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Pros
  • "Work life balance is heavily promoted(in 54 reviews)

  • "Ample opportunities, good work life balance, good benefits(in 35 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Lots of politics and good ol boy management style(in 10 reviews)

  • "Upper management doesn't seem to understand the needs of various departments(in 10 reviews)

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    1. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Could ne better

      Dec 14, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Decent benefits package and pay/bonus

      Cons

      Still a good ole boys club

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Qued Pro Que

      Jan 19, 2017 - Human Resources Generalist in Houston, TX
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      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.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Project Engineer

      Oct 21, 2016 - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
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      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.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Technician

      Jan 5, 2016 - Operations Technician in Casper, WY
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      Pros

      Good company to work for, benefits are decent, pay is median for the industry

      Cons

      Lots of politics and good ol boy management style. Lots of changes in management every couple years, it seems like their is not much loyalty left to seasoned employees

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good ole Boy company.

      May 8, 2015 - Non Good Ole Boy in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      Very little. The slander and bias nature must stop for any real Pros to exist here.

      Cons

      This place is noting but a good ole boy network. If you're in the click group, meaning you keep your nose clean and go along with everything, even when its clearly unethical, you're in. Otherwise, out yet this depends upon your major in college to a great extent. Very biased towards engineering staff, not business or any other majors unless you happen to be a good ole boy.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good Ol' Boy mentality

      Feb 18, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Good work life balance and benefts

      Cons

      no room for advancement in Houston and many of the groups in Houston have the good ol' boy attitude, you definitely need to know the right good ol' boys.......some people have jobs/positions that you really question how???? salary is not as competitive as other companies.

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    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Welcome to the Boys Club

      May 27, 2014 - Engineer III 
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      Pros

      On the outset Williams is a great company to work for. You can get hired easily if you know someone. Relatives, especially sons and daughters are automatic hires. Pay is average with the industry, benefits are good and the work is easy. You can get away with doing almost nothing for your entire career here and never get fired. I knew of several employees personally who were doing just that. It's a widespread issue throughout the company. (Type A personalities stay away!)

      Cons

      This place is 100 lawsuits waiting to happen. I couldn't believe the amount of immaturity, unprofessionalism and corruption I witnessed from upper management on a day-to-day basis. This company is run by a network of good ol boys, 50 plus in age who just won't retire and continue to take the company down a very negative path. They have successfully cultivated a crooked culture of looking the other way when something iffy happens and HR is powerless to do anything about it. Young employees are treated poorly. You are faced with the decision to put your head down and tough it out or quit. Diversity (or lack thereof) is still a real issue especially in the field where racial tensions are still an issue. Because Williams has become so incestuous (many engineers and employees are hired because of family/friend ties), that leaves about 10% of the employees doing 80% of the work.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Pros

      Williams pays pretty well and has good benefits (like most oil and gas companies). Laid back, low pressure, low stress operations.

      Cons

      Good ol' boys network of promotion. Seeming lack of concern by management to promote and give raises to those who work for it. This creates workers who no longer try to go the extra mile because it doesn't matter and is not rewarded. Lack of strong, well-defined training programs.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Love working for Williams

      Jun 12, 2008 - Business Analyst in Tulsa, OK
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      Pros

      Our company is growing, which is much more fun than the downside we endured a few years back. Employees typically have a short commute to work (5-20 minutes) from anywhere in/around Tulsa and parking is a breeze. We have an on-site fitness center and cafeteria. Williams offers a strong 401(k) match AND a pension plan. We also have an employee stock purchase plan. Overall, our benefits are great and easy to use.

      Cons

      There's a perception in some areas of a good-ol'-boy network. I view our young management as both good (fresh ideas) and bad (upward movement may be stunted for some).

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      good company if you want long term stability

      Jun 11, 2008 - Engineer in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      The company is very laidback and is very reasonable with expectations. The company provides a good work-life balance for individuals with families and management is amenable and respectful to your needs. Company culture overall is very employee friendly. The pay package is generous compared to some competitors.

      Cons

      The company is painfully conservative at times as most of it middle management employees are 25+ year company veterans who think things should be done the 'good ole ways. Middle management and senior employees are resistive to change and do not seem to see the big picture [for the most part]. Innovation is said to be encouraged by upper management but often is stymied by middle management and senior employees. Vertical growth in the company is difficult to come by because management positions are not created often, you must wait in line to make manager - who are typically appointed rather than bidded competitively. Management positions rarely become open.

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