Williams Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Williams President, CEO, and Director; Chairman and CEO, Williams Partners Alan S. Armstrong
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Pros
  • work life balance was acceptable (in 15 reviews)

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

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

  • Good ol' boys network of promotion (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

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

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    Current Employee - Land
    Current Employee - Land
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Disgusted

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Support in Colton, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Support in Colton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Williams full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Meet a few nice people

    Cons

    Very poor quality in management.

    Advice to Management

    Better follow through


  3. Helpful (4)

    Welcome to the Boys Club

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer III
    Current Employee - Engineer III
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Horrible company plagued with politics and hypocrisy

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Williams full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I can't think of a single good thing. I would say benefits but the group that runs benefits are so deceitful and evil that it diminishes anything good

    Cons

    People are only looking out for themselves. It's a CYA company to the core. If you haven't been stabbed in the back yet, just stay a while. Your turn will come. It's unfortunate that a company could operate that way. Save yourself and do not try and work here.

    Advice to Management

    Lead


  6. Old company, antiquated ways

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Oklahoma in Elk City, OK
    Current Employee - Oklahoma in Elk City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Williams (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you want to come to work, do nothing innovative, nor be involved with new and advancing procedures or technologies and just want a paycheck for life, this is your place. But with the buyout destined to complete shortly, most of the company will be sold off, the culture will vanish with the upcoming layoffs and this review will cease to matter.

    Cons

    Pay is much lower than comparative oil and gas companies in the area. Bonuses are terribly below similar companies bonuses. Poor management with no accountability. Offices are deeply disconnected from one another. Culture between teams is terribly siloed with poor communication.

    Advice to Management

    Make teams accountable for failures. Implement lessons learned after project completion. Upgrade safety to all sites according to FERC regulations; cameras, communications, etc. Use technology in HR and company wide instead of pens and paper.


  7. Company Management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instrumentation and Electrical Technician II in Hondo, TX
    Former Employee - Instrumentation and Electrical Technician II in Hondo, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Williams (More than a year)

    Pros

    I am not there anymore.

    Cons

    Management in field support, especially in maintenance & reliability-is incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    I have given plenty but to no avail. They are as deaf as they are blind.


  8. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Business Development in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Director Business Development in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    From great to mediocre.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. The epitome of Status Quo

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst Consultant in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst Consultant in Tulsa, OK
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Okay company but not very progressive

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Get a clue



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