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Statoil Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
69 Reviews
2.8
69 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, flexible schedule, chance to play big role in projects (in 21 reviews)

  • Great salary and benefits they p ay 100% of all medical and dental insurance at the PPO level (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Project management take be really frustrating as decision making takes long time (in 6 reviews)

  • Many international employees quit their work after some short of time of work at company(3-5 years) (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Houston office is not there yet.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Statoil full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Inexperienced management that look only to their own careers. Locals treated as second class employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually live the values with your reports. Lead others instead of focusing on your own careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    They said they are a global company but they are not

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Statoil full-time

    Pros

    Salaries and benefits
    Friendly co-workers; Open communication
    Great company for Norwegians or if you just want to comfortable work place until retirement. It is not a good company for international staff who are ambitious and want to have a successful career

    Cons

    Extremely micro managed. Most decisions are made in Norway though head quarter doesn't understand how to run business in the US or onshore.
    No real growth potentials for international staff. Most senior positions are continuously filled by Norwegians, even in positions where local should have advantages (e.g. Government and Public Affairs)
    Disciplines with least diversity/globalization are Drilling & Wells and Finance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the Company is as serious in globalization as top management says, they should be HUMBLE (one of the company's Values) to recognize that they need international talents to make the company a successful global company.
    Stop using North America as a training ground for Corporate's favorite kids.
    Less focus on politics and more focus on performance in your decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Bad values in values-focused company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Cook and Bottle Washer in Norway, MI
    Current Employee - Chief Cook and Bottle Washer in Norway, MI

    I have been working at Statoil full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, flexible schedule, chance to play big role in projects

    Cons

    Actively practice discrimination against non-Norwegians. Norwegians get the easiest jobs, easiest hours, best projects, most resources and best ratings. All of this from a company and country that believes it is the most fair minded of them all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better lawyers as once the real word gets out, you will be sued out of your pants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    You can find your niche and thrive, but generally good place for slackers and lackeys

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Statoil

    Pros

    Good pays for junior roles, although that's comparable to peer in upstream O&G
    Lavish with on-the-job benefits for employees
    Easy to enter new roles and gain skills
    Good gender balance
    Possibly best employer if you want to live in Norway and work 8.30 - 15.00 hassle-free

    Cons

    Slightly annoying self-serving rhetoric on values, which seldom matches practices and attitude of employees
    Overly bureaucratic, I mean for real!
    Over-staffed, which leads to intense office politics by staff with no meaningful task to accomplish
    Little accountability, no meritocracy whatsoever, yes-man culture
    Various cases of incompetent senior management
    Bluntly put it, a discriminatory organisation - Norsk are better paid and move on. Others are left vegetate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make up your mind: become international company or remain Norwegian. Current narrative is inconsistent with organisational reality

    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politically driven, corrupted in Canada

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Statoil full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    laid-back, some nice people, nice office space

    Cons

    bad management, zero opportunities to grow, corruption embedded in some critical depts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    STATOIL = (few humble+honest+loyal+excellent professionals) - (hundreds of cynical/useless/political careerists)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baku (Azerbaijan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baku (Azerbaijan)

    I have been working at Statoil full-time

    Pros

    The globally integrated company with a lot of interesting activities. You can meet some bright people here (but very very few). An OK salary and benefits.

    Cons

    The Norwegian trust-based horizontal corporate culture has effectively developed this company over years. Nowadays, unfortunately, many cynical careerists use trust for their own benefit and do nothing but show off. Meetings, presentations, emails - seem to be endless with zero productivity. Teamwork does not have any meaning here, instead just bunch of cynical individuals playing politics. Decisions are based on personal subjective view. If you want to be identified as young talent - just don't express any opinion, keep silent, always smile, please "managers" and help them with their political games then you will get promotion and good assignments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are loosing your creditability, wake up. The cynical careerists who lead you businesses internationally simply don't deserve all trust and power which you gave them. Talk to ordinary employees, not through the anecdotic leadership teams, and you will know more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No commitment from employees. Too many managers and expats. Opportunities are given to Norwegians.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Statoil full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance. Salaries and benefits are also good. Good facilities and work environment. Good learning of oil & gas industry.

    Cons

    The opportunities to grow are given only to Norwegians and friends. A lot of money is spend to keep expats everywhere. Very expensive and empty facilities in fancy locations. Outsourced services which the quality is really poor. The company wants to save in cents, not in dollars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs more training and capability. The diversification of nationalities is also important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place for work- life balance but can be very stressful for an ambitious person/ foreigner/ non-engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oslo (Norway)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oslo (Norway)

    I have been working at Statoil full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work -life balance. Considering how little I am expected to deliver, compensation is high. Really nice people. A great place for people who have lots of children and look for a relaxing day in the office after a tiring evening at home.

    Cons

    Too laid back and unprofessional. The biggest challenge is that Statoil doesn't seem to know what it wants or what it wants to be. Too political and complex to navigate for an international employee. The meeting culture is really weird and extreme - too many meetings with no agenda or outcomes. You will be challenged and frustrated by the lack of a structured career path and slow career progress. If you are not Norwegian and an engineer your career progress will disappoint you and your learning curve and competitiveness runs a real risk stagnation. Your experience before Statoil will not be valued - it's how long you've been with the company that matters and who you know. Competence and performance are not valued or promoted. Salary levels are lower than industry average (think about 30% for commercial roles) and the situation I described above with all the risks it entails just makes it a no no if you are far from retirement. If you still need a breather form a hectic life and work under a U.S. or U.K. contract, suggest you slap a 30% - 50% risk premium on whatever salary you are thinking of negotiating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to say what you want and work on your communication skills. Challenge yourself to gain more awareness of the world outside Norway and the markets you operate and sell in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Ideal company if you are Norwegian and want to work 0900 to 1500.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Developer
    Former Employee - Business Developer

    I worked at Statoil full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are permanently based in Norway and want a no hassle work life with good benefits then this is the right choice.

    Cons

    Low glass ceiling for non Norwegians
    General caliber of staff much inferior to what you would encounter in majors or large independents
    Good if you want to cruise but not a good environment for ambitious international employees who need to stay competitive on the international job market
    Gender diversity focus results in very underqualified staff in senior roles
    Complete absence of performance culture and accountability

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    About the Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stavanger (Norway)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stavanger (Norway)

    I have been working at Statoil full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Life and Work Balance, focus on time completion of the Project

    Cons

    I do agree with the review dated May 10, 2013 (Business Analyst)

    Just to add smth in addition to what I have experienced: Very poor management skills.

    Change your attitude towards international employees. Very much political on how people get promoted there. There is some norwegian mafia as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Statoil is so focused on its values and ethics, then Statoil shall start with themselves first. Start going on to an international arena, in order to get an international experience working with Contractors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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