Williams Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
66 Reviews
3.7
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Williams President, CEO, and Director; Chairman and CEO, Williams Partners Alan S. Armstrong
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is very reasonable for most positions (in 14 reviews)

  • Benefits are great dollar for dollar match for up to 6% of salary (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The good old boy network is alive and well here (in 4 reviews)

  • There's a perception in some areas of a good-ol'-boy network (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Welcome to the Boys Club

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

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

    Pros

    On the outset Williams is a great company to work for. You can get hired easily if you know someone. Relatives, especially sons and daughters are automatic hires. Pay is average with the industry, benefits are good and the work is easy. You can get away with doing almost nothing for your entire career here and never get fired. I knew of several employees personally who were doing just that. It's a widespread issue throughout the company. (Type A personalities stay away!)

    Cons

    This place is 100 lawsuits waiting to happen. I couldn't believe the amount of immaturity, unprofessionalism and corruption I witnessed from upper management on a day-to-day basis. This company is run by a network of good ol boys, 50 plus in age who just won't retire and continue to take the company down a very negative path. They have successfully cultivated a crooked culture of looking the other way when something iffy happens and HR is powerless to do anything about it. Young employees are treated poorly. You are faced with the decision to put your head down and tough it out or quit. Diversity (or lack thereof) is still a real issue especially in the field where racial tensions are still an issue. Because Williams has become so incestuous (many engineers and employees are hired because of family/friend ties), that leaves about 10% of the employees doing 80% of the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire. And let the few bright young employees you hired take your place. Stop making hiring and promoting decisions based on personal ties. Allow HR to do their job. Empower them. I worked here 4 years and not once did I meet my HR rep. They are just as scared as us employees to take any action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    They sell a dream and don't deliver

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Williams as a contractor

    Pros

    They are very well rescpected in the community.

    Cons

    They have awful managers that work there. They think they are the only player in town. Sell contractors on becoming fulltime then string them along.

    Will also rescind offers if they don't get their way!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR needs to provide the proper training to hring managers on actual ethical hiring practices.....Once you make offers to people you should not rescind them for trival reasons!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Disgusted

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Support in Colton, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Support in Colton, CA

    I worked at Williams full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Meet a few nice people

    Cons

    Very poor quality in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better follow through

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible time - Manager has no business being Manager. Office politics and back-stabbing rule. Avoid at all costs.

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

    I have been working at Williams full-time

    Pros

    None. Working here has been a waste of time.

    Cons

    One of the worst places I have worked. Professional development does not exist. Support does jot exist. Number one rule - follow office politics. Inefficient use of employees and resources. Employees treated horribly and not trusted. Offices disorganized and technically "in the dark ages". Number two rule - trust no one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having non-qualified managers and supervisors acting as managers and supervisors.

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

    It's a "Good Ole Boy" members only club.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - One of the Specialist With No Career in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - One of the Specialist With No Career in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Williams full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People in the field are generally good to work with, at least in my department. Good medical insurance generally. Flex hours are good.

    Cons

    The general upper level management is only partly effective. General management knowledge is lacking yet some steps have been implemented lately to attempt to change this downfall. Most managers lack general management knowledge altogether. Very few have had one management course and it shows. Technically good but lacking in management. The culture is one of "a good ole boy" network. If your an engineer, your basically in unless you step on the wrong toes. Business and other majors are out and the "Iron Curtain" line is clearly see even by the blindest of employees. Career opportunities are limited as a result. No concern for those in the specialist fields. Disregard for them exist everywhere. Some managers even refuse to associate with other managers. Really bad culture in this respect. Salaries are lower than the industry average yet it is pushed by management that we pay "market value" on salaries. Not so!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an MBA. You guys need it. Work life balance suffers at times and this is something you need to change now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Okay company but not very progressive

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

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

    Pros

    Nice facilities, decent benefits but nothing particularly special

    Cons

    Poor pay and bad morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's been fine.

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

    I have been working at Williams

    Pros

    The best part about working at Williams is my co-workers. My shift is a well-knit group that doesn't mind helping each other.

    Cons

    The lack of overtime and the limited use of vacation time to control overtime. Also, the lady few years, pay raises have been small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management can address the vacation usage, loosening of the overtime, and larger pay raises. This would go a long way toward employee morale.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The epitome of Status Quo

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst Consultant in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst Consultant in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Williams

    Pros

    Work-life balance. Almost impossible to get fired. No pressure to actually do anything.

    Cons

    HR input into non-HR areas is out-of-control (career path, job requirements, salary)
    Internally terrified to anything "social media" oriented.
    Too much focus on activity and not results.
    Would rather reach consensus than implement anything meaningful.
    Leadership is non-existent; no strategic plan, no focus on results or goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire some people once and awhile. Make people do their jobs. Quit being scared of growing. Define actual "strategies" rather than continued misuse of the word.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    From great to mediocre.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Williams

    Pros

    Pays pretty well, no dress code, come in when you want, leave when you want.

    Cons

    Management incompetent..in it only to line their pockets. Promotions are not based on best qualified, based on good old boys network and affirmative action. You can not promote the best, unless you have a good performance process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop discipline. Learn from past mistakes. Promote the best.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you have to live in Tulsa its the best pay, but not the best place.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Business Development in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Director Business Development in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Williams

    Pros

    Best pay you can find in Tulsa compared to other places.

    Cons

    The good old boy network is alive and well here. Various cliques exist that only promote people in the areas for reasons besides the abilities. One group was known as the mormon mafia, if you weren't a mormon you wouldn't be accepted in the group. Another was headed by a woman that only hired women. Still another was based solely on being male. If you could get into one of the cliques then it wouldn't matter how good or bad you were you would be promoted and moved on up without question.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign. The senior management is as bad now as it was when they were a whisker away from going out of business. They only survived because of dumb luck investing in E&P in the Rockies. And they only kept that business because when they were doing a fire sale to raise money no one wanted to buy it. In all the management is not going to grow the company just manage what they have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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