Good place to learn lifelong skills. Decent management
Lead Operator (Former Employee) – Woods Cross, Utah – 25 June 2018
I spent nine years at HF as a plant operator. It is a great place to work and the management was usually very supportive. The pay is excellent but plan on giving your soul to them. The expectations are high but they provide all the tools you need to achieve them. This is a company in constant transition so things change weekly but I feel that most everyone wants you to succeed. I really miss the place but had to move on.
Turnaround Clerk (Former Employee) – Tulsa, OK – 19 September 2018
I loved working for such a great company. It overall one of the best companies i have worked for. The people are very friendly and welcoming. Just be prepared to learn a lot about the units and everything going on in the field.
Haven’t been at HFC very long but long enough I wish I had never taken a job with them.
Engineer (Former Employee) – El Dorado – 16 September 2018
No work life balance. Little to no advancement opportunities unless you are one of the chosen. Management is week and frankly stupid in some instances. Management is by check lists at best. Rules are applied only at the convenience of management. Over the last few years a number of employees have simply disappeared without explanation. “Joe Blow is no longer with Hollyfrotier” is the party line and you are left to guess if it was for cause or whim. There are good people there and some are in management but are in effective at best. Safety is number one, after costs and schedule. If you are honest and hardworking and plan on that for advancement then look elsewhere. But if you are willing to put profits above all else, have no ethics and unencumbered with compassion for your fellow man then this could be the place for you.
Can’t think of any
You must sell your soul to Holly to get ahead and even then that may not be enough.
Project Manager/Engineer (Former Employee) – El Dorado, KS – 3 August 2018
No work/life balance unless management was confronted then they talked about the importance of balance. Promotion was based on who liked you, nothing to do with qualifications. Additionally, experience was not considered important. Overall, poor leadership.
I wished I could say something positive about HollyFrontier Company but the only thing I can say is that the company does pay well. I worked 14 months trying to make the company successful using all years of experience and skills but I was treated like a outside and most of the management team players didn't want me there.
Senior Electrical Designer (Former Employee) – Tulsa, OK – 24 June 2018
Excellent place to experience every type of industrial power and controls scenario imaginable. If you are driven by technical challenges, and experiencing different facets of industry Holly is a great place. The scale is large enough that it gives you a taste of everything.
A great place to work. Everyone and I mean everyone was willing to take time out of their day to help you or give information about a topic of interest. Work life balance was top notch and everyone seemed to be mindful of making the workplace a great place to work. As an intern, I was given meaningful work and real feedback for my outputs.
Operator (Former Employee) – Tulsa, OK – 6 October 2017
I am a former employee of 10 years. If you're a single, tail kissing, individual who is willing to work endless hours then this is the place for you. In Tulsa, overal the management is horrible and demands production no matter if the job is done safely or not. I personally witnessed a significant injury on equipment that had been written up several times. There are many good people located at the Tulsa refinery but the management is very very poor.
Higher Paying with Loaded Stress and Old School Management
Anonymous (Current Employee) – Anonymous – 2 August 2017
A high-stress job with very old school management that is more about looking good than doing a good job. Poor management styles with growth only if you can impress the right person. The culture is very poor and they do not care because they pay well so people stay.
Anonymous (Current Employee) – Dallas, TX – 7 July 2017
I've worked at HollyFrontier since 2011.
As of 2016, a new management team has taken over that is promising change and doubling the size of the company by 2020.
That will be great for people at the top but the probably withe the culture is that all the support groups will or have been pushed to the limit because management does not want to add head count or add employees to the bench.
The company can have great work/life balance. However the trade-off to this advantage is that advancement in your career is difficult. Not unlike many other corporations, politics play a heavy part. The historical advancement process is to wait for the individual in front of you to either leave the company, retire, or any number of reasons besides your own performance. It is well understood that not every junior level employee can become manager but if HollyFrontier wants to play with the big boys (Valero/ Phillips 66 / Tesoro) - it will need to managed its talent in a similar manner. HFC's peers have well-developed succession and rotation plans in place that allow for development and retention of its employees.
Culture here is very laidback and it can be fun. Mostly a good ol' boys club and not much gender or racial diversity - Not as bad as other oil and gas companies but still very apparent.
I do believe in some of the management here but HFC needs a serious culture overhaul and if you are looking to advance quickly, this is not the time to join. There are some serious structural issues that need to be repaired so that your career is not held hostage (speaking from experience).more... Even working for a great boss does not translate into career advancement.less