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Northern Natural Gas Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Limited vision and organization.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Northern Natural Gas

    Pros

    Great place to work for lazy employees! Good benefits, however pay is under average with similar positions at other companies. A lot of freedom and limited supervision. A few good apples make this company from being rated lower. There are many opportunities for people willing to pursue them. A lot of people leaving in the next 10 years open things up.

    Cons

    A few up and coming individuals give company some potential for the future. Current management is top heavy with a older generation and seeks limited risk and organization.

    Organization and efficiency are the lowest priority and most of the burden ends up on the employees. Shows limited appreciation for its employees and some with great potential do not receive the support they seek.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate and respect your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A company fueled by fear and not willing to listen to employees.

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

    I worked at Northern Natural Gas full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of great, capable people that work at Northern. Benefits are great. Pay is okay. Year end bonuses are a plus. Very stable company.

    Cons

    I've never worked in a more negative and diseased environment. The great people that work for this company shake in their boots when management is around and consistently gripe about how awful upper management is. It's really sad to see people who have worked at a company for 20-30 years openly state how disappointed they are with their jobs and continue to slave for this company.

    Innovation isn't welcomed and is frowned upon. Often when you would present an idea that would reduce workload and streamline procedures and operations, you'd be told work had to be completed following their rules and would often pile on extra steps onto an already burden system.

    The place is just broken and isn't ever going to be fixed under the current management system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out and actually visit the people in the field and observe what they have to endure on a day to day basis versus sitting in your corporate office making judgments and new rules to follow. You are seriously making work more difficult for your workforce.

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

    A LONG Career!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical
    Former Employee - Technical

    I worked at Northern Natural Gas full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are comparable to those in the industry. Most of the employees are great to work with and become like family. For many years, this was a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    Management seems to be concerned with making examples of employees and their mistakes instead of encouraging an environment that fosters productivity. This seems ironic, in that they, like everyone else, make as many mistakes as anyone. Examples that come to mind: I observed and participated in employees being disciplined for driving accidents while an UPPER manager's accident went unmentioned (and most likely unpunished)! On another occasion, a local manager ran into a gate, and that accident was never officially reported or disciplinary action taken! In other words, consequences are not delivered in a fair manner. This is discouraging to employees observing and dealing with the issues often bequeathed them by employees that have been promoted into management or have left the company!

    Managers with line authority direct by fear and intimidation. Promotions and career appear to be based on relationships and conformity rather than ability. If you voice ideas, concerns or constructive criticism you can forget about a promotion (and maybe your job).

    There is extreme pressure for employees to contribute to PACs and charities they deem deserving even though you may have your own. In my opinion, this is for their public appearance as opposed to a legitimate belief in the charity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am not sure they are open to advice. The belief in one's infallibility does not lend itself to accepting advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Buyer in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Northern Natural Gas full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good office location. Steady job

    Cons

    Micromanaged
    Motivation by fear'
    Berkshire Hathaway company/cheap

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people humanely, pay them better, learn motivation skills, Management does not realize the productivity they could produce by positive motivation. All employees are ruled by fear and insecurity instilled in them regularly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great company to work for initially, however after they were purchased by a private company they lost their focus.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northern Natural Gas full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The grass roots field and management employees are engaging and helpful. Benefits are middle average among their peers. Salaries, time off , and other compensation are designed to fall into the 70th percentile of peer companies.

    Cons

    The company is increasingly using automation and marketing practices to maximize income and reduce staffing of field employees. Automation in itself is a useful tool, but shouldn't be used as a tool to dilute jobs in a critically hazardous industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more receptive of recommendations from core employees and middle-management . IT and Engineering come in varying degrees of competencies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Welcome to the 90's!

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

    I have been working at Northern Natural Gas full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company isn't going anywhere physically or in the industry.

    Cons

    Too many to list. The amount of procedures is staggering and does nothing but give higher ups a false sense of security. Far too dependent on a select individuals and completely unprepared when something doesn't go as expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people! Company is so fully ingrained in a CYA mentality that people don't even bother to innovate as they know changes will not only not happen, but that they'll be seen as disobedient for daring to question existing policies. This is old time management at it's finest where the goals is to get head nodding zombies who do as they're told regardless of if it's makes sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst collaborative environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Lead Developer in Omaha, NE
    Former Contractor - Lead Developer in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Northern Natural Gas as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation is fair and management is engaged, but focus is on following rules rather than productivity. Stable environment for the incompetent, as long as you follow their rules.

    Cons

    Standard corporate environment of treating employees like they are in kindergarten and every body acts like it. Corporate machine plus location limits their recruiting possibilities to only the most desperate and under qualified. You will NOT be working with the best or brightest...

    Other developers on my project are evasive and abusive in response to questions. Extremely bad at organization and will launch into extended rants about the smallest details while ignoring the larger picture, gladly wasting entire hour long meetings fighting about things outside of their control. Very good at putting up issues and road-blocks, but refuse to give constructive feed back. Get very angry if things do not go exactly their way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying if about completely irrelevant things like people wearing jeans, and start focusing on making an environment where people can work together and be productive. Fire people based on if they can accomplish the work, not if they conform to you autocratic rules and regulations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Stuck in time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Northern Natural Gas full-time

    Pros

    Very stable company and lifetime security

    Cons

    Very regimented and set in their ways. Anything outside of the norm is greatly discouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times! The focus on some many things of little importance has blinded them to advances in technology and a changing workforce.

    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Supporting legacy appication being rewritten

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Contract Programmer in Omaha, NE
    Former Contractor - Contract Programmer in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Northern Natural Gas as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Stable environment, very cautious in making changes

    Cons

    Adverse to change, difficult to get new stuff introduced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whne dealing with problems, look at systems issues in addition to personal faults

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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