Atlas Oil

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Atlas Oil Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
63 Reviews

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Atlas Oil Chairman & CEO Sam Simon
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  1.  

    Fun, exciting, and better than most.

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    Current Employee - Crude Oil Driver  in  Victoria, TX
    Current Employee - Crude Oil Driver in Victoria, TX

    Pros

    Great staff inside the office and in the field. We work with Phillips 66 and several of the largest operators in the industry. Great pay, easy to please upper management, room for growth, and very stable company.

    Cons

    There are no challenges. It's a new company in Crude Hauling and it's growth pattern is through the roof. It comes with a learning process and we thrive on the challenges it brings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue doing what your doing we are behind you 100%. Thanks for giving us the great opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    So much potential!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Taylor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Taylor, MI

    Pros

    There is tremendous opportunity at Atlas; both in terms of revenue potential and career advancement. They are driven by the sales organization. They are gaining a lot of traction in the marketplace due to it service excellence. They have recruited a lot of industry veterans who are putting their wherewithal and oil/gas expertise to effective use. They have an owner who will pony up the financial resources and capitalize on being a first mover and out of the box thinker. They also have a top-flight tier of assets (trucks).

    They are growing and spending money to (finally) do things the right way.

    Atlas is not for everyone. Those who excel in a fast-paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment will thrive here.

    Their owner is passionate about Atlas and his employees.

    Cons

    Atlas heads in many simultaneous directions, yet stresses 'laser focus'. It's difficult for these to coexist. This chaotic nature, while exciting, does strain the organizational back-office staff. Chasing a new business sale garners revenue, but sometimes does so at the wear and tear on its team.

    Atlas is still an immature organization; in their process and procedures. Historically higher than average turnover has created some voids in institutional knowledge.

    Pausing to assess the business impact of certain opportunities will bring unity to the teams, and align front and back offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more with less. Focus on what you already have and already do well. Promote your national footprint, national 3rd party logistics solution, and 'bread and butter' transport and mobile fueling lines of business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The only thing "Rocking" at Atlas is the boat!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Boat Rocker  in  Victoria, TX
    Current Employee - Boat Rocker in Victoria, TX

    Pros

    Compensation is fairly reasonable and the benefits are good. They offer free soft drinks and popcorn to employees! The company provides a safe haven for "yes" people and those who simply show up and do what they are told. As others have stated, culture runs deep at Atlas and if you are one who constantly needs validation their "group-think" mentality might offer you the perfect place to flourish - until that same idea everyone supported goes sideways, of course. Finally, they offer a paid, weekly dog-and-pony show called "What's Rocking Atlas," for your entertainment.

    Cons

    Employees are marginalized. Atlas likes to give the appearance of inclusion, importance and value of its workforce. However, this is simply theatrics (remember the soft drinks and popcorn). Management is inconsistent and unsupportive. The "Laser focus" they promote internally is only good until some new bright-and-shiny idea surfaces. Nothing ever happens quickly at Atlas. No one has the courage to make a decision without the appropriate "group" being assembled to "think" about it. Ethical integrity, morals, values and fairness are discussed at length in theory and quickly forgotten when tested or applied. There is no system of checks and balances because everyone that works there is a "yes" person. Future employees should consider that, "Do The Right Thing" is just a sign on the wall and applies to everyone but management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let history be your guide. Consider the words of Edmund Burke, "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is people of good conscience to do nothing." Replace your entire Human Resources Department. Focus less on theatrics, marketing and engraining culture and more on the consistent application of the values you profess to encourage. Understand that only those with minimal intelligence "cant see the forest for the trees".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sammy's World

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Taylor, MI
    Current Employee - Director in Taylor, MI

    Pros

    Good benefits (for now) and decent wages (for now). At least it is a job

    Cons

    1.Lack of managerial support
    2.Long hours
    3. Policies always changing
    4. Favoritism. Rules apply to only certain individuals.
    5. The job teaches individuals to lie, cheat, and steal whenever possible,
    6. Ethics of an individual must be left at the door
    7. Nothing that you accomplish here will ever be good enough
    8. Managers always looking at employees for what we did wrong, it is always our fault. We are always wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by Example. Look at the Leadership Team. They will be the cause of the destruction and demise of the company. They need to learn how to manage and speak to employees and customers. They also need to be held accountable for their actions or the lack of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    This company is a joke of the energy industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Pay is decent
    -Not a lot of stress( except if Sam is upset about something)
    -Half the employees are great people

    Cons

    -Leadership here is driven by their bonus and that is it.
    -Even the good people in the company are negatively effected by bad management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company is going to end up in a bad place. Their turnover is already comically high. The HR department might be the worst collection of people I have ever dealt with ( I hope you guys are reading!) comprised of yes men/women whose only purpose at the company is to do EXACTLY what Sam asks. I left the company and haven't looked back, this company is a joke that careers go to die. Get out or stay away, I do not know a single employee (past or present) who have enjoyed their time at Atlas Oil.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not so good

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    Former Employee - Master S E A L  in  Victoria, TX
    Former Employee - Master S E A L in Victoria, TX

    Pros

    You will get to meet a few good drivers. The work schedule will allow you some quality time off.

