Hess Corporation

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Hess Corporation Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
134 Reviews

3.4
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Hess Corporation Chairman and CEO John B. Hess
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is good and various programmes are usual including lunch & learn programmes (in 10 reviews)

  • Terrific leadership, great benefits, supportive team environment, a place you could be proud to work (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • With all of the changes, it can be challenging at times to find the right work/life balance while still achieving set goals and objectives (in 4 reviews)

  • long hours mean customers thick heads (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Hess is aspiring to be the best and supports that drive with innovation, flexibility, and leadership interest.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager of Performance Excelence  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager of Performance Excelence in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Drive and support for innovation and creativity. New and clear strategy to achive best in class performance. New processes and systems being added o allow state of the art change and ease performance limiters. Clear channels to communicate with Senior Leadership on a consistent basis.

    Cons

    Recent leadership changes and adjustments in strategy have caused delays and some confusion. Shortage of solid consistent leadership at many levels you would want to emmulate. Some silohed separation between teams and disciplines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent about needs and people. Encourage more open discussions to break down silohed culture. Reward and recognize idividual and team success more often.
    Make learning a core principle of getting better faster.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I had a very enjoyable experience working at Hess

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

    Pros

    Hess has excellent pay, benefits and a fairly laid-back culture for a large corporation.

    Cons

    Company is going through a very major reorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because an internal support service doesn't directly add to the bottom line doesn't mean it has to be outsourced.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Satisfying

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

    Pros

    Hess has a long term vision of being the stock of choice in energy by 2020. The company is focused on executing towards this vision with health, safety and the environment clearly in mind. Hess' leadership adapts and changes to meet the challenges associated with meeting their 2020 goal.

    Hess is ever changing. Recently they've begun the transition from a fully integrated oil & gas company towards just an exploration and production company. As to be expected there are many changes afoot to restructure the company this way.

    The company really tries to recruit, mentor and keep talented people. It's not a place for the lazy or tired, however, as they run a lean ship, meaning everyone puts in more than their share. The salaries, bonuses and benefits more than compensate for the heavy workload.

    Cons

    With all of the changes, it can be challenging at times to find the right work/life balance while still achieving set goals and objectives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It is ok.

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Houston, TX

    Pros

    They have a nice cafeteria and coffee bar.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to be hired on fulltime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Benefits dental vision and health benefits. Dining room prices are excellent compared to area costs

    Cons

    Many changes all at once. Company
    Claims they care for employees but order if priority is staff is last

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and dialogue with staff could possibly get you the leaders the respect you demand

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was great, culture changed

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to change roles and travel

    Cons

    Bringing in leaders from the outside rather than promoting from within changed the culture in to a mini-Shell which was against the value of "Independent Spirit". It became a suffocating place to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to work, very friendly group of people

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

    Pros

    Good Systems and procedures here

    Cons

    No cons to speak of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice to provide to mgmt

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    a company of change...be wary

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    The first years of working here held promise. Good and solid professionals - leadership yielded good bonuses because the company was doing well. Exploration successes were indicating a good future. Compensation was reasonable. Then there were leadership changes.

    Cons

    After organizational changes the company began to go through an unraveling - many good people left - some good people who were seemingly successful were laid off, and inexperienced leadership was brought into certain areas which caused disruption and confusion for many. More good people left because the organization became fairly unstable. Company performance was suffering.

    In 2013, during the 2nd quarter, Wall Street activists moved into action, and there ensued a struggle for corporate control and direction. This company was not unique in being in this position within the industry. Wall Street activists are always looking for companies that are suffering from difficult strategic circumstances - Hess fell into this when its Exploration function began to lag back in 2010, and the Unconventionals began to pose an increasing strain on their struggling business areas, who were having difficulty keeping up with the pace due to high demands in an industry with a shrinking capable workforce. Performance requires enough people to manage the drilling and production activities. Weather and other difficulties were not helpful during 2010-2013 for this company.

    From the beginning of 2011, there seemed to be a movement to drive out older employees (age-wise), and also run-off mid-management female leadership. The instability of the company continued to drive people to leave for better places to work. The trust factor moved down to new lows for many people who for years had put forth their best efforts for this company.

    The company in 2013 has undergone much change. What remains to be seen is how the company will stabilize (if) in 2014, and survive in a very competitive industry. It appears that the accountants and the lawyers are beginning to move into control more, and this usually spells the demise of a petroleum company. Strong Exploration leadership is the back-bone for the future of any E&P company. Hess does not have this at present.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your culture shift and the resulting turmoil has made Hess a less popular place to work than your competitors. Decreasing staff and imposing more work does not win long term employees when many companies in the industry are thriving and providing a better work culture, better benefits, greater compensation, and a more promising future. Don't just talk, but walk the walk. Strong trusted leadership will go a long way in securing a good workforce who will stay. People need to be led, not made to feel enslaved to do more work because leadership took a wrong turn. If you could measure your talent loss during 2011-2013, it would be significant. You cannot make people be innovative - they must be inspired. Hess has lost a good deal of its ability to inspire people. Inspiration will have to build back up over time. Good luck in bringing the company back to a better place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    I love it

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    Current Employee - Senior Gas Accountant Nt  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Gas Accountant Nt in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great place to work I love it

    Cons

    None everything great I love it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, fast-paced work environment

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    Current Employee - Land Administration Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Land Administration Analyst in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Exceptional co-workers who are great to work with; Very competitive pay and benefits, 9/80 work schedule available; Beautiful office environment in downtown Houston.

    Cons

    Company is still going through the growing pains of transforming its business model; Work load can be very heavy at times; There are many "special projects" and problems that need to be addressed but insufficient resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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