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Plains Midstream Reviews

Updated 12 April 2019
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Pros
  • "The Pay and benefits are good, this was (past tense) a great place to work" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Benefits are good, and has a nice gym in the building" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not much of a work/life balance" (in 5 reviews)

  • "No one wants to work together, and the working culture suffers" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Discrimination for Motivation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plains Midstream full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits and field level camaraderie.

    Cons

    Top heavy, word hard and you will be punished, don’t expect to have your ideas taken seriously, blind leading the blind on new systems.

    Advice to Management

    Use Q-Tips, be open to new ideas, leadership and message delivery training required, try to retain talent. Ross sucks.


  2. "Systems Integrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plains Midstream full-time

    Pros

    good salary room to advance

    Cons

    not enough staff for work load

    Advice to Management

    hire more people

  3. "Lack of communication is rampant."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Plains Midstream full-time

    Pros

    Most coworkers are great. Fair pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Some people are toxic. Very reactionary environment. Lack of communication in the organization. All teams have a wealth of information but it is not shared efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with other managers/teams for dynamic information sharing to make processes efficient.


  4. "Not a good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Plains Midstream full-time

    Pros

    fruit Tuesdays and lunch meetings

    Cons

    Office politics and nepotism

    Advice to Management

    invest in retaining talent


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Pipeline Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Regina, SK (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Regina, SK (Canada)

    I worked at Plains Midstream full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good

    Cons

    I did not like the work environment.


  6. "Getting Better!"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plains Midstream full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small enough company that your hard work and positive attitude gets noticed and rewarded. Large enough company to have vacation coverage and excellent benefits. Gym and office location are perks. If your role allows working from home is now a possibility. This company is reliable and practical - they have not laid anyone off during recessions.

    Cons

    Few long-term employees have good attitudes, and managing them is inconsistent between groups and teams. Too many emotional connections from "back in the day" to poor employees who should be managed to either shape up ... or ship them out. To a progressive and engaged member of the workforce many things seem outdated. This is exhausting for those trying to maintain good attitudes. That said, is all getting MUCH better and in 6 months will probably improve by 25%.

    Advice to Management

    It isn't fair to only update the offices of commercial traders, this should be done for everyone. The new design is bright and would make a huge attitude difference in other departments. The standard carpet and painted solid black doors are depressing. Easy fixes like this can help people feel like they aren't stuck in the rut of the past President and instead are part of something positive and forward acting.

    Also, if the heating/cooling, elevators and escalators all are broken all the time why are we staying in this building when the vacancy rate in the city would be in our favour? Take advantage of the market while we can !

    Hire experts from progressive companies and encourage long-term employees to pursue up-to-new technologies and specialized education. A lot of the employees in non-commercial roles have a low standard of excellence, efficiency and business knowledge compared to industry peers. Please inspire them towards continual improvement. What about Myers Briggs-type development sessions ? Sure teambuilds drinking beer are OK but can't we do more targeted professional bonding and growth?

    General communication of company slogans and values is nonexistent. How is the culture supposed to be strong if people don't know what the heck it is? Visual PowerPoint formatting at Town Halls is very crowded and confusing. There are a lot of skilled communications experts who could really help this and thus push the shift in the culture that leaders are trying hard to achieve. Hire an agency if the talent isn't in the company.


  7. "A much better company now"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plains Midstream full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture of fear that Plains was notorious for under the previous President is the thing of the past for the most part. The new President genuinely cares about the company employees and is making an effort to listen to them.

    Cons

    Some pockets of politics still exist. Nepotism is still an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Only hire external candidates after you've exhausted internal options.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Operations Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Alberta, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Alberta, AL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plains Midstream full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits. Strong leadership

    Cons

    Some employees are finding it difficult to accept change towards operations excellence


  9. "Great Place to Develop"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plains Midstream full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to educate and develop self is always available, fast pace

    Cons

    Many ‘trial and error’ type of decisions coming from Calgary office wasting time

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide opportunity for progression internally


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Good salary. Horrible culture."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Plains Midstream full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary that's for sure. Pretty decent benefits.

    Cons

    Plains has a toxic culture. Management is not encouraging or supportive to employees. A lot of inexperienced employees working that don't know basic Excel. HR is horrible. A lot of nepotism!

    Advice to Management

    Start valuing your employees.