At NuStar Energy, 93 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 778 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.83. It was published on Sep 12, 2016. 23733 Visitors

What Employees Say

This is a physically safe place to work.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
We have special and unique benefits here.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.

What They Do

We asked NuStar Energy to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are one of the largest independent liquids terminal and pipeline operators in the nation. We have approximately 8,700 miles of pipeline and 79 terminal and storage facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands and the UK.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Transportation
US Headquarters: San Antonio, Texas US Sites: 104
Major Locations: San Antonio, Texas; Texas City, Texas; Corpus Christi, Texas; St. James, Louisiana; Wichita, Kansas US Employees: 1,244
US Revenues: $2,084 million Worldwide Revenues: $2,084 million
Employees Worldwide: 1,630 Corporate Structure: Public; Partnership
Stock Symbol: NS & NSH Founded: 2001

NuStar CEO high fives a young girl at Respite Care of San Antonio. The company's Senior Management Team, along with Chairman Bill Greehey, takes new employees on tours of United Way agencies so they can see their charitable dollars at work in the community.

Perks and Programs

We asked NuStar Energy to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Bright Star Program: NuStar's Bright Star Program enables employees to suggest ideas to improve the company's performance and profitability. Those employees whose ideas are implemented receive a certificate of appreciation, a letter from the CEO and a cash award ranging in value from $25 to $1,000 depending on the value of the idea.
  • Free Fitness Center Memberships: Free fitness center memberships help NuStar employees lead the healthiest lifestyle possible. Corporate employees receive memberships to a Life Time Fitness located adjacent to NuStar's headquarters, and field employees receive reimbursement, up to $1,000, for dues to the fitness center of their choice.
  • Health and Wellness Program: NuStar provides a comprehensive wellness assessment to all employees at no cost ($200 value) annually. The company also offers free flu shots, a smoking cessation program, subsidized chair massages, annual health fairs and much more. At the corporate office, there's an in-house Wellness Center where employees can see the doctors and nurses at no cost and without any insurance worries.
  • Family Days: NuStar hosts Family Days for employees and their families across the U.S. These events are held at baseball parks, resorts, zoos, ranches, theme parks and other venues. While they vary from location to location, they are always fun for the entire family as they feature a clever theme, lots of great food and drinks, and family-oriented activities.
  • Service Anniversary Awards: NuStar recognizes employees for their tenure with the company through a generous Service Anniversary Program. Employees receive a silver NuStar photo frame, a certificate of appreciation and a gift catalog that offers a variety of great gifts, ranging from Callaway golf clubs, Apple iPods and Mont Blanc pens, to David Yurman jewelry, Dooney and Bourke purses, and Waterford crystal vases. It’s important to note that CEO Brad Barron personally signs these congratulatory letters and often writes a personal note of thanks to employees for their service. These letters are so meaningful that many employees hang them in their offices.
  • Star Performer Program: The Star Performer Program rewards employees who go above & beyond to contribute to NuStar’s success. Anyone can submit a nomination to recognize an employee through this peer-to-peer recognition program. Honorees receive a certificate of appreciation, a personalized letter from CEO Brad Barron, a Star Performer memento and companywide recognition. All of the honorees are included in a random drawing each month, and the winner receives a $75 gift card.
  • SAFE Fund Grants: Chairman Bill Greehey created the SAFE Fund Program to help employees going through tough times. The grants do not have to be repaid so they truly are a godsend for employees facing a hardship. NuStar has provided over $400,000 in SAFE Fund grants to employees over the past nine years. Grants have been given to employees for a wide range of hardships, such as repairs after a natural disaster, serious health issues, sick parents, legal troubles, and an unexpected death in the family.


$105,620 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Senior Terminal Operator $129,521 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Terminal Manager
100% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 6% of an employee's salary100% Company-paid health coverage for employees
100% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 100% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $5,250 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k)
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Health insurance for retirees
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Restricted stock units to employees


  • Free beverages during the day
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Banking
  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • Massage therapy
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal travel service
NuStar employees play ball with the middle school students that they mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Workplace Mentoring Program. It's a rewarding experience for the employees and students alike.


20 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 15 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
10 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 5 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
4 weeks Unpaid sabbatical after 1 year(s)


  • Flexible schedule (40% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (13% use it)
  • Telecommute option (1% use it)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave60 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take20 days Job-protected paternity leave
10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take$5,000 Adoption benefit
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents
*Employees are required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave.


  • Offsite subsidized childcare
  • Elder care resources
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Medical facilities (only at headquarters)
  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

50 hours Paid time off to volunteer $8,492,793 Philanthropic donations in last year
$871,524 Total company-matched employee donations in last year


  • Human Resources Manager is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
  • Formal programs support professional development for: Women
  • 1 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

The NuStar BBQ Team, which is composed of employees from all over Texas and Oklahoma, gather in San Antonio every year for the Haven for Hope BBQ Bash. This year, they cooked 3,600 lbs. of barbecue for those individuals living on this homeless transformation campus.


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How to Get Hired

We asked NuStar Energy for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Because NuStar’s unique corporate culture is so important to our success, we emphasize our guiding principles in interviews with job candidates and put a lot of weight on attitudinal behaviors.  In particular, we look for the following characteristics to ensure alignment with our corporate culture:  commitment to giving back to their communities; commitment to excellence; pride in their work; positive, can-do attitude; ability to think outside the box; energy and enthusiasm; self-starter willing to take on challenges; interest in furthering their education and growing in their position; commitment to going the extra mile; passionate about their field; understanding of the importance of safety; personal integrity; and ability to work well as part of a team.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

It gets our attention when we see prospective employees who have a solid work history and a strong commitment to their company and community. Candidates who show proven results in past positions, understand our business and industry, appreciate our corporate culture, and demonstrate past involvement in their community always stand out. 

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

NuStar is looking for applicants with technical skills, particularly professionals to fill positions in Engineering and IT, as they are always in demand. It's also challenging to fill Instrumentation and Electrical positions in our field operations.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Please visit and apply for any positions for which you are qualified.  Also please look for NuStar's recruiter at job fairs and other events in your communities!

hiring Outlook

125 Job openings forecast for coming year 1% Job Growth
22 Average applicants per opening 4,871 Applications received
115 Positions filled in past year 47% New hires by employee referrals
24 New positions created 20 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses 4 New graduates hired
2% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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