MarkWest Energy Partners

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MarkWest Energy Partners Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
13 Reviews
3.5
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MarkWest Energy Partners President , CEO, and Director, MarkWest Energy GP, L.L.C (General Partner) Frank M. Semple
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  1.  

    Friendly People, Good Benefits and Pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MarkWest Energy Partners full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Most everyone within the company is pretty nice, lots of opportunities for advancement, and schedule works pretty good with family life depending on position.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about the company really

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Internal Employee - works with all areas

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MarkWest Energy Partners

    Pros

    This company is a fast-growth positioned in the energy industry

    Cons

    the local offices are separated from corporate headquarters - can create disconnects in prioritization, communication, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Place to start, Military like Management Style, Not the best place for flexability

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MarkWest Energy Partners full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay; 401(k) is matched to 6%; Location is central downtown Denver

    Cons

    Management is very set in their ways and unwilling to work with employees on changes to the work environment. Very little to no work schedule flexability; Absolutltey NO 9/80 schedule; Vaction time is weak and employees are limited on rolling vaction time into the next year (if you're lucky enough to not be negative!); The office space and environment are terrible and uncomfortable. You have to pay $85/month out of pocket for parking. High deductible health plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the reins loose a little and listen to employee requests. Meet us half way or through us a bone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Running Lean

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Canonsburg, PA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Canonsburg, PA

    I have been working at MarkWest Energy Partners full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Employees and contractors accomplish a lot considering the lack of adequate staffing and support. Perennial winner of industry customer service awards. Casual, flexible work environment. Lots of opportunity to take initiative and grow professionally. Good salary & benefits. Generally friendly, hard-working, competent co-workers.

    Cons

    Fundamental problems are often unseen (or ignored) by management due to ground-level employees & contractors absorbing the extra workload. Management would rather run lean and let the lower-ranking people pick up the slack. This can infringe on work-life balance and lead to a frustrating environment that seems as if management does not care about the common employee (or, even worse, contractor). Poor communication & formal training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not ignore the needs for the areas of the company that are stretched too thin.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Worst experience of my career. Damaging and abusive out of control management.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Land in Canonsburg, PA
    Current Employee - Land in Canonsburg, PA

    I have been working at MarkWest Energy Partners full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    paycheck on time; your boss will never fire you for moral issues

    Cons

    Culture is mafiaesque. Managers feign experience and knowledge of their departments, depending wholly on contractors who end up having more power and value than the managers themselves. Try joining into this scenario as someone who actually knows his job. Drug and alcohol abuse is rampant and there are sexual relationships between all levels, not hidden at all. If you have any self respect it will be hell. Senior management is aware but refuses to do anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    clean house

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Leadership and Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Denver, CO

    I worked at MarkWest Energy Partners full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Leadership from Managers up to the executive team. They are extremely patient and willing to teach you and bring you up to speed on all areas of the company and current projects.
    Open Communication. The executive team does a great job of communicating with the company and letting everyone know the purpose behind every press release if it isn't apparent.
    Great Compensation and bonus structure. I really get the feeling the Executive team has the employees interests in mind.
    Great Work/Life Balance.

    Cons

    There aren't really any cons as long as you get your work done. If you need help, Managers and executives have no problem getting there hands dirty when the times are busy. The company believes and demonstrates that they are a team. The company is 100% invested in their employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great, fast growing, high opportunity company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Accountant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Operations Accountant in Denver, CO

    I have been working at MarkWest Energy Partners full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, bennefits, & opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Not much to say here, maybe the software programs used in accounting but overall not unbarable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Horrible management but good benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Analyst in Denver, CO

    I worked at MarkWest Energy Partners full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are decent, though health insurance "plan" is high-deductible and cost me a lot of money.

    Cons

    Terrible, horrible managers. I think this was exclusive of my department, I wouldn't write this company off completely. However, upper management is clueless and shouldn't be. People are weird too, will walk by without even making eye contact on a regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know who you hire and how they treat your employees. I've never had a worse experience with a manager.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Markwest energy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Houston, PA
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Houston, PA

    I have been working at MarkWest Energy Partners full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    One of the best companies I have worked for

    Cons

    Hiring of new employees is a long process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company, good environment - lots of pressure

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Director in Denver, CO

    I have been working at MarkWest Energy Partners full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company seems to be preforming well in its industry and market. They have won several customer service awards. They have a very good benefits package and several activities each year to promote fun and charity within the company. Salaries are higher than average and the company hits bonus targets most years. Directors and senior managers are eligible for a stock vesting plan

    Cons

    The company is an MLP meaning the sole focus is on quarterly distributions to stockholders and cash flow. Depending on the price of natural gas (and, to some degree, oil), the company rides of roller coaster of good times and lean times when it comes to hiring enough people to do the increasing amount of work . There is a constant, unrelenting and ever-increasing workload as the company expands without understanding the impact the additional work has on everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good news in the form of press releases announcing new plants, partnerships or acquisitions is met with mixed reaction. It's great the company is doing but is the amount of additional work and the people needed to do it fully accounted for? It seems usually the answer is no.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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