seemed to have distanced themselves from their front-line employees for some reason, not sure why, but 3-4 years ago, the GMs interacted daily with the lower level techs, geologist, engineers, etc, but the last couple years they don't seem to interact. Make your GMs get out there and talk to the staff, I think it is very beneficial to know the people who your direct reports are managing.

    -Figure out the personnel issues with your non-core assets, for Denver, add staff into the non-core assets so people have a better work-life balance.

    -If you want to protest Obama-care, announce you are keeping the same plans and picking up the extra cost yourself, be the "bigger" person in the debate

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe company provides a lot of information to it's employees to keep them informed

    ConsA job is only as good as the people you work with, and I had a bad experience with a few individuals. I am not sure this reflects poorly on the company though

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    Family atmosphere

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe Good work-life balance helps

    ConsNeed more potential for advancement

    Advice to Senior Managementconsider moving dead wood

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very uneven employee satisfaction

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    The Woodlands, TX

    ProsThe core values are a strong base and total compensation is on the high end.

    ConsThe core values used more as reasonsto discipline employees than a foundation to create a strong employee base. Compensation policies are completely subjective, the actuality is that compensation does not have a true link to performance just real lose guidelines that are applied by each manager as they see fit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview the performance rating system and it's relationship to comp. Employees rated as 1,2,3 with 3 unacceptable and 60%+ employees rated a 2 makes it difficult to have meaningful performance discussions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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