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Apache Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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John J. Christmann, IV
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  • 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. "Management is dropping the ball"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Apache full-time

    Pros

    Some of the othe employees are pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Poor management - they are not leaders and are afraid to speak up.
    Movement up in company is through the buddy system.
    All male management.
    Do not encourage team mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of current management and start over with staff that know what they are doing. You need LEADERS!! You may be smart to go outside of company for management.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Happy to be somewhere new"

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Purchasing Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you know the right people, you're golden.
    You do get good experience. You will have a lot more work and a lot more responsibility than they will give you at most companies when you start out.

    Cons

    The list is just too long. In short, you're going to work your butt off here, get paid significantly less than other oil companies, and do this knowing there's no way to get ahead no matter how hard you work or how much value you bring to the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Data should drive decisions, not feelings.
    You need to clean shop in Finance and HR.
    You need to reward your best people. They keep leaving.
    You have a lot of dead weight. Lots of people do next to nothing. The rest work way too hard.
    Make an effort to be fair with your employees.
    Reduce nepotism.
    You need to plan for good times and bad times. You are in a cyclical industry after all. Betting the farm on shale? Not a good idea, but time will tell.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Sweat Shop"

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

    Pros

    there are really are no pros except there are some really great people but there are some really bad eggs who ruin it for everyone unfortunately.

    Cons

    rumors are true it's a sweat shop. management isn't trustworthy. terrible place to work. stay away.


  4. Helpful (14)

    "Worst job: IT Executive Desktop Support"

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    Former Employee - IT Executive Desktop Support in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Executive Desktop Support in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only pro about working in this role is that you will be exposed to all facets regarding Oil & Gas business practices.

    Cons

    This is a highly demanding, pressure-cooking job and the pay is not worth the hassle to the lack of work-life balance that you will experience. Executive admins will make significantly more salary and only support one c-level exec whereas you will have to support all the executives and their admins. You will be pulled in so many directions and will not be backed up by IT management. You are literally on your own since no one wants to handle or interact with executives since there are walking land mines everywhere. You can provide the best customer service and will be back-stabbed and bad-mouthed by minimally talented executive admins.

    There is a long history regarding this IT Executive Desktop Support role. You will be told that they could not find the "right person" but the truth is that no one that has ever worked in this role has lasted longer than a year. This role becomes open year after year for the next unsuspecting prospective employee. It is shameful that Apache has not corrected this issue but this is very telling regarding their management and culture.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Poor place to work."

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    Former Employee - Construction Foreman in Elk City, OK
    Former Employee - Construction Foreman in Elk City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing good about them anymore.

    Cons

    Buddy system. Bunch of kiss ups got to be supervisors. They want that in return. Can't trust anyone. They will screw you over especially if it will make them look good. No loyalty. All about themselves. I could go on and on. Had to give them one star because it wouldn't take 0 stars.

    Advice to Management

    Clue in. The little man is what makes the company money.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Nice People, but Management is Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are very nice and the work is challenging and satisfying.
    The compensation is competitive compared to other companies when first hired

    Cons

    There is no work life balance, and management makes you feel guilty when you take your vacation time or have a doctor's appt.
    Most everyone is expected to work 50+ hours per week, including nights and weekends.
    People are required to do 2 or more jobs without promotion or compensation

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be recognition for a good job, and work/life balance. If someone works 50+ hours per week, they shouldn't feel guilty about taking their vacation or going to a doctor's appt.


  7. "Not a good place for early career people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Base pay and benefits are very competitive. In some roles bonus is very high as well.

    Cons

    Management was totally directionless. They can't stick to their own decision.

  8. "The worst company I have ever worked for."

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    Former Employee - Production Accountant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Production Accountant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have really good people that are very loyal and smart. The employees are paid well if you work in a prestige area

    Cons

    Apache employees are misused, abused and disrespected by management at all levels. Unless you are willing to live your entire life for Apache you are not valued. They have no follow thru on initiatives to improve employee satisfaction. So many of them just faded into obscurity, once again proving how little they value their employees

    Advice to Management

    You need to sell to a company that knows how to treat employees and then you would have a winning combination of great employees, work ethic, and employee satisfaction.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "that floor was nuts!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Very smart, talented people.
    -private offices for most IT staff
    -good UNIX and Windows IT, very knowledgeable
    -Steve Ferris is great
    -stock plans are hugely amazing great if they ever meet the targets

    Cons

    Employees were actively encouraged to poke their heads in on anything that could possibly be in their sphere of knowledge, so any sort of activity you did would be constantly interrupted with well-meaning suggestions from every approach.
    -lots of legacy employees who were promoted to that position years ago, then failed to pan out as far as technical knowledge leaders
    -constant pressure
    -lots of single-point of failure knowledge systems "e.g. Jeff is the only guy who can do that so wait for him to get back to you"
    -very budget-driven
    -complete failure to recognize that on-call time is time employees never get back.
    -huge 2-terabyte SAP database that they never could get approval to archive
    -raises use a bucket system, your supervisor only has a few grand to hand out for everyone.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Needs improvement"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Apache (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are decent if you stay long enough for them to vest. Not hesitant to give you work responsibility. You have to put in a lot of hours, but its pretty laid back. Nice offices. I had a very nice boss.

    Cons

    10% of people do 90% of the work. Some people do absolutely nothing and still receive the same bonus as everyone else. Little opportunity for advancement. Hard work not rewarded. You will work extra hours. You will not get the yearly bonus that they tell you to expect in your offer sheet. Small raises (2 or 3%). Very little work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your top performers or they will leave! Get rid of the people who do nothing. Promote the people who deserve it. Its 2013, time to give out corporate credit cards and not make people fill out expense reports every time they need to be reimbursed. At the very least automate the process.


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