Hess Corporation Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
146 Reviews
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146 Reviews
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Hess Corporation Chairman and CEO John B. Hess
John B. Hess
90 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is good and various programmes are usual including lunch & learn programmes (in 11 reviews)

  • Great benefits, pay is top of the scale, lots of opportunities if you work in the right part of the company (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours mean customers thick heads (in 7 reviews)

  • 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)

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  1.  

    All hype. False vision.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hess Corporation

    Pros

    Good people with good skills.

    Cons

    Bad Management. No direction or wrong direction,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Won't go back to Hess

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hess Corporation

    Pros

    Good experience for learning the Bakken.
    met a lot of good people
    Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Too many people in Texas and New York without field experience running the show from across the country. Doesn't work.
    Most of the good people have left because they couldn't handle the BS

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way or retire

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good company to work for. They take care of their people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodbridge, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodbridge, NJ

    I have been working at Hess Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    salary, 401k, pension, work environment, people, opportunity for growth.
    My division was sold off to another company due to outside pressure from a hedge fund manger.
    During the whole process of the divestiture, Hess take care of their employees, and made sure we were well informed about the process. I'm going to miss working for Hess.

    Cons

    medical benefits, internal politics, needs to improve in their IT department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful professional environment to be a part of!

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Hess Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The organization was full from top to bottom with leading industry professionals at each level. How many corporations today value their employees by offering a tradition pension plan along with a 401 k match? Very few, but Hess does! Communication about the goals and current status were frequent and beneficial.

    Cons

    That John Hess and the BOD gave into Wall Street resulting in the parting of all non-E&P business entities. Company has went from a diverse group of affiliated entities to one solely focused on E&P that is tied to the price of oil.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Given the Con comment above, the stock price has reacted quite positively as a result.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    the comprehensive corporate structure.Hess is nationwide distributor of gasoline and other fuels

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    Current Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Cashier in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hess Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Elite,Efficient,Enthusiastic,Energy Corporation.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - -

    Cons

    Lower cadre worker annual income less than $24000/annual. <24000/Annum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review lower cadre staff/workforce schedule and allow overtime work schedule to efficient and loyal workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hess Corporation

    Pros

    Friendly, nice work environment, staff is helpful, work, life balance initiated by management.

    Cons

    Pay, management has some quirks to work through, promotions are slow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves 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

    I have been working at Hess Corporation as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    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

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

    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.  

    It has been an amazing learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Hess Corporation full-time

    Pros

    I appreciate the culture, environment, history, and values of the company.

    Cons

    I have no complaints about working for Hess nor do I focus on any flaws of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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

    I have been working at Hess Corporation as a contractor (more than an year)

    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

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