A safe work environment. Comprehensive training programs. A reputation of technical expertise and experience. Outstanding benefits. Opportunities for advancement. These are just a few of the many reasons why Key Energy Services is a great place to work. But, don’t just take our word for it. Read about some of our employees—how they got their start with the company, how they’ve moved up the ranks and why they think Key Energy Services is the right career choice.
Samuel, Manager, International Talent Management
As Manager, International Talent Management, Samuel finds and recruits employees that rotate to our international locations. Candidates for these jobs come from both inside and outside the company, anywhere from Midland, Texas to Mumbai, India. When candidates complete their international assignment, Samuel helps them return home. Samuel started as a floorhand when he first joined Key in 2005. He quickly worked his way up to the derrickhand position. Soon after, he began conducting morning safety meetings and working with his crew on safety procedures on rig sites. He then became a rig coach where he mentored new employees during their training. Samuel says, “Working on a rig was one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had and I loved my experience working on the rigs during the boom.”
In 2008, Samuel was promoted to Recruiter in the Permian Basin. He worked with hiring managers to fill jobs in all of Key’s lines of business. With bilingual skills in Spanish, Samuel was a natural fit to work with the international team. He has helped fill rotator positions in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Russia, Bahrain, and most recently in Oman.
Samuel is unique. He has a combination of rig operations and recruitment experience. So when Bahrain rig operations began in October 2010, Samuel was able to provide leadership and technical training to new regional rotators. According to Country Manager for Bahrain John McDiffitt, “We got off to a great start in Bahrain, and I’m not sure that we could have done it without Samuel’s help."
Teeka, District Manager
Teeka manages our Fluid Management District in Freer, TX. Every morning, you’ll find her greeting employee drivers as they arrive at 6 a.m. Along with leading safety audits, reviewing work tickets and evaluating customer bids, she makes important financial decisions about the operation. But Teeka didn’t start out as district manager. Teeka was hired in 2003 as an administrative clerk. She worked in the maintenance department, where she generated work orders, purchase orders and maintained the parts inventory. Eventually, she was given additional responsibilities that included creating Authorizations for Expenditures (AFE’s) for the Gulf Coast area. In 2005, Teeka was promoted to division clerical coordinator where she managed several others. She improved work processes for district locations and led training. In addition, she became skilled in using the company’s information systems, conducting compliance audits and researching data used by other leaders. By this time, Teeka supported three lines of business and had a well-rounded view of Key’s operations. In 2010, Teeka was promoted to district manager. Teeka’s secret to success is straightforward: “I learned from others by observing them and working on problems as a team.”
Ricardo, International Rotation Team
On any given assignment, Ricardo’s rotations out of the country typically last 28 to 35 days at a time. Over the last five years with Key, he has learned to adjust to many changes—time zones, local cuisine, climate, languages and cultural differences.
Key began well servicing in Mexico in 2008 with just three rigs. Ricardo was among the first rotators assigned there. With many years of experience as a rig supervisor in the Gulf Coast, Ricardo helped guide and mentor new local workers and local management—and helped the project grow to 39 rigs.
In 2010, Ricardo was a part of the startup for Key’s Colombia project. According to Jose Fraija, Key Country Manager-Colombia, “Ricardo has been an integral part of the Colombia operation. His dedication and experience has contributed to helping us lead in our industry.”
Ricardo is highly sought after by his colleagues for advice on tough, challenging problems at the rig site. He even gets calls from other rotators as far away as Russia.