Hess Corporation Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
143 Reviews
3.4
143 Reviews
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Hess Corporation Chairman and CEO John B. Hess
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88 Ratings

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.  

    I liked it a lot

    Current Employee - Customer Service
    Current Employee - Customer Service

    I have been working at Hess Corporation full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with

    Cons

    advancement opportunities are pretty rare

  2.  

    Keep all your options open...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hess Corporation as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay was excellent, cafeteria was nice, building was great, location fantastic.

    Cons

    IF you are offered a choice between getting sent to a North Korean Labor Camp, and working at Hess, think long and hard about your choice. I'm not saying you NECESSAIRLY want to go with Labor Camp route... I'm just saying you may want to keep all your options open.

    The atmosphere at Hess was undoubtedly the most toxic and fearful I have ever experienced. The upper management seems to have learned their management style from Josef Stalin. Step out of line, even inadvertently, and you get fired, immediately. You come in each morning and see someone's cubicle is now empty, and you don't talk about it. People were constantly being fired without any discernible reason, and with no investigation or chance to explain or defend themselves. The management would talk a good game to us, then tell us "If you don't like it, badge out."

    One time we were told "We fired a guy for using the side entrance to the building today. Since you are contractors, the computer tracks the time you badge in and badge out, and matches it against the hours you bill for. If they don't match you're automatically fired. There isn't a badge reader on the side entrance, so when this guy used the side entrance, his times in the computer didn't match his bill, and we fired him. " That was it. This was the first warning we ever got about not using the side door. No advisory to the guy about "This was a problem, don't do it again." No chance for the guy to appeal or explain. They just fired him.

    That's pretty much how Hess was run while I was there. Co-workers just vanish. It's kind of like those war movies when all the fighter pilots are in the bar, and someone says "Where's Terry?" and someone else says "Terry didn't make it." When I was let go, I found out by email. No warning. No reason. Never did find out why.

    Hess has lots of contractors, because the employees are all so busy having meetings and fighting each other in inter-office politics that if they didn't hire contractors, no work would ever get done. That being said they are pretty unclear on the difference between a contractor and an employee. They tell the contractors what hours to work, what they can and can not wear, all those little details the IRS says makes you an employee and not a contractor.

    As for the employees, there is constant maneuvering and infighting. Managers are to busy building little "fiefdoms", and there is a general policy non-cooperation between employees and departments that are viewed as a threat. We had one department that refused to return our phone calls or emails or support us in any way because they were afraid our team was making them "look bad", and that if they looked bad they would be fired. Our boss had us start listing every time they didn't respond to emails, or refused to support us, so he would have "ammunition" to use against them at the next meeting.

    Managers will call you "buddy" and pat you on the back one day, then fire you the next. With all the backstabbing and plotting and duplicity it is kind of like being on a pirate crew... only without any gold... or rum... or those cute little umbrellas they put in rum drinks either....

    Because of this, little, if anything, ever gets done during the work day. The employees say "Hess stands for Holidays, Evenings, Saturday and Sunday" because they are so busy doing corporate infighting during the week that those are the only time they have available to do their actual work. I heard stories about managers doing routine paperwork late at night Christmas Eve because the law required it be done by the end of the year, and that was the only time they had to get it done.

    So, as I said, don't be too quick to rule out the Labor Camp option... at least there you have job security and you know who your enemy is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hess has a reputation for being about as much fun as a P.O.W. camp, and this impacts recruiting. Because of this someone put together an "employee morale" package sometime in the past, and they did a great job of it. Hess has all the perks that the MBA text books say make worker drones happy. Great cafeteria. Excellent building. Nap room. Nursing mothers room. Company store. Nice art on the walls. Starbucks on the property. Benefits, (if you aren't a contractor) etc.

    However, Hess has overlooked that whole "not treating your people like fungible worker drones and actually treating them like human beings who deserve respect" thing. Because of this, things still pretty much suck. I know it's old school, but it works.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    It got me started

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Woodbridge, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Woodbridge, NJ

    I have been working at Hess Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They hire ex-offenders with much fuss, you will not be passed over here because of that. They offer second chances to all those who are truly looking for one.

    Cons

    As with all jobs to those reentering the job market, the pay is low and not too competitive. Promotion is their but, is limited to who they want, not those that want it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chances to those who want it, not just those who you deem fit, and the chance to move to other stations where chances are better. Manager put together a winning team, at the expense of holding people back, only to have them quit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Company is undergoing huge change...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hess Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay is top of the scale, lots of opportunities if you work in the right part of the company

    Cons

    Tremendous change going on - company is reshaping itself into an E&P only company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership at Hess should be more aggressive about holding themselves and upper management accountable. Make better hiring decisions on the leaders being brought in to make change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    I had a pleasant 2+ years working at Hess.

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    Former Employee - I&E Technician  in  Tioga, ND
    Former Employee - I&E Technician in Tioga, ND

    I worked at Hess Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They take EXCELLENT care of their employees. During the giant flood in Minot, ND 2011, they offered free storage units to all affected by the flood. They were also offering 0% interest loans to rebuild your house. The schedule was great...8 on 6 off schedule for the last year or so. I think they are shorthanded now and went back to a Mon-Fri.

    Cons

    The main office for in the field work is in Tioga...no one wants to live in Tioga. I lived in Minot and drove 1.25 hrs everyday...one way. That wasn't paid for, but they gave us company vehicles with gas cards, which was nice. The other con was with management. It sounds like everything is fixed now according to a friend that still works there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When someone leaves on good terms, and you tell them they will still have a position there if things don't work out (relocated out of state for a woman)...please stick to your word.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hess is a great company

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    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Hess Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, still has pension plan, 9/80, good work/life balance, lunch dining hall

    Cons

    salary not competitive with industry, outsourcing of accounting/finance functions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    insource back accounting/finance functions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company overall

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Hess Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Hess is a results driven company, which may lead to long hours. However, they care about their employees and do what's right (example: hurricane sandy Hess helped out their NY/NJ employees)

    Cons

    No formal professional development. Professional growth pathways are unclear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to truely grow organically, you need to invest more time to communicate share your vision with talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Woodbridge, NJ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Woodbridge, NJ

    I have been working at Hess Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very family oriented. Excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    I have found no cons.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    unpleasant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hess Corporation as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    many perks such as discounted meals and a starbucks on first level.

    Cons

    managers do not care if people are properly trained.

  11.  

    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

    I worked at Hess Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    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

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