SM Energy Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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SM Energy Company is a company engaged in hydrocarbon exploration. It is organized in Delaware and headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The company was known as St. Mary Land & Exploration Company until 2010. The company's assets are in the Eagle Ford Group (57% of reserves and 45% of 2019 production) and the Permian Basin (43% of reserves and 55% of 2019 production).

An angry former employee shared his/her experience working for SM Energy on Indeed in September 2016:

"Not a good place to work, toxic environment. I'm glad I'm no longer there. Management is totally unethical. The current CEO said there would be no layoffs, and after layoffs began he gave himself a hefty raise in pay."


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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Leadership decisions have ruined a once shining company due to their own selfish ego. Promote 'yes-people' in the organization, and therefore perpetuate their own losing strategies."

Current Employee - Geologist says

"Management is garbage and so is the company structure"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Not yet faced any problem"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Terrible managers. Managers got worse and worse each year. Wasn't uncommon for managers to belittle people under them. Several managers were involved in sexual activities with other employees. Micro management was common and it got worse and worse. I felt like I was back in the 3rd grade. If you had a problem with a manager there was nowhere to go for help. Contacting HR was a sure way to be fired. They were more like the SS in WW II. You couldn't trust anybody because there was so much cut throat going on by people trying to get ahead. Managers seemed to do whatever they wanted and seemed to answer to nobody. You weren't even allowed to have another part time job on your own time if you needed it to help get by. If discovered, you'd be fired."

Former Employee - Land Department says

"Bad Management. There is a "bully" mentality in the Land Department."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"SM Energy does not care about it's people with current executive team"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"very stifling work environment, no trust in management, very uncomfortable"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"This company has ruined so many lives in the past 5 years! People that were loyal and hard working were just used and then let go. Once you hit 60, you can expect to be accused of just about anything and fired. Management is awful and it stems from the president of the company and his cold blooded attitude to people. You are not permitted to work any part time jobs to help pay your bills if you work for sm. If caught, you are fired. You belong to them 24/7. Benefits used to be top notch, but are average at best now. There are so many people in management that would never hold these positions in any other company. If you are the buddy to your manager, you are OK. Otherwise, expect to be treated badly and reviews are usually below average, no matter how hard you work. It's very common to find out a male manager is having inappropriate relation with other females in the office. Micromanagement is common from office managers that have no clue whats going on in oil and gas."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at SM Energy for close to 3 years and couldn't quite understand why so many bad managers were allowed to keep their jobs. As I met other employees in various departments, there seemed to be consistency in the complaints - a lack of trust in management (and even less for Human Resources), favoritism and poor communication. They use a performance rating system that puts people on extreme ends of a spectrum. For those at the wrong end, they are targeted to get rid of - it's not a place for second chances."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Managers and HR people in this company wouldn't ever land the same positions with a reputable company. Most have no idea how to manage others or how to treat their staff with any respect. "Hire a buddy" is very common and if you are the buddy, you got it made. Otherwise, forget it. Coworkers have no problem in this company stabbing you in the back to get ahead. HR and top management just look the other way when they know women are sleeping with the boss to move up the ladder. Micromanagement is awful and it got to the point where you couldn't even move a chair in your office without permission from the office manager. Felt more like being in grammar school than a working office. Office managers have no clue about the oil and gas industry and rule with an iron fist. Moral is very low and has been for years now due to ridiculous rules the company has come up for employees. Everyone is afraid to contact HR for any help for fear of being fired. All you are is a number to them."

Asset Team Engineer (Former Employee) says

"SM Energy is an oil and gas company that develops oil and gas properties. Good at technically developing fields and exploiting resources for maximum value."

Sr. Geological Tech/Wellness Coordinator (Former Employee) says

"The first 10+ years were great with this company. As leadership changed and the company grew, it became a non desirable place to be, getting worse each year. Poor management.Decent bonuses in good years. Good health insurance.Micromanagement, back stabbing, company rules that were rediculous."

Lease Operator (Former Employee) says

"The Production Superintendent over the Midland area is a vindictive, hateful, insecure man. If you're not part of his click, you have no chance of advancement. Good pay, but some things are worth more than money. I quit and went to work for a better company.PayManagement"

Lease Analyst (Former Employee) says

"I'm glad I'm no longer there. Management is totally unethical. Current CEO said there would be no layoffs, and after layoffs began he gave himself a hefty raise in pay."

Completions Technician (Former Employee) says

"Unfortunately, had a pretty bad experience with SM. Was promised a 3-5 year contract; however, when oil started to take an upswing, they laid off 3/4 of their contractor base. Safety does not seem to be a priority here as a number of times I brought up safety incidents only to be told, "hey, keep that between us we don't need to document that" and thusly get a "hand-slap". Can't really recommend this company. Also, innovation from the field is frowned upon. If they don't come up with it, it isn't moving forward."

Lead Frac Well Tech (Former Employee) says

"Poorly ran, upper management spent more money on things that were not needed instead of paying the guys that were good what they deserved! Lots of young engineers that have never been in the feild!"

Lease Operator III / Completion Foreman (Former Employee) says

"Its an ok job. To much of the goodole boy system. Micro management companydays off schedule was greata lot of micro management"

Consultant (Ervin (Former Employee) says

"Supervisors very nice, a lot of expectation learned a lot about supervising job sites, hardest part was the time away from home, most enjoyable was the payVery good payno benefits"

Sr. Facilities Engineer (Former Employee) says

"Like most smaller E&P companies in this economy, there's a stronger chance for layoffs/bankruptcies. To sum things up, poor management, good compensation, and a unsure view of their future (internally and externally)."

Accountant (Former Employee) says

"People are great to work with on the regional level. Upper management and corporate politics make communication a joke. They are downsizing staff and benefits."

Lease Operator/Pipeline Operator (Former Employee) says

"I have not had a good experience working here, I had managers who didn't have my back when problems between other employees. Ideas don't seem always wanted."

SR Lease Operator (Current Employee) says

"My position at SM is a new adventure on a daily basis in my job title. Unfortunately, my job is not secure with this company, and advancement at my level is very difficult. The corporate culture has changed significantly over the past two years, it is not an employee driven company anymore."

AR Accountant (Current Employee) says

"Work hard and play hard Oil and gas company that is financially doing above average Younger crowd Open to new ideas Great communicators Good educators"

Artificial Lift Technician/Operation Specialist/Lead (Former Employee) says

"Was a really good company under old management, under new management not so much. If you're not a favorite, there is no chance of advancing, It seems as though the harder you work the less chance you have of being promoted.Great work schedulesNot much room for advancement"

AR Accountant (Former Employee) says

"This position paid well and my manager was amazing, but it was difficult to create meaningful work relationships, as contract workers were not invited to company gatherings. You always felt like an outsider."

Lease Operator (Former Employee) says

"Over all a great place to work plenty of paid time off lease operators work a 7 on 7 off schedule. A great place to learn Lease operating because the set up is so simple.Great Benefits plenty of time offIf you are a lease operator plan on staying there a while no advancement"