Apache Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
52 Reviews
3.5
52 Reviews
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Apache President, CEO, COO, and Director Steve Farris
Steve Farris
34 Ratings

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.  

    Global Desktop Engineer

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    Current Employee - Desktop Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Desktop Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The variety of work. Genuine peopple

    Cons

    Short Staffed, The company works very lean

    Recommends
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    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 for 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
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apache full-time for more than a 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
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  5. 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 for 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
  6. 1 person 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 for 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
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Production Engineer  in  Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Production Engineer in Midland, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time for more than a 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized but stable

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    Current Employee - Geologist I  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist I in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time for more than a 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management was very poor.

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    Former Employee - Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Apache full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I liked the community involvement.

    Cons

    Management was very poor. HR failed to resolve any issues. Many men could easily have sexual harassment suits against them. The culture was counter productive. Many negative people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a great company with great people and has many opportunities to get loads of experience right out of college.

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    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer  in  Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Drilling Engineer in Midland, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits, good people, loads of opportunities for experience from the beginning, different training available out of college

    Cons

    Never ending amount of work, lack of career guidance past the first couple of years, limited upward mobility, seems to be a lack of vision and forward planning from the executive level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More career planning and guidance for employees, more forward planning for the company

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

    Awesome place to grow

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Apache full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    work the way you want (home/office)
    choose your tools
    people are cordial and great listeners

    Cons

    none that i can think of
    even the food is great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    thumbs uo

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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