Former Members of the Armed Forces ‘Highly Recommend’ Careers at Hess
There are plenty of reasons people are attracted to Hess, including excellent benefits, highly competitive salaries and a range of challenging opportunities for personal growth and development.
But to many former members of the armed forces, the most compelling reasons to work at Hess are the company’s deeply rooted corporate values: Integrity, People, Performance, Value Creation, Social Responsibility and Independent Spirit.
In fact, according to four U.S. Army veterans now working as drilling supervisors for Hess in North Dakota, the company values have a lot in common with Army values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.
“Living the Army values mean living up to a higher standard. It’s the same at Hess,” said Terry Abel, who retired as a command sergeant major after a 30-year career.
Abel, Shannon Marburger, Robert Squires and Eric Petersen were all hired after attending a military hiring event at Fort Hood, Texas, one of America's largest military bases.
Co-sponsored by the White House Joining Forces initiative to hire veterans and Orion International, a military placement firm, the event in early 2012 attracted around 150 former and soon-to-be-discharged soldiers. Most were combat veterans – men and women described as strong operational leaders and team players who are motivated to participate in training programs.
Hess senior leadership describes events like Joining Forces as win-wins, for both veterans and the company. As one vice president explained during the event, "These men and women have tremendous leadership abilities, and we need their skills. Veterans bring a lot to the table. What we offer them is a chance to become part of the Hess family. It's a good fit all around."
During the first day of the event, Orion recruiters helped the participants brush up on their interviewing skills. On the second day, the participants attended pre-arranged interviews with 12 private sector companies, including Hess. The Hess team interviewed applicants for a number of positions in Drilling, Production, and Environment, Health Safety & Social Responsibility, even squeezing last minute interviews in during lunch and at the end of the day.
Although few veterans have specific experience in the oil or gas industry, they have the leadership, discipline and the capacity to learn the industry, Hess recruiters maintain. To help them make a seamless transition to civilian life, Hess has established training and mentoring programs to provide veterans the support they need to be successful.
Squires, who retired as a sergeant major after 27 years, said he was impressed by the commitment Hess makes to its employees. “In the Army, we like to say ‘if you take care of your soldiers, they will take care of you' At Hess, we believe if you take care of the people you work with, they will take care of you, too,” he said.
Petersen, a former Army major with 20 years of military service, described working at Hess as “an opportunity to be part of a company with strong values, direction and purpose,” where people are given respect and support and both challenged and enabled to succeed. “I’d highly recommend careers at Hess to others who are leaving the armed forces,” he added.
Marburger, who retired as a major after 21 years, said four things “caught his eye” when he started looking into careers at Hess. “There are the Hess values, of course. But I was also impressed with the level of respect the company offers to veterans. During the hiring event I attended, I was interviewed by a vice president of the company. The fact that someone at that level of leadership took the time to interview veterans really impressed me.
“I was also struck by the safety culture at Hess. The company has an industry–wide reputation for its commitment to safe operations.”
When asked to name the fourth thing, Marburger laughed. “It just seemed very comfortable to go from Army green to Hess green,” he said. “It sealed the deal on what I saw as a mutually beneficial relationship for me and the company.”