Colonial Pipeline

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Colonial Pipeline Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
17 Reviews
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    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Colonial Pipeline full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back environment, safety conscious, good people to work with (including management), decent benefits and pay.

    Cons

    under-staffed, poor performance management system and raise structure for professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider merit based raise structure not a percentage across the board.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Associate Pipeline Controller

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    Current Employee - Associate Controller in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Controller in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Colonial Pipeline full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great 401k, paid holidays, great training program, great people, rewarding work, inward mobility, education assistance, family atmosphere, interesting work, dynamic work environment.

    Cons

    Too much overtime, company seems to be behind the power curve and losing it's position in the industry as a leader. Small raises and disgruntled staff. Layers of management that are out of touch with the true heartbeat of the workforce. Antiquated systems and unclear direction. Emphasis is on profits and not safety. "Pumping for profits". Pay is not commensurate with the industry standard. Family atmosphere that brought myself and others to join the company is being eroded away by people meant to maximize your bank accounts. Cold way of dealing with employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your controllers more. Make them feel appreciated. Update your technologies and bring the company and the control center into the 21st century. Spend some time with the staff in their element, on a weekend or holiday or overnight and listen to their concerns. Stop treating the Controller position as a menial, un-skilled task and take action to foster a career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Industry leading company with a dark cloud everyone is whispering about.

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    Current Employee - Pipeline Controller in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Pipeline Controller in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Colonial Pipeline full-time

    Pros

    Recognized as an industry leading company with great job security, fast pace, ever expanding and solidifying its roots for the South and Eastern seaboard as a great company.

    Cons

    In the Control Center their has been too many changes to keep up with. A reorganization of job titles/ pay /career progression matrix, CCOMs forced to rotate between all shifts, hundreds of operations added to the plate of an over piled workload, work arounds that are too many to count due to out dated proceedures and maintenance crews inability to maintain equipment, management imposed policies that hold Controllers to an unfair standard compaired to other sections of the Transportation Services and Operations departments, AND an over whelming Corporate and Management disconnect has created one of the worst atmospheres to work in that I have ever been associated with. With the work schedule next on the chopping blocks and the loss of 10 plus Controllers to frustrated retirments, lateral/promotional moves or to other better paying companies, the ever growing theme in the Control Center is to get out as soon as possible. Many controllers are applying for any and every job posted within the company only to be road blocked due to man power issues. A new Engagement survey was sucessfully completed in 2014 and the only results/findings that Corporate has released has been the over whelming percentage of emplyees that know the importance of their job in the the future growth and profitability for colonial. Any improvements are not to burden the companies wallet while squeezing every last drop of Loyalty out of the ones that are weathering the storm of evolution. I truly hope the Controllers finally get the recognition that is long over due, because an Industry leading company that pays the most stressful and highest deamanding job that carries this company on its shoulders and yet we are still being unappreciated with below national mid point pay. Sooner or later something is going to give and I hope Colonial does the right thing or this Company will continue being labeled as the "BLANK PPL TRAINING FACILTY".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Post the results of the survey...The past surveys can be viewed but not this one. Swallow some pride and give credit where credit is due. Find the root of the problems instead of treating the symptoms. Allow your actions to show what you really care about...All actions thus far are said to be with a safe and conservative mind set when your actions have shown nothing but profitabily driven demands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colonial Pipeline full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to develop yourself. Freedom to make the job your own and succeed on your own. Great benefits package.

    Cons

    Very political. Too many "older employees" that have "always done it this way" Unwilling to change. Few opportunities to move around within your own career field. Lots of opportunities if you want to change your career, but then you're stuck there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow change, and don't be afraid of it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very Poorly Managed

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    Current Employee - Operations
    Current Employee - Operations

    I have been working at Colonial Pipeline full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've worked at Colonial Pipeline for over 15 years. It is a very stable company and once you become an employee, it's very difficult to lose your job. That is pretty much the only positive feedback I can share.

