SM Energy Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
27 Reviews
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SM Energy President, CEO, and Director Tony Best
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  1.  

    Company Culture is wonderful.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at SM Energy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The company values are what attracted me. There are good opportunities. Upper Management continues to prove their words through action.

    Cons

    Every company has it's "issues"; however, the majority of people are just trying to do right. Middle Management still needs to learn that job performance should trump personalities (those you like more).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To Middle Management: People tend to be employed because they always have been, not because they contribute; which greatly effects morale and overall productivity. To Upper Management: Continue to "walk the talk".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at SM Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture, really excellent benefits, lots of friendly people, and gives back to the community. From the trenches, Tony Best was an excellent CEO of the company.

    Cons

    Groups can be very territorial in the accounting area. With the company's growth, there is a lot of political jostling amongst management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    YOU REALLY DON'T WANT TO WORK HERE!!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at SM Energy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay is slightly above average and when times are good, bonuses are good. But a bonus is considered part of your salary and the reason pay is not farther above average. Lot of training classes are available if you want to attend.

    Cons

    Working here is like being in a soap opera. Things are so bad, you cannot trust anyone. People here would stab you in the back to get ahead. The only way to progress here is if you are a buddy to you manager. Otherwise, forget it because you have NO chance. If you have a problem, you have nowhere to turn. Cannot trust your manager and we are all afraid to contact HR for any complaints because of the repercussions later on. You are not allowed to have an outside job other than working for SM. It's strictly forbidden. They pretty much own you 24/7. If you want to work with people you cannot trust, like being treated like a child and harassed, this is the place for you. Sick time accrued here is so bad, it takes 4 months to build enough time to take one sick day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to treat others as you would want to be treated. Know that making much more money than the people that are under you does not make you better or give you the right to lie and treat your staff badly. The things you do are noticed by others, even when you are not aware. Having affairs within the office is unprofessional and if not for fear of discussing with HR, you would be long gone from this company. The president, CEO and board should take a long look at how the managers and "professionals" are behaving, and they need to answer to someone for their actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Experience, Interesting People

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Help Desk Technician  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Help Desk Technician in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Positive work environment. Enjoyed working with my team of like-minded individuals. Definitely learned valuable lessons from each member. Management does a good job of making sure employees feel valued in their roles. Both times I got to set up meetings for Tony Best, for instance, I was treated like a specialist and encouraged.

    Cons

    Though it was great experience in general, my job was somewhat vague. Management moved slow (for example, I left the company before I was ever granted key system permissions necessary for my job in spite of requesting said permissions regularly).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Felt like I was in middle school again and not at the popular kids table.

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

    I worked at SM Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good company to start off in, most regular FT nice people, Good health plan. Great CEO, too bad he's retiring! Family freindly.

    Cons

    Management childish, rude, unprofessional, and picks favorites to promote. Low pay. HR was the worst I have ever dealt with, also very unprofessional and didn't care about what they are working there for...people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take classes on how to manage, communicate, and have people skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Started as a dream, turned into a nightmare.

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    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative

    I have been working at SM Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits package is good, the company reaches out to the community. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of pros for this company anymore.

    Cons

    Leadership skills are terrible. Micromanagement has gotten out of control. Workers are treated like brainless toddler, not hard working, self sufficient adults. Leads and Supervisors are vindictive and manipulative. Going to HR has no effect, as they just care to sweep things under the rug. You will be treated as an unequal peon if you don't constantly suck up to bosses, regardless of work produced or efficiency. You can ask for training, but they will dance around the thought, promise it to you, then never train you. If you are looking to advance your career, or even get it jump started, stay away from this company. They will consistently hold you down. You can't trust a single person in a position of power. You can always expect to get slammed behind your back. The benefits package is great, but not when the environment is life sucking and detrimental to health. This place is run like a terrible high school girl movie. The "in crowd" aka leads and those whose noses are shoved so far up their rear ends they can smell what the bosses smell, and "the others" aka everyone else. STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some classes on how to effectively manage people. Upper level management needs to take a careful stock of how their employees are treated and how they feel. If the company's "best assets are above ground", you need to start treating them as such. Many people in this company can see through all of the dances, the facades, and fakeness. Realize all of the good people that still remain and show them you actually care and stop with the word service. Realize you have staffed your company with some smart, hard working people and start taking care of them before they jump ship with the rest that already have. If you care about this company like it has been stated, you might want to look into why so many good people are leaving the company to go where they are treated with respect and encouragment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE ! AVOID THIS PLACE !

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexable hours and 3 day weekends every other week. Good benefits a and holidays.

    Cons

    Micro management is awful. Treated like I was back in grammar school! If you are the bosses buddy, you're fine. Otherwise, expect to be treated badly. Most of the managers I worked with wouldn't even be considered for these same positions in any other company. Office managers don't know the first thing about oil & gas exploration or how to treat people with respect. Everyone is afraid to go to HR with problems for fear of being fired when their manager finds out. If there a problem, there is nobody to trust.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take classes in self control and how to treat others. Possibly get counseling on a regular basis and learn people skills. Treat others as you'd want to be treated. Wake up and see the ones that kiss up to you and put a stop to it. It's embarassing for the others to watch this going on. You look rediculous and stupid for not spotting it. Learn to treat your staff as adults and remember that your big, overpaid salary doesn't make you better than your staff, even though you think so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hell on Earth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SM Energy full-time

    Pros

    There are none. This place is a sweat shop/hell hole. They tell you about the great benefits..but more than offset that will below average salary. Good luck spending those "benefits" on a mortgage or car note. Management? lack thereof would be a better description. The best day of your life is when you RESIGN from this god forsaken place

    Cons

    Salary, hostile work environment, Cliques, Back Stabbers Management which will LIE to your face.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To paraphrase John McKay...what do you think about your Management Teams Execution...I'm in favor of it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great culture, but continues worst practices with contractors.

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    Current Employee - Contractor  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Contractor in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, healthy culture, they take care of their salaried employees.

    Cons

    The IRS would have a field day with employee v contractor questionaires, plus how long some contractors have been at the same gig here. Plus, htere are friendships between management and heads of staffing companies that at least look like conflicts of interest. If you're an independent contractor (1099), go in with your eyes wide open, consider it a short term stay, and watch your client mix. Also, be aware that there is no remote work policy; you will be working 100% onsite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at your contract labor practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Experience

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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 SM Energy

    Pros

    Great people, great incentives, love working here. The corporate culture is good that this company gives back so much to the community they live and work in.

    Cons

    Unsatisfied with some management, see large amounts of money being spent on different projects, yet beneficial training classes are marked too expensive. Have seen favoritism in the past, that doesn't seem to go away.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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