Pason Systems

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Pason Systems Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
39 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the few jobs where you will make more than $60k your first year with just a high school diploma

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

    I worked at Pason Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a field technician a Pro would be the Perks, you get a top of the line, 4x4, 4 door pickup with a tool box topper, field expense credit card, they pay for the fuel you use and let you drive the company truck on your time off, give you a panasonic toughbook, a company smartphone, if you have your work done and have prioritized well then you have no set work schedule, manager stops by about once a quarter and takes the local region out to eat for a Q&A session. Pay is pretty good, considering.

    Cons

    Management is difficult to work with, this is to include HR. There are only 3 people running HR for the USA division but truly on one guy is in charge of HR for about 500 individuals and he has little man syndrome. They all say to use the "Pason Culture" in difficult times when dealing with a co-worker or a manager, but really it means nothing, and is just the perception pushed to the employees that you have rights and that you will be heard. But sadly when you speak up about inequalities and favoritism and the workload, prepare to have your workload increased because you made your regional manager look bad and well if you burn out no big deal, they have people lined up to take your position. The hardest part is dog eat dog culture of the field techs, if you don't bow down to a senior tech's "experience and know-how" just plan on being shunned from the group. Then when you are getting slammed with work, no one comes to your aid. A field tech is on call 24/7 and is expected to go out on the route when there are no calls and visit with the customer and check on the installed equipment, then after being out 4-8 hours you are expected to take all the night time phone calls and usually usually an emergency call out. When and if you get back to your house with getting another phone call you get a couple hours of sleep and your day starts all over again. The big problem here is getting enough sleep while you are on call for 14 days straight, thats right you heard me right 14 days of 24 hrs a day. Then yo get about 3-4 days off then another 14 days straight. Housing is always an issue in the oil field, and their monthly compensation for cost of living in the boom towns is far below what it takes to live up here, so you end up spending a lot of your income to take this job. Again small man syndrome is in charge of that decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach, quit worrying about the bottom line so much, we are making millions $$$ in profit for you every month. Quit trying to track us with GPS and giving us reprimands for going 10 mph over the speed limit when we are trying to pass another vehicle on a two lane hi-way.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place for beginners to start in the Oilfield

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service and Sales Technician
    Current Employee - Field Service and Sales Technician

    I have been working at Pason Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    For a young person starting out in the Oilfield, this is great. The system is simple and easy to learn and install. The job gets you out on many different rigs, and meeting many people. The 'Pason Culture' is a good model for autonomous workers.

    Cons

    The Management doesn't really live by the 'Culture' that they promote. There is little to no room for growth. There is no reward for excellence. Most of the compensation package is in an 'end of year bonus', which is never as big as you are led to believe. The wages are the lowest around. The demands on a field tech average 90-100 hrs per week, at all hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the reviews, and live by the Culture. Promote from within rather than to keep hiring more and more management from outside. Change your wage scales to a performance based scale.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Pason rewards their employees for working hard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service and Sales Technician in Minot, ND
    Current Employee - Field Service and Sales Technician in Minot, ND

    I have been working at Pason Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits & Pay. The job can be tough on you physically and mentally but the yearly bonus makes you feel like your hard work is being appreciated.

    Cons

    As a field tech you work outdoors in all types of weather conditions. When it busy or we are shorthanded It's not unusual to work all night or be gone several days in a row.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have any. Only company I know that has a open door policy and actually acts on issues brought to managements attention instead of sweeping them under the rug.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a solution oriented organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Department in Golden, CO
    Former Employee - Finance Department in Golden, CO

