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.  

    great company

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

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

    Pros

    oneok is great to work for. great pay benefits and corporate structure. lots of room for advancement in the company and up the ladder

    Cons

    not too many cons. Not as high pay as some of the bigger energy companies across the us. tulsa isn't that big either

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It's ok

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

    I have been working at ONEOK full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You are left to complete projects without micromanaging. About the only thing I saw people fired for was poor ethics. If weather or bad circumstances hit a project, it was not considered the personal fault of the project team. That is different from some other energy companies. Some managers are great at making employees feel valued and heard. They provide the right stretch assignments and can grow the employees knowledge base.

    The discounts at ONEOK are pretty good. 1/2 off Drillers tickets (local AA ball club) and pre-sale access to concerts at the BOK Center. Discounts on other stuff are less.

    Cons

    Other posters have touched that there management categorizes employees as mules and stars. Stars go on recruiting trips and interview prospective employees. Mules do not. Mules are kept around to do the work but are not considered for advancement. They are not abused but expected to stay in place regardless of performance, good or bad. The value they bring to the company is often attributed to stars, even if the star had little to do with it. Star employees are often mentor, are promoted quickly and sometimes do not finish projects before moving to the next position. Star employees often receive 2nd and 3rd chances without being relegated to mule status. These things aren't minor and would be automatic dismissals at other energy firms. Year after year, poor performers are retained, both stars and mules.

    Some managers understand very little about the business or what they are responsible for. There are no clear and accountable goals for managers. If a manager fails year after year, there are no consequences. These managers provide no direction to their reports and the whole organization suffers. There's lots of talent being wasted this way.

    Pay and benefits are well below market. Without the stock award program, the average employee receives no cash incentive for safety, good operations, appreciation ect. The stock award program will end in a few years after the last tranch of stock is awarded. There are no safety awards or free shirts like other energy firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the old culture. It used to be pretty collegial and now it is overtly political.

    Bring back the zero tolerance policy on nepotism. There are a growing number of parent/child employee pairs even if they report to different people in different divisions. It used to be rare and only child-in-law but now there are more than a few parent/child or parent/children pairs working in the HQ office.

    Get rid of the DCHP program and replace it with an HSA. For those who don't know, the alternative to the PPO at ONEOK is like an HSA plan but rather than the company funding a savings account the employee owns, they fund an account that the company owns and is cap it's balance at 5k. If you leave the company, they keep the money.

    Take the time to actually figure out which managers provide value and which ones just punch the clock waiting for retirement. Fire or early-retire the bad mangers. ONEOK does not have a lot of overhead or spare employees so bad managers have large impacts on individual business units.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, relaxed work environment, fast-paced work

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

    I worked at ONEOK (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people who are invested into the company, good benefits includes profit sharing, 401k matching,and good health plan

    Cons

    Pay is just ok, work-life balance has be actively managed since it is very easy to get over-commit, especially during golive.Annual bonus rather small and sometimes politics get in the way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep pay competitive resist urge to cut cost too much

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fast paced growing company with strong, steady, cautious leadership.

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

    I have been working at ONEOK full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company combines a family atmosphere with an ever growing company that comes with all the benefits and services that employees typically enjoy at large companies.

    Cons

    The pace of growth at times leads to some disfunction as new teams and capabilities spin up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Friendly Atmosphere

    • 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 as a contractor

    Pros

    Great Company, lots of encouragement for contract employees to apply for full time positions

    Cons

    slow to react to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Williston, ND (US)
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Williston, ND (US)

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

    Pros

    Good Benefit
    Good Pay
    Great stock Options

    Cons

    Travel half an hour to get to job site

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up god Work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great entry level work

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

    I worked at ONEOK full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good atmosphere most of the IT techs and SME's are good to work with and if your in a position to do so you can learn a lot . I would not keep this position long term though maybe while your finishing college no more then 2 years max this is the type of environment you will outgrow very fast .

    Cons

    If your looking at doing busy work for a living do not work in the Service Desk . There are limits as to how far you can take issues . Rather or not your idea's are good or liked will not matter . As you will be a contractor and treated as such . It's common for energy company's to contract out most of their work but they want you to bend over backwards for the same pay no matter what shift or hours you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you want to get ride of someone just say so do not make up reasons / excuses Do not hide . Communication is an important aspect of management and any individual with experience and or education knows that . Your environment is very predictable . As such is the reason for your personnel turnaround .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost in transition

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

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

    Pros

    2 weeks vac to start ,6% match on 401K,On site cafeteria, free parking, paid tuition assistance, full of friendly hardworking people.

    Cons

    Market based pay is well under actual market. WELL UNDER! 2014 strategic guide was all about Northern assets when existing assets need attention. Lack of wellness and healthcare programs for a Fortune 500 and still no GYM in corporate headquarters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at other successful companies that do the same business as we do and look at what they offer their employees. The motto is attract,develop, and retain yet a person with 10 years served can go less than a mile and work for a competitor making much more to start. Bright young people only start here to get work experience then leave to make money. It's the way it's always been.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, under pays.

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

    I worked at ONEOK full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome orientation program. Strong steady company. Good environment.

    Cons

    Below market pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider setting up a longer orientation program where you allow your new hires to advance. I know several who wanted to advance but weren't given the chance so they left and advanced elsewhere, including myself. I enjoyed my time there but you've got to reward innovation and drive more than you do.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company! Lots of Opportunities.

    • 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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Good Compensation
    Solid Management Team

    Cons

    Can have office politics undertones

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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