Apache Reviews

Updated June 24, 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 people that are hard to keep (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. Apache gives employees a lot responsibility.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced
    Ability to make a difference
    Good place to gain experience

    Cons

    Have been selling their international assets
    Alot of experienced people have left the last few years


  2. Apache Corporation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I've learned a lot and grown with the company. They've been good to me.......

    Cons

    Like all companies the culture is changing....


  3. Sr. Unix system administrator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior UNIX Administrator in Katy, TX
    Former Employee - Senior UNIX Administrator in Katy, TX

    I worked at Apache full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    All employee has own office, good training policy for working IT department and paid good with good benefit with vacation, 401K, medical insurance.

    Cons

    Worked over night and manager or team lead only care you done the job or not. Manager treat employee not equally.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership need to treat all the same and equally. Encurage and positive attitude.


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  5. Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Recent company and management transition is a huge positive.
    New executive is a breath of fresh air.
    Asset base is now stable and viable for the long-term success.
    Company is taking much better care of its employees.

    Cons

    New management requires hard work from its employees. This can mean long hours at times.
    Compensation can be greatly tied to equity performance.
    Oil and gas business is very cyclical.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose focus on your key assets - the people.
    Make the right capital decisions for the right reasons moving forward.


  6. Management is dropping the ball

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apache full-time

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

    Pros

    Some of the othe employees are pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Poor management - they are not leaders and are afraid to speak up.
    Movement up in company is through the buddy system.
    All male management.
    Do not encourage team mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of current management and start over with staff that know what they are doing. You need LEADERS!! You may be smart to go outside of company for management.


  7. Accountant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apache

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, and flexibility on hours.

    Cons

    Strategy, communication with management, and promotion opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with your employees


  8. Entry

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Apache

    Pros

    Everyone at the company is helpful

    Cons

    Training is slightly limited upon start.


  9. A Lot of Potential - Needs Culture Change

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Texas in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Texas in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great reserves/assets
    -Friendly people
    -Stability of employment
    -For now, still has a good reputation

    Cons

    -There is a strong culture of complacency, and many people work only to collect a paycheck. There is no sense of excellence or really anything other than settling into mediocrity
    -Corporate buzz phrase "fire in the belly" could not be less accurate

    Advice to Management

    (Caveat: with a new CEO and the fourth CFO in 18 months, this advice may apply more to prior leadership as current has not had a chance to prove itself one way or another)

    -Take a long, hard look at deadweight within the company
    -Take more risks
    -Manage your risk better (hedging)
    -Get better at identifying new and lucrative opportunities (geographically, geologically and technologically)


  10. A great place to learn and grow

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apache

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Poor Upper & Middle Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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