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Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  1. "great place"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    best benefits ever and good place to work

    Cons

    little slow, little boring, business processes outdated


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't waste your time"

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

    I worked at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, every other Friday off

    Cons

    This is one of the most ridiculous companies I've ever worked at. Everything that was done was done the same way by at least three different people. There is an atmosphere that all the work that is being done is curing cancer when in reality it is a professional club for engineers in a dying industry. Management is either nonexistent or extremely overbearing, to the point where a simple email can't be sent to the members unless at least two supervisors have reviewed it


  3. "Great Place to work."

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Liked working with in the IT department very much.

    Cons

    I have no reason to give them bad remarks.

    Advice to Management

    I have no reason to give them any advice.


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  5. "Can be a great place to work if you want it to be."

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    Current Employee - IT Staff in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits.
    Every other Friday off.
    It is never boring because there is always something that needs to be done.

    Cons

    Work environment can be a bit unfocused.
    Direction seems to come from the bottom up.
    There is no career path for entry level employees. The most likely path for advancement is that you get Senior added to your title while you continue to do the same job.
    Pay can be sub-par.
    IT department is understaffed so expect to wear a lot of hats.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people. Cultivate junior employees.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Global organization managed like a small business."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits including 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off), 401K matching, minimum 160 PTO per year.

    Cons

    The organization was impacted by the recent downturn of the oil and gas industry which is no fault of the executive team. However, the downturn provided the organization an opportunity to "clean house" and sunset low performing programs and events and eliminate positions no longer necessary; and shift focus from conferences to existing member programs and creating programs that would benefit members and customers (oil and gas companies) while the industry recovers. Instead, they amp up conferences asking companies to spend money on exhibits and sponsorships and members on attending conferences they can't afford because they are unemployed. The CEO and executive team claim the organization is about serving the members but actions only indicate that the organization is about making money from members and companies that are struggling.
    In addition, the executive team implemented a "voluntary" separation program as a way to reduce staff. This backfired as the organization lost lots of talented staff who were making positive strides and were left with many who, although talented, are comfortable and prefer not to "rock the boat" or don't embrace change/advancement. The organization has been set back about 5-7 years.
    The CEO is not the person listed on here.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for new leadership. Please step down.
    The current team did a good job of growing the organization. However, the organization has outgrown the current leadership team. It's time for a team that knows what to do next.


  7. "Just okay"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Organization dealing with economic downturn that his tricked down in the oil and gas industry.


  8. "Looking new opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hamtramck, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hamtramck, MI
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love this because it is professional society

    Cons

    So far i understand it is sometimes unprofessional

    Advice to Management

    work for more professionalism


  9. Helpful (1)

    "No Room for Growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It was a stable job with good benefits. Coworkers were great

    Cons

    No room for career advancement/growth. Very traditional/set-in rules and very much seniority based

    Advice to Management

    Examine all who is affected by decisions and consequences before deciding


  10. Helpful (3)

    "An organization essential to the Oil & Gas industry, with an unfortunate and unnecessary amount of office politics."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Publishing Services in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Publishing Services in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Non profit organization. 9/80 schedule. 110% 401K matching. Yearly goal based bonus structure as well as member retention & growth bonuses. 80% tuition reimbursement program. $1,000 employee referral program. Yearly merit based raises. Room for growth and promotions based on level of competence vs seniority. Travel opportunities for certain positions. Company-wide accessibility to extra training in essential job related topics; both in-office and offsite. Middle management doesn't shy away from delegating.

    Cons

    Executive level management is not aware of the smaller but most important goings on of their own department; merit based raises go through the highest level management team which isn't a fair and balanced review. Large discrepancy in pay between departments. Gossip driven moral. Politically driven executive team. HR is a joke - if there is an issue between employees, you're better off working it out yourselves or resigning.

    Advice to Management

    Implement the 360 review process. Advice to executive level management - listen to your "worker bees", they are who makes the organization run smoothly and productively.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits; disconnected upper management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were great; good staff; strong membership. If you want global experience, good place to get it. Was growing for a while. Has a good mission.

    Cons

    Heavily impacted by oil and gas downturn so they have been laying a lot of people off. Probably did not have to happen if upper management wasn't so focused on empire-building and had kept growth in check. Upper management did not seem to have a vision or plan other than world domination holding events.

    Advice to Management

    If you have a plan, share it, articulate it, and engage to staff to help implement it. Staff aren't your enemy so don't treat them that way.


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