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Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE Reviews

Updated December 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Depending on the department you can expect to have a laid back working environment (in 2 reviews)

  • decent salary, opportunity to travel, compressed working scheme and benefits (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • The oil and gas industry has taken a big hit lately (in 5 reviews)

  • Senior managers and directors make all decisions, spend at will, and keep employees under them in the dark (in 5 reviews)

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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    little slow, little boring, business processes outdated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. "Easy to get 'comfortable' here but not much growth opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and good work-life balance, every other Friday off
    Minimal micromanagement
    Generous 110% 401K matching
    Overall family-like environment/culture
    Potential international travel depending on your position
    Very low-stress environment -- you really don't feel pressure to meet extreme quotas, and it is not demanding at all

    Cons

    SPE takes a bit of an archaic approach when it comes to growth and development. Senior management is very resistant to change. Many staff members who have longer tenures with the company rely on the "but we've always done it that way" philosophy -- a philosophy that is supported by the executive team. There's a lack of motivation within the company, so everyone just does the bare minimum when it comes to their job. If you are a go-getter, you may become frustrated as new ideas are shot down or flat out ignored. There is also minimal growth opportunity. Most senior managers have been in their positions 10+ years.

    It seems like mediocracy is the standard here. And when you do go above and beyond, you don't receive much acknowledgment or praise.

    The company has a problem with silos between offices. Sometimes it feels like the 7 international offices are operating as individual businesses.

    Because the industry is not in the best place, there's an underlying fear of layoffs. I think this causes a more competitive environment amongst staff. People are very territorial about their work and aren't open to collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    The executive team is very disconnected from the global staff/operations. It seems they work on their own agendas and company-wide goals have never been effectively communicated. Stop prioritizing departments over each other and make staff outside of the Dallas HQ office feel more appreciated.

  3. "Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Employee
    Current Employee - Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on the department you can expect to have a laid back working environment. They also have yearly picnics, and holiday parties that are fun. If you want to really help people, this is a good place because they care about their customers.

    Cons

    If you are seeking upward mobility in a matter of a few years do not expect it here. There is also a degree of favoritism among the managers.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair.


  4. "Administrator"

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

    I worked at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, some travel, non-profit organization, beautiful office campus

    Cons

    effected by the down turn in the oil & gas industry and are struggling to recover


  5. "Great benefits, boring culture"

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

    I worked at Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE full-time

    Pros

    Above average pay, above average benefits, reasonable hours

    Cons

    Boring, sterile and old company culture


  6. 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


  7. "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.

  8. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Easy, loved having other Friday off

    Cons

    I would've liked some more challenging work


  9. "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.


  10. "A Really Global Membership Organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The benefits are great, there's 20 days of paid time off and the option of a regular or a 9/80 schedule where you have every other Friday off.
    Some staff travel to the international offices or to events we're hosting or sponsoring.
    There are some really great people who work there.

    Cons

    The industry for this company is the oil and gas industry which is broadly has been impacted by the sustained drop in oil prices.
    For a company serving members there is a great deal of politics in between and within departments.


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