Apache Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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Apache President, CEO, COO, and Director Steve Farris
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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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  1. A great place to learn and grow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apache

    Pros

    Apache is dedicated to employee development, compensates employees at or above the market, allows individuals to own important processes

    Cons

    The company has limited systems and needs some work on processes, growth plan needs to be rethought, asset rationalization is needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good direction for the firm recently, strong culture of excellence, great transfer of information. Need to get back to basics and focus on what made Apache - the Permian.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Drilling Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apache

    Pros

    Good management
    Everyone is willing to help in any way
    Excellent IT Personnel

    Cons

    Not every department is on the same page.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Region managers should be more in contact to disburse existing equipment, supplies and fluids between each.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Poor Upper & Middle Management

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Apache full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A good place to start a career with great benefits. They will train you well, but you will need to jump to another company to get paid a base salary on par for the industry.

    Cons

    Upper management moved from a conservative company to a shoot first company when it came to making acquisitions which lead to them divesting them only a few years later at major losses. Middle management frequently broke their promises and swept problems under the rug instead of solving them. Unfortunately, HR believes it is too difficult to get rid of problem employees so they hang on to them which leaves the good employees frustrated. Politics frequently played a role in hirings and promotions. It wasn't unusual to hear about recent college graduates having a path carved out for them from the beginning only to find out their dad played golf with someone important at Apache. This only discouraged the veteran employees who knew they would always be stuck in their current position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For upper management, get back to Apache's roots of buying during the busts and selling during the booms. Slow and steady usually wins the race. For middle management, hire and promote based on merit, stick to your promises, and allow your employees to explore other positions within the company if that is what they want.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Working at Apache is like getting on a new roller coaster every six months. The upper management lacks vision and the result is a reactionary environment where people lose steam sooner or later.

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    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Apache full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people are great!

    Compensation and benefits are fair.

    Flat organizational structure in most regions.

    Established company without much debt.

    Cons

    Human resources are expendable. Despite being a core value to take care of our most valuable asset, "our people", Apache really does a terrible job of helping people grow in their professional careers. Very little development or cross training for mid career engineers. The Petroleum Engineering rotational development plan is the one developmental bright spot in the company. The ADP, drilling engineering program, is an unorganized joke.

    Disfunction abounds in multiple layers of the organization. With the recent add on of a technical region in San Antonio the likelihood of straightening out this mess any time soon is not probable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find an identity. Stop the knee jerk reactions and quit changing the vision. Is Apache international or not? Are we trying to be the number one North American shale driller or not? Whatever or where ever this company is going needs to be communicated to all employees and then DO NOT CHANGE THE FOCUS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apache

    Pros

    Compensation, no micro managing, open dialogue with direct management

    Cons

    Sometimes lacking work and layoffs that come with the industry

  7. Decent pay and benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent pay - not the biggest salaries around, but still, somewhat competitive. Excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    Staffed very slim - you are expected to work full speed at all times, 1. because it is company philosophy, but also because there isn't enough people around to do everything. Also, although it may just be my manager, everything always seems to be shrouded in secrecy - it is a huge ordeal just to obtain something simple like a copy of the salary ranges for your position and you never know what is going on with the company, staffing changes, etc. until you read about on the front page of the paper

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Internship at Apache, Tulsa office

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Apache as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    There was a community feeling to the office. Everyone was willing to help out on your project. The intern projects were not of vital importance, but were projects that the company would have liked done, but didn't have the time for. It was clear that the company was invested in their employees.

    Cons

    There was a constant feeling of urgency, like there was too much work for too many people. Everyone was always in a rush, and as a result, things went badly with some of the drilling plans. The pace that the company set for the drilling caused things to be overlooked and employees to be overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some work could be done to better the communication between departments. The departments were segregated by floor, so employees from different departments were unable to collaborate easily. There was a definite disconnect between the different branches of the company.

    Positive Outlook
  9. Best answer wins!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apache

    Pros

    Management is interested in employees' ideas for improvement. Half day work hours every Friday.

    Cons

    There are no cons to working here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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
  11. 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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