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Anadarko Petroleum Reviews

Updated December 9, 2018
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Anadarko Petroleum President & CEO R. A. Walker
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Pros
  • "The work life balance is quite amazing" (in 47 reviews)

  • "They also had an excellent work-life balance with the 9/80 schedule" (in 40 reviews)

Cons
  • "Volatility of oil and gas, uncertainty in future of industry" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Upper management seemed disconnected from what was happening on the ground" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "A Company that Cares - New parental leave policy is a gamechanger"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Aside from the 9/80 schedule, great retirement benefits, generous PTO allocation and opportunity for bonus - the newest parental leave policy is a game changer for my family. After utilizing the short-term disability, I was able to take an additional 4 weeks of paid time off to be with our newest addition. It gave me the peace of mind that I could take the time I needed to bond and develop our new normal after our family grew. After I returned, I was offered an awesome opportunity which was also comforting to know that while I was out being a mom, my career didn't suffer.

    Cons

    None that I can think of at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing by questioning how things are done, reevaluating and making adjustments where needed!


  2. "Operator/ Mechanic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX

    I worked at Anadarko Petroleum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, safe working culture, really cares about their employees

    Cons

    Being away from your family for two weeks at a time and sometimes working on your days off

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Lawyer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Counsel in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Counsel in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Anadarko Petroleum full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Was great environment for innovation

    Cons

    President took it down - incapable leadership


  4. "A good but unfocused company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    On a macro level, I still think management wants to operate a company people want to work for. They are making changes to corporate policy to be more accommodating in the workplace.

    Cons

    I don’t think they ever truly recovered from the 2014 downturn. Engineering/Construction projects can be chaotic and lack sufficient personnel compared to peers in the Oil and Gas industry. Political infighting and conflicting objectives seems to be pervasive in many middle management tiers leading to an overall unfocused environment.

    Advice to Management

    Drive a clear, succinct vision for what Anadarko wants to be and implement a strategy that is driven down to the ranks of middle management across the organization.


  5. "Great Company Overall"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anadarko Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    - Work-life balance
    - 401K/Retirement plan is incredible
    - Team is easy to work with and lower to mid-level management generally has the IC's best interest in mind.
    - Strong culture among employees is emphasized and a huge positive of working here

    Cons

    - Salary seems to be on the low side in certain disciplines
    - Silo's with minimal room for lateral movement
    - Mid-upper management claims to be open to lateral movement but it feels more like you are hurting yourself in the short term by expressing interest in lateral movement

    Advice to Management

    - Don't hold employees back from professional growth by putting your department's potential structure before their professional development


  6. "Need more communication"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Anadarko Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Good coworkers
    Good benefits for blue badge employees

    Cons

    Lack of communication from management
    Good ole boy mentality
    Need more upward opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Set more clear expectations/goals for employees
    Give employees more leeway on how to accomplish those goals-let us off the leash-


  7. "n/a"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good hours, benefits, classes, gym membership

    Cons

    too big, to many meetings, changes daily

  8. "Safety Inspector"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Anadarko is a fast growing company in the oil and gas industry.

    Cons

    Working in the major projects construction industry requires you to be away from home for a long period of time. In some cases you are away for 9 months at a time. There is always a threat of being laid off and out of work.

    Advice to Management

    The constant threat of being laid off and micromanaged while on the job makes for a very stressful work environment.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Midland Office Ruined a Good Thing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geologist in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Geologist in Midland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Anadarko Petroleum full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great compensation, 9/80 schedule, lots of vacation, parental leave, child care, seem to legitimately care about diversity and inclusion

    Cons

    Since opening the Midland office the culture in the company has tanked for a variety of reasons, but mostly because upper management sees no problem with sending technical staff and their families, who’s jobs do not require travel to the field, ever, to Midland. Midland is quite literally the worst place in America to live and raise a family.

    Advice to Management

    Do not send highly educated technical staff, who can do their work from anywhere, to a bottom tier city to live. Look at your peers outside of the O&G industry, they’re having beauty contests to choose which city they will build a headquarters in.


  10. "Opportunity Rich, Family Environment, Challenging Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anadarko Petroleum full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by some of the most talented people in the industry.
    Employees are engaged in their community.
    Compensation is competitive.
    Work is both meaningful and challenging.
    Opportunities exist to move around internally.

    Cons

    Recent Midland office implementation was not handled well.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with your people, they are your strongest asset.