Williams Employee Reviews about "upper management"

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

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

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  • "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. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great company. work life balance

      Nov 14, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      Great growth opportunities, work life balance

      Cons

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

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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. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Co workers

      Oct 27, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
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      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.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Company

      Aug 21, 2016 - Manager in Tulsa, OK
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      Pros

      Williams is a great company to work for. They are on of the few large corporations who actually do care for their employees. From their 401 plan to their pension plan, they develop ways to obtain and retain good employees.

      Cons

      Sometimes upper management can seem out of touch with what is actually going on in the trenches. There is a lot of red tape when trying to establish a common practices. Also, being a oil and gas company, they are subject to the volatility of the market.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

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      Jun 23, 2016 -  
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      Pros

      Great people. Allow you to do some interesting and different jobs.

      Cons

      Getting to upper management limited. Seems like their are "favorites" that get special treatment and consideration for opportunities.

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good people, bad corporate management.

      Apr 14, 2016 - Project Manager in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      Great people to work with in the Houston Office.

      Cons

      Upper Management in Tulsa has mismanaged the company, pushed the stock into a junk rating and the company is on the brink of bankruptcy. Williams may or may not be bought by Energy Transfer, with lawsuit in the air, who knows?

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Going Through Change

      Jan 26, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      The paid benefits are similar to other Oil & Gas companies, nothing special but not bad. They are doing their best to manage a lot of change. As in any workplace, there are plenty of good people there and a few bad apples.

      Cons

      There is a definite lack of firm decision-making, and a lack of integrity of newly brought-in upper management. The company was going in a good direction, but unfortunately some new philosophies and recent events are changing its path.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good place to work

      Jul 22, 2015 - Senior Analyst in Oklahoma City, OK
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      Pros

      Vacation time is plentiful. There is a pension and 6% 401k match.

      Cons

      There is not much diversity in the company, especially in upper management.

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    9. 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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    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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