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Aera Energy Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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Aera Energy President and CEO Gaurdie E. Banister Jr.
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  1. "Technical Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aera Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and benefits. Comfortable work environment.

    Cons

    No college, not much chance for moving up.


  2. "Facilities Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aera Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of great minds here and most of them are willing to share anything with you.

    Cons

    The industry is tough now. Everything is based on value now and needs to be tied to a number. It is more about making a quota as opposed to ensuring the value is worth anything.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the people that are doing the work. We understand that times are harder now and tough decisions were made. Just make it more than the number of a quota that some did or didnt do.

  3. "Engineering Associate"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Associate in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Associate in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aera Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved working at Aera during my time there. There were great people to work with and everyone worked together to get the projects done. I had many opportunities to learn processes that I had never heard of before. Having their in-house Aera Academy was very beneficial. The managers always encouraged taking classes and learning as much as you could.

    Cons

    The only con I have was the eventual reduction. Just the nature of the business.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "If you want to stay in Bakersfield..."

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    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aera Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, work schedule, company culture, coworkers, good training program within first few years of employment, community outreach program

    Cons

    Nepotism, sustainability, negative future outlook, poor management promotions, poor performance management process, risk-adverse, unmarketable after several years of working same field, lack of SMEs and technical mentoring KT

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting inexperienced females prematurely


  5. "Purchasing Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great to work with.

    Cons

    The pay is low for the industry.


  6. "Use to be a great company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Benefits. People. Schedule. Vacation. Small company size. Gym. Flexible schedule. Provided good internship structure and allowed for field visits.

    Cons

    Nepotism. Yes men/women. Favorites for promotion. Nothing is performance based.
    Restructuring has hurt this company. Some of the worst managers were retained.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair, open and transparent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Once Great, Can Hopfully Bounce Back"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Facilities Engineer in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aera Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, challenging, great colleagues who are willing to help. Field positions allow immediate access to fun and challenging engineering issues.

    Cons

    Industry down-turn has hurt company morale, no longer an employee-focused organization. Field work is a long drive from the nearest city.

    Advice to Management

    Return to the great, employee-centric company you once were.

  8. "Great People, Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aera Energy full-time

    Pros

    Friendly work environment
    Great pay and benefits
    Employees are committed to the community.
    On-site gym is a plus

    Cons

    Tough time for the oil & gas industry with pricing and regulatory issues


  9. "IA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aera Energy (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Working environment and vacation time

    Cons

    Too much process orientated


  10. "Inexperienced senior leadership"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aera Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Owned by Exxonmobil and Shell which gives a lot of financial strength
    Good reserve base to exploit
    Lots of experienced employees

    Cons

    Cash cow, run the company into the ground mentality
    Senior leadership lacks vision and experience
    Employees are unengaged.
    Lost most of mid management experience

    Advice to Management

    Hiring more and more public relations people won't help.


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