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Buckeye Partners Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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Buckeye Partners President & CEO Clark C. Smith
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "over all not a bad bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Chicago, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Chicago, IN

    I have been working at Buckeye Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Oil industry usually pays a little more than others

    Cons

    bad location next to Gary, IN. High crime, bad property values


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It has gone downhill so quickly and still getting worse."

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Buckeye Partners (More than a year)

    Pros

    Money, experience, not many up tight, lazy folks, and work with senior executives if you're good. The accounting and finance department is a joke

    Cons

    Sweatshop like culture, management is clueless, high turnover rate. Most can only take it there about 18 months, it's a nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    The company continues to lose its most talented, knowledgeable and skilled employees...you should take time and ask yourselves why.

  3. "Good pay and benefits, but you're going to work for it..."

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    Current Employee - Engineer/Project Manager in Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer/Project Manager in Breinigsville, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Excellent 401k company contribution and match.
    -Pay is very strong for the Lehigh Valley area and compared to a nearby competing pipeline company, but if you think you are only going to be putting in 40 hours per week, it's not happening.
    -Employees are empowered and expected to make their own decisions and manage their programs/area of responsibility.
    -Very little if any office politics, but I think this is mainly because everyone's workload is so high that there is little time for drama.
    -Company is very strong financially, little to no nickel-and-diming the employees on things like professional development expenses or travel.
    -Good vacation policy, and nobody really seems to care what time you come in or leave as long as your work gets done and you communicate your intentions. Very flexible if you have to go to a medical appointment, pick up your kids, etc.
    -The safety culture is serious, they really do not want you cutting corners to save time or money.
    -Most co-workers in other departments are very willing to help you. They got rid of most of the deadwood in the 2009 reorganization.

    Cons

    -Understaffed, most people are working their rear end off, senior management consists of workaholics who send you emails at 1130pm Friday night and expect quick answers. Buckeye has one person doing what other pipeline companies have two people doing.
    -No official "work from home" policy even though many jobs here can easily be done partially remotely.
    -Breinigsville office is in the middle of nowhere, you have to drive 5 miles to anywhere decent for lunch.
    -Some change is communicated very poorly, they are wanting everyone to come in closer to their budgets and tighten forecasting for example, but there was zero communication on this until you got "caught."
    -Some jobs involve extensive travel to non-glamorous locations. District level jobs involve a ton of driving in a company car with GPS speed/location monitoring and a "how's my driving?" sticker on the back. You will get to know every small town Holiday Inn within a 5 hour radius of home base.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the lean, mean, entrepreneurial culture where people can make their own decisions, but headcount in some areas needs to increase. Headcount in some areas did not increase to match the increased size of the company due to acquisitions and constantly increasing stream of business development projects. Long hours but good pay/benefits creates a "golden handcuffs" feeling that is bad for morale.


  4. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great people, nice facility, good beneftts

    Cons

    too much drama, lots of long hours


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly management and employee minded"

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    Current Employee - Apprentice Terminal Operator in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Apprentice Terminal Operator in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Buckeye Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits starting at day one. Awesome 401k package with unbelievable company match.

    Cons

    Long hours with rotating night and day shifts. Long probation period even after training is completed.

    Advice to Management

    Try pushing corporate for clearer point person role definition. Bring back some responsibilities for in house employees in order to save money in contractor usage.


  6. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture and employees are great...they have a talented group of folks who are very dedicated to doing their jobs.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not present but if you are not afraid to work you will fit right in

    Advice to Management

    Show appreciation for all your employees


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Avoid this place like the plague."

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

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

    Pros

    None at all. Top down management sets a bad tone.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is nonexistant. The company turns you into a corporate slave. They care about shareholders and not employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people, keep employees happy.

  8. "management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grandview, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grandview, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Buckeye Partners (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work - work on your own, get the job done, good safety culture- fair pay

    Cons

    Some positions are cut too thin for the amount of work

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your people. Upper management will listen and take action


  9. "Technical associate (engineering)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Buckeye Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They are a small family style company with great margins. One of PA's finest fortune 500 companies. A great place to work.

    Cons

    Require relocation for many of their positions. If you are not willing to travel then Buckeye Partners is probably not the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great and they're doing a great job. All very friendly and kind, but make sure things get done and that the profits greatly outweigh the costs.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Board Operator in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Board Operator in Corpus Christi, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Buckeye Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Safety first mentality, future opportunities driven, excellent opportunities to advance within the company, yearly bonus, team work environment, good 401k program.

    Cons

    None as of yet, purchase of previous employer went smooth, transition to new employment went smooth, human resources has been helpful.

    Advice to Management

    Keep safety a priority.


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