Andrew Chodur, a drilling engineer specialist in Oklahoma City, was shocked the first time he received a “Hey, good job” email from the chief executive of his employer, EOG Resources Inc. The Houston-based public, oil and gas company has annual revenues of $11.7 billion and employs 2,700 worldwide.
Chodur was more amazed to see the CEO visit his Oklahoma City office in the IBC Bank building at 3817 Northwest Expressway three times a year, and call him by name the second time they met.
But Chodur said he isn't surprised EOG stands out among small businesses on The Oklahoman's Top Oklahoma Workplaces list.
His company — which employs 86 here — “believes in empowering and bettering employees,” he said.
Chodur — who joined EOG in Midland, Texas, 10 years ago after graduating in geology and engineering from the University of Texas — since has earned a master of business administration from Southern Methodist University, thanks largely to EOG, and moved from evaluating wells the company considers drilling to figuring out how to drill wells faster and cheaper.
“Early on, there was a large knowledge gap between myself and my peers, who were 20 plus years older than me,” he said. “But they've been really great mentors who've accepted that my ideas have value, and the company has allowed me to continue to grow,” he said.
Pat Edwards, vice president of human resources and administration, said EOG offers rich benefits -- from paying 90 percent of the college tuition, and 50 percent books and fees of degree-seeking employees like Chodur, to granting employees stock appreciation rights and, in addition to matching 401(k) contributions, funding retirement accounts of 3 percent to 9 percent of base pay and bonus annually.