Noble Energy

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Noble Energy Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
50 Reviews
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Noble Energy Chairman and CEO Charles D. Davidson
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contractor for 6 months.

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    Former Employee - Contractor  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Contractor in Denver, CO

    I worked at Noble Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Not any that I could see.

    Cons

    Very political environment. Left hand does not know what the right hand is doing and they don't care. They don't care if one department is over budget by millions. The employees seem to hate their jobs and do not even say Hi to people. There does not seem to be any "Team work" at all. People who have been there a long time have titles that are not earned and their position certainly is not respected. They need to do a management overhaul, especially in the Denver office. Paying a larger salary does not mean people will be happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice your leadership skills, if you actually have them. Plant some strong people in the Denver office and see what they are doing and how they are treating people. Noble office in Denver is giving O&G as BAD name in Colorado! For goodness sake, give a snow day when it is needed, no sense in putting people in danger when they can work at home just as efficiently.

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

    Great salaries that don't quite make up for incompetent management and a hostile work environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Noble Energy as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -excellent oil wages, especially for expat work

    Cons

    Everything else is a con. All upper management is hired and run using the "good ol' boy" system. Gossip fuels business decisions, rather than good sound information. Overseas location management is absolutely inept, incompetent, and self-serving. Hiring/firing for "remote" locations is entirely nepotistic and racially/nationalistically biased. Let's just say that for some locations, you better be British, or you're fired/not hired. To make matters worse, there were very inappropriate relationships discovered between executives that would make the devil cry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Money does not cure all ills! Your pay is excellent, but you have to step up hiring practices. You have got to revisit how you find and select country managers, and stop letting your various locations run rampant with nepotism, gossip-fueled business planning, and inappropriate behavior!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work, not employee friendly very impersonal.

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    Current Employee - Consulting Landman  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consulting Landman in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Noble Energy as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Close in proximity to where I live.

    Cons

    Terrible place to work especially for minorities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst job ever

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Noble Energy

    Pros

    nothing good to say about noble

    Cons

    management was disorganized and cruel to their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't be mean

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    More hours doesn't equal more Production

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

    I have been working at Noble Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits. The five year plan is exciting. Noble is growing very quickly and there are many opportunities for individuals who don't mind working hard. Noble strives for high ethical standards and in that way I am proud to be an employee. Flex work schedule ( If you can actually get out on time on Fridays) and Great Vacation package ( if you can take it).

    Cons

    Too many Managers and not enough individual contributors. I see this problem in more departments than just my own, which in my opinion equals constantly re-working proceedures based on what Manger 1 2 or 3 thinks is the right thing at the moment. This also leads to the individual employees overloaded with more work than they can handle. A 60 -70 hour work week is the norm here. With our strive to be "Best in Class" it doesn't feel like they realize that someones "Best" comes when they are well rested and eager to take on the day. Hard to be eager when you worked till midnight the night before just to keep your head above water.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about quality over quantity. More hours worked doesn't always mean it was productive. In fact, in most cases it means mistakes were made due to fatigue or stress. Understand that your employee's have a life outside of Noble and need to feel like thats okay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Noble Energy- Worst Job Ever

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Noble Energy as a contractor

    Pros

    Money! Some great people left over from the old Noble community. Amazing meetings when the political appointees begin sharing their knowledge.

    Cons

    Poor organizational structure. Unqualified political appointees exist in responsible positions.
    FCPA compliance questionable at best.
    Hostile work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Board of directors would be well served to hire independent review of foreign operation and their support functions. Audit foreign servers and transactions and take action.

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very inefficient processes and procedures.

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    Former Employee - Land Administrative Analyst  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Land Administrative Analyst in Denver, CO

    I worked at Noble Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Noble has high salaries and decent benefits. They also paid for parking. At Noble you work 9 hour days and half day every Friday. Noble is a great company, but unfortunately my department had arrogant supervisors that treated employees poorly.

    Cons

    Some supervisors were borderline verbally abusive. If you are not chosen as their "favorite" you will not be given any opportunity to succeed or lead projects. Noble has extremely inefficient procedures. You need to get ALL your work double/triple checked and approved, often by lower level inexperienced Analysts. They have created a culture of covering your own butt. Very slow processes and some inexperienced individuals make for a huge headache. The supervisors are extreme micro- managers. Many people on the team had poor morale. The CSB building looks and feels like a prison on the inside, no pictures, or art, just white walls and prison guard supervisors. Noble has a lot of talent, few are given encouragement and the opportunity to succeed. Many people keep their head down and fly under the radar and they only stay for the high salary. I wouldn't have stayed as long as I did if it wasn't for the high salary, but in the end my dignity and happiness prevailed. I always had extremely high performance evaluations, which was surprising considering the poor treatment I received from my supervisor. It was a very toxic work environment in my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Noble hires great talented people that need to be encouraged and mentored. Get rid of bully supervisors!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Was a great company, going downhill from here

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    Former Employee - Senior Geologist  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Geologist in Houston, TX

    I worked at Noble Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Used to be up-and-coming with growth, now senior management has changed-will likely be development/production oriented.
    The new building is beautiful, though don't know if and how Noble will actually grow to fill it. (Widely remarked)
    Good place for development geoscientists for the next few years.

    Cons

    Many will say that Noble has become too big, and is not addressing its poor quality lower level management.
    Not a place for explorers, at least until 2017. No grasp of regional geologic concepts, poor technical skills, and ability to expand into new frontiers. Many have already left.
    Near-term drop in exploration scope due to specific country alignment, and inability to gain new acreage, and consequently lower level management are so desparate given limited running room, that they are bullying employees to overstate prospects. Becoming quite corrupt. Well known to be a very siloed, non-communicative clandestine culture. Managers protect themselves by promoting incompetence around them. Not a good strategy for growth.
    Mid and late career people will receive no training or onboarding. The focus is purely on developing new hire replacements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become a less siloed entity, encourage cross departmental communication, exchange. Train managers in effective management, including basic measures to prevent your likely imminent, downfall through encouraging poor technical performance, deceit, incompetence, and likely safety issues, that accompany poor decisions based on intimidation tactics. Grow proper exploration skills that support growth, and get into countries that allow for expanded running room.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company has gone down hill since joining

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    Former Employee - Geoscience  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Geoscience in Houston, TX

    I worked at Noble Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Resonable culture, above average pay

    Cons

    Lots of managers playing CTB, cover their butts
    No accountability for bizarre requests and unreasonable demands.
    Senior VP's have made promises to Wall Street that they cannot deliver on because they lack the technical know how of subsurface E&P works

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the 'do what I say and not what I do attitude'
    Senior managers believe that through the power of GAP that we can find all the hydrocarbons we want
    YA... tell that to the rocks deep in the ground
    Noble's success over the last 7 years was due more to luck than good science

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    I was working on a contract basis at the Records Center not the downtown office.

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    Former Employee - Land Technician  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Land Technician in Denver, CO

    I worked at Noble Energy as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Got to wear blue jeans everyday, worked 9 hours a day with Friday afternoons off.

    Cons

    Low pay, no chance of advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Workers at the Records Center should be considered for placement at the downtown office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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