- SeaPort Petroleum24.Apr 2017
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanySeaPort Petroleum
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?n/a
- PositionNot specified
People were pitted against each other. If you were friendly to someone that had been out-casted, you would be subject to dirty looks and judgement.
Extremely unprofessional. Favoritism, discriminatory behavior, retaliation, bullying (which was committed, encouraged, and not confronted), creating a hostile & toxic atmosphere, and playing employees against each other regularly occurred. If you wanted to talk to someone about it there was no one to turn to because all of the managers were the people instituting it, and creating the atmosphere in which it was encouraged to thrive. Once, our corporate office sent a survey that was supposed to be confidential. A co-worker told me she was going to be brutally honest in her assessment, and within one week of the survey, she was fired. The reason she was given was because "boundaries were crossed." Once I made a complaint to our corporate office, and no one contacted me back at all.
Some people were given help by the managers hiring more people, others were given the work of five people and expected to do it without complaint or additional consideration for raises. The environment was really a "my way or the highway" type of situation.
Communication was sporadic at best, and if something directly affected your ability to do your job, and something failed as a result, you were blamed for it.
The noise level for an accounting department was loud, and when people voiced this frustration, retaliation was quick to follow when soon after, the dispatching department was moved to our office to be joined together.
By the time I left, overtime had been banned, and people worked mostly a normal 40 hour work week. But I believe this was due to retaliation based on the only black female that worked there who was willing to work a lot of overtime, but the managers were angry at how it was making everyone else look because they weren't doing it. Previously, overtime was very much the norm, and encouraged. However, there were many years prior to that from what I was told by previous employees (and which I was a witness to myself in the beginning of my employment there) that the company purposefully worked in a continuously short-staffed situation in which 1 employee was expected to do the work of 3 to 5 people. I was a witness to people bringing work home in the beginning.
The oil business is pretty volatile. When layoffs happen, and they will, you will be expected to do more for less.
Diversity was only accepted in the "field". Truck drivers. Diversity inside the office was strictly limited, and people of ethnicity were treated in a very hostile way. They were subjected to such instances as this: Once, the manager of distribution came into the accounting department and was speaking to the accounting controller. He said "Maybe I should just hire a bunch of monkeys. He repeated it two more times. Within a week and a half, he came into the department again parading around black american male truck driver job candidates. There was only one black american female working in the accounting department, and it was obvious to me what statement he seemed to be making. Other comments that were made were things like "You know what OUR agenda is"...said by the accounting department office manager/administrator. "Stay away from the black"...this was said by the accounting controller when a new employee was becoming friendly with the only female black employee in that department. "We don't let them take breaks"...said by the company president which seemed to be directed to the black female in the department who was repeatedly intimidated to not take her breaks or lunch on a regular basis.
The location was great compared to where I worked just previous to it.
Very toxic environment