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Updated May 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I worked at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Unpleasant place

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE

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

    Pros

    Decent flexibility, 401k, and benefits.

    Cons

    Disrespectful indivuduals
    Discrimination to certain individuals
    Educational discrimation (no degree no promotion)
    Weak management from higher management

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice to management, they do not take care of business. Higher management ALWAYS sides with management and they never do the right thing!

    Certain individuals can get away with murder in this place. One individual in particular has the tendency to verbally abuse other staff and this person has never been repramended for her behavior instead this person is being promoted to a higher level management position.

    How is this acceptable? And why isn't HR/VP/CEO's or anyone doing anything about this kind of behavior?


  3. Helpful (1)

    Self serving "not for profit" organization

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Run! If you get a call to be interviewed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Collaboration is very minimal and not encourage among the departments.


  6. it was fun while it lasted

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


  7. Helpful (2)

    over 12 years employment as a senior IT Leader.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (2)

    Good starting point

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good first job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Pay, managment, career progression, training.

    Advice to Management

    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


  10. Not worth the drama

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  11. SPE is the largest individual-member organization serving professionals in the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide.

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

    I have been working at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great employee benefits such as PTO and insurance. Access to internal and external training opportunities.

    Cons

    Communication within organization needs improvement - especially from IT team regarding user interface issues so that staff can assist members.



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