Our employees are our most valuable asset. Employees are treated fairly, with dignity and respect, and diversity in the workplace is embraced. We apply fair labor practices while respecting the laws of the communities where we operate. We provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and will not engage in or tolerate unlawful workplace conduct.

With more than 4,800 employees in the U.S. and Canada, we employ a diverse range of people with varied skills and backgrounds, all working towards a common goal: to provide strong value for our stakeholders and customers through our expertise in transportation, gathering, marketing, storage and terminalling of crude oil and natural gas liquids. Our success is due to our outstanding employees, who share a commitment to operate our business in an ethical and environmentally responsible manner.

Diversity & Inclusion

We consider diverse perspectives and backgrounds to be a competitive advantage and are focused on creating a community at Plains that promotes diversity and inclusion.

Case Study: Cultivating Connections

In 2019, we launched Cultivating Connections, an employee group that encourages diversity, inclusion and, in particular, the advancement of women in the industry. The group encourages our employees, male or female, to take an active role in their personal and professional development by providing keynote events, a mentorship program and networking opportunities to foster relationships within the company. The program, chaired by our Senior Vice President and Treasurer, also includes a philanthropic component, offering volunteer opportunities for Houston-area employees.

Employee Development

At Plains, our employees are our most valuable asset. We focus on supporting their growth through development programs and leadership advancement opportunities.

Our Management Foundations program helps employees advance their leadership skills, and is available to all who hold a managerial position. In 2019, more than 80 employees participated in the award-winning six-month interactive program. High-potential employees at the Director-level and above participate in our Senior Leadership Forum, an element of our succession planning strategy.


We support equal opportunity employment and are focused on adding highly skilled and motivated employees by offering opportunities for development, without regard to race, ethnicity, sex, veteran status, disability or other protected categories.

To recruit diverse top talent, we post information about available positions online, in print and radio advertisements and attend career fairs across the country. In addition, we partner with veterans and active military groups and recruit from several military bases.

Internship Opportunities

In 2008, we formalized the internship program at our corporate headquarters in Houston, offering students a dynamic and challenging opportunity to learn more about the midstream industry. In 2019, the intern class included 48 college students, with interns in every major department across Plains. Eight interns accepted full-time positions upon graduation, while six additional students were offered a second internship the following year. 

In 2019, we formalized our technical school internship program for field offices, offering students valuable hands-on experience at select locations. Six interns participated in the inaugural program, and we look forward to expanding the program in years to come.   

Since 2005, Plains has partnered with Genesys Works, a career readiness non-profit that provides high school students in underserved communities with skills training, meaningful work experience and impactful relationships. For years, students from the program have staffed our Information Technology department. We enjoy mentoring these students, fostering their leadership skills and building a broader talent pool in our community.

The Code of Business Conduct

The Code of Business Conduct (Code) outlines our commitment to the Values that govern how Plains conducts business, provides specific direction for corporate governance and gives options for reporting concerns or suspected Code violations. Maintaining and nurturing a culture that is consistent with our Values is vital to our long-term success and sustainability as a company.

Reporting Potential Violations

We encourage our employees to report a suspected violation of any law, regulation or company policy. In the event of a question or concern, employees should reach out to their supervisor, Human Resources, the Legal Department, or the Vice President of Internal Audit. Additionally, an anonymous hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year.

All employees should speak openly and ask questions about the Code, or any other subject, without fear of retaliation. Plains strictly forbids retaliation for raising concerns under our Code, our standards, or applicable law. No employee, director, or officer will retaliate or take any hostile action against anyone who raises an issue in good faith. Such retaliation would itself constitute a violation of our Code.

Discrimination and Harassment

Maintenance of a professional, safe and discrimination-free work environment is essential to Plains. We are firmly committed to fostering a work environment in which all coworkers treat each other with respect and dignity. Consistent with our Equal Employment Opportunity and Anti-Harassment policies, this commitment extends to providing equal opportunity in all aspects of employment as required by all applicable federal, state or local law. We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind.