Published in the May/June 2011 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Tim Dehan, the supervisor of Field Recruiting for Chesapeake Energy, said that his company likes to hire veterans because “we’re about people.”
“Veterans come with the ideals and drive ingrained in them that we find valuable,” he said. “They tend to work 100 times harder than most non-civilian prospects, and we make no secret about how great that is. We want people who can come in and make a difference right away. Veterans do that.”
Formed in 1989 with only ten employees and $50,000 in capital, Chesapeake Energy is the second-largest producer of natural gas, a top 20 producer of oil and natural gas liquids, and the most active driller of new wells in the United States. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company’s operations are focused on discovering and developing unconventional natural gas and oil fields onshore in the United States. Chesapeake owns leading positions in the Barnett, Fayetteville, Haynesville, Marcellus, and Bossier natural gas shale plays and in the Eagle Ford, Granite Wash, Cleveland, Tonkawa, Mississippian, Wolfcamp, Bone Spring, Avalon, Niobrara, and Williston Basin unconventional liquids plays. The company has also vertically integrated its operations and owns substantial midstream, compression, drilling, and oilfield service assets.
Chesapeake Energy has invested aggressively in the key elements to success in the energy industry: people, land, and science. “We have a merit-based organization,” Dehan said. “Our employees are paid by the value they bring to the organization. Whether they are engineers, mechanics, or in a leadership position, our employees know they have to make a difference. Veterans seem to come with that mindset already instilled in them.”But those are not the only reasons Chesapeake Energy likes to hire veterans. “Because they already have a lot of experience by the time we hire them, veterans already think outside the box and take challenges in stride,” said Dehan. “They also like new challenges. When you couple all of that with their years of experience and what they learned in the military, it’s easy to see why we think veterans make excellent employees.”
Chesapeake Energy keeps jobs on hold for employees who might be deployed because of Reserve or Guard duty. They also hold military appreciation nights a couple of times a year to show they value their military veteran employees.
“I really think it’s a natural fit,” said Dehan, who grew up in a military family. “When you combine the culture and the mission of our organization with the experience and education of the veterans, it’s easy to see why things work out so well. I challenge anyone to find a better job out there. At the end of the day, we create a product that is good for the environment, the economy and the nation; and we don’t send money to countries that don’t like us very much. I have to believe that appeals to anyone who has served in our country’s military.”