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"Was a great company, going downhill from here"

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

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

Pros

Used to be up-and-coming with growth, now senior management has changed-will likely be development/production oriented.
The new building is beautiful, though don't know if and how Noble will actually grow to fill it. (Widely remarked)
Good place for development geoscientists for the next few years.

Cons

Many will say that Noble has become too big, and is not addressing its poor quality lower level management.
Not a place for explorers, at least until 2017. No grasp of regional geologic concepts, poor technical skills, and ability to expand into new frontiers. Many have already left.
Near-term drop in exploration scope due to specific country alignment, and inability to gain new acreage, and consequently lower level management are so desparate given limited running room, that they are bullying employees to overstate prospects. Becoming quite corrupt. Well known to be a very siloed, non-communicative clandestine culture. Managers protect themselves by promoting incompetence around them. Not a good strategy for growth.
Mid and late career people will receive no training or onboarding. The focus is purely on developing new hire replacements.

Advice to Management

Become a less siloed entity, encourage cross departmental communication, exchange. Train managers in effective management, including basic measures to prevent your likely imminent, downfall through encouraging poor technical performance, deceit, incompetence, and likely safety issues, that accompany poor decisions based on intimidation tactics. Grow proper exploration skills that support growth, and get into countries that allow for expanded running room.

Other Employee Reviews for Noble Energy

  1. Helpful (14)

    "Very inefficient processes and procedures."

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    Former Employee - Land Administrative Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Land Administrative Analyst in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Noble has high salaries and decent benefits. They also paid for parking. At Noble you work 9 hour days and half day every Friday. Noble is a great company, but unfortunately my department had arrogant supervisors that treated employees poorly.

    Cons

    Some supervisors were borderline verbally abusive. If you are not chosen as their "favorite" you will not be given any opportunity to succeed or lead projects. Noble has extremely inefficient procedures. You need to get ALL your work double/triple checked and approved, often by lower level inexperienced Analysts. They have created a culture of covering your own butt. Very slow processes and some inexperienced individuals make for a huge headache. The supervisors are extreme micro- managers. Many people on the team had poor morale. The CSB building looks and feels like a prison on the inside, no pictures, or art, just white walls and prison guard supervisors. Noble has a lot of talent, few are given encouragement and the opportunity to succeed. Many people keep their head down and fly under the radar and they only stay for the high salary. I wouldn't have stayed as long as I did if it wasn't for the high salary, but in the end my dignity and happiness prevailed. I always had extremely high performance evaluations, which was surprising considering the poor treatment I received from my supervisor. It was a very toxic work environment in my department.

    Advice to Management

    Noble hires great talented people that need to be encouraged and mentored. Get rid of bully supervisors!


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Too focused on process and not on relevant work"

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

    I worked at Noble Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Senior management is very ethical.
    There is good software, technology, training available and a desire for excellence by upper management
    There are some very good people.

    Cons

    With the rapid growth from a relatively small independent thanks to some large discoveries, the company is focused on process, succession planning and everything but actual sound work, creativity and individual contribution. Working there became an extremely frustrating experience of endless meetings with incompetent middle managers who knew how to speak the lingo but couldn't recognize let alone initiate something that would lead to real value

    Advice to Management

    For Senior Management:
    Come down from your ivory tower.
    Remember what led to the success of the company and focus on those aspects of business
     Stop "drinking the KoolAid" all of the management consultants are pawning off on you.

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