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Apache Reviews

Updated December 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Pay and benefits were good, have your own office (in 8 reviews)

  • Good people to work with and for (in 13 reviews)

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

  • Overall Apache is an old school oil and gas company with no diversity of employees or thought (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Glad to move on"

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

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

    Pros

    Some departments are well run and interesting to work for. Divestments over the past couple years have streamlined their asset portfolio.

    Cons

    Overall Apache is an old school oil and gas company with no diversity of employees or thought. Elderly white males are coveted and appear as the vast majority of executive leadership and board members.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Yes Men encouraged to apply"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Plenty of good people working in the trenches and doing the grunt work. Work life balance seems to be something they appreciate.

    Cons

    The dysfunction often starts at the top and trickles down. They seem to prefer Yes Men.

  3. "Concerned Apache lifer"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but lacks direction."

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Measurement Technician
    Former Employee - Measurement Technician
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apache full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company had great benefits and paid well, and tried to ensure that good talent would stay.

    Cons

    Sold assets and made every effort to go out of their way to make sure they came out ahead not the employee.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Cleaning House"

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    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.


  7. "Senior Geological Advisor"

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    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

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Apache"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Problems at the top"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Personnel Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Apache full-time

    Pros

    recruited some very talented people at one point, took events on the well site seriously, stock options were good, matching 401k was above average

    Cons

    Apache, along with other companies I assume, began hiring a number of engineers, technicians, project services, etc. around 2011 from either outside the oilfield or with little experience in the position being filled. On paper this was a good idea and could have brought in a lot of great talent and innovation. However, with a lack of training and shoeboxed programs most people struggled. An anti-intellectual mentality formed among the more experienced employees to separate themselves from the new talent and discredit programs and ideas (i.e. "we've always done it this way", "how much money will that waste." etc.). This caused somewhat of a split in culture with one side conservative traditional oilfield and the other progressive exploration. Those who were talented enough to get another job did and the workforce started shifting to an anti-technology, very conservative group. When oil prices tanked and layoffs began the first to go were the newer employees. Because the remaining employees shunned the new programs, this left a knowledge gap in data-basing, SCADA, VFD, HSSE, etc. Reporting and operations performance have been suffering since then. Apache has culled their employ base of technology programs, placed A-type male personalities in all segments of management, and promoted an aggressive posture among the work force in order to survive the industry downturn.

    Advice to Management

    Many people now "speak with a tone of confidence" but have little understanding on the topic, ask detailed questions


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