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Updated March 8, 2017
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  • Getting to upper management limited (in 9 reviews)

  • Lots of politics and good ol boy management style (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Solid company to work for, but a very uncertain future"

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    Current Employee - Engineer I in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Williams full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Solid work/life balance. A lot of opportunities to do rewarding work as a young engineer. Competitive pay. A lot of very good people who work there.

    Cons

    The safety culture could be improved, there have been a lot of serious incidents over the last few years.

    There is a lot of uncertainty with the future of the company now. Williams took on a lot of debt and are now paying the price with energy prices down. There is a good chance they are a target company to be bought in the near future (even after the ETE blunder). More layoffs are expected, major assets are being sold, and contracts with customers are being renegotiated.


  2. "Subpar"

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    Current Contractor - Integrity Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - Integrity Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Williams as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great work environment. Contractors just don't get a lot and are regarded typically as mere help. This is why I don't have much great things to say. I was a good experience and I had a great supervisor you always tried to make me more than a mere contract.

    Cons

    Reorganization that keeps occurring at Williams and management and the bizarre things they come up with.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job


  3. "They need a work over"

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    Former Contractor - Operations in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Operations in Houston, TX

    I worked at Williams as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Location. Interesting projects. Office is professional. Support services are willing and ready to help.

    Cons

    A bunch of cowboys. Loosely organized.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage. Mentor your employees and contractors. Create a modern culture.


  4. "Qued Pro Que"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medical Insurance is good. Some employees actually have an ethical character while many don't.

    Cons

    Unethical characters exist everywhere within this company.
    One term that came to mind constantly while working at Williams is "Quid Pro Quo." Defined it is "Quid pro quo means an exchange of goods or services, where one transfer is contingent upon the other. "This of That" if you prefer. At Williams, it is the norm. I'll help you if you are my buddy/friend/Yes Person/Just agree with me no matter what type/ etc...A good ole boy environment exist at Williams that does nothing but create a Hostile Environment between those who ride the Quid pro quo roller coaster and those that don't. Often those who do ride the Quid pro quo environment, which dominates here, are very unethical if not approaching illegal characters without a moral compass. These are the people, given the same nature of upper management, that are promoted and glorified within the organization. Those who do have a moral compass guiding their character are often not of the Quid pro quo family at Williams and yet suffer the consequences accordingly. No promotions, lower salary increases, relegated to the same job for years even though they are some, if not most, of the harder working employees. This place is full of nothing but a hostile work environment because of the culture of "Quid pro quo." In sexual harassment cases this would be totally illegal, at Williams, its culture of Quid pro quo based upon employee relations is the norm and is actually fostered by upper management.

    Advice to Management

    You are failures. Yet, I'm sure you won't have any problem taking your millions and running with it when your time comes. Purely, unethical.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great and valuable experience - skills and experience gained are highly transferable
    Easy going culture - micromanagement is not big issue at least in the E&C world
    9/80 schedules - flexibility in work time
    Great benefits, great pay
    Proximity to the galleria is a nice perk

    Cons

    The good-ole boy network is very strong here. Great if you are favored and very difficult if you're not favored by management, regardless of how competent or hard working (or not) you are.

    It is difficult to move around in different departments in the E&C unit.

    Advice to Management

    While it is human nature to rely on friendships to develop a strong work unit, it needs to be balanced so that competent or new employees are not undermined or discouraged. Performance and competence should be recognized and rewarded more so than simply friendship


  6. Helpful (1)

    "See the trees."

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The workers are the best. Even in management.

    Cons

    Some talent is not fully utilized.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your treasures are not the big talkers.


  7. "Great Co workers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers were excellent. People were generally very easy to work with and did their jobs well.

    Cons

    Upper Management is all over the place. The direction of the company has changed several times in the last 12 months and it gets old really fast.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what company you want to be moving forward.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Commercial Representative"

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    Former Employee - Lead Commercial Representative in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Lead Commercial Representative in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Williams is a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Company trying to stabilize following merger attempt by Energy Transfer.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course and trust your leadership.


  9. "Houston Tower Employee"

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

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

    Pros

    Coworkers, lower, and mid level management are great. Positive culture. Reasonable pay.

    Cons

    Williams runs a flat organization so higher ups tend to not have your best interest in mind. Mixed bag of talent. Bonus is primarily based on company performance, not individual.


  10. "Regulatory Affairs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Katy, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Katy, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Williams (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, Great work-life balance. Great benefits. Good for those just starting out in business.

    Cons

    No growth. You will be stuck in the same job forever. No promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Reward great employees


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