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Updated January 8, 2018
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  • There's an issue with work life balance, just like most places (in 9 reviews)

  • Lacked direction from senior management, lots of people leaving the ship (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Land"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hess Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Love the job and colleagues.

    Cons

    Lots of office politics and challenges.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Hess Treasury"

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    Former Employee - Senior Treasury Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Treasury Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hess Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hess – Great Company to work for. Competitive Salary. Competitive Benefits. No work-life balance.

    Cons

    Hess Treasury on the other hand has been the worst working experience in my 15+ year Finance Career. I am not one to boast but I have quite an impressive background, having worked for some of the largest banks by assets such as JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup just to name a few. I say this to say that I am no stranger to the world of Finance and what it takes to be successful within the arena.
    I spent a number of years in Hess Treasury, and was faced with the some of the most humiliating experiences that a woman in Corporate America could ever imagine.
    I am finally posting this review after having left the company some time ago, because I want other women who are considering accepting positions within this group to think twice before you get yourself into a position where you will not be promoted because of the color of your skin, as well as your desire to start a family.

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look into the Treasury department to understand why there is no racial diversity in Capital Markets vs. Operations roles.

  3. "You can make an impact on critical decisions regardless of seniority"

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    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hess Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, onshore and offshore projects, young workforce, independent minded, feels like both a large and small company, downtown location, early career development program

    Cons

    Office Politics, slow to move personnel, top down approach, not enough pay grades between entry and executive, mid career path is ambiguous


  4. "Commercial Negotiator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hess Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of amazing opportunities to work all over the world

    Cons

    Flat organization, so not much career trajectory


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Company in turmoil"

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    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hess Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Still has very strong balance sheet; cash on hand
    Semi-bright future is longer-term offshore projects are succesful

    Cons

    Very subject to outside influences; obsessed with peer EP company performance
    Committed to very costly non-operated projects
    Drastically reduced company size
    Too small and not enough focus

    Advice to Management

    Start acting like a smaller independent EP company and stop trying to be Shell


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Not for everyone"

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

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

    Pros

    Above average compensation. They are putting all their eggs in the Guyana basket - so if it works out, they will be around for a long time.

    Cons

    I had a few good years at Hess, but the current culture is quite unpleasant. Management style is old-fashioned and top-down, and there is an element of fear that runs through many levels. Unlike some companies that encourage creativity and entrepreneurship, Hess does not. I would also not recommend it for people over 50 that are looking for a long term career. You will be hired, but you will be among the first to go when the time comes, regardless of your performance rating.

    Advice to Management

    To John Hess, who is a decent person: run some 360 surveys on your top leadership. You will find that many are not held in high regard by a significant number of the world class experts working there. Hess can do better.


  7. "Reservoir Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hess Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Family company with strong focus on social responsibility
    Recognizes good performance

    Cons

    Development opportunities reduced in recent years with the sale of several assets

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hess Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great company, great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    With the sale of the downstream businesses the quality of the work environment had significantly been impacted


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dont even try. Grow Your Own Timber I think not"

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

    I worked at Hess Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cool address in Houston. Can see inside baseball stadium.

    Cons

    If after 2 years you're not a manager then you're done.

    Advice to Management

    You need workers to bring oil out of the ground.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Overall good. Constant re-orgs and moving people is getting old."

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    Current Employee - Process Specialist in Tioga, ND
    Current Employee - Process Specialist in Tioga, ND
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Good work/life balance. North Dakota is a great place to live. Some really good people work here.

    Cons

    Promotions are given based on politics not technical skills. Constant fear of re-org and no stability is something that is decreasing loyalty and commitment to the company significantly.

    Advice to Management

    Cool it on the re-orgs.


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