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Plains All American Pipeline Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Benefits, oil industry leader (in 16 reviews)

  • Great Management team, rewarding bonus, good benefits (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay is a little lower than most in the Houston market (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Not a great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Plains All American Pipeline full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great health benefits and work-life balance. Most people are nice and pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    No people development. Managers not trained to be effective as managers. Culture is based on who you know and the time you have spent there, not on performance or ideas. This is not a results-oriented or idea-driven culture. Lots of protective silos and minimal cross-functional collaboration. Terrible place for millennials (I'm not one, but I have worked with several)...most are unhappy and looking to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more results-oriented in the operations side of the business. Corporate IT needs to mature; it's far too outdated and is dragging down performance relative to peers. Need to implement a millennial-retention strategy soon or there will not be anyone to take over when the veterans retire.


  2. "Used to be a great job, used to be... you know it's getting bad when district managers and supervisors are quitting."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crude Oil Driver in Pecos, TX
    Current Employee - Crude Oil Driver in Pecos, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Plains All American Pipeline full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay isn't as good as it used to be but still decent. They slashed bonuses and hourly pay.

    Cons

    Management is pretty terrible. They don't listen, communicate or care much about the drivers at all. The business model is way outdated. It's almost like they get as high as they possibly can before making important decisions at board meetings. Seems like they are reeling from a slumping market that they can't be competitive in anymore. Lot of double standards, nepotism and favoritism. Seems to me Plains will be for sale soon.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with drivers even if it's just a Lil bit. Don't change drivers schedules right before the holidays when we've had the same schedule for 5 frigging years!!


  3. Helpful (2)

    "transport driver"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transport Operator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Transport Operator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plains All American Pipeline (More than a year)

    Pros

    great benefits, a company that offers a great company insurance program with matching 401K deal.

    Cons

    poor management, and operation. company is in need of replacing management personel

    Advice to Management

    make the changes necessary to inhance your company


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  5. "Senior Programmer/Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well Documented Applications and an experienced development team. This company provides flexible work hours and time off.

    Cons

    Too many processes in deploying simple upgrades. Users are not very focused and available due to being spread too thin.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify your application deployment processes. Hire more business users.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Safety Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Safety Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - Safety Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Plains All American Pipeline as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great pay but that's about it and they pay for your parking, people in the training department and hr are nice but that's about it

    Cons

    uncomfortable environment, they do not respect your education , under developed management ,

    Advice to Management

    hire managers according to longevity experience and expertise.If your the right color skin then your in. If you are black woman that is educated the will be prejudice towards you. You have people that have been working there for longer periods of time that he supervisor and that same supervisor is still asking questions and seeking guidance from those who have been there longer. Them they treat the temps like disposable garbage esp if you are black. its very clear what matters in this company and its if you have the right color skin you win.


  7. "Stay away from Schaefferstown, PA"

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    Former Employee - Facility Supervisor in Schaefferstown, PA
    Former Employee - Facility Supervisor in Schaefferstown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Corporate is in Calgary. Many good people trying to improve infrastructure and assist employees in the field.

    Cons

    Worked in the LPG division in Schaefferstown, PA. District office was located there. Poor leadership at the District Office. All employees are unqualified for there positions and add no value to personnel in the field. More important to hire unqualified friends with the same religious background than to hire qualified employees. Shallow, petty, and vindictive leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Make a leadership change at the Schaefferstown District Office. Senior management needs to realize they are getting very little value from this group.


  8. "District Manager lied about compensation; new management will not hold up the bargain."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Oil Driver in Enid, OK
    Current Employee - Oil Driver in Enid, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Plains All American Pipeline full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Above-average benefits. Less-than-average micromanagement. Some PPE reimbursed.

    Cons

    Like others said, lower pay than the competition. The benefits are good but you cannot eat them! Keeping the job here until I find an hourly replacement. The local competition pays 30% more. The company is buying up lots of capital assets but they are CUTTING driver income! Perhaps they think training expenses and lost productivity are preferable to keeping good drivers...

    Advice to Management

    They're not listening, so what is the point? This is NOT a good attitude to ignore in your employees driving 80,000 pounds on public roads...


  9. "Non Competitive Pay Has Employees Looking Elsewhere"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pipeline Controller in Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Pipeline Controller in Midland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of time off. Somewhat relaxed working environment.

    Cons

    The pay is NOT competitive with industry standards regardless of what the management would lead you to believe. The relaxed environment is becoming less and less relaxed.

    Advice to Management

    The employees in the control room haven't been happy for a while with the new schedule, raises, and bonuses. The


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Growing Company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    6% 401k match and good health insurance. Plains commercial group is one of the best around. Operations personel are outstanding professionals.

    Cons

    Marketing Department has much better compensation and bonus structure than the rest of the company. This happens to be the reason that 6 out of 13 VP's have managed to get their children positions in the marketing/trading department creating issues in itself. Management is saturated with OU and TX A&M grads. When tenured professionals submit thier 2 weeks notice, they are sent home on the spot. Total compensation packages are on the low end of the industry average.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what worked when the company was small.


  11. Helpful (2)

    ""Waste of great talent""

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Coordinator in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Coordinator in Long Beach, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are not concerned with career opprtinites and money is the only thing that matters to you then Plains is the place for you. Plains purchased our comapny and quickly threw money at us to move to Texas. There were many openings were some of us could have filled and stayed in California. Instead they hired people from the outside filling those vacancies clearly knownig that 95% of us did not want to leave. Many good people left and others went to Texas with the intention to come back. When Plains would find out you were trying to come back they would throw more money at you. When you rip families apart money is not the answer.

    Cons

    bad management and no career opportunities

    Advice to Management

    look at talent first before looking at frindships


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