Samson Resources Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Accounting Intern - Summer 2011

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Samson Resources

    Pros

    Samson has a very strong internship program

    Cons

    Samson has and continues to go through many changes

  2. Good company bad timing

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Samson Resources full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people work environment and salary. Exciting job also. Great benefits and solid management. I enjoy working here. Good asset base.

    Cons

    Oil prices are low and the company is struggling. The company has been going through restructuring and is struggling to make it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hang in there

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Stay away.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Samson Resources full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Samson Resources paid well and offered a chanllenging job.

    Cons

    Honesty of company and upper level management.
    Management micromanged.
    Management had a hard time making a decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit micromanaging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Good start but ended bad

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    Former Employee - Help Desk in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Help Desk in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Samson Resources

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits including a gym, matched 401K, etc.

    Cons

    It's a "who you know that gets you promoted" here. Most of the people are friendly but some are completely untrustworthy and will lie to your face, unfortunately some of them are in the HR department. I was there before the company went public so hopefully some of these issues have gotten better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Long hours, Pays well, high expectations

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    Former Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Samson Resources full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Prior to sale in 2011, it was very progressive company. Very good benefits in relation to other companies and industries. Pay tended to be higher than other industries but pretty much in line with other oil and gas companies. The CEO prior to the sale was outstanding.

    Cons

    Extraordinarily long hours with high expectations and little support from supervisors and management. There were quite a few management personnel that very poor management skills and in a few cases, were in over their head as the company grew. After the sale, things deteriorated significantly - particularly in compensation in light of the expected workload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Samson resources (KKR)
    A huge disappointment

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    Current Employee - Non Management JIA in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Non Management JIA in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Samson Resources full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and perks are good.

    Cons

    Bonuses and raises do not come easily. Sufficient training is not given, unless in a management position and sometimes not even then. Procedures are multi step and complicated. Supervisors are presented as 'golden'. Managers are ineffective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a few days doing the jobs of the people you supervise and manage, and you aren't allowed to use your advanced knowledge by way of having been trained....because your employees aren't offered the same advantage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Going down hill really fast

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    Former Employee - Lease Operator in Longview, TX
    Former Employee - Lease Operator in Longview, TX

    I worked at Samson Resources full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stacy sold company and gave everyone a good bonus. Pay is better than some in this area. Not much else good to say.

    Cons

    Pay is around $5 lower here than at other companies. One of the superintendents called each worker individually and told them that we would be getting an incentive bonus of one years salary for continuing to work at Samson for 5 more years. 1/2 at 2 1/2 years and the other 1/2 at 5 years. Shortly after, we had a company wide meeting and we were all told that we would be getting some worthless stock. Which is still worthless today. Everyone felt deceived, betrayed, and mislead. Supervisors are so intimidated by people lower than them that they only promote people who are not smart enough to do the supervisors job. After Stacy sold to KKR the turnover rate sky rocketed. We went through 4 superintendents, and in our field of 20 pumpers, we have had 5 pumpers quit just this year. We had the Superintendents son transfer to a growing field. We also had a foreman transfer to that same field. Their jobs are safe. Our field is falling apart day by day and I suspect that it will be sold in the near future. Supervisors strap on the feed sack everyday at lunch that is paid for by Samson. Company trucks have been used by foremen and above to go on family vacations and hunting trips. Foremen have been caught in there offices during business hours exercising, with other foremen videoing them on their phone. Foremen have hunting cameras placed all over the field spying on the pumpers. The Safety Man has the foulest mouth ever. No manners at all. In front of men and women. The buddy system wins everytime. It is not what you know , but who's butt you kiss. Nobody get along. They only appear to like each other on front of certain people. Everyone has a click or group that they run with. Our current superintendent is a great guy but only knows what he is told. He is mostly misinformed by the intimidated foremen. If the REAL supervisors really cared, they would talk to the workers and get their personal opinions, not hear what's happening through the grapevine. Get your information from the horses mouth. Seniority means nothing at this company. Maintenance foreman sits in office day after day doing no maintenance. He has no knowledge of maintenance or anything having to do in the oil field. Hasn't been here long but they like him. He sure can fill out a report even if it does take him all day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a foreman is pointing a finger at someone, look at that foreman first. Please don't assume that he is telling the truth. No matter how good of a friend you THINK he is. Do what is best for the company and put personal feelings aside. If not someone or something could get damaged, hurt or even killed because of the lack of knowledge that you promote. If KKR really knew what was happening, I think they would let some heads roll. We are all here to make money and pay our bills, just like KKR. If KKR had a man in the field giving them feedback what would he tell them right now? Would you be worried? I would.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Beware

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Samson Resources full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Other employees (the peons), paid well.

    Cons

    Long hours - no work life balance that was given by HR when hired. Lack of support from upper mgmt. Saw management yell at people a lot even though they didn't train them or tell them exactly what they wanted. High turnover. Kept saying wanted change, but didn't want to listen or implement any ideas related to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to bully people, treat people how you would want to treat others, train people before you yell at them, actually follow the work-life balance that Samson touts!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Much better when Stacy was in charge

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

    I have been working at Samson Resources full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They treat and compensate employees well. Decent benefits and PTO as well as great "extras" such as education, gym and computer reimbursement. Lots of responsibility and room for growth - as well as many managers that will fight for their employees.

    Cons

    Since the sale to KKR and co, thre have been many changes for the worse including a foggy business plan/direction, increasingly high turnover and a dismal work environment. The Denver office gets treated as second tier while the company's only real opportunites are in the rockies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit telling everyone it's business as usual when it's not and throwing around buzzwords to evade questions in company wide meetings. People are leaving because they're unhappy with management and the current work enviroment. Denver should be a priority and absolutely NEEDS some sort of in-house HR.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Thuggish management

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Samson Resources full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Starbucks coffee in the kitchen. Decent offices. Nothing else to really talk about. This is just 20 word filler

    Cons

    Bullies in management, inept HR who do nothing to correct the problem. The career coach in HR was too busy writing a personal blog sniping at fellow coworkers and the employee advocate had no backbone. Different departments were horrible to one another and the tribe mentality was insane. Internet security is run like the Gestapo with IT prying beyond questionable legal limits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management (the new owners KKR) recently took some of my advice and fired many of the thugs and bullies in management. There are still a few left that they missed though. Hopefully no other company will hire these social rejects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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