Patterson-UTI Drilling Company
Patterson-UTI Drilling Company, LLC has approximately 330 marketable land-based drilling rigs that operate primarily in oil- and natural gas-producing regions of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and western Canada. The company employs 6,000 people in six regions. Revenue in 2011 was $2.5 billion.
Over the past four years, Patterson-UTI has refurbished more than 80 rigs. Those and many other rigs are now what the company calls “Fit for Purpose Rigs.” The company invested $1.7 billion in new and upgraded equipment from 2005 thru 2008
Patterson-UTI has a history of recruiting veterans. The company has hired an in-house manager of recruiting with prior military status to help initiate a strategy for recruiting veterans. Patterson-UTI reaches out to 14 military installations nationwide to source candidates as they are exiting the military. The company is also a partner of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces. The company’s goal is to have veterans make up 40 percent or more of the new hires for its New 2 Industry Training Program.
Brent Hollenbaugh, a former petty officer first class in the Navy, is that new manager of recruiting. He manages the recruiting process for salaried employees, partnering with hiring managers to assess needs. He also works with regional HR managers to ensure that quality candidates are being hired for the company’s large hourly workforce.
“I was able to use my skills gained through Navy recruiting to find this opportunity,” he said. “I would advise someone who is on recruiting duty to invest in a degree to prove that you are dedicated to your career field.”
Patterson-UTI believes veterans make good employees because they have been part of a team. The company understands they also are dependable, drug-free, and genuinely care about the success of their organization. They are good at implementing new ideas as well as standing up for what is right and not being afraid to make the right decision.
Hollenbaugh understands how his military career has helped his civilian career. “A skill that I learned in the military that helps me on my job is the ability to handle stressful situations,” he said. “I am very self-disciplined, which allows me to meet deadlines – and this is something that I learned in the military.”
Patterson-UTI offers plenty of opportunities for advancement, according to Hollenbaugh. “They have the opportunity to work hard and get paid very good wages,” he said. “Veterans fit in well with us because we work in small units on the rig. We also eat, sleep, and work in one location, which is something that veterans tend to be more used to. Veterans enjoy the schedule that we have, which is either 7 days on and 7 days off or 14 days on and 14 days off. Therefore, they are used to being away from home, but they also get as much time off as they do time at work.”
“We are a great company for veterans to work for because we truly appreciate the sacrifices military members make,” said Patterson. “We also have a lot of veterans in our ranks, which allows for a culture that is very accepting. Coming from the military into Patterson-UTI was really seamless because the other employees were so friendly to me and accepting of my service.”
Hollenbaugh advises exploring every option when looking for another career. “The advice I would give to someone leaving the military is to be open-minded on location, job, and pay. Look at all opportunities, especially with companies that are growing and have a lot of opportunity for advancement. Don’t just focus on the popular companies, as you will miss out on opportunities with companies you may have never heard of before. For men and women veterans trying to gain a position with Patterson-UTI Drilling Company, do your research, contact us, and show us your winning attitude that you gained from military service.