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MarkWest Energy Partners Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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MarkWest Energy Partners President , CEO, and Director, MarkWest Energy GP, L.L.C (General Partner) Frank M. Semple
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Pros
  • Flexible schedule, relaxed work environment (in 8 reviews)

  • Good Pay; 401(k) is matched to 6%; Location is central downtown Denver (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of hours spent doing things twice due to lack of foresight - If you like overtime this is the place (in 2 reviews)

  • However, upper management is clueless and shouldn't be (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MarkWest Energy Partners full-time

    Pros

    Exciting place to work while MarkWest

    Cons

    One word: merger. New management is still trying to figure out things


  2. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Accountant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Downtown location, compensation competitive, congenial coworkers

    Cons

    Sweatshop, autocratic boss, bad reputation

  3. "Operated to meet designated goal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MarkWest Energy Partners full-time

    Pros

    Stayed on track. Did not venture into areas outside their expertise. Very smart folks with excellent decision making skills.

    Cons

    Must belong to the circle.


  4. "you will stay busy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MarkWest Energy Partners (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A fast-paced work environment in an exciting industry.

    Cons

    Corporate and field office relationship.


  5. "Land Agent"

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    Current Employee - Land Agent in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Land Agent in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    Unnecessary stress from management. The job always gets done.

    Advice to Management

    Relax, don't sweat the small stuff.


  6. "Good Internship, Great People to Work With"

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

    Pros

    A lot of freedom with what you want to do that day
    Exciting work
    Nice people
    Teach you something if you don't know how to do it
    Good pay, regular hours
    Got to work with different people

    Cons

    Sometimes there are days where there was nothing to do
    No sort of intern training, just whatever the engineers want to teach you for that day

    Advice to Management

    Make a program for interns


  7. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Analyst in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Great Company to work for . Employees are greatly appreciated.

    Cons

    Operates Lean so people work hard

  8. "MarkWest"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MarkWest Energy Partners full-time

    Pros

    Work environment and amount of teamwork

    Cons

    There are not any cons


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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

    I worked at MarkWest Energy Partners full-time

    Pros

    Pay & bonus is market

    Cons

    A sweatshop with a high turnover. Employees feel that have to go to rehab after working at suc an awful place

    Advice to Management

    New management


  10. Helpful (10)

    "The Best – Worst Experience I’ve Ever Had"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The fact that I made the smart decision to leave and that my stress level went from a 9 to a 2 overnight is a pro. Early on there were pros, but as the company grew, the pros became almost all cons. The only last surviving pro is maybe that Marathon will straighten them out soon as a byproduct of their acquisition of MarkWest. However, one good Pro would be that I learned how not to be as a leader after working as a Manager at MarkWest and observing some of those insane folks at the helm there - I will forever reflect back on those dreaded experiences and never allow them to surface again in the organization I’m with now.

    Cons

    Upper Management’s addiction to politics and lack of foresight to secure a sound future has crippled the status que at MarkWest. Upper Management, EVP’s and below, are very unwelcoming to new ideas and new personnel (personnel whom joined MarkWest within the past three to four years). These folks surround most newcomers and set them up for failure in hope they will leave, all because they threaten to change the company for the better, or divide power amongst more people. The old guard at MarkWest has a serious love affair with their rocky past, newfound power due to the rapid expansion and do they not want to change and will do whatever is necessary to maintain the appearance that all is doing well there.

    Group think is very apparent at the higher operational levels at MarkWest, the only way to move up, or maintain your position as a Manager within Operations at MarkWest, is to agree and not think long-term. Regretfully, even future leaders who are on the right path will have to deal with the hidden goose eggs that are embedded within the construction of the facilitys for years to come as a result of agreeing, or tolerating the political culture.

    Denver based EH&S and various folks in the IT department also lead to the turmoil at MarkWest, they often implement policies and processes that don’t work for field folks and bog down the efficiency and add to the confusion. The reason for this is most likely due to lack of base knowledge and distance from the world they are supposed to support and be knowledgeable of.

    Advice to Management

    Focal points to solutions should be. Break the political machine, especially in the Liberty/Marcellus group and have a group of outside mechanical engineers look things over to find the goose eggs. Quit allowing Denver EH&S and IT groups to rely so heavily upon consultants to do their jobs for them, why pay two people to do one job? Implement a zero tolerance policy and ramp up drug testing, most of the problem children will surface quickly. Do whatever it takes to save the incredible talent that is still holding out and hoping for a better future there.


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