Employees of RigUp – Ashley Kus, Customer Success Representative

RigUp’s mission is to empower the men & women who power the world. Fulfilling this mission would not be possible without our stellar team.

Today RigUp is highlighting one of our hard working customer success team representatives, Ashley Kus.

What is your role at RigUp?

I’m a member of our Customer Success team.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Similar to the oilfield, I would say RigUp doesn’t have a typical day. It’s ever-changing depending on our clients’ needs. Most of my days include heading out to field offices or headquarters to demonstrate how RigUp can provide value to our clients and teaching folks how to use our platform so they can cut the paper-pushing and inefficient processes out of their work day and focus on what’s important.

Why do you enjoy working in the oil and gas industry?

I grew up in a small town on a farm, and later moved on to the automotive industry for a few years, and now I’ve found myself in oil & gas. It’s become clear to me that I have a passion to work alongside the people that I respect most, that are the hardest workers I know and aren’t afraid to wake up before the sun. Luckily for me, I get to work with those people every single day, whether I’m in the office downtown Austin or traveling through West Texas.

What are 3 words to describe RigUp?

Family; transparent; dedicated.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love that with my job I am able to be transparent and honest about what RigUp offers and what we can do to help. There’s never gray area or hidden details, it’s just straight-up, this is how we can make your life easier. I truly believe in what we do and that it’s better than anything out there, and that is what makes me excited to get to work each morning.

What is your proudest moment (or moments) at RigUp?

I’m proud of the relationships I’ve made the past nine months here. The people I talk with every day are truly a joy to hear from and it goes deeper than just the services that we provide.

Why do you recommend more people switch to RigUp?

Switching to RigUp goes beyond just making more money. RigUp is easier, faster, WAY more transparent, and I’m willing to argue – more friendly than what anyone else out there is offering.

Ashley is one of the many hard working employees at RigUp. The RigUp team agrees with Ashley, that we enjoy working here because we are “able to be transparent and honest about what RigUp offers and what we can do to help. There’s never gray area or hidden details, it’s just straight-up, this is how we can make your life easier.”

RigUp goes beyond just making more money. If you are working, click here to sign up and connect with a representative, like Ashley, to discuss how RigUp can help you.  If you’re looking for work, please sign up for a free account at RigUp.com

How RigUp is Silencing Skeptics with Industry-Leading, High-Efficiency Tech

Technology in oil and gas is a bit of a paradox.

While the industry is often stereotyped as change-averse or traditional and slow moving, it would be misleading not to acknowledge how much has changed in recent years. New seismic mapping technologies, horizontal drilling, fracking, robotics, and even solar technologies have all vastly altered the landscape of the energy industry.

The same factors that typically drive innovation — non-productive time, competition, and new capabilities in other industries — are all more present than ever before in oil and gas. In fact, new technology coupled with lower oil prices have exposed non-productive time in certain outdated, old-school business practices.

  • Pressure to drive down costs are increasing. Inefficiencies can’t hide under profits anymore.
  • Engineering operations have outpaced internal administrative systems
  • There’s not really a “shortage of labor”. Systems are outdated and the process is broken.

In an industry with volatile prices and unpredictable external factors driving supply and demand, cost management is crucial.

RigUp’s focus is managing labor market costs and providing scalability for exploration and production (E&P) companies, and oil and gas services companies.

Historically, the oil and gas labor market was fragmented, getting crews together was expensive and time-consuming, and variable labor costs were increasingly appearing as a top 10 category spend.  

Traditionally, E&P and services companies hired consulting firms and boutique agencies to manage contingent labor, e.g. contractors. These consulting firms would call around, looking for individual contractors when they needed to stand up a crew. Dispatching services were chained to a slow, time-consuming and expensive process.

The slow-cycle pain points became especially clear when shale took off. Frac jobs are often planned and started within a matter of weeks. Efficient labor sourcing and placement is a requirement.

