Apache Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
56 Reviews
3.5
56 Reviews
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Apache President, CEO, COO, and Director Steve Farris
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance isn't great, but its not bad either (in 3 reviews)

  • Good projects and some good people to work with (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Heavy workload, constant pressure, no work-life balance, company should hire more people (in 5 reviews)

  • much of your annual compensation is stock performance based and it is cyclical with oil and gas prices (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place if you like roller coasters!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I like roller coasters. I particularly enjoy the entrepreneurial spirit at Apache. I believe management values my experience and opinion.

    Cons

    Uncertainty of the company direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember our founder and his philosophy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Contracting Experience

    Current Employee - Consultant in Lafayette, LA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Lafayette, LA

    I have been working at Apache as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked with the Logistics group which oversaw the management of onshore and offshore transportation. The Logistics manager who was at Apache at the time was a top notch fellow.

    Cons

    I had no negative experiences while under contract.

  3.  

    Started out great, ended poorly due to management changes

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Apache full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place for aggressive, energetic works that like to crank out the work. Plenty of assets to work with and mostly skilled people in positions that matter.

    Cons

    The upper management turned over while I was there losing some of the key people that made the company a real good company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit promoting suck ups and folks that the rank and file do not respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Global Desktop Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Desktop Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Desktop Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The variety of work. Genuine peopple

    Cons

    Short Staffed, The company works very lean

    Recommends
  6.  

    Accountant leaving on good terms but sad about all the changes.

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    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule: every Friday is a half-day, work 9 hrs M-Thurs.
    401K and Pension plan
    3 weeks vacation

    Cons

    Micro-managing (as of late)
    Compensation is sub par for the industry
    Lack of communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent changes in accounting created dreary and micro-managing work enviroment. What use to be a positive, fun, and relaxed atmosphere is now quiet, tense, and unsettling. Supervisors were 'rotated' and prior supervisors who knew every answer to a question and were admired for their openness and honesty have been replaced with supervisors who have little to no experience with our particular department and micro-manage on a daily basis. Additionally, the divesting is creating an environment of uncertainty which leads to talented employees looking elsewhere for growth and stability opportunities. Stop "messing up a good thing". Rotating supervisors and managers not only leaves employees unsure about their future, but it creates chaos and uncertainty. Many have left as a result of this change due to the new supervisors micro-managing and communication styles (or lack thereof). I planned to retire at Apache and am now leaving because of the aforementioned concerns.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work - if you're not contracted and/or hired on.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apache full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to be around, flexible schedule

    Cons

    If you work too hard, everyone will pile work onto you. I tried to take on more responsibilities so I can stand out from the crowd, only for all the upper management to forget, and just pile more work on me with crap (contracted) pay while everyone else does the same thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire your contractors that have been there more than a year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor compensation. Lots of nepotism and a lack of controls. HR is incompetent. Decent management.

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I had excellent, intelligent managers. Plenty of work to be done, so you learn a lot. Lots of smart people in the company. Executive management is generally very competent and is making good decisions for the future. Decent culture. Work life balance isn't great, but its not bad either.

    Cons

    They will tell you Apache doesn't set the salaries, the market does. Not true. Apache pays significantly less on average than almost every other oil company. This pretty much forces you to look elsewhere after 2 years. Put that with a 5 year vesting schedule, and a lot of the money you did make will be left on the table. Many of the young analysts are looking to leave the company, and HR's response is a feel good approach using "IDP's" that do nothing and don't address any of the problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise compensation, not just for new hires. If you cant keep salary information secret, you need to do right by your employees when they discover you're being blatantly unfair and paying kids straight out of college more than or the same as your higher level employees. Stop hiring people based on who their family is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, questionable leadership.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Houston location near Galleria.

    Cons

    Yes men seem to rise to leadership positions.

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

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Apache full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good projects and some good people to work with

    Cons

    Understaffed in some areas so there is a lack of support from other departments, primarily land and reservoir

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized but stable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geologist I in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist I in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of training, steady work and production, great geologic mentors

    Cons

    No exploration, disorganized, inexperienced in unconventional plays

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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