Kinder Morgan

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Kinder Morgan
Kinder Morgan
810 reviews
Kinder Morgan Ratings
Average rating of 810 reviews on Indeed
3.3Work-Life Balance
3.7Pay & Benefits
3.1Job Security & Advancement
1001 Louisiana Street Suite. 1000 Houston TX, 77002
More than $10B (USD)
Energy and Utilities

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Business Analyst | Houston, TX | Jan 14, 2019
Lawson ERP Team Manager Is Horrible
When interviewed, I never over sold my skillset. I am a Lawson admin that was willing to learn and support new applications. Instead of being given any Lawson tasks, I was placed on a very stressful and unsuccessful Kronos project as well as supporting their current time keeping software, HBS. These are 2 apps that I've never touched. I was tasked to install 2 patches in Kronos Dev and given directions to do so. I followed the directions not realizing that when I installed the 2nd patch that it uninstalled the first one. Honest mistake not fully understanding the Kronos management console. I got raked across the coals for that. Not taking into consideration that I've never done this before! Supporting HBS was horrible. I was asked to support an application that NO ONE ON THE TEAM KNEW HOW TO SUPPORT. The original guy left. His documentation was on a shared drive that belonged to the payroll team. I asked for access to that location and was approved by payroll but denied by MY BOSS! He told me I had to go through a team member to access any documentation. First I don't know what's out there so how do I ask for a document. Then I asked that guy to copy everything from that location to a location that I can get to. Did that every happen, of course not! That's even after asking several times! But it was my fault when requests were not completed on time. Why not just give this app to the guy that has the access. I couldn't get approved for odbc connections to databases for hbs
ProsGood team members
ConsHorrible management
Operations Supervisor | Houston, TX | Feb 14, 2013
Too many chiefs not enough Indians
This company is top loaded, if you look at the job opportunities, always top heavy with supervisory personnel, upper and middle management saps the energy from this company. Even today they have a "compensation director' listed for employment, they have no clue what to pay their employees??? That it sad when you cannot survey the industry without some high salaried director to lead it. These upper management people sap the bonuses, taking all the monies dedicated for bonuses for themselves. The common employee gets no merit raises, thus no reason to excel. The bonus plan is based against the employee. sick leave is not allowed, no one can die either without the bonus being impacted, the bonus is based upon the entire company not the segments that perform with excellence thus certain poor performing segments can drag down bonuses. Nepotism while not allowed but is condoned, thus promotions are given to certain employees on the basis of who they are related too; this goes back to the old United Gas days. The NGPL segment runs the company, and slowly but surely drives out employees from bought out and merged Companies like Tejas, GATX, EP, and now Compano. The NGPL segment drags this corporation down. There is no job security at all, do not expect to retire if you are part of an acquisition, 30+ year employees are not safe from being laid off! Your ideas are never welcome. Rich Kinder claims a 'safety record second to none' WRONG, this is a misnomer, if you stop any job on the b
Prosgreat temp job
Conspoor pay, no security, top heavy management is always on the defensive
Plant Operator | Alexander, ND | Oct 25, 2017
They expect you to succeed with no training
Natural gas processing plant, lots to learn, but you are on your own as far as learning all the processes, whether out in the plant or on the control board. There is no organized training, no taking operators out in the plant to show them how things run, or how different equipment plays into the process. Those who want to try to learn can teach themselves some things, and ask questions, but this is a very dangerous way to run a gas plant and has lent itself to a trend of near-misses over the past several years-some involving equipment problems or spills and releases, and some involving personal injury. About two months ago, there was a fire that caused injury to an employee. This was caused by the employee. The plant had to be shut down, and an OSHA inspector came to investigate. Kinder kept the plant closed for another 3-4 days for their own investigation. This plant is a Process Safety Management facility and has focused on training its employees on how to follow those rules, and complete the required paperwork when necessary. The management here,however has tried to use PSM and the paperwork to replace the training that they lack. There are still plant operators who have been here 2-3 years who do not know the hazards of each vessel, chemicals that may be present, or how key systems or processes in the plant work. It would make sense that the company would start spending some time training its operators, for obvious safety
ProsWork schedule, benefits
Consno training and nothing but excuses from management about it
Not Specified | Port Arthur, TX | Mar 26, 2013
Comical words, "Do the Right Thing Everyday"
