Company use to be consistently the top company to work for. Since, it has dropped off the scale completely. People with over 10-15 years leaving almost weekly for other opportunities.
Support from management
Communication flow is compartmentalized and nothing seems to flow up or down. Employees feel like they work in vacuums and when something happens, it becomes a crisis because no one has complete information.
Most try to get along, but there are some that are protective of their responsibilities and don't like to share.
As previously noted, by far the most difficult thing to overcome is the lack of communication in this company.
Very political atmosphere. Raises and promotion are not based on performance. Performance evaluations are given as a matter of policy but after any raise or evaluation has been completed. Employee does not have the opportunity to discuss performance with managers.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Not aware of any issues
Employees that have spent several years trying to work up through the ranks are overlooked and not promoted. More and more hiring from outside. Best suggestion I received was to go to another company and then get hired back. This seems to be the only way to get pay increases to match the market.
Overall compensation for your work
Pay is well below market average. 2016 they increased bonus mark from 5% to 12% to try and close the gap. Company is self insured so employee contribution to benefits is higher than at other companies in the industry. 401k Matching is 6%.
Office / Work Environment
Nice offices, but with the current market conditions for Oil & Gas, it is difficult to get supplies and other materials to be effective. Employees are scrutinized for every tiny expense and company delays paying personal expenses several weeks.
They ask you to participate in fund raising and political campaign donations and publish a list of those that donate. Typically only VP and director level are on the list because no one else can afford to participate.
I know of at least a dozen employees actively looking for new opportunities elsewhere. Company image seems to be at all time low and companies are aware of the fact and are trying to find out why. HR required everyone to fill out surveys and then where they had negative surveys, they looked at who had given negative information and some were dismissed.
Depending on the day, most people in the office tend to try to fly below the radar so they don't get let go. Makes for a stressful environment
Office building that has all ADA compliant materials
Company policies ask for safety but operations in the field don't seem to have the same buy in mentality. They have constant near misses and lost time injuries at the refinery locations.
Very challenging as you are given enough work for two people.
Inclusive / Diverse
Not that I have seen
Suggestions for improvement
- There needs to be a change in upper management. No support from managers to mid level or lower. If you get permission to do a deal and it doesn't work out, upper level management looks back with the benefit of hindsight and grills you on why you didn't do this or that. The attitude has become one of "do nothing to get you in trouble" which makes the company miss opportunities to capture competitive business.
What I like about the company
Originally both Holly and Frontier had good employee incentives. As an employee with Frontier, our performance compensation was sometimes 50% or more of our annual salary. Felt like a family.
What I dislike about the company
HollyFrontier is at the awkward phase of being an inbetween company. Not small enough to feel like family, but not big enough to have the resources and opportunity for growth and long term success.