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Southwestern Energy Reviews

Updated May 16, 2018
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Pros
  • During my employment, the culture was amazing and work/life balance (at least in our department) was great (in 18 reviews)

  • Like other E&P companies, employees work on a 9/80 schedule that allows every other Friday off (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of communication from Upper Management (in 9 reviews)

  • After natural gas prices collapsed, they were forced to lay off 40% of the workforce (myself included) (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Division Order Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Division Order Analyst in Spring, TX
    Former Employee - Division Order Analyst in Spring, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Southwestern has been one of the best companies I’ve worked for during my career. During my employment, the culture was amazing and work/life balance (at least in our department) was great. My coworkers were not just people I work with, but they also became friends. I learned a lot and met people who made me passionate about my career. We had team building events, and unless there was some type of special project, I never had to stay late or feel guilty for leaving on time. Most everyone leaves on time unless you’re management. The people are generally easy going, and although we worked hard, we had a good time doing it. Coworkers were great about helping each other out. I learned so much from them.

    I hear that the culture has been a lot different since the big layoff and that morale has decreased significantly, but since I’m not there anymore I can’t personally vouch for that.

    Cons

    Management played favorites in our department and it was very obvious. The same people would get selected for projects when others wanted a chance to shine. Management would also give false promises of promotion and after a while it became apparent that a few were not as genuine as they seemed. Not all of them were like that, but there were a couple. Just depends what team you got placed on. I don’t think that they cared much about employee development and career path. The team leads, at least mine, did a great job. I think most did.

    Advice to Management

    You say you’re transparent, but you aren’t.


  2. "Family-Oriented Environment with Strong Values"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance
    Ability to learn the entire business

    Cons

    Leadership changes
    Strategic vision
    Long term planning

  3. "IT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwestern Energy full-time

    Pros

    Nice campus and onsite cafe

    Cons

    Very political, culture has changed


  4. "Decent Company"

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    Former Employee - Gas Controller in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Gas Controller in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Nice facility to work in. Free soft drinks and teas. Bonus is decent.

    Cons

    Pay for my position was well below the median income for a gas controller. Little room for movement and when you do make a move career wise you are minimally rewarded. Little to no raises the last few years. People leading a job have little to no experience in performing the task. Huge turnover in leadership positions. Stock price has went from $44.00 to $5.00 per share... That should tell you how the company is performing.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify your investments. Invest in your people and appreciate their knowledge. Pay people a competitive rate to retain good people.


  5. "Good salary and benefits... not much space for professional growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spring, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spring, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    dynamic, technically driven from operations point of view

    Cons

    There is not a defined program for career advance, so if employee falls in the fast track line he will move very fast, if he does not, he will be stuck forever at same position

    Advice to Management

    Define a career program, everybody needs to move about same speed


  6. "Leadership is the Issue"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Energy full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with and above average compensation.

    Cons

    Leadership changes its mind on a whim. They change people's roles, don't follow their own succession plans and rarely take into account what employees actually want to do.

    Advice to Management

    Ask your employees what they want to do before deciding their fate.


  7. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and paid time off

    Cons

    Training and future investment in people is not good. A lot of bad attitudes.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in everyone. Not just the ones we think will go far. I've discovered that talent always leaves after less than five years.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Home away from home! Loved going to work and doing what I loved and the energy at SWN!"

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    Former Employee - Geoscience Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Geoscience Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Consistent growth opportunities! Excellent energy an amazing team to work with. Immediately advancements, additional in house training, certifications. Love all the annual events! Who doesn’t like getting paid and having fun at golf tournaments, company events, etc.

    Cons

    I really have nothing negative to add! My experience at Southwestern Energy was extremely pleasant. There is travel. So for those of you whom do not wish to do so.... you will have to at some point.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Professional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Southwestern Energy full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work with advanced technology and talented technical staff.

    Cons

    Layoffs during the O&G downturn.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "SWN Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwestern Energy full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, work life balance, flexibility

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a communication lag


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