ConocoPhillips Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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  1. Company need to think and do B'ig"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice and generally warm work atmosphere. Seeing the soccer pitch in the complex on the day of my interview and I thought this is heaven. Safety culture is unique.

    Cons

    Some level of internal wrangling and occasionally toxic and charged atmosphere. Company should not embark on a project if they are not 100% sure they will see it to the end

    Advice to Management

    I was hired to help move an emerging technology from the lab to the field for full commercialization. Unfortunately for me, I'd the misfortune of working in a very small team with a couple hired (before me) heading the key projects. Initially there was just 3-4 of us. I decided on my exit date only after three months. What was meant to be exciting projects was turned upside down and a bulk of the program was scaled-back after the restructuring / split in mid-2012. And that was after one of the couple was fired, and the other spouse choose to leave several months after. I took a risk when I joined the company but it was unfortunate that management did not do their homework before initiating the projects. Managers should also learn to manage the egos of their team members, especially in a team filled with recent PhDs who to an extent, are feeling insecure, and the only way to move up is to "step" on one another.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Advancement discouraged, Management lacking in People Skills

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Refinery Operator in Borger, TX
    Former Employee - Refinery Operator in Borger, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ConocoPhillips full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay, time off and sometimes profit sharing. Pay raises most years, benefits are established for local areas.

    Cons

    Inteligence is a detriment to advancement as Managers feel threatened. Not open to new ideas or improvements. Leave your brain at the gate, they only want a robot body.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the way you treat employees and the nepotism that exists in many of the refineries. Over worked and over extended employees make mistakes. Stop punishing employees that have ethics and morals and stop rewarding employees that cover up incidents and doctor reports.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Culture not ideal for diverse employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a stable company with a stable stock price and good benefits. Lots of opportunity for challenging work and global opportunities.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical. Ideas have to flow up through management channels and slow down innovation. There are many management perks like reserved parking and bonuses. There is also lots of favoritism for high potential employees. High potential employees tend to be non-diverse employees. They also bring in experienced hires but don’t like to listen to ideas from outside of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Value all employees regardless of national origin, ethnicity, accents. Don’t jump to conclusions – assume employees are trustworthy and doing their best. Follow diversity initiatives with actions rather than just talk – and diversity of thought is great – but it doesn’t help unrepresented minorities feel welcome in the culture.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Mediocre place for a career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At ConocoPhillips, in most work groups the work/life balance is pretty good: if you need time off for vacation or if you are sick, supervisors are usually very understanding. The benefits (health, vision, perscription) are very good and there is a big push toward over-all wellness (physical, mental). Very nice gym facility at the main complex and a lot of outside programs to get involved in. (Rodeo Run, United Way, Employee Networks)

    Cons

    There are many layers of management at ConocoPhillips and that makes it extremely hard to get any work done or to feel any sense of ownership of a role. While it is possible to get a new role and develop professionally at ConocoPhillips, there are a lot of politics at play and there are Talent Management Teams (TMT's) that play a huge role in placing employees in new roles that are not always in the employees best interest and development, it's usually for the benefit of the company. Promotions are on a strict time-in-grade and performance rating schedule, so for a strong performer it can be a lot of years between promotions. This makes it very dificult to have a strong career at the company unless you are a favorite of the TMT's or have a strong supporter in management. The norm is to have very weak/poor supervisors or managers. They are working supervisors so they don't have the time, energy or interest in developing employees. Most of the poor treatment of employees comes from top management and employees are seen as very expendable.

    Advice to Management

    Managers and supervisors need to have better training. Remove some layers of management so it's easier to get things done. Make it easier to get promotions.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Eye Opener

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inspector/Reliability Engineer in Linden, NJ
    Current Employee - Inspector/Reliability Engineer in Linden, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting processes and equipment Good contract and in-house union workforce Free safety glasses Free safety shoes Free nomex Steady paycheck On-site cafereria Air conditioned and heated offices

    Cons

    Vindictive leadership No opportunties for advancement Treatment of people does not reflect corporate policy Supervision lacks adequite technical knowledge Supervision is disconnected from workforce


  7. Helpful (3)

    Very bureaucratic and not diverse

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Bartlesville, OK
    Former Employee - Intern in Bartlesville, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Intern program is alright. Could've been much better, but the Finance and IT interns had it much better since they had a good HR manager. You get to meet a lot of people through Lunch n Learns. The problem is, the interns started separating a bit, with the finance group hanging with themselves, procurement with themselves, etc. Yet there were a fair number of interns who organized and attended social events outside of work hours.

    Cons

    Bartlesville is not very exciting. Corporate bureaucracy is very very evident. VP of HR even said something along the lines of: "you'll be promoted based on how you are perceived...." COP barely hires outside of Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, and Texas. So if you're coming from the north or anywhere else, you'll be alone. For any prospective interns out there, this may all change after I write this because of the split. But I doubt there's going to be any culture changes. It's probably going to be the same boring corporate company like any other.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent; communicate with those down the hierarchy and promote based on intuitive characteristics


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good first couple years, then downhill

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ops in Trainer, PA
    Current Employee - Ops in Trainer, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    compensation is fair. Schedule is great.

    Cons

    Kept in the dark Low morale

    Advice to Management

    Make leadership as responsible for mistakes as much as low level employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    If you are an experienced hire be prepared for little guidance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful facility, pleasant environment, the people who are nice are REALLY nice.

    Cons

    No true vision or plans for managing retail & marketing, priorities and goals for current year change without explanation or time for annual plan to gain traction, very political, innovation and creative problem solving not encouraged, department managers hired and retained despite poor performance in managing staff.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to separate downstream from upstream. Downstream will never get the focus it deserves when competing against the high profitability of Exploration and Production.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Demoralizing Management!!!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Linden, NJ
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Linden, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and decent benefits. Could be much better on medical benefits. Interesting work with daily challenges. Excellent union workforce.

    Cons

    Production over Safety Mentality. Micromanagement. Company feels that it "owns" its employees. Cronyism. Lack of diversity. Management does not appreciate or empower employees. Vindictive bosses.

    Advice to Management

    Promote true leaders or develop leadership skills in existing management. Stop stripping employees of the power to make decisions. Adhere to developed safety procedures and involve employees in the development of new ones. Hire more employees instead of increasing work loads. Does Jim Mulva know what's going on at Bayway?


  11. Helpful (7)

    Ageing Oil Company Offers Great Pay, Limited Job Satisfaction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bartlesville, OK
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bartlesville, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Above market salaries. Low performance expectations. Little or no overtime required. Gold plated benefits. Some prestige working for a Major Oil Company.

    Cons

    The Bartlesville, Oklahoma office houses a sprawling bureaucracy which administers the IT, Finance, and Accounting functions. The culture is extremely risk-averse. The Orwellian office-safety campaign reflects an unwillingness to quantify risk, rather than a sincere commitment to worker safety. The computer systems line employees interface with are 10-20 years out of date. The staffing model, driven by seniority and cronyism, promotes uneducated legacy employees beyond their level of competence. The Tone at the Top, both in corporate management and business unit management, is focused on control, constricting employee autonomy and stifling innovation. Decision making is paralyzed by fear of risk. While the pay is above market, the opportunities are decidedly limited. Any college finance course will teach you that an option is worth money. ConocoPhillips knows this, and pays employees a premium for the options they forgo due to the remote work location and glacial pace of promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Rationalize the workforce. Communicate company goals to line employees clearly. Employ current tools and technology appropriate for the 4th largest listed firm in America. Address the risk-averse, change-resistant, low-productivity culture.



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