A small company with great core values headed in the right direction.
Pros: great group of guys working for me, my office is not too far from my children's daycare, and great pay.
Cons: micro manager for a boss that leads by fear, bonuses not available as promised, shorted a week of promised vacation.
My typical day at work is very busy and demanding. Every week I have a project update meeting with each one of my product line experts/engineers to line out the week and prioritize their tasks and projects, then throuhout the week keep them headed in the right direction. At Express, I've learned another side of the oil and gas services industry, that I was not previously exposed to (ie. Casing, pump trucks, well testing, etc.). The senior leadership team (VPs, SVPs) and the executive leadership team (EVPs and CEO) are all great people that you can easily talk to when needed. On the other hand, the current reporting structure of my group, the Sustaining Engineering Group, reporting to the Quality Director is holding up progress in a lot of areas where my group's technical expertise is much needed. Deadlines are occassionally missed due to the inefficient approval process of projects that come out of my group having to be approved by Quality for somethings as simple as formatting a document. I've asked for a technical writter to be added into my budget, but it was denied. My group and I make suggestions with objective evidence as to why, and if the Quality Director is not interested nothing with happen. This in a sense is or could give leadership at Express a bad outlook on my group, and make me seem ineffective as a leader. I'm micro managed, and have been told to micro manage my group, when that is not required. Another difficult part of my job is that when too many field hands are laid off by operations, the VPs look to the resources in my group to cover those jobs, and regardless – more... of the guys working out in the field the Quality Director still expects them to work because they have their cell phones and laptops, that's hard to do out on a very dangerous job site. The stress from this job placed on me by my boss the Quality Director is not healthy, I often do not have an appetite, and it's beginning to affect my family life. The most enjoyable part of my job is dealing with the great guys that make up my group, and seeing them succeed, even with the difficult situations we often face. – less