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Pros
  • Good benefits, value-driven company with strong leaders (in 6 reviews)

  • Awesome building and location in downtown Houston (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Not sure if it was the best time to split the E&P and pipeline companies (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best work-life balance. Very interesting projects.

    Cons

    Lack of international/global exposure.
    Lack of talent from diverse backgrounds and top universities.
    Lack of creative mindset.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage talent from Top MBA programs.


  2. "good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The size is decent, not too big or too small. People are friendly. Interns can get really involved in real projects.

    Cons

    The first day can be a little disorganized. It will be better if the internship can be a little bit longer.

    Advice to Management

    I really enjoyed the leadership unplug. In general it is a really well organized internship program. The final presentation is a great challenge. The hiring process is a little slow.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Good company culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very sharp people in the company who make collaborating with them fun as they really know their jobs well - many long time employees.
    Excellent company culture starting at the top with CEO Doug Foshee and filters down thru senior VPs and Managers. They don't just talk about giving back to the community, they really push their people to volunteer and make it easy. Also, in an industry not known for caring about the environment, they are tying to be responsible and look toward where regulations are going rather than just what is required currently. Small things that translate to a culture where people do enjoy working there.
    Regarding opportunity, the company tries to reward peak performers. The reorganization fall 2009 (Project Insight) put some well-needed systems in place that were lacking and promoted some deserving people, in general with some exceptions Of course like anywhere else it depends if you get noticed, and that is the challenge.

    Cons

    As an operating company will tend to do, they are in their own bubble at times, so they seem to give credence to work experience specific to their industry only, so people like me with significant experience outside of a natural gas operating company prior to El Paso have to fight to get recognized.
    Some legacy small-mindedness they are attempting to get rid of and are starting to act like a "grown-up" company; however at times the company displays the "cowboy" mentality that seems to dominate smaller oil and gas operating companies.
    The Pipeline side appears to be promoting those from the BHM office at an unbalanced rate - too many "southerners" in high level positions across the Pipeline group who carry a certain "good 'ol boy" mentality at times whether they realize it or not.
    VP Engineering for Pipeline group had no engineering experience and was promoted because he's the "pet" of the President, Jim Yardley - has caused and will continue to cause some personnel issues. He is business savvy but possesses zero people skills and has no credibility when it comes to the technical nature of the job. It remains to be seen if he will do well or no and if the company loses some good people because of it. His promotion was not consistent with company culture in my mind.
    The company needs to push more involvement in professional societies so as to be more knowledgeable of industry best-practices, across the board in many departments. Also, be more open to people from outside the legacy who have significant industry experience and be open to learning how experts outside the company do things.
    HR people are the worst I've ever seen in a company this size, from the people that dealt with me when I was hired, to the reps I contact now. I have no real issues, but if I did, my confidence in their abilities is low.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work but be mindful of gaps. Recognize it is healthy to bring in people from outside for certain job functions who know industry best-practices (Eng, HR, etc.)


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Upper Management and Mid mgmt is slowly turning the curve"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is making strides in changing to become an execution focused company. New management at various levels are pushing the change through in a deliberate manner to adjust for the overall organization's aversion to change. On the upswing.

    Cons

    Lower to mid level management is stuck in their ways and must be forced to make changes. No apparent driving force for change besides executive management. Quality of employees generally lower based on their willingness to pay quality candidates. The "yes people" get the promotions despite lack of results.

    Advice to Management

    Hire good people and not the 4th or 5th candidate based on your "bands".....Retain good people by showing them where it counts....Train the folks who are lacking; if that does not work, cut bait and find more willingful people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away if you're smart"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer In E&P in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer In E&P in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The job is easy, atmosphere is laid back, so much turnover that you will have job security regardless of your output.

    Cons

    Upper management is not competent. Moving up in this company is nearly impossible. Lots of terrible 'initiatives' introduced that creates more work on top of day-to-day work, but adds zero value. Raises are small, bonuses are weak. This company is scrambling!

    Advice to Management

    Find out what employees actually feel about what is going on, not what you are fed by mid-management. People are not happy here, and if you think turnover is bad now, wait until bonuses are paid in April. If the economy is even decent at that time, I foresee A LOT of people leaving once they cash those checks.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, boring and frustrating."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Pay and benefits comparable to industry peers.

    Cons

    Fear of being laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in hiring quality employees instead of laying people off.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Upper Management Not Visible beyond the prepared video and photo ops. Mantras spoke do not completely flow down ranks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location...Houston, and majors cities in the US, as well as district and area offices along the various pipeline locations. Good industry reputation with other companies. Professes to be good stewards of properties and good neighbors within the various communities. Excellent knowledge base in senior employees. Excellent industry to be at this time...natural gas for energy when the world is concerned about clean air and global climate change.

    Cons

    Senior and upper management not visible enough to the rank and file. Exposure is prepared video clips and press releases. General fear by management of controversy from addressing groups. Layoffs and cutbacks in the name of efficiency every five six years. Unable to attract and groom the best prospects for performance and career training. Lack of encouragement to have employees show initiative.
    High debt impacting cash flow and stock prices for a very viable and stable industry.

    Advice to Management

    Institute better fiscal policies and controls. Relax minor impact policies and promote the initiative of employees at all levels. Do not cottle, but firmly and fairly evaluate all employees on a quarterly basis, and not on a annual basis. Those employees that do not and can not show initiative must be told of their limitations and that continued employment will depend on their visibility and initiative.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "EPNG a fair place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Rawlins, WY
    Current Employee - Operations in Rawlins, WY
    Recommends

    Pros

    A good corporation with decent benefits and pay incentives. Mid level mangement seems to be fair and knowlegible about their postion and the job they are doing. The annual incentives seem to keep up with the cost of living.

    Cons

    They are so big they do a lot of internal policies much like the U.S. Goverment. Their PMP program which is your annual raise and bonus could use a lot of work. I also believe they rely on contractors far too much. They need to approve more jobs and hire more people in key positions throughout the company.Contractors serve a purpose but you can't use them for every need.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the red tape and make it easier for the employee


  10. "JV Auditor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good People; most are team players.

    Cons

    Politics; very rigid chain of command


  11. "so so"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at El Paso full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow into different roles and positions

    Cons

    Does not use technology and new business approaches in order to maximize time/effort and be a leader in the field.

    Advice to Management

    Not a company conducive to young, talented, and innovative worker. Steeped in tradition irrespective of if it still makes sense.


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