    Cons

    Over the years, I watch Colonial establish the worst team of managers and leaders I've ever been associated with in my life. As I said, it's very difficult to lose a job at Colonial. This can be good, but it can also be very bad. Colonial tends to recycle losers and duds. Especially in terms of managers. If an employee is a poor performer, the company tends to find something else for them to do rather than fire them. Then they just perform poorly in some other role. I've never agreed with this policy and feel a company should get rid of dead weight. Colonial employs a lot of people who are just lazy. The field technicians are the absolute worst! When equipment fails, the Technicians always do everything possible to avoid repairs on nights and weekends leaving a never ending trail of workarounds. When I first started with the company, equipment was repaired when it failed. Now, if equipment fails at night or on a weekend, the first thing a Technician will ask is how long can they wait to make repairs. This problem has just gotten worse over the years as all of the really good Technicians have retired or moved on. This evolution has taken place because management has allowed it. One thing you hear a lot at Colonial is reference to the fact that the company is best in class. You would expect them to therefore pay best close. This is not the case. You can EASILY find a better paying job in this field if you are willing to try. The only thing that has kept me with the company is family. The company also likes to think safety is the number one goal. It sounds good to the board and government regulators. However, Colonial is very, very, very profit driven. I've felt for some time that profit is much more important to the company than safety. I'm a very hard working person with great integrity and meticulous work habits. I could not put into words how very underappreciated I have felt for many years now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it's hopeless. The face of the company has changed too much. Colonial lost too many good, hard working employees over the years and replaced with lazy people with poor work habits. A good start would be to hold employees, at ALL levels (not just operations), accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very Poor Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colonial Pipeline full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None, really, none. It has a difficult to enjoy culture. It's really too bad. The work itself has the potential to be satisfying and many employees are fine people. They need an infusion in the upper ranks from well run companies.

    Cons

    Over worked, unappreciated, and poorly paid. The result is an unusual number of angry or sad workers. Upper management doesn't appear care about people. It seems that they are focused on making as much money as possible for themselves, with no desire to do the right thing or leave a legacy that they can be proud of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire upper management personnel from outside the company. Get people who have the proven ability to build teams that they and that everyone supporting those teams is proud of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Spiraling downward

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Engineer

    I worked at Colonial Pipeline full-time

    Pros

    The pros were that people who did the work cared and, in the field at least, were pleasant to be with

    Cons

    Management is careless with decisions, not considering how they affect people. Company owners used to be oil companies who understood the business. Since sold to investors who do not understand or care about the technical piece behind the dollars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to leading with technical people. Managers are a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Exceptional culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Colonial Pipeline full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great coworkers., great pay. Upper management treats everyone with the respect the observe. Everyone in the company is in the know. Lots of room to grow and try new opportunities.

    Cons

    Travel is a must and it's quite frequent. At least weekends are spent at home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - IT Intern in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Colonial Pipeline as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very down to earth and intelligent employees, little to no corporate politics involved, great work environment. I learned a lot while I was there.

    Cons

    The work started to become repetitive and boring. Others were so stressed out and overworked that it was often times hard to gather UR's and meet with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice I have is a lot of the other employees seemed very stressed out, including me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, rewarding work, but not for the faint of heart.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Colonial Pipeline full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people
    Safety focus
    Technical growth through training and mentoring
    Extremely challenging environment
    Feels like a small company but projects and technology rival those of a large company
    Many and varied project opportunities
    Few barriers between groups
    Open, honest communication is encouraged at all levels
    Very stable company
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Staffing levels - many pieces of the organization are ran on a skeletal staff
    The size of the employee base and the historic retention means that someone has to die for you to move up.
    Extremely challenging environment
    Ramp time into Colonial is counted in years
    A large percentage of the Staff is poised for retirement
    Work life balance is difficult due to low staffing and project load
    Potentially hazardous environment - It is a petroleum pipeline company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build the employee base up to enable succession planning, cross training, and bench strength.
    Pay for performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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