El Paso Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place work

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

    Pros

    I've been at EP for several years and it's a great place to work. Good work-life balance, pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Kinder Morgan is purchasing the company and there's a lot of uncertainty about the direction KMI will take. KMI is known for its core value of "Cheap" and EP's core value is "Excellence".

    Advice to Management

    Need to keep up the communication on the direction KMI is going to take. EP is a great company and I hope EP management can keep KMI from killing that culture of "Excellence"


  2. Helpful (1)

    Dim future?

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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    Programs (STEP) events that support community initatives Neutral compensation package (benefits are okay) You will learn some things from some seasoned experts Work/life balance (flexible work schedule) An independent buyer is considering buying the E&P company (hopefully they will be sharp and can recognize real talent)

    Cons

    Some members of senior management outright lie about initiatives or career advancement Most people belong to a clique and are very gossipy, mainly those who are not hard workers Processes are terribly flawed, Process Optimization is a joke Rewards are given with very little evidence of hard work Most experienced people are in cubicles while less experienced/lazy people are in offices Talented people are shoved aside while non-value add people push on through to promotions Too many levels of management in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize real talent when you see it. Don't continue to reward ass kissers and lazy folks.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good Stepping Stone and then Move On!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work Life Balance (Flex 40 hrs. work schedule 1/2 days off every Friday) Community Leader (encourages community work to help others in need) Laid back environment in some cases Benefits package is okay Good place to get your "feet wet" in learning Pipeline and/or E&P.

    Cons

    Diversity is not a big topic (minorities and women seem to be a non-issue) Promotions are scarce unless you belong to a clique' of managers Certain managers spend after hours with young recruits in bars and sporting events Certain managers are disrepectful to individuals if you don't play the game. Most managers are inexperienced rejects from other oil and gas companies, some will even pretend to fake their actual skills and qualifications to yield some authority. Dumping ground on people who are hardworkers; playground for lazy people.

    Advice to Management

    Change some of the managers out and stop with the created "layers" of management. There are 3-4 managers for one team (SCM in particular).


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  5. Helpful (1)

    I learned enough to go to any energy company and get a job instantly.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to learn about the gas industry then get a job at a pipeline that trains you for months you will know more than schedulers who have worked for years.,

    Cons

    I think when its time for layoffs there is never a good way to do it but they could still learn alot about how not to stress everyone during the process.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, and remember just because someone is capable of doing more than most people remember they shouldnt have 3 xs as much work as everyone else or you will lose them.


  6. Great!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Management Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Management Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved working at El Paso. I got to see all phases of project management and was given the freedom to start projects due for the next year. Everyone is very approachable and doesn't mind answering questions. I learned more in those few months than I ever thought I would. They love to teach. It was a great experience. I left because I had another summer before graduation and wanted to try out another company.

    Cons

    - In project management you travel a lot so you must be okay with that. - When hired on from college you go through a rotation system for 18 months to learn 3 different phases of pipeline (different if you are a PE, I'm an ME) even if you already did internships. Seems like a waste if you know you like one segment. - Coffee is terrible! Thank god you can go into the tunnels and get some good stuff. Haha


  7. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  8. Great company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Encourage talent from Top MBA programs.


  9. good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Good company culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.)


  11. Helpful (1)

    Upper Management and Mid mgmt is slowly turning the curve

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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