    Cons

    Every other company in our area pays better than Atlas to haul crude. You will be kept in the dark about things happening or to come. You ideas for improvement may be good but forget about it. Dangerous people will keep their job but one minor mistake can get someone else terminated. Our best people left for the most minor reasons which could have been resolved simply. Their mindset is that you can be replaced. Managements thinking is 180 degrees from a quality company. The pay here has gone down which allowed them to be profitable that month, for the first time. Their core values will not include you. Join this company at your our risk. You will not be here long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management will not listen to any advise. They will hear you, but ignore you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Work is for workers, expect to work if you say you want a job(driver)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Driver  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Driver in New York, NY

    Pros

    Lots of people willing to dish out advice and tips. Training is extensive and there is no rush to push you to work on your own if your not capable. Managers are always willing to work with drivers. I have never heard any manager degrade drivers or give them ultimatums. Expectations are more than reasonable. Money isn't horrible to start and increases quickly to a decent amount. Working at night isn't for everyone but the nights fly by when your paying attention to your work. Most of everyone is in good spirits.

    Cons

    Newer people don't want to carry their weight. A lot of people in general don't come to work to work. A lot of people feel entitled from past job history, while missing the idea of earning their position at Atlas. I value myself at a higher wage than I currently make, and the increase isn't fast enough to compensate. Sometimes transitioning from different shifts/routes or from B to A trucks takes longer because a lot of drivers are newer and it leaves a lack of knowledge/training when veteran employees move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even out the schedule so drivers aren't working 12-14 hours one night and 5-6 hours another as often. Find a way to get people to complete the job they are getting paid to do.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Director

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Taylor, MI
    Former Employee - Director in Taylor, MI

    Pros

    I met a few friends but beyond that, there are none. It's a joke to think people consider popcorn and pop a plus when you are worked 60+ hours a week, given unrealistic, changing and conflicting goals and then told you are not doing what you are told when you actually meet and exceed the goals you are given. Told you do not work hard enough and threatened with your job at the same time your kids cry when you have to go to work because they never see you and miss you. You can thank Sam - the face of the company, the owner, for helping to ruin that part of your life.

    Cons

    The owner is a joke and his direct reports (those that can last more than a few months) are ALL a joke. None of them would know a strategic plan if they tripped and fell face first into one. You are constantly told that family matters but it really is only the owners family that matters...to him...if it suits him...if not, watch out. If you have a good idea, one that will save money and improve the company....Forget it. Bury it deep. Act like it never happened. If you dare tell someone you have a good idea or try to work with your peers to get buy in for your idea, you will soon be blamed for everything that you have no idea about and fired - that is what we refer to as a "BK Special". There is no career path except being blamed for things you had nothing to do with and fired. The big joke is to try to guess what the new persons number is. That means, trying to figure out how long they will last. NO ONE guesses over 90. That is a bad bet 90+% of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None of you are smart. None of you care. None of you can think past you own self interests. None of you have any backbone. None of you will ever do anything good for fear of the backlash from your idiotic boss - the owner. So my advice is to drink allot and try to swim across the Detroit River. Don't worry, all of us that have left that terrible place, and I am sure some that are still there, will wave at you as you float by.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Personally and Professionally Challenging

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Taylor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Taylor, MI

    Pros

    Atlas is an entrepreneurial company and as such there are many demands on employees. This is no place for out of control egos or personal agendas. It is a selective culture - one that attracts people who are highly motivated, results driven and team oriented. Not everyone fits this description, but those who do will thrive and excel. Those who don't fit will write negative reviews on sites like this to console themselves.

    Cons

    Because it is a fast-paced environment, work/life balance can be tough, but the company is working on ways to resolve this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Given that cultural fit here is crucial, make greater use of new screening tools to ensure that new hires understand and are a good fit for an entrepreneurial company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fast paced with lots of opportunity for growth!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Compensation is very good. Benefits are good and the cost is reasonable. Atlas invests in it's employees by training them and offering many opportunities for growth with the company.

    Cons

    Atlas is very fast paced with a lot of change. If you are a person who needs stability and time to deep dive into a process Atlas may be a challenge for you. At times it is a bit difficult keeping up with the changes in direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that when a process is put in place that people are held accountable to that process or task. Slow the pace down a bit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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