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Plains All American Pipeline Reviews

Updated April 15, 2017
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Plains All American Pipeline Chairman and CEO Greg L. Armstrong
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Pros
  • Great benefits, family type workplace culture, good bonuses and equity for long term employment (in 12 reviews)

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

Cons
  • The downtown location was in one of the busiest corners of downtown Houston and traffic was almost always an issue (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "DRIVERS TOOK A H U G E PAY CUT!!! OVER 35% !!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk City, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GOOD BENEFITS! That's about it anymore...

    Cons

    They keep telling us the DRIVERS are the most important employees. The biggest ASSET to the company. So how come when the industry entered the downturn ONLY the DRIVERS took a 25% hourly pay cut, a 50% PLUS cut to our quarterly bonus, Lost almost ALL of our EXCESS LOADING and UNLOADING PAY, went from 5 on 2 off-- to 4 on 2 off, effectively cutting us from 20 pay days per month to 18 per month AND ALSO we get ONLY 1 load a day for 2 of the 4 days some pay cycles! To put it another way >$100,000.00+ a year to <$45,000.00 a YEAR AND THEY WON'T LAY ANYONE OFF! THIS FORCES YOU TO QUIT OR GO BROKE, and if you quit, they keep your last bonus (because you have to wait 2-1/2 months AFTER it is earned, before you get it!) and the $1500 they give you at sign on, so you don't even get a final paycheck.
    They care about the drivers...HA!
     If they cared about the drivers the MANAGEMENT WOULD TAKE A PAY CUT, OFFICE WORKERS, MECHANICS, EVERYONE would have to "Sacrifice". But NOPE-ONLY THE DRIVERS!

    Advice to Management

    GET RID OF ABOUT HALF OF THE NEEDLESS OFFICE STAFF, CUT OUT THE BONUS'S FROM MANAGEMENT, GIVE YOURSELVES A PAY CUT and GIVE THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY ARE AN ASSET (Rather than an expense) THE PAY WE DESERVE, AND EARN!


  2. Helpful (2)

    ""Waste of great talent""

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    • 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


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Growing Company"

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    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.


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  5. "Non Competitive Pay Has Employees Looking Elsewhere"

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    • 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


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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...


  7. "Impossible to move up. Just make sure you hire at the job and pay you want for a long time."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Coordinator
    Current Employee - Operations Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, lenient vacation scheduling and time off.

    Cons

    Compensation is lacking for the amount of work. They will change your job and not your title to keep you at the same pay and continue to add work until you get burnt out.

    Advice to Management

    Could start with having job classes and a pay scale. Perhaps give employees a title that suits their current job instead of just a generic title so they don’t receive compensation for what they do.


  8. "Stay away from Schaefferstown, PA"

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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "transport driver"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  11. "crude oil hauler"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Plains All American Pipeline full-time

    Pros

    it has good benefits package

    Cons

    some of the suervisers are not knowledgeable.

    Advice to Management

    keep your employees happy



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