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Southwestern Energy Reviews

Updated January 27, 2017
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Pros
  • The company is the best I have seen at promoting a work - life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Good work life balance, 9/80 work schedule for office personnel, competitive salary, pension plan and 401K a plus (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Still have good ole boy system at lower management when hiring and raises (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of communication from Upper Management (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "It was "ok""

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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
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Energy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, family feel, small company feel, like seeing the president at lunch and quarterly town halls, on boarding good, Christmas parties really nice- good prizes, gave away 20 CNG vehicles when I was there

    Cons

    Huge turnover, poor management, lack of advancement, flat organization

    Advice to Management

    Truly value your employees and respect what they bring to the table


  2. "Good Benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and facilities. Most managers understand work/life balance and are supportive.

    Cons

    Workload can be heavy at times.


  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spring, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spring, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company does a good job of attracting and keeping great people.

    Cons

    The price of oil and natural gas has hurt the company and it's employees. As a result there many people who lost their job earlier in the year.


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  5. "Lots of Perks"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Department in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Department in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company had tons of perks, free money for doing just about anything, huge parties with unreal give-a-ways. Awesome work life balance

    Cons

    It wasn't about what you knew, my department was complete good ole boy structured

    Advice to Management

    Look at employees based on what they can do, not based on who they know or who can laugh at the same inappropriate joke at a meeting.


  6. "Great benefits, company extremely top heavy , too many bosses"

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    Former Employee - Operator in Conway, AR
    Former Employee - Operator in Conway, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay , great benefits, safety is important . Company truck, to work and home only. Good people in the field.

    Cons

    Buddy system, if you're not in a click matter not how well you do your job , you'll only get noticed if you are in a click

    Advice to Management

    Too often the people promoted knew little about the job and people they were over. The guys in the field were second class , work work holidays and weekends while the salary guys enjoyed every other Friday off , all holidays, lots of vacation time. The field had guys who took pride in the job they did and the company, but they were the first let go , the guys left haven't been in the field in years.


  7. "Southwestern Energy"

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

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with the wonderful employees

    Cons

    Moved to the Woodlands too far


  8. "SWN"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast Paced, great learning environment if you have no oil and gas experience

    Cons

    The executive team is fantastic, however middle management is less than stellar.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to adapt to the 21st century regarding all fields of business


  9. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Field Services Engineer in Maumelle, AR
    Current Employee - Field Services Engineer in Maumelle, AR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team, met earnings goals with hard work

    Cons

    Management had no real world experience

    Advice to Management

    ger real world experience


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company. Management... not so much"

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    Former Employee - Former BIS Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Former BIS Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A really, really good company as far as benefits and competitive salary. That's really the only thing that keeps a lot of employees around. Way too many levels of managements. Great new building, nice gym facility, nice covered garage.

    Cons

    Seems to promote butt kissers rather than performers and and talented employees. I moved on primarily because of this. BIS is very disorganized. A few top level managers are completely incompetent yet still there. Everyone under these incompetent managers know it but the higher ups do nothing to improve the situation. Way too many safety training that's mostly applicable to field employees. Safety training every quarter? Give me a break! When using the stairs, you are told to hold on to the handrails or you will be disciplined. Haha....

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at yourself and other managers in your team. Does the company really need that many? Get rid of the incompetent ones and stop playing favorites to butt kickers. Recognize real talent and top performers. You'll retain great employees and be a much better place to work at. Please, safety training once a year for office employees is adequate. 4 times is way overkill !


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Headed in the Wrong Direction"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 Work Schedule
    New Building in 2015
    Rotational accountant program for new hires

    Cons

    Inconsistent with their Own Philosophy
    Weak Finance and Accounting Departments
    Unbalanced Advancement Opportunities

    Advice to Management

    The company motto includes "the right people doing the right things." I feel like in 2010 when I joined the company, it was following that mantra. Over the past four years, all I have seen is a shuffling of people to positions/areas they know nothing about instead of promoting from within the experts in that area.

    In oil and gas accounting, revenue and regulatory in particular, you need experts in those areas handling them. And, you need to keep those people happy and give them the ability and tools to do their jobs. This includes bonuses and promotions in line with their experience and contribution. In particular, the last year, an Internal Audit manager was put over Revenue, not once, but now twice. AP people were transferred to Regulatory. And Revenue people with tons of knowledge and experience are not being promoted. Former big four employees are moving up the ladder faster than those with years of company and industry experience. This is an industry where company knowledge and experience make a world of difference.

    As the company continues to grow, my advice to management would be to fill each department manager role with someone that is an expert in that area. And allow them to build their team of experienced people. Otherwise, you are going to pay heavily down the road when you get audited. Holes in finance and accounting are often not apparent in the now, but more so later.

    In my opinion, the accounting department should have been left in Fayetteville. You had an experienced group who knew their jobs well. Moving to Houston, you lost a lot of valuable people and experience. Those you did bring with you were not valued and almost all have now left SWN. The heart of the company is gone and the leadership seem to be rewarding their favorites instead of doing what is best for the company and employees.

    The turnover in Accounting and Finance has been enormous the past few years, and that show continued lack of leadership in those areas and bad decision-making in appointing management. I foresee unfavorable lawsuits and audits in the future for SWN, and would discourage anyone from joining the Finance and Accounting departments because of that.

    SWN doesn't want to believe it, but their bonuses and salaries are below industry comparable. They keep comparing to old data, but the best candidates are taking better opportunities.


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