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Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
15 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some good people but a lot of dead weight and inefficiency.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time

    Pros

    They're not as likely to make hasty decisions about cutbacks and layoffs based on quarterly numbers like for profit organizations, and they have some good schedule and benefit policies.

    Cons

    Cronyism, nepotism, and legacies of incompetence. They reward those who support their bosses' poor management, behavior and decisions in favor of status quo and promote those who defend poor decisions inherited from their bosses, rather than challenge bad policies, systems and decisions. This is how the incompetent senior leaders get moved to other and even higher positions in the organization, even while making the poor decisions that make the organization dysfunctional. For example, the senior managers will hire outside consultants, costing the members hundreds of thousands rather than collaborating with their internal colleagues to solve problems well within their scope. Some senior managers will undermine and exclude managers from growing to ensure they have job security. Somewhat small minded and inhibits growth. Senior management instituted innovation programs, only to put some of the most unapproachable and stifling, non-collaborating leaders in charge of the programs. Of course it fails. Complete autonomy with little accountability for senior managers, with almost no autonomy and high accountability below.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should be more open to the lower levels of the organization's feedback about whether middle to upper management is honest. Senior leadership is being rewarded for managing as if it is a commercial meeting and training sales organization. The members probably don't recognize that the emphasis is more on commercializing the organization than providing them service. The focus was shifting much more to making money than serving the members with integrity when I left. There is little accountability for the poor decisions made by some senior managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Self serving "not for profit" organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free coffee, staff, employed, they've renovated the parking and building

    Cons

    Management, senior management, executives...many steal your work claiming its theirs. Wasteful, spend money on the latest tech toys with no purpose in mind or need. Do not promote employee growth, only looking out for number one. Company is very "profit" driven. CEO is a hypocrite, believes oil industry professionals should 1. Volunteer their time to generate money for SPE via speeches/presentations. 2. That they should leave the industry to teach college students interested in the energy industry. Question is, why isn't he doing the same? Over a decade at SEP nothing really changed... Oh I see its his 300+K salary... Gotcha. Hypocrite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, it's like speaking to a wall. Opinions don't matter here, keeping quiet with and minding your business is what's required too keep your 's mcjob. P.S. They will not hesitate to get rid of you without cause. Make sure you can brown nose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Corrections

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Truth Teller in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Truth Teller in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time

    Pros

    The workers that try their best to make the impossible and unreasonable happen.

    Cons

    Many, many, many....you're just asking for headaches if you want to work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Correction SPE has been around since the 72's not 1912. Second considering they have a member base of around 50k foes show much grow off a company that's been around for such a long time...someone at the top "president" should have been fired a long time ago....hey he's only had the opportunity to make thing better for about 13 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Run! If you get a call to be interviewed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, PTO, couple of company events a year and travel to other countries.

    Cons

    Compensation is low, promotions are limited, management, leadership qualities are lacking, unprofessional, Honesty is very understated, poor delegation, micromanage - very controlling old style management. VERY high in politics and communication is extremely poor to none. Environment is OK.. very limiting in inspiring the teams. LOW MORALE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Collaboration is very minimal and not encourage among the departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    it was fun while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - 401k
    - flex schedule
    - company parties
    - diverse staff

    Cons

    - limited opportunity for growth, because everyone stays there until they retire

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

    Don't waste your time. You'll just hate yourself later

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE

    Pros

    Company weathers well through tough economy. Mostly because they claim to be a not for profit with millions in the bank.

    Cons

    Remark on the last entry, take it for what it's worth... “over 12 years employment as a senior IT Leader.” IT Director. Well this person was part of the problem. Yet he sings the company praises after they let him go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking about your millions...you're a "not-for-profit" company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    over 12 years employment as a senior IT Leader.

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    Former Employee - Director IT in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Director IT in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits (health, 401K, Paid time off, 90/80work program, holidays)
    Excellent working environment (office, equipment, etc.)
    Global organization
    Generally a good culture

    Cons

    Highly political environment, especially in upper management positions
    Certain positions my require extensive international travel (could be a "pro" for some)
    Can be a high stress environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain a good work-life balance for staff at all levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good starting point

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    Current Employee - Not Provided in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Not Provided in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Time-Off, 9-80 Schedule, Staff

    Cons

    Management, Favoritism, No Career Progression, Training, Company is a revolving door. Company favors hiring contractors in-place of training staff to fill positions. Low-Pay as compared to the industry standard. Claim is that company is a none-for-profit however, senior execs make approx. 4 times the average employee salary. When compared to the company director that difference is nearly 11 times greater. Their bonuses are also much larger on average 20 - 50 thousand as opposed to a 800 - 1800 general employee bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management has become too comfortable and powerful after many years of dictatorship. A new regime change is really the only course that would transform this company. Favoritism and blackballing has also spoiled the pool of what could otherwise be a good company. As mentioned a good starting point to learn some basic skills or for those with little to no ambition. It's a JOB not a CAREER. I would not recommend staying with this company for more than 2 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good first job

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    Current Employee - Not Entered in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Not Entered in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Time off, 9-80 schedule. Yearly bonuses. Staff and benefits.

    Cons

    Pay, managment, career progression, training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good place to pick up some experience but a bad place to grow or call a "career". This is definately only a job. There is also a big discrepancy between the amount of work various staff preform and their salaies and bonuses; especially between managment and general staff. Average staff member makes somewhere in the 30's with $800 - 1800 bonuses and where senior staff make well over 100k plus 20k - 55k bonuses. Work, leave, leave..I would not recommended staying over 2 years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not worth the drama

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pto policy and great offices

    Cons

    Rep among employees is don't ask questions of sr mngt. Just do what you are told to do if you want to wok there. No innovation allowed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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