I’m a mid-career employee and was wondering how hard it will be to find other opportunities now as opposed to being laid off? Is there anyone who has left that was able to find employment fairly easily while still being employed? Is there anyone who was laid off and found it difficult? What's the situation like out there?
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It is truly better to look ahead and get out while you can in another industry.
Everybody goes through the old “should-I-stay-or-should-I-go” phase at this time in their career. I think if we were honest, most of the people remaining at Pioneer got into the oil business for the money. Now that the downturn has hit and the bonuses, salaries and perks have dried up or been reduced, we’re stuck with the reality that we’re working in an industry with epic highs and lows, subject to devastating layoff and where the future now doesn’t look all that rosy. Before making any decisions about your future, try these steps:
- Look at the other company posts on this website. Start with our peers like Chesapeake, Denbury and Apache. You’ll see the SAME complaints-clueless and hated middle managers, lack of opportunities for advancement, layoffs, favoritism and a rudderless corporate direction. Since most of these posts are indistinguishable from the ones for Pioneer will leaving really change your circumstances?
- Are you prepared to continue to work in a profession where you’ll likely have to retire (or be laid off) well before the standard retirement age? Where your industry is increasingly hated (rightly or wrongly) as the main cause of horrible environmental catastrophies? Where you may have to move to Midland or Houston to continue your career?
- Do you have a passion for what you do? Would you have picked a different career even if you were not given a salary higher (sometimes magnitudes higher) than other graduates? Is there something you would really rather be doing?
It’s a difficult time. As you get older opportunities to change professions and companies narrow, having children and a marriage can sometimes make the decision for you. Make the best choice you can and don’t look back.
Not happy with your career at PXD?! I’m shocked
If you can dream it, you can do it
It is possible. Things are not always brighter on the other side, but if your current situation makes miserable, then look for exist opportunities. Work on your resume, network, explore options, most importantly figure out what you would like to do outside of pioneer.
Good luck with the search.