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SM Energy Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits, environment, and work life balance (in 15 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Cannot trust your manager and we are all afraid to contact HR for any complaints because of the repercussions later on (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. "Company Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "IT Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, environment, and work life balance. I really feel that when I leave work I actually am able to decompress.

    Cons

    Cross training and other opportunities can be hard to come by.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Billings, MT
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Billings, MT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, Competitive pay with Bonuses, Competitive Benefits

    Cons

    Closed the office in which I worked

    Advice to Management

    Know your employees and their skills. It's important to know the job each employee does instead of what you "think" they do.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Landman"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Landman in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Landman in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SM Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very competitive company. Encourages you to be your best. Other reviews indicate that promotion comes from relationships, quite the contrary, if you prove yourself management is very open and receptive which can be misconstrued as cozy. They reward hard work, alternative/new ideas and points of view. Very strong professional development... in a cyclical industry may require patience.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con, but the company encourages professional development through experience, Including leaving your comfort zone. I.e. Relocation. If you're afraid to fail and learn from you mistakes, be aware of the expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Management continues to focus on long term growth despite pressures to focus on short term fads.


  6. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geoscience Technician in Billings, MT
    Current Employee - Geoscience Technician in Billings, MT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, and opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Industry is cyclical and can be stressful for newcomers


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, aweful Land dept"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Land Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Land Technician in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SM Energy (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid company with a good portfolio

    Cons

    Low pay, land department promoted by who liked who they best or if the boss promoting liked you or not.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote people based on merit and performance instead of who you know, like, or brown nose the best.


  8. "Enjoyed working there"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SM Energy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, location, good people, enjoyed job.

    Cons

    Engineers promoted to team leads with no leadership training or experience, they were just the senior engineer on a team with a vacated supervisor.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SM Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and competitive compensation.

    Cons

    I worked at SM Energy for close to 3 years and couldn't quite understand why so many bad managers were allowed to keep their jobs. As I met other employees in various departments, there seemed to be consistency in the complaints - a lack of trust in management (and even less for Human Resources), favoritism and poor communication. They use a performance rating system that puts people on extreme ends of a spectrum. For those at the wrong end, they are targeted to get rid of - it's not a place for second chances.


  10. "Engineering Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SM Energy full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay Focus on projecting good company image great.

    Cons

    Basic Skills are missing in a number of supervisors creating an environment where supervisors/managers don't really know understand job requirements and skills. Creates a high school atmosphere where knowledge, abilities and/or work ethic are not valued as much as the networking skills.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote based on skills, knowledge and worth ethic... not on networking skills.


  11. "SM Energy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Completion/Production Engineer in Richmond, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Completion/Production Engineer in Richmond, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SM Energy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    SM Energy is a good company to work for. It's high integrity, goal oriented values makes for a good work environment.

    Cons

    A venue where employees can honestly be polled for ideas and recommendations by upper management would be fruitful to both employees and for the company's growth .


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