Our current workforce inefficiencies scenario is reminiscent of the pre-Uber ridesharing market, or the vacation rental market before Airbnb.

Contractors and buyers are currently being forced into disparate agreements because the market is fragmented and often limited to who has executed the Master Service Agreement and who is on the Approved Vendor List. By aggregating oilfield service providers into one platform, RigUp helps facilitate a streamlined process for the industry – work with whoever, whenever.

RigUp’s marketplace increase transaction efficiencies for both buyers and sellers. On average, RigUp saves operators about 25% on variable labor costs, and we can help operators source and scale up to 3x faster than traditional methods. By using our industry-tested technology to place independent contractors, get them properly vetted, and get them on location faster, our users no longer need to dedicate precious time and money on outdated and error-prone human resourcing departments and consulting firms.

Contractor Compliance

RigUp sets a standard protocol for contractor compliance, making it safer to manage labor while maintaining a scalable flexibility.

Individual contractors are properly vetted on client specifications, and our proprietary platform tracks these requirements. Additionally, RigUp’s growing community provides social proof, similar to LinkedIn endorsements or Uber driver ratings.

On the flip side, contractors can make more money (they save a substantial amount from lower insurance costs), and they get paid faster.

We’re now the largest provider of these services to the market. Our next goal is to deliver an even better experience for both buyer and seller. The energy industry is at a tipping point, and RigUp is leading that push forward.

To learn more about how RigUp can help your company source and scale labor more efficiently, please visit RigUp.com.

Certification Tracking for Oilfield Contractors

As the price of oil and rig count gradually increase, we see the demand for well qualified and low-risk labor steadily follows in sequence. However, when ramping up personnel to stay in stride with operations it is essential to ensure your company is hiring an experienced, compliant workforce.

One speed bump in this process is that operators are typically restricted to hiring vendors only from their approved vendor list. But what exactly does that process look like?

Years ago, we learned that the majority of the industry is managing vendors through winded spreadsheets or clunky out-of-date software. This led corporations to pay thousands of dollars for a glorified filing cabinet that spit out a letter grade for each vendor. The red flag with these systems is that vendors are being graded on a company scale, but the work is being performed on an individual basis. So, how does a supervisor ensure that each individual of a contract workforce is properly vetted?

With RigUp, the solutions are automated and simple. Contract labor sourced through the RigUp platform ensures a full 100% compliance with operator specifications. RigUp users are empowered to oversee and ensure that each individual approved to work on location has the most up-to-date training and certifications. And never miss a step with our proprietary automated workforce updates. Rest easy knowing that every hire is the right hire.

Certification tracking also provides advantages for hiring managers looking to onboard experienced, certified personnel. For example, a hiring manager on RigUp has the ability to filter the marketplace by specific certifications, such as well control certification, Safeland, SafeGulf or RigPass. The RigUp Contractor Marketplace ranks and promotes only the most certified individuals in your labor search.

At RigUp, we provide the best experience for hiring managers by populating our marketplace with A+ service providers. In this environment, service providers are empowered to get greater visibility through highlighting their qualifications and certifications on the RigUp platform. The individuals who boost their profiles through this medium are the same ones who are getting the calls, interviews and new jobs.

If your company is currently hiring, check out the RigUp Marketplace to how easy it is to find local, qualified oilfield consultants and contractors.

 

Wall Street Journal: Shale’s Silicon Valley Boost

Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Mark Mills speaks with Mary Kissel of the Wall Street Journal on how tech companies like RigUp are driving the next wave of U.S. oil production.

Mark predicted a ‘Shale 2.0’ in January 2016 in his article, “After the Carnage, Shale will Rise Again.

“Silicon Valley is going to revolutionize the oil industry in the same way that it’s revolutionized other industries,” notes Kissel.

When Kissel asks Mills to name companies that are playing a big part of the revolution, Mark refers to RigUp as the AirBnB of the oil and gas industry.

Learn more and watch the full interview below.

Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal: Shale’s Silicon Valley Boost