I don't really fit in with my coworkers in an O&G scheduling job.
I am a traffic rep/scheduler at a mid-sized O&G marketing/producer services shop. My feedback reviews from the higher-ups have always been very positive, and I think I'm making inroads in that regard. My eventual goal is to become a trader. I have been in this job for about 2 years now; I worked as a supply analyst at a major before. I graduated 3 years back.
In terms of compensation package, advancement opportunities, etc. I am totally happy with my job. Scheduling has definitely taught me a lot, and I have gotten to connect with a lot of traders. Although my shop (& firms like ours) don't particularly get affected by flat price, I am pretty damn lucky to even have a solid gig right now, given the whole Covid19 and oil collapse scenario.
With all that being said, I have a lot of frustrations in the day-to-day of my job.
Scheduling manager is difficult to work with. Imagine someone who has been doing it 15 years, with minimal education. They talk about "knowing the ins and outs of the business," and have a misguided superiority complex. They definitely have no clue about fundamentals, or even the economic side of scheduling. What bugs me is this person micromanages our department. There is limited decision making power for us, and they are extremely territorial about protecting the stuff they get to do.
Other schedulers at my shop aren't really like me. They are much more of a pure 9-5er type with no further aspiration to learn about the trading side of things. Some are just pure useless. I split my region with 1 other scheduler, and they pretty much defer to me on everything...except they have been here over 2 years, and did various O&G logistics jobs before. A nice enough lady, but just not bright at all.
Maybe these things are minor, but they have a huge effect on my day-to-day job satisfaction. I miss working with some of the really smart people I did at a major.
Based on comp and advancement opportunities, I have it pretty good. But I have also considered branching out to a big company again.
Can anyone relate?