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SM Energy Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits, environment, and work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Great benefits, people, & work life balance (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Office managers have no clue about the oil and gas industry and rule with an iron fist (in 3 reviews)

  • Reminds me a little of High School (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Internship SM"

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

    Pros

    Really was given the responsibility and freedom to run the projects assigned. I got to call for bids choose who would perform the job and then analyze the results. Big taste of the responsibilty an engineer in this company could do.

    Cons

    They gave me a project but very little guidance. There were times I had questions but they said I needed to answer those myself. I had not been taught that material so I didn't know where to start.


  2. "Systems Analyst"

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

    I have been working at SM Energy full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed company with decent benefits.

    Cons

    Flat hierarchy with very little turnover of management. Very little opportunities to advance career.

  3. "not so great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SM Energy full-time

    Pros

    good pay and really good benefits

    Cons

    very stifling work environment, no trust in management, very uncomfortable


  4. "AVOID THIS COMPANY LIKE THE PLAGUE!!"

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

    I worked at SM Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If this were 10 years ago, I'd have a pretty good list of pros. But as of today and all the changes this company has made, I cannot list one good thing to list.

    Cons

    This company has ruined so many lives in the past 5 years! People that were loyal and hard working were just used and then let go. Once you hit 60, you can expect to be accused of just about anything and fired. Management is awful and it stems from the president of the company and his cold blooded attitude to people. You are not permitted to work any part time jobs to help pay your bills if you work for sm. If caught, you are fired. You belong to them 24/7. Benefits used to be top notch, but are average at best now. There are so many people in management that would never hold these positions in any other company. If you are the buddy to your manager, you are OK. Otherwise, expect to be treated badly and reviews are usually below average, no matter how hard you work. It's very common to find out a male manager is having inappropriate relation with other females in the office. Micromanagement is common from office managers that have no clue whats going on in oil and gas.

    Advice to Management

    What can I say. The company president is a little weasel that has ice water in his veins. Pay attention to people that give the company 110% and get rid of the brown nose employees that are working to get them fired because they have a lack of skills and are threatened. Take a long look at your managers and give the employees a chance to review managers. There are so many that are cold blooded and have no people skills. Clean out the HR dept and hire people that are kind and people aren't afraid to contact when problems arise. For years, employees are afraid to contact HR in fear of being fired.


  5. "Not great. Good company bad location."

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    Former Employee - SCADA in Catarina, TX
    Former Employee - SCADA in Catarina, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really nice salt-of-the-earth people and great benefits at the time I don't know what the benefits are now.

    Cons

    Bad management good old boys system nepotism. People in Denver really out of touch with field offices even though they try.

    Advice to Management

    Value your workers in the field and the people that do the grunt work more


  6. "Good place to work"

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

    I have been working at SM Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are second to none. Job satisfaction is strong and career development is plentiful and encouraged.

    Cons

    The industry can be volatile and unforgiving.


  7. "Great Experience (will vary by group)"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SM Energy full-time

    Pros

    Responsibility is given early
    Compensation is good
    Access to high management levels

    Cons

    Currently undergoing culture change
    Micromanagement is a real problem

    Advice to Management

    Ideas are developed from the technical folks (bottoms up). Decisions are never pushed from the top down.

  8. "Sr. Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SM Energy full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance was great.

    Cons

    Communication between corporate and the regional offices was terrible.


  9. "Company Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great Company, awesome Benefits, good opportunities to learn and advancments

    Cons

    Not happy with how the layoffs were handle.


  10. "IT"

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

    I have been working at SM Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    IT is always busy and lots to do. IT is a valued part of the company and supported by the executive team.

    Cons

    A lot of change in the business strategy and the downturn in the energy industry has forced SM to downsize its staff.


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