Apache
3.8 of 5 43 reviews
www.apachecorp.com Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 29, 2014

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Apache President, CEO, COO, and Director Steve Farris

Steve Farris

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69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Nice People, but Management is Terrible

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Apache

ProsThe people are very nice and the work is challenging and satisfying.
The compensation is competitive compared to other companies when first hired

ConsThere is no work life balance, and management makes you feel guilty when you take your vacation time or have a doctor's appt.
Most everyone is expected to work 50+ hours per week, including nights and weekends.
People are required to do 2 or more jobs without promotion or compensation

Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be recognition for a good job, and work/life balance. If someone works 50+ hours per week, they shouldn't feel guilty about taking their vacation or going to a doctor's appt.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not sure management has a clue what is going on.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Apache

ProsThe teamwork resulting from a mutual hatred of being beaten down on a regular basis. Good people that are hard to keep.

ConsThe top down management mentality that senior management holds a "station" within the company permiates the rest of the organization leaving the rest of the workforce dismayed. With little to no governing process and 90% of decisions being made on emotional bias not data it's hard to get anywhere. The executives use the employee base as their own personal tools for whatever suits their fancy that day and have no concern for work life balance or prioritization. This conduct is then reproduced via management through fear mongering at the lower levels resulting in a chaotic mess where everyday is a fire drill.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere's a reason your A-Team talent is going elsewhere and it's not just for better pay. Apache used to be an outstanding company with a rich heritage of doing things differently. Realize that your employees are your greatest asset, ALL OF THEM, and understand that the soft benefits won't carry you forever if you keep beating on them. Wake up!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Needs improvement

Analyst (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Apache for more than 3 years

ProsBenefits are decent if you stay long enough for them to vest. Not hesitant to give you work responsibility. You have to put in a lot of hours, but its pretty laid back. Nice offices. I had a very nice boss.

Cons10% of people do 90% of the work. Some people do absolutely nothing and still receive the same bonus as everyone else. Little opportunity for advancement. Hard work not rewarded. You will work extra hours. You will not get the yearly bonus that they tell you to expect in your offer sheet. Small raises (2 or 3%). Very little work life balance.

Advice to Senior ManagementReward your top performers or they will leave! Get rid of the people who do nothing. Promote the people who deserve it. Its 2013, time to give out corporate credit cards and not make people fill out expense reports every time they need to be reimbursed. At the very least automate the process.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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that floor was nuts!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Apache

Pros-Very smart, talented people.
-private offices for most IT staff
-good UNIX and Windows IT, very knowledgeable
-Steve Ferris is great
-stock plans are hugely amazing great if they ever meet the targets

ConsEmployees were actively encouraged to poke their heads in on anything that could possibly be in their sphere of knowledge, so any sort of activity you did would be constantly interrupted with well-meaning suggestions from every approach.
-lots of legacy employees who were promoted to that position years ago, then failed to pan out as far as technical knowledge leaders
-constant pressure
-lots of single-point of failure knowledge systems "e.g. Jeff is the only guy who can do that so wait for him to get back to you"
-very budget-driven
-complete failure to recognize that on-call time is time employees never get back.
-huge 2-terabyte SAP database that they never could get approval to archive
-raises use a bucket system, your supervisor only has a few grand to hand out for everyone.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great people

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Houston, TX

I worked at Apache full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat benefits, half day Fridays, great vacation length

Consmuch of your annual compensation is stock performance based and it is cyclical with oil and gas prices.

Advice to Senior Managementtry and retain employees more

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Tulsa, OK

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

ProsLarge public company with good benefits

ConsSometimes a difficult workplace environment.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Some great people and a good share of crazy people

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsOil and Gas Experience
Gain Exposure
Challenging
A lot of hardworking people

ConsNo formal structured career paths. There is an endless amount of work.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Insanity

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Apache full-time for more than a year

ProsMore experience here than anywhere else. You get 2 years of experience within 1 calendar year. Ability to implement new ideas is encouraged!

ConsWorst IT project management structure. No project managers. Expects technical people to manage and deliver projects while still delivering the technical sides.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart adding some project delivery structure

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Apache Egypt review

Middle Management (Current Employee)
Cairo (Egypt)

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

ProsEgypt is an interesting location, pay is pretty good if you can hang in long enough to get vested in shares, etc.

ConsEgypt wears on you after awhile. The company tries to make it livable, but for families it can be difficult.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere should be some kind of uplift to work in the Joint Ventures! Work in the JV can be very very difficult due to exposure to all the elements of the Egyptian General Petroleum Company. Upper management of Apache should walk over and visit the JVs from time to time. At least come and chat with the upper management of the JV and walk a day in our muddy shoes.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place and company to gain experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Apache

ProsLots of activity in operations
Great place to gain experience in a lot of different ways for new geologists

ConsHard to transfer out of Midland to other office locations

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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