I don’t understand why everyone complains and acts like it’s so bad here… we make good money and if you don’t like it then leave someone else will work your job happily
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Agree that the grass isn’t greener at Exxon, Oxy, etc. but it disappointing how far PXD culture has dropped. We used to have technical excellence/standards in geoscience and engineering, prayers at the Thanksgiving lunch, and at least a few executives that were willing to put their a-s on the line. Now we have the D&I executive from Cocal Cola.
Pioneer is no different than many other companies out there. It’s the same cr-p that goes on in Exxon or Chevron. Now there are plenty of amazing companies out there however many geos and engineers working at Pioneer have little to no options. It’s not so easy to find a technical job so many folks do want to improve their current workplace.
Yes, petro grade salaries are unrealistically high but that does come at a cost. No one will pay you a 100k+ base salary, stock, and bonus to sit around. The majority of Pioneer’s workforce is young, and this is their first job. Some of pioneer’s middle to lower management is horrible and like most places, they got promoted because they were liked by someone, or they didn’t do well in their technical role. I’m sorry but the truth hurts to those of you reading this and are in management. This doesn’t mean that they will be terrible managers. Management is not there to provide you constant technical guidance, that’s where peers come in. Most of the young folks have no idea what a bad manager and leader is. Please trust me on this, while geo and eng management have their issues, it’s nothing compared to what is out there. While this is no excuse for their behavior, it is something you will have to learn to deal with. You will have to find ways to work with them, even the scumbags.
The lower-level management won’t improve anytime soon because they are young and inexperienced. They lack any sort of wisdom as this is their first and only company to work at. Since most 55+ are gone, who will they learn from?
Now there are ways to get rid of toxic management however it will take a group of people and you will have to have proof of their behavior. Remember this, HR isn’t there to protect you but to protect the company.
Please don't think Pioneer is a typical company. Yes, it has problems just like other companies. However, Pioneer's problems start towards the top and they are getting much worse.
Many people who complain know these problems in detail because they are told to work around them, hide them or ignore them. The "complainers" actually care about the company and worry about their future. They see how minor changes would make the company more tolerable AND more profitable, but management refuses to listen.
My manager absolutely despised my group because we enjoyed our work. He didn't understand that we worked as a team, celebrating each others successes and learning from our failures. We were years ahead of the other groups and following the PXD RESPECT cr-p, but it didn't matter because no pointed fingers or threw others under the bus. We didn't score any points by making all the other groups look bad either. In the end, the group was broken up in October 2020 and all that was gone due to an insecure manager that wanted everyone to be at the level of his "chosen few". Now costs are up moral is non-existent, but the manager is happy.
Many of the company's problems are legal and environmental which will come out one day, unless SS can bury them deep inside a majors acquisition of PXD.
Keep on licking those boots, OP
Money is not everything! How about family, health, unfair dealings and abuse by management. How about working a five man job compared to one person in a department!!! Oh, it looks nice, but really, it is never, and I say never rewarded and they never know who the he-l works anyway and what a disconnect from management to corporate. It is just abuse from unjustified deadlines to make management look good and no one gives a damn about your family or your health.
All I hear about is the money you make! What about the toll it takes when your manager is a bully and there is no penalty for abusing employees? Open your eyes! There are so many do nothings and no real experienced players of the game! Cover your eyes with dollar bills!
Make better life choices and maybe you can wfh too
Spoken like a true wfm employee.