What can PhDs expect as a new member of the Phillips 66 research team? New hires begin their career on the technical ladder, conducting research supporting various projects that could be either long-term or short-term in duration. As employees’ careers advance, they will have the option to remain on the technical ladder or move to the management ladder. Crossover between the ladders is common and not restricted. In addition, all career paths within the company are available with no restrictions regarding work.