They have a sytem called "Do the Right Thing Everday". Which is a joke. The company doesnt even abide by there own "Six Core Principles. They have these in place for there benefit only. They use these core principles against you so they are not at fault. If something goes wrong or someone is injured they munipulate anything and everything so they are not at fault. I had the HR department say to me, "We are here for your protection and to protect the employees". I ask them do I pay you or does the company. They had no response. Management in the company is not qualified for the postions they are in. If you are smarter or have any brains they will try to get rid of you. They have a huge legal team in place. When I say huge I mean HUGE! A Co-Worker was injured on the job a few months back. As a witness, it was not his fault. They took the situation and have tried to turn it against him just because he got legal advice about his situation. Everything was fine untill he seaked legal advice. Management has tried and is still trying everything they can to fire him. They have even asked employees to watch him so they can write him up. I had a senior manager tell me, "He p*ssed them off when he got a lawyer, They are going to fire him any way they can". The company has a safety bonus program. They put money on walmart cards every three months, now its a chase prepaid card. At the end of the year, on the last pay check they took out taxes for the whole year. It ended up making some peo
Prosmedical benefits, bonuses
Consmicro mangement, unqualified management & employees, constant back stabbing
Health and Safety Instructor | Louisiana | Apr 13, 2015
A culture of fear and dysfunctional management
The company pays decent but if you look up and down the street I think you will find they predominantly under pay. The upper management at this company are in my opinion, ineffective leaders. You will be asked to work extremely long hours so be ready for sacrifice.My own experience is I was faced with the worst of the worst when it comes to corporate yes men who spent more time covering for each other than productive management. Worse yet they are controlled by a team of reactionary Directors who manage solely from a place of fear. A healthy work environment is extremely important anywhere. Lets face it in O&G or a huge Midstream, safety is paramount and the people who drive safety are supposed to be about changing/maintaining a culture that fosters an ever safe effective workplace where everyone has respect for the job and coming home in one piece. Horrifically this outfit from my experience is more about punish and fire anyone who even appears to be having a problem vs. mentoring and correcting behavior. I saw this happen time and time again. My upper management did not council or document the issues, they just replaced people with no warning. Think about it for a moment, how do you grow a person into a safe operator if they are so scared they hide everything? I observed that he management is scared of themselves as well. In summary my honest assessment is that the above is the general operating culture at Kinder Morgan. I hope you find this helpful I was very excited when
ProsI like what I did at KM. That was a challenge and very enjoyable
ConsWorst corporate and upper management of any company I have ever observed.
Concrete Pump Operator | Carteret, NJ | Apr 14, 2016
Overall a good place to work, i just have higher expectations.
Start of my shift (1400-2200) i write down all the plant operating orders (poo) and then i go check out the entire field to see where all the pipelines are relieving. As i do my relief check i will switch where lines are relieving depending on the non going orders i have to set up. I am always with a partner, bouncing ideas off each other, communication is very important. we may split up as there are many items to check, but then we go and double check what each other did. My coworkers vary in ages but i can work with any of them including the ones that may not be quite up to par, in that case i just stay on my toes for sure. As for management, my immediate supervisors stay the same for the most part because they need to know the line systems as well as i do since they will be issuing the POOs. As for upper management they really have no clue how the job is done, they are in place to cut costs and find what they feel is a more efficient system of completing tasks. Upper management usually changes every 3 years or so. The hardest part of the job is staying "in the game" mentally. I could be doing transfers out of the same 4 or 5 tanks into several other tanks back to back. I need to remember where each line is relieving and make sure i close it on whatever tanks have completed so i can use it elsewhere. It may sound simple but when its busy it is tough. The best part of the day is when all the work is done without any mistakes.
Prosi am left alone/trusted to complete my tasks.
Conspoor management outlook. fake safety first attitude from management.
Manager | Texas | Mar 31, 2015
Good company, difficult to be a successful employee
A typical day at work is filled with juggling what you need to be doing against what your manager or manager's manager thinks needs to be done. We are not talking priorities rather preferences. What I learned is most facilities within my group had a practical monopoly and many guaranteed contracts with customers and groups structured with no guarantees are unfairly measured the same. Management is mostly concerned with how they are perceived by their manager and not so much with operational reality. My co-workers were akin to fellow soldiers in a doomed platoon that keep attacking none the less with no assistance or reward in site. All we have is each other. The hardest part of the job was having your creativity, imagination, open mind, energy, charisma, and personality removed from your job and body which eventually wears you down until you stop using these traits only to find out your labeled a non participant because of it. The most enjoyable part of the job was identifying individual motivational triggers and placing employees in a situation that pulled those triggers and then sitting back and watching the self induced improvement around the triggered employee. To see the employee's increased involvement and positive infection on others. Also enjoyable was recognizing others needs and getting them the materials or upgrades to make their work day better. Good company, very sad.
ProsGood Company overall
ConsPoor work life balance, long hours, no recognition unless you are in the right circles.
