NuStar Energy is one of the largest independent liquids terminal and pipeline operators in America, with 8,600 miles of pipeline and 80 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products, and specialty liquids. While NuStar is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, it has operations throughout the US, as well as in Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the UK.
NuStar began as a general partner with Valero Energy Corporation but spun off as an independent publicly traded company in 2007. It’s since grown to over 1,600 employees and $5 billion in assets.
NuStar Energy ranked #32 on Fortune Magazine’s June 2015 list of 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials.
According to Vice President of Administration Joanna Weidman, NuStar’s many attractions include yearly bonuses and stock incentives, nearly 400 training programs, tuition reimbursement and scholarships, free annual wellness check-ups, free office massages, a beautiful campus that’s perfect for jogging or running, day care, fun activities such as “Thirsty Thursdays” and an “Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest,” subsidized employee sports teams, and employee groups empowering diversity in the workplace.
NuStar also funds a rich assortment of activities for giving back to the community. For example, its Haven for Hope campus, which it created from scratch, has turned around the lives of over 2,200 homeless people who now have homes and jobs to sustain them.
NuStar is a rarity in that it’s never laid off an employee. Weidman told us, “That’s what we consider a sacred trust…If you’re doing your job and you’re doing a good job, you’re always going to have that good job.”
One of the best ways to land a job with NuStar is to make friends with someone already at the firm. According to Weidman, “At headquarters, 40% of our new hires are referred by current employees.”