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Apache Reviews

Updated May 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Good people to work with and for (in 10 reviews)

  • Great benefits, great location and work environment as long as you adapt to the Apache Core Values (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Location, work life balance can be better (in 8 reviews)

  • Oil and Gas market is scary, makes it stressful (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Concerned Apache lifer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production in Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Production in Midland, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good insurance, 401k and retirement

    Cons

    Management out of touch with our roots. Mr plank had it right the first time. Field personnel should be as import to our future as corporate personnel . Banking way too much on bogus alpine high discovery!

    Advice to Management

    Please remember our roots, we can be a great company again but not Gna happen until we all get on track and prioritize and remember who and what made Apache a great place to be a part of.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but lacks direction."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer II in West Odessa, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer II in West Odessa, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, fairly competitive salary, good people.

    Cons

    Poor management, knee-jerk reactions, lack of direction, constant reorganizations.

    Advice to Management

    Determine a path and stick with it. Non-stop reorganizations don't help anyone.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Cleaning House"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great hours, it was fun when they owned a lot and bought a lot.

    Cons

    A few golden boys run the show. A lot are grasping for the ring. the executives pretty much slashed each other to bits and now the CfO From BP is running it.


  4. "Senior Geological Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geological Advisor in Edmond, OK
    Former Employee - Geological Advisor in Edmond, OK

    I worked at Apache (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits. Good people

    Cons

    Poor consideration for employees workloads


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Apache"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Apache full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and benefits, good location and office environment.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth for minorities and female. Predominantly white male managers are promoted or hired for director and above roles.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Problems at the top"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facility Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Facility Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    In the hay day of oil (2012), pay was good.

    Cons

    No forward thinking, too consumed by saving dollars in the short term instead of long term changes that reap better rewards. No review of facility designs for safety or efficiency. Serious risks for operations personnel having to operate or supervise Apache production. No vetting or review of management and leaders for keeping them honest or professionally responsible.

    Advice to Management

    Review all levels of your management, many of your leaders are just the opposite of leaders. No development of the better talented staff (engineers and geologists). They only care about personal gain, battling for position at the top, all CYA style management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great stock program for all employees. Very helpful for retirement planning. Cost of living raises are also good, along with merit raises.

    Cons

    Terrible management. promotion of less-qualified employees, topped with CEO taking company down a terrible path since 2008, then retiring after making sure he got his...there's no more consideration of employees.

  8. "A Lot of Potential - Needs Culture Change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Texas in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Texas in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great reserves/assets
    -Friendly people
    -Stability of employment
    -For now, still has a good reputation

    Cons

    -There is a strong culture of complacency, and many people work only to collect a paycheck. There is no sense of excellence or really anything other than settling into mediocrity
    -Corporate buzz phrase "fire in the belly" could not be less accurate

    Advice to Management

    (Caveat: with a new CEO and the fourth CFO in 18 months, this advice may apply more to prior leadership as current has not had a chance to prove itself one way or another)

    -Take a long, hard look at deadweight within the company
    -Take more risks
    -Manage your risk better (hedging)
    -Get better at identifying new and lucrative opportunities (geographically, geologically and technologically)


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Upper & Middle Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good place to start a career with great benefits. They will train you well, but you will need to jump to another company to get paid a base salary on par for the industry.

    Cons

    Upper management moved from a conservative company to a shoot first company when it came to making acquisitions which lead to them divesting them only a few years later at major losses. Middle management frequently broke their promises and swept problems under the rug instead of solving them. Unfortunately, HR believes it is too difficult to get rid of problem employees so they hang on to them which leaves the good employees frustrated. Politics frequently played a role in hirings and promotions. It wasn't unusual to hear about recent college graduates having a path carved out for them from the beginning only to find out their dad played golf with someone important at Apache. This only discouraged the veteran employees who knew they would always be stuck in their current position.

    Advice to Management

    For upper management, get back to Apache's roots of buying during the busts and selling during the booms. Slow and steady usually wins the race. For middle management, hire and promote based on merit, stick to your promises, and allow your employees to explore other positions within the company if that is what they want.


  10. "Working at Apache is like getting on a new roller coaster every six months. The upper management lacks vision and the result is a reactionary environment where people lose steam sooner or later."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are great!

    Compensation and benefits are fair.

    Flat organizational structure in most regions.

    Established company without much debt.

    Cons

    Human resources are expendable. Despite being a core value to take care of our most valuable asset, "our people", Apache really does a terrible job of helping people grow in their professional careers. Very little development or cross training for mid career engineers. The Petroleum Engineering rotational development plan is the one developmental bright spot in the company. The ADP, drilling engineering program, is an unorganized joke.

    Disfunction abounds in multiple layers of the organization. With the recent add on of a technical region in San Antonio the likelihood of straightening out this mess any time soon is not probable.

    Advice to Management

    Find an identity. Stop the knee jerk reactions and quit changing the vision. Is Apache international or not? Are we trying to be the number one North American shale driller or not? Whatever or where ever this company is going needs to be communicated to all employees and then DO NOT CHANGE THE FOCUS.


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