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Updated November 15, 2017
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  1. "Sr, System's Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retired in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Retired in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional environment. The Houston office had a very low turnover because of great management and working conditions. Tele-commuting allowed better work/life balance.

    Cons

    Some teams were led by off-site management. In theory this works better than in practice.


  2. "Great company. work life balance"

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

    I worked at Williams full-time

    Pros

    Great growth opportunities, work life balance

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't seem to understand the needs of various departments.
    Salary not competitive.

  3. "Great Employer- very happy there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Williams full-time

    Pros

    Employee friendly really enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    Can feel like you are cog in the wheel.


  4. "Knowledge Management Specialist, Senior"

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    Former Employee - Knowledge Management Specialist, Senior in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Knowledge Management Specialist, Senior in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    I have a great working relationship with my supervisor as she understood what KM was all about.

    Cons

    Most senior leaders did not understand KM and how it could improve the bottom line of the business.


  5. "Technicion"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Gabriel, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Gabriel, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My fellow workers were great. Benefits weren't bad. Overtime was extremely plentiful. Don't make any plans with the family though.

    Cons

    Pay was below average. Training was inadequate. Management knew very little about running the plant, especially how to start the plant up after a shutdown. Safety was a joke. No upward mobility because uncle's, cousins, brother in law's and son in laws comprised the staff and they ran the plant completely.

    Advice to Management

    Safety rules and regulations need to be adhered to. No exceptions.


  6. "Great for Person Wanting to stay Home"

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    Current Employee - Office in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Office in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Williams full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Location, Pay, Benefits, 401K and Retirement

    Cons

    Gives Local Mangers to much power.

    Advice to Management

    Keep more in tune to how your local managers are treating employees.


  7. "Poor management and no room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working schedule and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Williams used to be a good company when many of the Transco managers were still there. The current CEO is a complete joke who does not care about the employees who make up the company. They used to promote within in their current pool of talent but now they consistently search outside the company giving a clear sign to the younger employees that there is no room for upward mobility. The new accounting controller is exactly that, controlling and does not trust in the knowledge and ability of her employees. She must not have enough to do because she is known to clockwatch her employees.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within your current pool of talent before you keep losing good employees.

  8. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The office atmosphere is laid back and still everyone knows their job and does it well. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Processes still need to be streamlined across the entire company to gain efficiency and consistency. Lack of communication company wide.


  9. "Project Controls"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, and strong desire to make employees feel valued

    Cons

    Management keeps lots of secrets from employees and makes them feel safe when they are not


  10. "I used to love this company"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Williams full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Generally good benefits and pay. Work life balance does exist. There are a few good people left in management.

    Cons

    The positive company culture has utterly been destroyed in the last 5 years. The company does a lot of things with good intentions without regard for pragmatism or real life consequences. For example, it implemented a system and process to speed up decision making in 2012. The real life result has been that decision quality has not improved and decision timing has worsen. There is no managerial courage at any level to admit to failure and make improvements. So there are added processes and bureaucracy, increasing workload without any measureable benefit. However, it made management feel good that they "did something" to combat decision paralysis.

    The company had a handful of safety incidences in the past 5 years. The incidences were attributable to the rapid increase in the amount of work and the drastic decline in experience and skill level. To address the safety incidences, they re-organized, promoted a bunch of new people into the management, implemented more work processes and bureaucracy, and decreased the total headcount of people who will be doing the work. Employees are overworked and overstressed. Safety metrics worsened. But it made management feel good because they "did something" about safety.

    There are so many more examples of feel-goodism that do not have positive consequences.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage courageous managers who speak up about ill-advised endeavors and projects. Foster a culture where dissent isn't punished and encourage and reward honesty. Measure results before and after programs and initiatives and ends those that make no improvement because "doing something" isn't the same as doing the right thing. Create a forum that allows employees at all levels to express concerns and ideas without retribution.


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