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Purple Land Management Reviews

Updated Jan 30, 2020

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2.3
24%
Recommend to a Friend
27%
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Purple Land Management Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Bryan Cortney (no image)
Bryan Cortney
53 Ratings
Pros
  • "This gets your foot in the door of the oil and gas industry(in 10 reviews)

  • "Little to no experience required, with a great training program offered(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "They expect landmen to train other(in 16 reviews)

  • "There is no training and the pay is very low(in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Associate Landman 

    I have been working at Purple Land Management full-time

    Pros

    Great Co-workers and Experience

    Cons

    Wages are low for position

    Purple Land Management2019-02-04
  2. "Decent"

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    Former Employee - Landman in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Purple Land Management full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It’s a job for the time bejng

    Cons

    Not great pay For anyone

    Purple Land Management2020-01-30
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sad reality - not a great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Purple Land Management full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is decent and the benefits are fair - if you're an employee and not a contractor.

    Cons

    Long hours with no true "overtime" pay - it's prorated in the form of an attendance bonus that's a joke. Poor communication between the Ft. Worth corporate team and each individual office. They underbid their projects to get the work, then scramble to complete it on a tight deadline with unrealistic expectations.

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    Purple Land Management2019-12-15
  4. "Better than no money at all"

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    Former Employee - Contract Landman in Midland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Purple Land Management full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It's a check, even if it is a small one.

    Cons

    Poor instruction. and assignment description.

    Purple Land Management2019-12-16
  5. Helpful (6)

    "not the place for anyone serious about a career"

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    Former Employee - Petroleum Landman in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Purple Land Management full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    it's just a paycheck not much more

    Cons

    if you have any sort of higher level degree and/or a law license, this is not the place for you. my interview right out of law school was promising with promises of quarterly reviews and the ability to, based on having my law degree, transition from contract employee to full time employee after 3 months - that happened 2 & 1/2 years and 4 different managers later. the office is basically a giant daycare center full of noisy children pretending to work. my particular office was full of people right out of undergrad with the following degrees: Fashion Merchandising, Restaurant Management, Journalism, etc. trying to work at the same level as the handful of us with advanced degrees in either law or specializing in oil & gas. the undergrads would be hired in by the droves at the beginning of the season and slowly their numbers would dwindle until it was a few serious employees doing the work of a whole office. management would always say that they were taking my concerns seriously, but that was difficult to swallow when there would be a new manager each quarter with the previous manager before having been fired and there being no follow through from one to the other. i was constantly told my work product and accuracy were exceptional, but that seemed to fall on deaf ears when i asked about the possibility of a raise or more responsibility within the organization.

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    Purple Land Management2019-06-22
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not a bad place to work when the market's good."

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    Former Employee - Landman 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Purple Land Management full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Management was not bad. The location of the office was good. We were allowed 15 minute walking breaks during the day. We occasionally got free gifts such as backpacks or jackets. Generally the harder workers rose to the top of the pile and the poorer workers didn't stay around long. I went from a contractor to an employee during my time there. I had health care benefits as an employee. Pay wasn't bad.

    Cons

    The market tanked and layoffs were inevitable. They talk about "the Purple way" but management is mostly white folks. Very few people of color. The worse the market is, the harder you're expected to work, up to and including unpaid overtime. I felt like taking any time off was discouraged and they wanted more than 2 weeks noticed for something like a single day off. Attractive women were treated preferentially.

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    Purple Land Management2019-02-27
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Landman sweatshop"

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    Former Employee - Landman in Oklahoma City, OK
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Purple Land Management full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are no company pros.

    Cons

    Management is inept, and they basically run a landman sweatshop. There is no training and the pay is very low.

    Purple Land Management2019-02-18
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Its a check"

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    Former Employee - Landman in Cannonsburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Purple Land Management full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -If you're new to title then you'll get a crash course in basic runsheet building, MOR and might see a wide variety of work in a short period of time -If you're not planning on being there a long period of time and just need a check for rent, it'll work. -Everyone else is in the same boat you are

    Cons

    *cracks knuckles* -This company pretty much gets by providing at best average to woeful title work by hiring inexperienced people and then recycling them over a period of roughly a year. To do this they pay beneath the industry standard and excuse that by providing employment benefits which are pretty measley. This includes only 10 PTO days which do not roll over or accrue. -In terms of the work, this is not comprehensive title. Their process essentially involves each segment of a project being done as a link in a chain, handed off for review and then squabbling because often times the over worked reviewers don't have an in depth knowledge of the title. More often, they essentially correct formatting to the clients demands. The clients know that the quality of work they're getting isn't great and usually use this as a jumping off point before handing it to more experienced people. -Management essentially view themselves as kings of a castle but in reality they're kids with plastic crowns in a pillow fort. They stalk the bullpen like middle school teachers searching for children to give detention slips to, which is additionally strange because the office is so silent you could tell if anyone was talking anyways. Management gets paid according to how many billing landmen are beneath them so they have pretty public disagreements about how many serfs are proportionately assigned. There's also a lot of unsubstantiated gossip in the office about inappropriate working relationships between certain people in management and those under them. -You have to pay roughly a hundred bucks a month for parking close to the office. A little further away and its 40 but you half to walk about half a mile. It won't be reimbursed, just the cost of "giving more than you take". You have to clock in and clock out for start, lunch and end of day. They say you can get there as early as 6 but if you leave any time before 5:30 regardless you can feel the project manager's beady little eyes on you. Upper management usually gets in anywhere between 9 and 10, takes a 2 hour lunch and leaves when they feel like it. Some are there more than others. -In summary, there's no upside here. From the beginning, there's no training for those new title because they don't see you as long term. There's a team of about 6-7 project managers that make the day to day go and the management spends most of their time either trying to flex in the office, lying to clients to get new work, or bribing their existing ones to stay. If you get asked to work overtime or weekends, don't. Management has asked people to drive from Midland Texas to eastern Ohio with no liability insurance for projects it wasn't necessary for. They'd never pay for a flight and rental cards on the company cards obviously, they'll just reimburse you a month later if you don't get let go first. They'll cut you after and never give you a bonus check. Don't waste your time investing in them, because they don't invest in you. There are no annual reviews or raises for anyone outside of management or project managers. If you're new to title, use this for 6 months learning and then try to find another broker. If you're experienced it'll pay some bills but if you're there long term, you have a criminal record and no one else will hire you or you're failing your family because you're not getting paid enough.

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    Purple Land Management2019-02-13
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Title Sweatshop"

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    Former Employee - Landman in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Purple Land Management full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Will hire new grads with no land experience.

    Cons

    Cancerous office culture. Inept "executives" sell unrealistic promises to clients a low rates. Overburdened project managers are forced to make teams work unpaid overtime to produce a cut-rate product. Day-rates and salaries are well below industry standard. Brazen misclassification of employees as independent-contractors. There is a dress code and enforced working hours for workers classified as contractors. The frequent Dept. of Labor audits will force them to hire several misclassified contractors as W2 salaried employees, which entitles them to a meager salary, paltry benefits, and constant intimidation, after which they will continue misclassifying their workers. Executives and management motivate workers with fear, intimidation, and threats.

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    Purple Land Management2019-02-11
  10. Helpful (10)

    "The ABSOLUTE WORST"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Purple Land Management full-time

    Pros

    great place to go with no experience

    Cons

    if you like being publicly humiliated and verbally abused then this is the place for you!

    Purple Land Management2018-12-12

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