Chesapeake Energy Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Chesapeake Energy President, Chief Executive Officer and Director Robert D. Lawler
Robert D. Lawler
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Pros
  • Big focus on health with amazing fitness center on main campus and multiple restaurants (in 22 reviews)

  • Lots of great benefits if you work at headquarters (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Fitness Center at lunchtime gets crowded (not really a con, but the only thing I could come up with) (in 4 reviews)

  • Lack of experience in Upper Management/Supervisors (in 4 reviews)

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  1. I was so proud to work for Chesapeake. Great learning experience. I am eternally grateful.

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    Former Employee - Field Safety Representative in Arkoma, OK
    Former Employee - Field Safety Representative in Arkoma, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sign-on bonus was excellent! Relocation package was outstanding. They even reimbursed my utilities for the first few months. There have many changes in executive management so please be advised this is solely based upon my experience a few years ago. Also, the shares of stock they rewarded employees with bi-annually was awesome however I did hear this was in the works of being changed to once per year after i resigned. Ultimately, twice a year each employee would receive a cash bonus, salary raise, shares of stock and once per year a health bonus if you reached your health goals set at the beginning of the year and also awarded annually is a safety bonus which is given to employees that promote a safe work environment. Also you get paid every other Friday.

    Cons

    The only thing that I could say and it's really not a bad thing per se; too many middle managers.

    Advice to Management

    Mesh the corporate & field offices more. For example, the annual Christmas party at the OKC HQ should include field office employees within the state of Oklahoma as well.


  2. Excellent benefits

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    15% matching on 401k contributions, high salary for market, and generous PTO make this an excellent place to work. The child care, fitness center, and health center are other great benefits.

    Cons

    Flexible work hours are not really flexible. Employees can come in as early as 7:30 to leave earlier but everyone is expected to work a 9-9-9-9-4 schedule.


  3. Overall Good

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    Former Employee - Landman in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Landman in Akron, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Overall this was a solid company to work for. I was treated well but sadly all good things must come to an end. CHK got me into the oil and gas industry and was willing to take the time to train me.

    Cons

    A few bad choices by upper management has continued to be a headache for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep fighting to save the company


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, met a lot of nice people

    Cons

    Middle management was onerous and would stifle any creativity

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Good Company, Benefits can't be beat!

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    Current Employee - Accountant III in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Accountant III in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chesapeake Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits! 15% match on 401k contributions, health center onsite, cheap insurance, etc. Competitive pay!

    Cons

    Some unease in company... Hours really depend which department you are in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being open and honest with employees. Feel like Doug is doing a great job!


  7. My Experience at CHK

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Chesapeake Energy is one of the premier oil and gas companies in the United States. They have a beautiful campus and state-of-the-art work environment.

    Cons

    Just like a lot of E&P companies, the decline in oil prices has caused them to sell of a lot of their assets and interests.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your stockholders are happy. Also, continue to try to make the lower level employees feel like their role matters. In a company of that size, it's easy to develop a disconnect between employees and management.


  8. Could be a lot worse.

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    Former Employee - Landman
    Former Employee - Landman
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits were above average.

    Cons

    Disconnect between levels of management, but understood due to company size.

    Advice to Management

    Take a bit more time getting to know the entire team.


  9. Peake

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    Current Employee - Restaurant Supervisor in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Restaurant Supervisor in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Chesapeake Energy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Off every weekend/Good insurance

    Cons

    Over worked/Not appreciated no resignation


  10. Field Safety Specialist

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    Former Employee - Field Safety Specialist in Lindsay, OK
    Former Employee - Field Safety Specialist in Lindsay, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chesapeake Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits! Great Stock Options! Excellent Bonuses! Employees treated excellent!!!!!!

    Cons

    Too many middle managers & new management came in & changed everything. Not a good change.

    Advice to Management

    Aubrey Mclendon was great!!!


  11. Lease Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lease Analyst in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Lease Analyst in Oklahoma City, OK

    Pros

    Gym, daycare, healthcare, restaurants all on site. Fantastic training resources. Wonderful paid maternity leave.

    Cons

    There were very few things I didn't like about working for Chesapeake. The "advice to management" touches on the main issue I had while working there.

    Advice to Management

    If I could have changed anything about my time at Chesapeake, I would have preferred that once I had completed the lease analyst training and I was ready to be placed in the district office, that they had given me a chance to try out different groups to find the right fit. I felt as though I was placed with a group that I just didn't enjoy working with. If I had had the opportunity to get a little taste of each area, I would have been happier for mylast year and a half there.



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