Second Look At Work/Life Balance
balance is a much discussed topic and has moved to the forefront of
concerns for the baby boom generation and even more so for Gen-X and Gen-Y
employees. It is vastly recognized that while the oil and gas industry
brings with it a lot of rewards, good paying jobs, decent life styles, it
also comes with stresses such as long work hours and the historically
cyclical nature of our industry. Boom
and bust periods trade hands frequently. Increased hiring activities
currently experienced based on strong demand for oil and gas will most
likely be followed by workforce reductions in down-times.
Thus, long term career planning, balancing work and family life,
rapidly rising health insurance costs, having to care for elderly parents
to name a few, have become more prominent in recent years as employees
struggle to find the right balance between work and life.
issue of work/life balance presents challenges for employers as well as
employees. As there is no one-size-fits-all set of benefits that would
satisfy all employees, the smart companies -- and the ones that are
successful -- are the ones that put in place a smorgasbord of benefits
that support employees in their quest to juggle home and work
responsibilities. Within Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies
list, many companies have created cultures and offered benefits that
afford their employees a better work/life balance. Interestingly, The
Great Places to Work Institute in San Francisco, which assembles the
annual Best Companies List for Fortune, notes a strong
correlation between a high-quality work environment and business success.
It is no wonder then that companies seem to be working harder than ever to
lure and keep some of the top and rising talent. Depending on the size of
the company, some of the items implemented to achieve successful work/life
balance environments are:
Shortened or flexible
workweeks, such as 9/80, 1/2 day Fridays, etc.
Stretch, growth and cross
business career opportunities
Job training courses
Managers working their way
up from field positions
starting at four (4) paid weeks after 15 years of service
Paid paternity leave
Graduate school, continued
education tuition reimbursement
On-site or child-care
reimbursement when employees travel
On-site fitness or gym
companies have begun to realize how important the work-life balance is to
the productivity and creativity of their employees. Research has shown
that employees who are more positive toward their organization's efforts
to support work-life balance also indicated a much lower intent to leave
the organization, greater pride in their organization, a willingness to
recommend it as a place to work and higher overall job satisfaction. Work-life
balance is not stagnant and varies over time, often daily. The right
balance today will probably be different tomorrow. The right balance for
singles will differ from employees who are married, have children, the
beginning of the career versus nearing retirement.
work-life options in an organization may involve some up-front costs, but
these will pay off in many measurable ways, from making it easier to
retain valuable employees to building great word of mouth about the
put, better balance means better business.
The following biographies are just a small sampling of the
kind of talent available in our talent pool of over 20,000 experts.
Please call our placement
managers if you are interested in learning more about these
professionals, or check out our website for more candidates.
with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, project management
certification, and 10 years of experience in the refining and
petrochemical industries working for major operating companies.
Expert in pressure relief and flare analysis. Experience with
engineering and operations management, process safety management, and
business development. Additionally experienced in managing the financial
performance of major pressure relief projects and team lead functions
related to domestic and international project execution. Geographic
areas worked include Singapore and Southeast Asia.
See PM 401.
Health, Safety and Environmental Manager with masters' degrees in business administration
and public health, environmental and occupational health science, with a
diversified portfolio of global upstream and offshore experience.
Expert in EHS management systems and regulatory oversight,
training and communication, benchmarking, strategic analysis, cost
benefit analysis, toxicological studies, and human health and ecological
risk assessment. Specialist in ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001.
Experienced in regulatory management and compliance, program
development, training and implementation, financial analysis, and data
management. Additionally experienced liaising with regulators, legal
counsel, senior management, and line personnel with the interpretation
of technical information for industrial and business concerns.
Project Procurement Manager with a bachelor's degree in business
administration and 30 years of experience with major exploration and
production and service companies in the oil and gas industry.
Experienced in purchasing, budget control, contract management
and administration, materials management, SAP implementation, systems
auditing, logistics, fleet maintenance operations, and marketing.
Geographic areas of work include Sakhalin Island, Russia and Uzbekistan.
Proficient in the Russian language.
with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and 16 years of
experience in the oil and gas industry.
