Never a boring job with all the different types of jobs, conventional frac, zipper fracs, perf gun pump downs, coil tubing frac plug drill outs. Dealing with H2S environment. Tubing up wells, snubbing operations, running pump & rods. Never a dull moment. Well rounded management, easy to communicate with.
8-9 hour work days, Payout tracking parameters using Excalibur PO Module, Co-workers in department were all team players, Most recently, to deal with shrinking staff and the amount of work. Had great manager, and it was enjoyable to work independently.
When I started working it was a growing company that would allow for job advancement and professional growth. As time progressed and commodity prices declined however, the company found itself in debt and had to begin several rounds of layoffs. The executive management would not allow the employees to have flexible scheduling year around. They would give the employees Friday afternoons off during the summer only to reinstate a regular work schedule when the fall started. Many of the employees work more than 40hr weeks. As the layoffs continued, the management did not try to raise morale.
Field Intern (Former Employee) – Dallas, TX – May 20, 2015
I have nothing but praise for the engineering manager. The internship was an awesome experience. I worked in the Haynesville gas field with the production engineers. I assisted with a saltwater disposal system.
Production Operator (Former Employee) – Dallas, TX – June 10, 2014
A typical day was very easy. If everything was in proper working condition, there was really nothing to do. 8 hour days. 5 days a week. That was probably the most difficult part of the job. Not being able to get much overtime, made it difficult sometimes to keep up with my bills. The most enjoyable part of my job had to be the people I worked with. Everyone that I worked with was always open and willing to help, and teach if needed. Some practices used by this company were different than previous work, but in all the work was the same. If it wasn't for the lack of overtime, I would never have left this company.
Employee (Former Employee) – Pennsylvania & West Virginia – June 6, 2014
The pay and benefits are very good, however, there are few, if any, chances for advancement. It's not very clear what criteria are used when people are advanced. EXCO seems to react harshly to bad business decisions instead of planning for the future. They don't seem to understand how to successfully budget money.
Over a 14-month period more than 120 employees were laid-off with no notice whatsoever. There are two offices trying to manage this company, one in Pittsburgh and one in Dallas. Neither office knows what the other one is doing. This company doesn't seem very stable, and the chances are good they are looking for someone to buy all, or part, of their Appalachia assets in PA and WV. Working for them is like being on a ship with no captain in charge.
Hired in 1988 knowing nothing about the Natural Gas field. 16 years later I have learned so much. Production and maintaining production. This job teaches you self discipline. To work by yourself and be productive. My boss and co-workers are like Family to me. The hardest part of the job. Is the Winter Season. Driving though the mountains in the Winter can be very difficult.