Disciplined, Thorough, Diligent: Opportunities with Chesapeake Energy Corporation

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Published in the May / June 2013 issue of print Search & Employ®   |

Chesapeake Energy Corporation is the second-largest producer of natural gas, the 11th largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids, and the most active driller of new wells gas in the United States. The company focuses on discovering and developing unconventional natural gas and oil fields onshore in the United States. Chesapeake has the nation’s largest natural gas and liquids resource base. Company headquarters are in Oklahoma City.

The company operates in 10 leading plays – that is, land formations that contain oil and natural gas. Chesapeake ranks first or second in unconventional liquid plays and unconventional natural gas shale plays in Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and other states. Near-term, Chesapeake plans to focus nearly 100 percent of its production growth on oil and natural gas liquids.

The company also owns substantial marketing and oilfield services businesses through its affiliates Chesapeake Energy Marketing, Inc. and Chesapeake Oilfield Services. Chesapeake and its affiliates employ more than 11,500 individuals nationwide. Opportunities range from engineers and geologists to rig workers and maintenance technicians.

Chesapeake launched a veteran hiring program nearly five years ago. Since then, the company has continued to emphasize military recruiting. In 2012, the company hired more than 600 veterans; many of those new employees filled positions in field operations.

Performance Technologies, a Chesapeake affiliate, recruited veterans for 30 percent of its new hire positions. Veterans also filled one in five Chesapeake operating jobs last year.

Chesapeake’s top reasons for hiring veterans are:

  • Unmatched work ethic. The military trains servicemen and servicewomen to be disciplined, thorough, and diligent in their responsibilities.
  • Leadership skills that enable military men and women to make team-oriented decisions in stressful situations. Veterans have the confidence to make decisions. They also conduct meticulous research before making them.
  • Teamwork, a key factor in the military, because the unit’s safety depends on it. The same can be said for the oil and natural gas industry, particularly for teams operating in the field.
  • Technical training, which enables many veterans to advance quickly in the energy industry.
  • Energy security.  Veterans who served overseas, particularly in the Middle East, saw firsthand the danger of our country’s dependence on foreign oil. By working to produce domestic energy resources and reduce OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) oil imports, veterans protect national security while growing their careers.

The team of recruiters that leads Chesapeake’s military hiring initiative focuses most of its efforts on military hiring events, veteran outreach programs, and educating veterans on opportunities within the oil and natural gas industry. And company support for veterans goes beyond hiring. Chesapeake has created Troop Connect – a dedicated website to provide resources to veterans within the company. In addition, Chesapeake partners with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program, serves on the Chamber’s Veteran Employment Advisory Council, and is a member of the White House’s Joining Forces program

Cory Schneberger spent six years in the Navy before separating as a lieutenant. Now he’s an operations engineer for Chesapeake, based in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He started at Chesapeake in August 2010.

In the Navy, he served as a submarine junior officer aboard USS Scranton. He spent most of his time as a chemistry and radiological controls assistant and assistant engineer. He also served onshore as an operational test director for the Tomahawk weapons system.

At Chesapeake, his role varies, depending on the field office location. “In general, I act as a liaison between the engineering group at Chesapeake headquarters and the operations team in the field,” he said. “Two of my main functions are analyzing potential well issues and optimizing production.”

Schneberger’s military experience has played a big role in his success at Chesapeake. “The experience as a whole helped develop and fine-tune the tangible traits and technical training that I could offer an employer,” he said. “It also sharpened my more intangible skills, such as leadership, a willingness to work hard, and an ability to learn quickly in a new environment.”

Being well-rounded also has its advantages. “I would encourage servicemembers to keep track of their military experiences and learn to relate their skills and responsibilities to civilian job providers,” Schneberger said. “I would also encourage seeking out extra training beyond your particular specialty. Sometimes these types of opportunities can open doors. So, rather than doing anything different, I think that making the most of your training and broadening your experiences will make you a more well-rounded job candidate.”

Drive and attitude also play a role. “Flexibility and learning and adapting to new projects were required in the military,” said Schneberger. “Those skills, coupled with a dedication to follow through and finish jobs, were important and helpful to me. I have found that the technical side of most jobs can be learned through time and training.”

Schneberger said that his position at Chesapeake still enables him to serve his country. “The military taught me to have an attitude of willingness to accept and complete tasks,” he said. “This attitude is important in getting the job done and helping to get others on board. Specific to my industry, the military also taught me about independence and instilled in me the attitude that the more the United States can use its own resources, particularly as it relates to energy, the stronger we will be as a country. It adds an extra layer of job satisfaction knowing that I am helping to produce domestic energy resources to reduce our foreign oil dependency. I think this mission resonates with many veterans.”

A variety of options are available for veterans at Chesapeake. “Our company encourages veterans to be involved across the board, from field work to logistics to engineering,” Schneberger said. “Chesapeake does not pigeonhole servicemembers into one particular area. Instead, the company places them in positions where they will be most successful. Also, our environment is team-oriented and focused on safety, similar to the military.”


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This article was written by Lisa Dunster