Expert in the design of onshore and offshore production
facilities. Experienced in
brownfield project management and operations engineering, cost
estimating, construction management, hook-up and commissioning, and
fabrication oversight. Geographic areas worked include Texas, Louisiana,
Trinidad, Singapore, Angola and Israel.
Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
with an MBA, a bachelor's degree in Physics and over 20 years of
experience working for mid-sized independent operators as an employee
and consultant. Experienced in exploration, exploitation, acquisitions,
divestitures, and operations including new field discoveries and field
extensions in conventional and unconventional plays. Geographic areas
worked include California, the Gulf coast, and offshore Gulf of Mexico.
Software proficiency in Petra, GeoGraphix, SMT, Landmark Suite, and
with a master's degree in geological sciences and 30 years of experience
working for small and mid-sized E&P
companies. Expert prospect
generator. Experienced in
regional geologic studies, seismic interpretations, subsurface mapping,
electric log analysis, log correlations, structural geology, mapping
complexly faulted areas, deal screening, depositional environment
interpretations, reserve estimation, and basic drilling and logging
operations. Geographic areas worked include Texas and Louisiana Gulf
coast, Gulf of Mexico, Permian Basin, and Appalachian basin.
Software proficiency in SMT.
Ask for G820.
with a bachelor's degree in geology and 13 years of experience working
for a large service company. Expert
in time and depth imaging and processing.
Experienced in 2D and 3D marine and land data, KPSDM and WEM
migrations, tomography, post processing, and velocity processing.
Geographic areas worked include west Africa and deep water Gulf
of Mexico. Software
proficiency includes Petrel, Omega SPS, and Omegavu and UNIX, Windows,
Linux and Cluster systems. Ask
with a JD and 25 years of experience working for large and small oil and
gas companies. Expert in
negotiations and contracts. Experienced
in management, lease acquisition, due diligence, division of interest,
land administration, multi-state title examination, title
curative, lease extensions, file review, contract review, research
projects, briefs, and regulatory experience with state and federal
agencies. Geographic areas worked include south and central Louisiana,
central, south, and east Texas, Montana, Ohio, Arkansas, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kentucky, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and
Arizona. Software proficiency in Excalibur, Tobin, GIS, SAP, File Net,
CITRIX, Quorum, and KSYS systems. Ask
Reservoir Engineer with a bachelor's degree in
chemical engineering, an MBA, and 10 years of experience working for
majors and small independent operators. Experienced in reservoir
studies, acquisition and divestiture analysis, production forecasting,
economic modeling, and reserve estimating and reporting. Also
experienced in decline curve analysis, material balance, volumetrics,
pressure transient analysis, nodal analysis, and well log
interpretation. Geographic areas worked include Texas, New Mexico, and
the Gulf of Mexico. Software proficiency in PROSPER, MBAL, GAP, VIP,
ARIES, PHDWin, Peep, and HYSIM. Ask for R654.
and Completion Superintendent with
a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering and 21 years of experience
working for small to mid-sized independents and as a consultant.
Experienced in drilling, completions, production, workovers, fracturing
operations, open-hole and cased-hole fishing, field supervision, coiled
tubing operations, horizontal and multi-lateral drilling, artificial
lift systems, and high pressure stimulation treatments. Geographic areas
worked include Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Utah,
California, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, and the Gulf of Mexico. Software
proficiency in DIMS, OpenWells, HalLog, ARIES, Peep, and Petra.
Ask for D510.
and Completions Superintendent
with 35 years of experience working for small and major operators.
Experienced in drilling and completions operations including multi-stage
fracturing, coiled tubing, wireline, well intervention, well testing,
workovers, and horizontal drilling. Additionally experienced in HSE
oversight, permit renewals, inspections, and crew training. Geographic
areas worked include Texas, Louisiana, Michigan, Colorado, Wyoming,
Pennsylvania, and Colorado. Software proficiency in OpenWells, WellView,
and DIMS. Ask
Engineer with a bachelor's degree in civil
engineering and 31 years of experience working for majors, large
independents, and as a consultant. Experienced in field development,
reservoir modeling, acquisitions, well completions, and stimulation.
Geographic areas worked include the Gulf of Mexico, south Texas,
Wyoming, Oman, Malaysia, Syria, Nigeria, and Brazil. Software
proficiency in Petrel, CMG, PROSPER, and ECLIPSE.
