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Not much geology but excellent nonetheless

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Current Employee - Geotech Intern  in  Houston, TX (US)
Current Employee - Geotech Intern in Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at ConocoPhillips as an intern for less than a year

Pros

- Great exercise facilities and the main campus is pretty nice.
- People are always available, even to the lowest of the low (e.g. undergraduate intern)
- Very receptive to questions and I had two people in upper management who would come talk to me every once in a while without prompting which was nice as an undergraduate
- Lots of room for real science in the geoscience areas due to budgets and the extent to which they vet new plays
-All employees were very friendly and open, got tons of great advice from people who had worked at ConocoPhillips for anywhere from 3 to 30 years.
-Houston (both a pro and a con) has all the features of a big city, nice museums, art galleries, parks, places to eat. Has some very impressive dog parks. Bill Archer dog park is by far the nicest dog park I have ever been to.

Cons

- Due to recent split from Phillips 66 ConocoPhillips is having difficulty defining themselves as a company. As the largest independent by far, they still largely operate like a major. Risk taking is rare, somewhat slow to move on new plays, etc. Pay for full-time employees is not as competitive as smaller independents but there is more stability

- There are two campuses, Westlake (with BP) and the Main Campus. Main Campus has the workout area and you can feel somewhat isolated from the rest of the company at Westlake. Working at Westlake also makes using the facilities (like the gym, pool, soccer pitch, basketball court etc. ) difficult. Even though it's right across the street Houston traffic is atrocious and often a deterrent to driving to another campus as I-10 separates the two.

-While I was there the new CEO talked a lot about defining a new culture of COP but never said anything substantial. Seemed to focus on treating people well which seemed strange as it was already an exceedingly friendly work environment, but never said anything concrete about how Conoco would compete with other independents on salary and benefits.

-Houston, though nothing compared to LA traffic Houston traffic is nothing to scoff at. What would normally be a 15-20 minute drive in no or light traffic would often turn into 45 minutes to an hour and one afternoon took me nearly two hours. Houston is incredibly spread out and much of it is not worth seeing. Incredibly consumer centric; it's practically impossible to do anything in the Houston area without spending money or being at/near a mall. It's coastal plains so if you enjoy any kind of outdoor activity you pretty much have to give it up. No worthwhile mountain biking, outdoor climbing or bouldering, hiking. It's hot and humid for most of the year and unfortunately the Texas coast is just terrible, in part due to the fact that during the summer the Gulf of Mexico water temperature is typically hovering around 80 degrees Fahrenheit so it feels like swimming in warm bath water.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Great Company to work for and great people

    Former Employee - Data Specialist  in  Bartlesville, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Data Specialist in Bartlesville, OK (US)

    I worked at ConocoPhillips full-time

    Pros

    Very Family friendly Company and lots of opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Large company and it can be difficult to get to the right people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the career growth of their employees more seriously

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    Former Employee - Contract Specialist  in  Bartlesville, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Bartlesville, OK (US)

    I worked at ConocoPhillips full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Small town, low cost of living

    Cons

    Large company so sometimes you as a person get lost in the numbers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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