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El Paso Reviews

Updated June 19, 2014
Updated June 19, 2014
43 Reviews

3.6
43 Reviews
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El Paso President, CEO, and Director Doug Foshee
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, professional environment, employee experience varies by department, average compensation.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great people, stable company, good benefits, responsible company, strong down to earth leadership, employees are appreciated, meaningful work, and great culture. Our values are: the place to work, the neighbor to have, the company to own. Although not perfect, we do very well.

    Cons

    In return for the stability the compensation is not quite as competitive as other energy companies. Many employees where transferred from Colorado Springs to Houston, which most people viewed as a drop in quality of life.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    The best work-life balance. Very interesting projects.

    Cons

    Lack of international/global exposure.
    Lack of talent from diverse backgrounds and top universities.
    Lack of creative mindset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage talent from Top MBA programs.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good place to work

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX

    Pros

    The size is decent, not too big or too small. People are friendly. Interns can get really involved in real projects.

    Cons

    The first day can be a little disorganized. It will be better if the internship can be a little bit longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really enjoyed the leadership unplug. In general it is a really well organized internship program. The final presentation is a great challenge. The hiring process is a little slow.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good company culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Some very sharp people in the company who make collaborating with them fun as they really know their jobs well - many long time employees.
    Excellent company culture starting at the top with CEO Doug Foshee and filters down thru senior VPs and Managers. They don't just talk about giving back to the community, they really push their people to volunteer and make it easy. Also, in an industry not known for caring about the environment, they are tying to be responsible and look toward where regulations are going rather than just what is required currently. Small things that translate to a culture where people do enjoy working there.
    Regarding opportunity, the company tries to reward peak performers. The reorganization fall 2009 (Project Insight) put some well-needed systems in place that were lacking and promoted some deserving people, in general with some exceptions Of course like anywhere else it depends if you get noticed, and that is the challenge.

    Cons

    As an operating company will tend to do, they are in their own bubble at times, so they seem to give credence to work experience specific to their industry only, so people like me with significant experience outside of a natural gas operating company prior to El Paso have to fight to get recognized.
    Some legacy small-mindedness they are attempting to get rid of and are starting to act like a "grown-up" company; however at times the company displays the "cowboy" mentality that seems to dominate smaller oil and gas operating companies.
    The Pipeline side appears to be promoting those from the BHM office at an unbalanced rate - too many "southerners" in high level positions across the Pipeline group who carry a certain "good 'ol boy" mentality at times whether they realize it or not.
    VP Engineering for Pipeline group had no engineering experience and was promoted because he's the "pet" of the President, Jim Yardley - has caused and will continue to cause some personnel issues. He is business savvy but possesses zero people skills and has no credibility when it comes to the technical nature of the job. It remains to be seen if he will do well or no and if the company loses some good people because of it. His promotion was not consistent with company culture in my mind.
    The company needs to push more involvement in professional societies so as to be more knowledgeable of industry best-practices, across the board in many departments. Also, be more open to people from outside the legacy who have significant industry experience and be open to learning how experts outside the company do things.
    HR people are the worst I've ever seen in a company this size, from the people that dealt with me when I was hired, to the reps I contact now. I have no real issues, but if I did, my confidence in their abilities is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work but be mindful of gaps. Recognize it is healthy to bring in people from outside for certain job functions who know industry best-practices (Eng, HR, etc.)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Upper Management and Mid mgmt is slowly turning the curve

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Company is making strides in changing to become an execution focused company. New management at various levels are pushing the change through in a deliberate manner to adjust for the overall organization's aversion to change. On the upswing.

    Cons

    Lower to mid level management is stuck in their ways and must be forced to make changes. No apparent driving force for change besides executive management. Quality of employees generally lower based on their willingness to pay quality candidates. The "yes people" get the promotions despite lack of results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire good people and not the 4th or 5th candidate based on your "bands".....Retain good people by showing them where it counts....Train the folks who are lacking; if that does not work, cut bait and find more willingful people.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away if you're smart

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    Current Employee - Engineer In E&P  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer In E&P in Houston, TX

    Pros

    The job is easy, atmosphere is laid back, so much turnover that you will have job security regardless of your output.

    Cons

    Upper management is not competent. Moving up in this company is nearly impossible. Lots of terrible 'initiatives' introduced that creates more work on top of day-to-day work, but adds zero value. Raises are small, bonuses are weak. This company is scrambling!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out what employees actually feel about what is going on, not what you are fed by mid-management. People are not happy here, and if you think turnover is bad now, wait until bonuses are paid in April. If the economy is even decent at that time, I foresee A LOT of people leaving once they cash those checks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, boring and frustrating.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Pay and benefits comparable to industry peers.

    Cons

    Fear of being laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in hiring quality employees instead of laying people off.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Upper Management Not Visible beyond the prepared video and photo ops. Mantras spoke do not completely flow down ranks

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Location...Houston, and majors cities in the US, as well as district and area offices along the various pipeline locations. Good industry reputation with other companies. Professes to be good stewards of properties and good neighbors within the various communities. Excellent knowledge base in senior employees. Excellent industry to be at this time...natural gas for energy when the world is concerned about clean air and global climate change.

    Cons

    Senior and upper management not visible enough to the rank and file. Exposure is prepared video clips and press releases. General fear by management of controversy from addressing groups. Layoffs and cutbacks in the name of efficiency every five six years. Unable to attract and groom the best prospects for performance and career training. Lack of encouragement to have employees show initiative.
    High debt impacting cash flow and stock prices for a very viable and stable industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute better fiscal policies and controls. Relax minor impact policies and promote the initiative of employees at all levels. Do not cottle, but firmly and fairly evaluate all employees on a quarterly basis, and not on a annual basis. Those employees that do not and can not show initiative must be told of their limitations and that continued employment will depend on their visibility and initiative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    EPNG a fair place to work.

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    Current Employee - Operations  in  Rawlins, WY
    Current Employee - Operations in Rawlins, WY

    Pros

    A good corporation with decent benefits and pay incentives. Mid level mangement seems to be fair and knowlegible about their postion and the job they are doing. The annual incentives seem to keep up with the cost of living.

    Cons

    They are so big they do a lot of internal policies much like the U.S. Goverment. Their PMP program which is your annual raise and bonus could use a lot of work. I also believe they rely on contractors far too much. They need to approve more jobs and hire more people in key positions throughout the company.Contractors serve a purpose but you can't use them for every need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the red tape and make it easier for the employee

    Recommends
  11.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, although benefit costs were being pushed more to employees every year. Culture was improving every year and strong push in process improvement and technology.

    Cons

    To much bureaucracy and ultimelty too much overhead. Some group work alot and others are way overstaffed. There was alot of shared service costs relatively to operations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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