ONEOK Reviews

Updated 24 October, 2014
Updated 24 October, 2014
27 Reviews
3.9
27 Reviews
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ONEOK CEO; President and CEO, ONEOK Partners John W. Gibson
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A disappointing experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK (US)

    I worked at ONEOK full-time

    Pros

    Reputable for being a company that is difficult to gain employment from, indicates a prestigious environment. I was pleased with my pay and most of my co-workers were genuinely wonderful people. Their vacation policy is better than most companies because they give you extra hours of vacation depending on your years of experience in that field.

    Cons

    I took the job knowing it wouldn't be my preferred working environment, but hopeful I would move into a different group in a relatively short amount of time. They changed the transfer policy to a one-year waiting period within a few months of my employment but made exceptions at their own discretion. Other policies were similarly left up to manager discretion which allowed disparity in treatment of employees across departments; this caused contention and created morale issues. Their benefits appear to be fruitful on the surface but when claims were paid you realized the lack of actual coverage. They terminate insurance coverage on the day you leave vs. the end of the month, which is outside the norm of typical group insurance benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to feedback from your employees and pay close attention to turnover statistics in each group and department. Assess the information and make decisions based on that data. Keep an open mind and always explore the perceptions of your employees before making decisions that will ultimately harm the working relationship beyond repair. I experienced that frustration firsthand but also heard negative feedback from retirees in that regard.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Fortune 200 Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK (US)

    I have been working at ONEOK full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strategic direction is focused and on track
    Does not over reach its influence
    Does not over react

    Cons

    Salary at Market to just below market
    Health Insurance not as strong as other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Tulsa, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Management in Tulsa, OK (US)

    I have been working at ONEOK full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    work environment, people, pay, benefits, opportunity

    Cons

    Large company. Some things move slow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    "Myth of the Market Based Pay System"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Tulsa, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Tulsa, OK (US)

    I have been working at ONEOK full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    2 weeks vac from start
    Average benefits

    Cons

    Where do I start......
    Market Based pay is a big sham. VP sat in the last meeting and simply stated that ONEOK will never be the top pay in any market. If you are just looking for top pay then ONEOK is not for you Per our VP.Then why is our CEO the top paid executive in Tulsa, OK? If I sat in a room with members from other energy companies in tulsa that do the same job I would be embarrased to bring up what I make yearly for the job. Your lower level supervisor's won't argue with you during reviews as they know this is true and losing people left and right because of it.

    Keep trying to push wellness programs to finally catch up to what the rest of the industry has had or been available for the last 5 years. Oneok just talks and preaches wellness. They don't offer anything you couldn't go out and get on your own dime and probably should. Should offer some benefit dollars for keeping fit and maintaining good health.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring up the payscale for your employee's that still perform and even try to go above and beyond. Most are still trying to do an exceptional job for you. Let the folks that simply show up and sit on their rumps reap the supposed benefits of the market based pay and reward the people that you would like to see stick around and devolop into to leaders of this company. Stop bringing in new hire trainee's at with '0" experience at pay that people with 5-10 years are barely at. Makes no sense and only angers the people that have fought,kicked, and scratched for every raise they have received.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work but with a bit of bureacracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ONEOK full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, everyone wants and tries to do a first rate job. There's minimal micromanagement so you are in charge of getting your own job done correctly. Benefits are excellent but they are less generous than other large O&G companies. Good work/life balance as long as you don't over commit yourself to too many projects.

    Cons

    You don't want to do to well otherwise you'll be promoted up and have to move to lame Tulsa.

    With any company this size, there's going to be a bit of bureaucracy. It's a bit difficult to navigate at first since everyone expects you to just know who to talk to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be quicker to make decisions. There seems to be a lot of effort and money spent treading water when the direction is plainly obvious.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    If your not a yes man then forget it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator in Mont Belvieu, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Operator in Mont Belvieu, TX (US)

    I have been working at ONEOK full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Its a pay check and a JOB. The benefits are better than having none at all.

    Cons

    Everything! Micromanagement from the top (Tulsa office cause they are KINGS) down. The Market based pay structor is used to not give any raises or salary adjustments. According to Oneok the market has not changed for 2 years and for some 4 years. Other companies have giving 3 to 3.5% COL's. If your not in the clique your're an expendable employee. Some have lost 5 to 7% bring home pay since we have been with Oneok. Not competitive as far as operations group, for the industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get all the Ex-Koch and Enron folks out of the top positions in Tulsa. Koch was a horrible company to work for and Oneok has just be a name change and the culture has stayed the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    ONEOK

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Tulsa, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Tulsa, OK (US)

    I have been working at ONEOK as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company, great leadership, great co-workers. This company is truly a shining star in the natural gas and natural gas liquids field. Flexible hours and great pay was one of many benefits that came with interning with ONEOK.

    Cons

    There is not anything bad that can really be said about the company. ONEOK does possess an aging employee population, but is doing a good job recruiting younger talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the tradition of excellence going ONEOK is a great place to work and grow as an employee continue to do the things that brought the company to this point.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good, stable company with good leadership at the top

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Tulsa, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Tulsa, OK (US)

    I worked at ONEOK full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    ONEOK's core business in natural gas is steady and has a good long-term future. Employment practices are conservative and they avoid the need to "right-size" in down times.

    Cons

    Due to their conservative practices, their pay tends to be below market. They strive to make up for this with much better than average benefits; however, most employees would rather have that additional $ in their pockets each pay day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for performance at market. Capable employees will leave even a great company like ONEOK if they are not compensated competitively. This tends to result in a surplus of lesser-caliber employees who remain with ONEOK only because no one else will hire them away.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Morale in tank in TX

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ONEOK

    Pros

    Texas Gas Service is part of ONEOK and you get decent benefits.
    ONEOK in Oklahoma seems pretty stable, TX business unit tanking
    Work hours in some areas of company are 8-5
    Employee stock share program

    Cons

    Management and long-time employees were slashed and burned in last 6 months. New TGS management is even worse, but ONEOK Exec. team in OK does not know and does not care that great employees are jumping ship as a result. Micromanagement to a soul-crushing, disempowering degree. Torturous new time-consuming processes for field and engineering to get projects approved. Have implemented rules such as no talking to co-workers, reviewing times for entering and exiting building (for salaried employees), daily log of every email and call made to make sure employees are "really" working. Rules are necessary, but it had become more of a prison-style, toxic atmosphere than a productive, respectful workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO gives major lip service to "employee development" but on the state utility level in Texas, there is no such thing. You can't wipe your behind without asking for permission, much less go to a training or work development trip that could further growth. Advice: Stop the flow of great employees out the door by getting the TGS management from president on down to service center management in check...maybe listen to actual employees' feedback (service specifically). The ship is sinking-try to rectify it now or lose tons of marketshare to electric. Even HR is being browbeaten by new local management for hiring "bad" employees--but the robotic new management has no idea how to motivate and empower their new teams. Make local leadership care about employees or show them the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Solid Company with great benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Measurement Systems in Tulsa, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Measurement Systems in Tulsa, OK (US)

    I have been working at ONEOK full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive salary, friendly work environment.

    Cons

    None at this time. Good company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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