Company’s culture, Oklahoma City create successful transition

While transitioning from a Navy lieutenant to a civilian, Dustin Glazier interviewed with around a dozen potential employers. A culture similar to the military topped the list of requirements he sought in an employer.

That’s where he found Devon Energy.

“The big question was whether the values on each potential employer’s webpage were actually what that company believed in?” Glazier said. “With Devon, it was a big yes. No one came close to Devon’s culture.”

Phenomenal experience

Glazier is now a reservoir engineer working in Devon’s 50-story Oklahoma City headquarters. His team is responsible for one of the company’s top oil and natural gas plays, located in Western Oklahoma.

From 2004 to 2014, Glazier served as a civil engineer in the Navy. He helped reconstruct New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, served in Japan after a historic tsunami struck there and then built medical clinics and schools in Africa.

In 2014, Glazier joined Devon’s new Junior Military Officer program. Employees in the program split their time between Devon’s headquarters and in the field. They learn about oil and gas engineering while gaining real-world experience.

During Glazier’s yearlong rotation, he worked in Devon’s Bridgeport, Texas, office. Surrounded by employees with decades of industry experience, Glazier quickly soaked up knowledge. When he had a question, a colleague eagerly answered.

“It was a phenomenal experience,” he said.

Glazier increasingly became impressed with Devon’s focus on leadership and integrity, its wealth of development tools and co-workers invested in his growth.

An outside perspective to problem solving

He became struck by how petroleum veterans welcomed his input.

“People really did want something out of the box,” he said. “They really welcomed an outside perspective to solving problems.”

Supervisors were so impressed by Glazier that they asked him to talk to hundreds of employees in North Texas about the similarities of the company’s and the Navy’s approach to safety. Glazier told employees how both Devon and the Navy prepare to mitigate risks before each job.

I’ve had supervisors and managers who are every bit as good as or even better than some military leaders I had,” he said.

Originally from Oregon, Glazier, his wife and their children have enjoyed living in Oklahoma. From the area’s values, things to do and low cost-of-living, Glazier said his family looks forward to growing in the Oklahoma City area.

“Every day, I count my blessings that I had the opportunity to interview with Devon,” he said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Guarding Iraqi oil refinery leads to energy career

Like Glazier, James Hankins’ search for culture led him to Devon. Hankins has a civil engineering bachelor’s from West Point and an engineering management master’s from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

He graduated from West Point in 2008. Afterward, he served in the Army as an engineer officer in the U.S. and Iraq, where his interest in energy was born. Hankins and his team worked on force-protection construction for the Bayji, Iraq, oil refinery. They worked with Iraqi officials to help construct guard towers and provide vehicle fighting positions for the high-value target in Northern Iraq. After serving there, Hankins began reading about oil and gas history, as well as the shale revolution, which Devon spearheaded.

“I’ve always wanted to serve my country,” he said. “There’s a national security element in being energy independent. I thought it was a way I could still serve my country.”

A commitment to employees

Hankins was on LinkedIn and saw that a West Point classmate changed his profile to show he’d been hired by Devon as an engineer in the JMO program. He contacted this friend, Kaleb Euseppi, who connected Hankins with a Devon recruiter. After learning more about Devon’s culture and assets, Hankins and his family moved from Maryland to Oklahoma.

“Devon’s culture matched so much with military values — service before self, being a good neighbor — it wasn’t window dressing,” Hankins said. “I haven’t been disappointed and it’s been a great fit and a great transition.”

Hankins is now a drilling engineer, working on Devon’s Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle assets. During his rotation, he was impressed by the attention to details and safety.

“If you are looking for a place with high values and a high commitment to their employees where you can make an impact, Devon is definitely the place where you want to work,” Hankins said.

Published: November 2015