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Apache Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  • Location, work life balance can be better (in 8 reviews)

  • Oil and Gas market is scary, makes it stressful (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Recent company and management transition is a huge positive.
    New executive is a breath of fresh air.
    Asset base is now stable and viable for the long-term success.
    Company is taking much better care of its employees.

    Cons

    New management requires hard work from its employees. This can mean long hours at times.
    Compensation can be greatly tied to equity performance.
    Oil and gas business is very cyclical.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose focus on your key assets - the people.
    Make the right capital decisions for the right reasons moving forward.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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)


  3. 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.


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  5. "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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    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.


  6. "Great place if you like roller coasters!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like roller coasters. I particularly enjoy the entrepreneurial spirit at Apache. I believe management values my experience and opinion.

    Cons

    Uncertainty of the company direction.

    Advice to Management

    Remember our founder and his philosophy.


  7. "Started out great, ended poorly due to management changes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place for aggressive, energetic works that like to crank out the work. Plenty of assets to work with and mostly skilled people in positions that matter.

    Cons

    The upper management turned over while I was there losing some of the key people that made the company a real good company.

    Advice to Management

    Quit promoting suck ups and folks that the rank and file do not respect.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Accountant leaving on good terms but sad about all the changes."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule: every Friday is a half-day, work 9 hrs M-Thurs.
    401K and Pension plan
    3 weeks vacation

    Cons

    Micro-managing (as of late)
    Compensation is sub par for the industry
    Lack of communication

    Advice to Management

    Recent changes in accounting created dreary and micro-managing work enviroment. What use to be a positive, fun, and relaxed atmosphere is now quiet, tense, and unsettling. Supervisors were 'rotated' and prior supervisors who knew every answer to a question and were admired for their openness and honesty have been replaced with supervisors who have little to no experience with our particular department and micro-manage on a daily basis. Additionally, the divesting is creating an environment of uncertainty which leads to talented employees looking elsewhere for growth and stability opportunities. Stop "messing up a good thing". Rotating supervisors and managers not only leaves employees unsure about their future, but it creates chaos and uncertainty. Many have left as a result of this change due to the new supervisors micro-managing and communication styles (or lack thereof). I planned to retire at Apache and am now leaving because of the aforementioned concerns.


  9. "Great experience!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operator in Alberta, AL
    Former Employee - Operator in Alberta, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great training programs. Great pay, benefits and relocation allowance.

    Cons

    Severe disconnect between field and office. Core values not always being practiced in field internship.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Perhaps improve interface between office and office staff


  10. "Global Desktop Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Desktop Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Desktop Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The variety of work. Genuine peopple

    Cons

    Short Staffed, The company works very lean


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, questionable leadership."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Houston location near Galleria.

    Cons

    Yes men seem to rise to leadership positions.


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