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Devon Energy Reviews

Updated September 8, 2017
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Devon Energy President, CEO, and Director John Richels
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  • Oil and Gas is a volatile industry (in 7 reviews)

  • They closed their Houston office and put all of their main operations and headquarters in Oklahoma City (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Okay place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Devon Energy full-time

    Pros

    At Devon, employees are treated in a professional manner. You know what is expected of you, so they let you do it. Nobody hovers around you. Most supervisors, mid-level managers, and senior managers are first class individuals.

    Cons

    No matter your qualifications and experience, you have to look a certain way to get hired at Devon. If you don't look that way, and by some miracle you do get hired, scaling the corporate ladder at Devon will be out of bounds for you. With some very, very, few exceptions.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity is key to success.


  2. "Corporate EHS Professional"

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    Former Employee - EHS Professional in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - EHS Professional in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people where nice and the location was beautiful. It is one of the most recognizable companies in Oklahoma and in the past has been very stable. There is a great sense of being a part of something bigger there.

    Cons

    They tend to be very fixed in their ways. You see a lot risk aversion and that applies to both cultural change as well as taking sound risks on plays and drilling.

  3. "Overall the job is decent, but they don't do enough to make employees want to stay in Oklahoma."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They built a nice new office tower with on site gym and cafeteria. 9/80 work schedule. It's generally a laid back working environment compared to other companies.

    Cons

    They closed their Houston office and put all of their main operations and headquarters in Oklahoma City. Not the best choice for industry exposure and opportunities for individual employees.

    Advice to Management

    Transition away from your 'only Oklahoma' mentality.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Dedicated to safety, but your just another number..."

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    Former Employee - Lease Operator in Bridgeport, TX
    Former Employee - Lease Operator in Bridgeport, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits were good, retirememt was better. The hours were great. Flexible with vacation times, and a great learning experience. Company vehicles with all the perks.

    Cons

    There is an unnecessary disconnect between the working class and the management. Its like, once you make it into management, you are in a secret society. Management takes all the credit and the benefits.


  5. "Extend benefits across the board. 9/80 for all locations."

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is top notch. 401k and stock allotments are very generous. Community involvement. Insurance was good and is still better than anywhere else. Tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    -No opportunity to advance.
    Company gives too much emphasis to engineering rather than listening to other departments. Engineering is constantly involved in matters outside their responsibility.
    - Still a small company trying to become bigger. Management is reluctant to operate outside of the good ole boy network.
    - Field employees not given the same benefits as corporate employees. What's good for one, should be good for all.
    - IT is paralyzed and therefore the company is inefficient as a result. Can't get the tools needed to perform the job regarding software and hardware.

    Advice to Management

    We have been through a lot these last few years. Reward those employees who stuck through it all and extend 9/80 schedule to all field locations, rather than only designated ones.


  6. "Production Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Devon Energy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, Salary, Colleagues,Work/Life Balance, Training Program

    Cons

    Politics
    Lack of strategy
    Easy to feel "stuck" in role

    Advice to Management

    They need to do a better job of making sure that all mid-level managers are truly qualified.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Was great"

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

    Pros

    Freedom and independence over projects

    Cons

    Layoffs. Lacking diversity in technical staff as well as management.

    Advice to Management

    Don't over hire and then you won't have to do layoffs. Lots of competent young people were let go, yet brand new interns were brought in just a few months after.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Could be a great place to work."

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of good people who work at Devon.Excellent balance between work and family life.

    Cons

    No direction. Most of the dept managers are not qualified for the position, got their positions by being yes men.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your managers and supervisors are qualified for the position.


  9. "It Was Nice"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Devon Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and OKC is a fun place. Devon gives their interns quality projects and exposure to their company. A great learning experience. Also beautiful building and work facility. Good assets, though they have consolidated recently. If you are interested in the Anadarko and Permian, Devon is a top player.

    Cons

    Kind of weird living in a city where you can very prominently see your workplace everywhere you go....like you can't escape it Also with the downturn, Devon rescinded internship offers long after they were made. It really cheated the students. The company pride is not the same after the massive layoffs. tougher market is not the companies fault and they are making the drastic changes needed to keep their business prospering, I'll give them that.

    Advice to Management

    A little more diversity would do you some good, and I don't me in a PC way, I mean you need people with a different backgrounds to bring in some fresh ideas and break the mold.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not the same company it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Devon Energy full-time

    Pros

    9/80 work week, outstanding pay for support staff positions, a few strong younger leaders.

    Cons

    New executive leadership does not compare to the days of Nichols and Richels. Turning into just another large company where employees are just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the past and the seasoned employees that were the catalyst for past successes. Seems like it is now out with the old, in with the new, cheaper employee.


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