Unloader | Baltimore, MD | Nov 3, 2021
Horrible just horrible.
This will be a straight up review, no disgruntled ex employee in his feelings but the actual deal, there is absolutely no work/life balance here, no set schedule expect to work weekends and holidays regularly and you won't know what days you'll be working in advance from week to week because the schedule changes without warning. The management could care less what you have going on in your life or what event you'll miss as long as his numbers look good. You can expect to work short handed in the summer heat to the snowy winter without as much as a thank you, and the paperwork alone is enough to kill you. The terminal and all of the equipment is falling apart and or broken with no plans to fix anything in the foreseeable future and last but not least the job is physically hard, you'll come in with perfect health and after a year you'll feel like a old man, something that is never acknowledged by the management or reflected in the pay. To be clear this terminal is the lowest paying terminal of all of the terminals that surrounds us and we do 100 times the physical work as the others. In closing i will tell you that this location is physically located between a sewage treatment plant and the city dump and depending on which way the wind is blowing you are guaranteed to have a smelly bad day especially in the summer.
ConsNo work life balance. Long hours, extremely hard physical work, pay doesn't match the amount of work that you do, You'll drown in paperwork.
Non-Disclosed | Texas | Feb 3, 2016
Upper Management lack of objectivity hinders culture and success
Teammates quickly learn to stick together, as they quickly learn upper management is not friend, but foe. The management appears to put safety first, but that is far from the reality. One need only look at their safety record, to include several deaths. Upper management takes no accountability for incidents, rather they punish local management. Yet, they provide no support when it's pleaded for. Additionally, it seems these upper managers are selected for who they are, thus, not the best qualified. The means by which these managers address concerns with you is to persecute first and maybe they will ask questions later. The field employees work extensive hours as there's constant struggle to maintain their workforce. The pay is below average, there's no merit increases and bonuses are very lacking. If one is seeking to be merely a puppet, with no desire for growth or improvement, this will do. Talented driven leaders will leave. KM should ask themselves what happens when they experience an exodus of their current long term upper management and the new ones are at a lost due to fostering an all inclusive workforce. The upcoming Millenial workforce will not thrive here & will leave. If KM does not truly change it's culture, it will be it's own demise.
ProsRelationships built by those in the field
Instrument Technician | Iraan, TX | Mar 1, 2016
A great company to work for, where everyone was treated like a member of a huge family.
This is a company I loved working for. They are a very family oriented group, and treated everyone with respect and as if they were members of a very large family. The management group was very involved in the safety culture, participating in the safety work groups and safety meetings. They were excellent in talking with the employees, to see how we were doing, if we needed anything, how are families were doing. They were constantly reviewing or processes, and looking for ways to improve the way we do business, including the use of new equipment, making sure they we all received the training required to better ourselves, and thus improving the company value. As a self starter, I appreciated that they left me to do my work as soon as I was able to demonstrate to their satisfaction that I was capable of doing the work. They trusted my judgement on repairs, even coming to the point where I was able to perform as an independent when needed or as a member of a team when we had large projects to get accomplished. They constantly asked for input of all members of our group , and make sure we know that at any time we can stop a job if we feel there is any type of safety issue.
ProsCompany is very safety conscience, and makes everyone aware of their role in keeping everyone safe.

Questions And Answers about Kinder Morgan

What is the best part of working at Kinder Morgan?
Asked Mar 4, 2022
Working in the field. Supportive management with experience.
Answered Jul 1, 2022
The people
Answered Jun 27, 2022
How often do you get a raise at Kinder Morgan?
Asked Oct 13, 2021
Normally once a year
Answered Aug 11, 2022
Answered Aug 10, 2022
What is the culture of the workplace?
Asked Feb 22, 2016
Depends on where you work. In the Northeast Region, rules and policies change depending on who’s interpreting them. Safety is important as long as it doesn’t cost money - if so, then just band-aids. KM is a reactive company, not proactive
Answered Mar 29, 2019
Culture is the character and personality of your organization. It's what makes your business unique and is the sum of its values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviors, and attitudes. Positive workplace culture attracts talent, drives engagement, impacts happiness and satisfaction, and affects performance
Answered Dec 4, 2018
Why did you leave your job at Kinder Morgan?
Asked Mar 14, 2017
Company offered voluntary lay off with severance. My job was stressful, I traveled a lot, and I was exhausted. There was zero work/life balance.
Answered Jun 13, 2021
I was doing security so they lost the contract.
Answered Feb 15, 2019
How did you get your first interview at Kinder Morgan?
Asked Jun 29, 2016
I applied for a dispatch position from Kinder Morgan's website.
Answered May 17, 2018
Staffing agency
Answered Apr 22, 2018