    I worked at Pason Systems full-time

    Pros

    100% employer paid health benefits and employer paid life insurance

    Cons

    Representatives of the company will state that Pason encourages personal growth, but if you call them out on it, their solution is for you to resign your position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When an employee comes to you with a problem and is seeking some suggestions on how to handle it because when they took the initiative to address it with a supervisor and the result was less than professional, use your brain and brain storm other possible solutions, do not suggest resignation, because what you are suggesting to the employee is that they aren't an asset to your company, or worth investing in, which raises the question, why did you hire me? Be realistic. If training takes 3 months than it takes 3 months, stop trying to rush it. Learn to respect peoples individual learning styles and when they come to you asking for feedback a few weeks into the position so they know what they need to get a stronger grasp on, be respectful and realistic, don't expect someone after 3 weeks to have obtained 3 months of knowledge. Learn patience. Also, be aware that some of the individuals you place so much faith and trust and confidence in, are just as capable of making the same errors and mistakes as the new guy, and hiding behind a medical condition, with the exception of a TBI, is NOT taking responsibility, nor is it professional, becoming or a positive reflection of your organization. No one becomes immune from errors and mistakes just because they have been with Pason Systems for 1.5 - 2 years. Get real!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Software Engineer-Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-Intern in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-Intern in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Pason Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome work culture!
    Excellent peers and good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Nothing I could think of. Absolutely excellent experience so far

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company as a whole is good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Command Center Geologist in Golden, CO
    Current Employee - Command Center Geologist in Golden, CO

    I have been working at Pason Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fruit, nuts, and goodies in break room, chair massages, and ice cream Fridays.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement, poor compensation compared to industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    poor shift management, under-staffing, and poor compensations makes people want to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost in Merger

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Geology Sales Account Manager in Golden, CO
    Former Employee - Geology Sales Account Manager in Golden, CO

    I worked at Pason Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company provides good benifits and the work assingments are well defined

    Cons

    Situation when i was released was a type of cut throat enviroment. When i began working for Pason, a family type enviroment was present. Everyone was willing to help others when needed. This changed as the company grew and it became a lookout for yourself atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at the real feelings of your employees in the field. Try to bring the family atmospher back. This will increase productivity and decrease employee turnover

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    one of the few companies using modern technologies to solve problems in the oil and gas industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Pason Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    good work-life balance, feels a lot like a growing startup rather than an uptight company

    Cons

    a lot of legacy code/designs/infrastructure; slow to adopt growing trends in software

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pason Systems Field Service/Sales Technician

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Service and Sales Technician
    Former Employee - Field Service and Sales Technician

    I worked at Pason Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A good company to work for. They listen to the employees and implement changes where possible. They will be around for as long as there are oil fields with drilling rigs. They protect and take care of you in the field and make sure you have what you need to do your job efficiently.

    Cons

    The most senior management in the US division is influenced by the regional managers to the point that they do not look for facts when making decisions on personnel. 20% of your annual salary is from a bonus that they will lay you off 3 weeks before it is paid out, even though the period that determines the bonus has been completed for over a month. If you call a regional manager on a flagrant violation of company policy (in this case it was the death of my father and the bereavement policy) they can lay you off because you made them look stupid for trying to control how and when you would be able to take your time off to deal with the estate. I was the only person laid off by this company that has many openings listed all the time in the entire Country, no offer to take one of the many positions I was qualified for. I was laid off two weeks before Thanksgiving and denied the bonus I had earned that would have been in the $12K to $15K range.

    Their other problem is pay, the pay is salary and when worked out to an hourly wage is the lowest in the oilfield. They try to justify this by saying that the adjusted income when you take into account the benefits puts you at a higher pay rate. They think the employees are to stupid to realize that EVERYONE in the oil field has comparable benefits and much higher pay. Pason techs will average out to about $270 a day, while comparable techs with other companies will make $400 per day to start. You can make more as a mud tech or solids control on a rig with far less responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to employees if there is a conflict don't just take the word of one disgruntled and embarrassed regional manager and put an entire family out of work at the holidays after a major traumatizing event, because the regional was embarrassed that the employee followed procedures and used the Company Culture to handle an issue, while he just cowered behind is "power".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Okay for entry level position

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

    I worked at Pason Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company offers perks and good benefits

    Cons

    Schedule and no room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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