Thread regarding Chevron Corp. layoffs

Covington Future

I keep hearing they are closing the Covington location after the Cox deal. Is there any truth behind this?

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, We all have the utmost level of respect for you and your position, no matter how menial a task it may seem for you to do. Please don't be so self-deprecating.

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76cxf - The inquiring mind who asked the question, indeed got a serious answer. That job is suitable for a chimp with a GED eduction.

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, That should teach you not to post such questions on this site and expect a serious answer.

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CBRES Facility Coordinator is a glorified job title for "Building Coordinator". It's a lowly job much like a maintenance supervisor who oversees the janitorial personnel and gardening crew. They "coordinate" or schedule the mundane services in and around the building. It's a dead-end, here today - gone tomorrow type job.

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I was applying for this job in covington, do you know if this is part of a possible layoff you are talking about? Also, if not, are you able to tell me more about what this job does or what CBRES does.

CBRES Facility Coordinator

Thanks

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Whoever posted "It is at about 20% occupancy." is not even close. They really don't have a lot of cubes free (less than 10%) and there are still employees left in other buildings in Northpark from the overflow from North and South COV100. Why post such crap? Who are you, Hillary Clinton?

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, Cleaning out the "deadwood" is a commonly used expression for lay-offs. Plenty of people commonly use that term. Get over yourself. It's not always about you, unless you are revealing more about yourself than you think you are!

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Face reality Covington is closing.

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Have you been to Covington lately? It is at about 20% occupancy. Chevron is throwing it in to sweeten the deal.

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The roustabout who calls people deadwood for posting experiences within their Chevron business units is a special kind of scum bag. Do you think you are gaining brownie points? If so, tell your manager of your good deeds. Maybe you can make it to PSG 21.

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Most employees at the Covington office would have no problem moving to nearby Houston if it wasn't such a cesspool and with all that crazy traffic. Only a small percentage of the Covington people are from the area. Sure, there are a lot of Louisiana people, but not Covington. Covington is a relatively tiny city and only grew in the last few years.

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SHUT IT DOWN!!!!

Consolidate all to Houston as soon as possible.

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Don't get too attached to what is being said in public. Ensuring employees don't panic is a high priority ...

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A lot of D&C managers would love to cut people. They might do it as soon as the 300 HES audits, WELLSAFE, CHESM, SWCPDEP, complex wells, etc are reduced in scope. Care to guess when that will happen?

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The Axeman has spoken. Pay heed to his warning or not at your own peril.

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Doesn't really matter what Mike Illane says. The question is does it make sense to maintain an office to support limited operations? It also does not matter that millions were spent on building an ops / logistics support centers. Short term plans were misaligned with long term strategic goals. They got the process backwards relative to building an infrastructure for the future when all but a few deep water assets will be sold. With the Cox sale, there is no need for operations support in LA/Covington. Clearly, consolidation in Houston with very limited staff will be coming. The market understands this and our beloved stock has moved upward accordingly. Best of good fortune to all in scope. (I pray that this is an opportunity to eliminate more deadwood in drilling / operations - the "Advisor" positions should be first to go since they really don't advise anyone). Additional "management" positions which serve no useful role other than securing a free lunch should also be severed. The fat is ridiculous in drilling. How many people does it take to drill a well InGOM? Try 170 collectively. We used to drill wells with one DE and one DSM for a multi well queue. Our business has gotten way too fat and we have ended up over employed for expected work. It truly is time to get rid of the rest of the deadwood.

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Personally I believe it will take some time to reduce, move and relocate. Relocation packages aren't cheap and let's face it.....there isn't any "cash". I think Covington will be greatly reduced, but will have maintain a presence for a while. That's just my humble opinion.

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The office was required by the state of Louisiana for tax purposes when we had more shelf and onshore LA fields. Once those assets are gone, there is no strong reason to have technical people isolated there. It will make more sense to move them to Houston for all kinds of synergies on support (HR, IT, PGPA, CBRES, etc). Once the Houston staff are reduced enough to make space for Covington folks, they will move over. Some sort of small operational office may remain but I doubt it. We do work all over the world from offices which are more remote from the field location than Houston is from the deepwater gulf.

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I worked in a GOM business unit in New Orleans for 20 years beginning in 1982. When I Started we had southeastern offices in Pensacola, Harvey, New Orleans and Lafayette. Over the years all were consolidated into New Orleans. In 2004, the New Orleans office, with still sizable GOM operations, was consolidated into the Houston division office. Today most of the inland operations are being operated out of Fort Worth. Yes, XTO can operate cheaper than its parent company.

I hated to leave New Orleans, but I had to follow my paycheck. My point is that all the majors will migrate to single US Division office locations as they benchmark/lower their costs. Its cheaper to locate folks in a single office and just bear travel the costs to the operating areas. Good luck to all the LA folks.

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It is part of the package to COX.

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-dpw, You make too much sense, you have no business sharing it here!

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The corporation made a decision a decade ago after Katrina, that a major presence was needed in Louisiana due to the massive investments in the area, both upstream and downstream (St. James, Pascagoula, Oronite). Those types of decisions are always revisited as times change. Northpark was built with the idea that as the Shelf was sold off, and the DWEP projects moved over, gradually the staff would be consolidated in the south building. And the north building would be open to third parties. Look at how the complex was originally designed. $100 oil delayed the sales of the Shelf and forced some modifications to the buildings. Staying in Northpark still makes sense, although a much smaller presence as originally envisioned is probably the end result.

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Chevron does a 3 year business plan every year. So not closing the Covington office in the 2016-2018 B-Plan (which was developed in 2015) does not mean the office could not be closed in 2017 as part of the 2017-2019 B-Plan that is being developed during 2016.

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- "Mike Ilanne stated, closing the COV100 office is not in the 2016 - 2018 business plan. He did not say, it would not be considered in the 2019 and beyond business plans." Let me tell you that COV100 closure will be slipped into the 2016-2018 business plan faster than we can CPDEP from phase 2, straight to phase 5 in one jump. It's been several times.

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Three things we know for sure. First, the accelerated GOMBU core business focus is deepwater assets, as shelf assets are divested. Second, the deepwater plays are not profitable in the current oil market. Third, about 50% of GOMBU petrotech positions are being cut in the ROM/ESP. The fate of Covington (GOMBU), depends on the timing of market recovery. The jettisoning of Buckskin & Moccasin recently might portend the potential demise of Covington office. However, DWEP is quite active, suggesting otherwise. Perhaps more NOJVs are in GOMBU's, and by extension, Covington's future. Or maybe, after the shelf proprties are divested, a Louisiana presence is no longer needed and DWEP & GOMBU merge into a centralized unit in Houston.

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Old news

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Mike Ilanne stated, closing the COV100 office is not in the 2016 - 2018 business plan. He did not say, it would not be considered in the 2019 and beyond business plans.

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In a word.......NO.

Talk is cheap.

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