Published in the May/June 2010 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Formed in 1989 with only 10 employees and $50,000 in capital, Chesapeake Energy has grown into the second-largest producer of natural gas in the United States, and the most active driller of new wells in the country. The company’s strategy is aimed at discovering, acquiring, and developing conventional and unconventional natural gas reserves onshore in the United States. Chesapeake Energy is based in Oklahoma City.
The company’s focus is primarily on the Big 6 natural gas shale plays: the Marcellus Shale of the northern Appalachian Basin, the Haynesville and Bossier Shales in the Ark-La-Tex area of northwestern Louisiana and east Texas, the Fayetteville Shale of central Arkansas, the Barnett Shale of north-central Texas, and the Eagle Ford Shale of south Texas. The company forecasts that natural gas will continue to gain market share in the U.S and around the world for years to come because of its affordability and cleanliness.
Chesapeake Energy was ranked fifth in CNN Money’s “Best Companies for Job Growth” in March 2010, projecting 20 percent growth. Increased activity at the Marcellus Shale has unearthed new job opportunities for engineers, superintendents, foremen and field laborers, as well as supporting personnel in human resources, accounting, and information technology. Fortune magazine also named it one of the 100 best companies to work for in 2010.
Tim Dehan, a supervisor in field recruitment, grew up in a military environment. His father retired as a colonel in the Air Force. He’s been in Chesapeake’s recruiting division for ten years, and says that recruiting service members is his secret weapon.
“I’ve targeted the military at every single place that I’ve recruited for during the last ten years, because I know that veterans are some of the best employees any business can have,” Dehan said. “They are qualified, reliable, professional, have a great attitude, are team-oriented, work hard, are driven by goals, and are 100-percent drug free. What organization wouldn’t want a veteran to work for them? Veterans are the best at what they do—or they will be the best at what they do.”
Dehan is quick to point out that Chesapeake Energy is also a great place for veterans to ply their skills and experience. “This is a flat organization,” he said. “That allows everybody to speak up and try new ways to do things. New hires are as valued as experienced personnel, because we realize that both groups have their strengths. This is also a place where teamwork is more than just appreciated. There is a culture of togetherness that I haven’t seen in other places. Plus, there are no attitudes. The person you work with isn’t just a work associate; they’re a close friend.”