Ask for R1030.
with a master's degree in business administration and 15 years of
experience working for major operators and small to mid-sized
independents. Experienced in assisting engineers with economic and
reserve reports, creating, monitoring, and maintaining drilling
completion and workover reports, assisting with reserves documentation
and presentations, capital cost surveillance, and project controls.
Software proficiency in ARIES, PHDWin, and WellView.
with a bachelor's degree in business administration and four years of
experience working for an E&P company. Experienced in production
spreadsheets, revising, editing, and finalizing joint operating
agreements, creating monthly production graphs for onshore wells and
maintaining well files and well history. Software experience in ARIES
and DrillingInfo. See
with an associate's degree in biology and 20 years of experience working
for major and mid-size oil and gas companies and service companies.
Experienced in log
correlations, seismic maps, digital files, maintaining databases,
cross-sections, 2-D and 3-D navigation, generating computerized
structure maps, creating databases for in-house geophysical base map and
seismic inventories, and creating montages.
Additionally experienced in preparing Landmark OpenWorks and
SeisWorks projects to migrate from R2002 to R5000.
Software proficiencies include Velocity Data Bank, Energy
Graphics, MicroStation SE/J, Zeh Montage, GMA, UNIX, GeoGraphix, P/I
Dwights, and OpenWorks, and Geolog.
with 15 years of experience working for small operators.
Experienced in supporting operated and non-operated departments,
drilling and production reporting, production accounting, regulatory
reporting and filings for drilling and completion operations, AFE
tracking, running cost reports, and creating and maintaining well files.
Geographic areas worked include Texas and Oklahoma.
Software proficiency in WellView, AS400, Field Direct, and IHS.
Review thousands of talented people in
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yourself for a career in the shale gas industry
The successes in the North
American natural gas industry in developing shale resources have been
formidable. Hardly a day goes
by without reports appearing about new finds and developmental successes
in this area. Now the public
discourse has been shifting dramatically and is citing the gas production
capabilities as a major reason for the US' newly found path to energy
independence. Some say that
for the US to become a substantial exporter of natural gas is only a
matter of time. The
construction and development of LNG facilities and the US' possession of a
qualified workforce and infrastructure makes exporting gas on a larger
scale no longer a pipe dream.
But, of course, there are
challenges. The critical
atmosphere and the fears, substantiated or not, which exist in the general
population of the environmental risks in producing the shale gas could
slow down progress. It is
amazing to see that a term like "fracking" has become a
household word and is now used just like "googling" and
(We feel and hope that these fears will eventually be eliminated,
and shale natural gas resources will be produced nationwide safely and
efficiently by many companies in the coming years and decades.)
The future appears promising for career seekers n this particular
But as professionals plan
and develop their particular paths to success in their work life, there
are risks that should be observed and measured.
Not every company involved in the natural gas production business
will be successful. Here are
some of the areas where we advise our candidates to investigate and get to
know the organization they want to join.
While there can be
financial challenges for companies starting out in shale gas
production, it is a sign of good strength if the company is
The longer the good track
record is, the better, of course.
Note that shale gas production on this scale is a relatively
new area, so there are probably a lot of good companies who have not
been in this industry sector for very long.
Nevertheless, awareness of a company's track record helps.
To get a good picture,
read local newspapers and follow what people are saying about the
company's relations and responsiveness to the communities in which
they operate. Do the
companies you are interested in give back to the communities?
Are they considered to be good neighbors?
Do your homework to see
what the financial experts say about whether a production company is
in solid shape or stretched thin.
Again, this is homework
for you. Ask around to
find out what people think about the company in which you are
interested. Have their
employees written technical papers that speak for the company?
What do the suppliers say about working with the company? All
of the information will speak to the technical and professional
substance behind the published information.
This is interesting as
many companies are now moving a big portion of their asset base into
the shales and away from conventional areas of production.
This can become problematic if too many eggs have been moved
into one basket.
And last but not least,
and always the best indicator:
Employees are the absolute
best source for personal observations and valuable inside views.
Your friends will tell what they see every day, and it will
help you make up your mind.
The future is very bright
and all should be well if you make your personal career move
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