Thread regarding ConocoPhillips layoffs

What would you advise?

As an employee who has been with COP for just over a year what advice would you give besides “get out”? I don’t plan on retiring from here by any means but I do plan on remaining in the industry. This is my first job and I would like to get as much out of it as I can before moving on.

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Post ID: @OP+1cnxkaTG

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My advice: Do not seek career advice in a forum made up of angry and disgruntled former employees.

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Post ID: @hsut+1cnxkaTG

The truth? I would advise getting away from oil and gas generally, and Conocophillips specifically. Remember that you only live once.

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Post ID: @7jnq+1cnxkaTG

I’ve read several great comments, especially getting into a different industry. Once in oil and gas for a while it is difficult to get out as the skills are sometimes transferable, but you don’t compete well with someone who has been the field you want to go to very well. And one thing I haven’t seen mentioned is that COP will teach you some bad habits. When I worked there, I had come from another company and my work ethic was head and shoulders above those that had been there a while as it is such a large and cumbersome company and things move so slow, you kind of get lazy over there. When I moved on to a smaller’, more nimble company I realized that COP was just a place to kind of coast through for a while. Anyway, best wishes to you. I changed industries myself and now am self employed and glad for it with the as----t on oil and gas these days.

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Post ID: @2yko+1cnxkaTG

Run Forrest, run! Before they su{k your soul!!!

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Post ID: @2yeu+1cnxkaTG

Enjoy it, and save as much money while you can. If you want to remain in the industry, stay there. If you can’t stand the company, plan your exit to another company and another discipline. Just don't plan on getting another job in O&G. The odds are very low. There are hundreds and hundreds of unemployed technical people all under the same illusion that in “just another month, or year,” they’ll finally land that next job in O&G. They’re all applying to the same few jobs. May sound pessimistic, but it’s reality. Cut the cord and move on to a more stable job and industry, and save your physical and mental health while you can. The longer you stay the more difficult it will be to steer your career away from it.

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Post ID: @1hlu+1cnxkaTG

Congratulations on your insight. It only took a year. Keep what you have while you look for something better. Employed individuals are more attractive in the market than unemployed. Research other companies to find a match with your interests, career goals and strengths. Network . Get the new role and make the move. There is no future at COP for 95+% of us. If you are not chosen, then you are faced with a mediocre career at best. COP will eventually cease to exist but until then , it will be a source of frustration and futility for most employees.

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Post ID: @1nnv+1cnxkaTG

I see HR troll is downvoting as usual. Good job, buddy!

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Post ID: @1ark+1cnxkaTG

Hone your PowerPoint skills to make pretty presentations and kiss your boss’s bu-t.

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Post ID: @fgv+1cnxkaTG

Learn as much as you can and start talking to people at other companies. COP is a laughing stock among others. Best to recognize that and move on ASAP.

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