Talisman Energy Reviews

Updated June 23, 2014
Updated June 23, 2014
68 Reviews

2.8
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Talisman Energy President & CEO Hal Kvisle
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • great people who are willing to help (in 5 reviews)

  • Good benefits and good salaries (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover whether it is with staff switching roles or just quitting (in 6 reviews)

  • Senior management would have been better off having a session with Dr (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Promises Made, Promises Not Kept

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Talisman Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people who work here work hard and care about their jobs and the leaseholders.

    Cons

    They use contractors (temps) in long term assignments, eliminating any possibility of ever having to hire someone, pay them a competitive wage, or benefits. The company is saddled with bad investments that were made in Europe so there's no way to expand their North American operations. This place is constantly being "reorganized" to try for quick fixes to long term problems. Their accounting system (PAS) is a joke. It might work in a company 1/4 Talisman's size but it's slow, unwieldy, and user unfriendly.
    If you enjoy meetings, this is the place for you. There are meetings to plan the next meeting about a meeting.
    There's no opportunity for advancement here. Avoid at all costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out the direction you want to take the company in and stay with it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Titanic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in The Woodlands, TX

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People were great to work with.

    Cons

    Management was terrible and had no regard to employees needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Revolving door, no structure or management support

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Current Employee At Woodlands, TX  in  The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Current Employee At Woodlands, TX in The Woodlands, TX

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Office in The Woodlands, Tx (Close to Houston)
    Have 9 floating days in addition to your vacation allotment (Though no 9/80 work schedule)

    Cons

    People leave as fast as they come. No retention of knowledge or experience gained.
    Everybody is out there to fence for themselves no support from management or guidance.
    No structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a structure and ensure employees abide to it. Support your employees and create a solid path.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Worst company I've ever worked for in my career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Performance Improvement  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Performance Improvement in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Talisman Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good and caring co-workers that want to do a good job

    Cons

    Management that does not value people and no leadership with large gaps in communication, direction and understanding of how to walk the talk. Lack of trust, no future, lip service, and treat people as an expense. Very silo organization with fake speeches, fear for job, uncertainly and many people leaving to seek a better future. There values / principles is just a paper on a wall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell company; it might have a future in someone else's hands. Also, stop giving yourself millions of dollars in salary + bonus for very poor performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The only oil company poorly run by HR & Legal!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Talisman Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you are always smiling & positive but have no competencies , you could be a fast tracket at Talisman

    Cons

    No accountabilities there, lip service is a rule, total disrespect and racism against individual. Too many country leaders with no operational experience nor emergency response leadership in country like Kurdistan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Colombia.........

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Starting leading according to the cores values, stop pretending!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    The worst company to work; does not value people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Front-line employees and some Managers did think right. Use to have a continuous improvement efforts, but got rid of at effort when everything went up for sale; very short-term thinking.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership (CEO, EVP, SVP, VP levels)), lack of respect of people and does not value people's efforts or consider them an assets. No alignment among and between functions, and an opt-out culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the right people on the bus; value, respect and empower people. Get rid of the CEO, EVPs, SVPs and VPs)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Talisman

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

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Competitive salary with many benefits and savings opportunities.
    Generally the people all want to do a good job and are pleasant to work around.

    Cons

    Frequently changing processes. A lot of leadership initiating change mostly it seems for the purposes of trying to distinguish themselves. Poor collaboration between departments. IT systems and processes weaker than they should be and there are many of them. High turnover whether it is with staff switching roles or just quitting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring a consultant to investigate your problems and then reading the report doesn't count as having done your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Consistently disappointing place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive salaries
    Good focus on career and personal development (depending upon who your leader is)
    Values community involvement
    Global company, with potential for international experience (depending upon who your leader is)
    Flexibility in terms of schedule, ie. work from home options, flex days, start late/leave late, start early/leave early (depending upon who your leader is)

    Cons

    Lack of honesty and integrity amongst senior and executive leadership team
    "Act now, think later" approach to decision making
    Lack of equitable treatment when it comes to employees
    Work/Life balance is preached, but never practiced and only encouraged on the surface
    Severe lack of effective processes and procedures - everything is a "bandaid" fix
    Company's core values (safety, honest communication, passion, results, respect, excellence and team work) are talked up, but never practiced
    The more noice you make, the more obnoxious and disrepectful you are, the higher you climb on the ladder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People don't leave companies, they leave leaders. A serious audit of the senior and executive leadership team is required - honest people with heart and integrity who are willing to set the example for the type of behavior that will bring this company out of the weeds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Talisman Energy as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -tons of training courses to take
    -people are generally nice
    -compensation
    -location of the Calgary office
    -bistro on 34th fl in the Calgary office

    Cons

    -employees are disposable
    -managers do not know how to grow or develop their employees
    -decreases employee morale based on favouritism
    -too much work with no significant purpose or value
    -no clear vision
    -HR has no idea what they are doing and do not practice what they preach at all
    -no place for advancement unless you are considered their "superstar" (then those people get everything)
    -too many useless and unproductive meetings that end up draining everybody
    -too much change that doesn't seem to ever get anywhere positive
    -high turnover
    -does not help employees try to reach their potential because everyone is too focused on office politics and trying to climb up the corporate ladder for themselves
    -will disregard their entry-level employees
    -too many VP's that do not seem to know how to lead a team, all they have are their egos
    -management only values "work horses" who can sit and work, work, work with no voice
    -not a good place if you want to be in a creative, supportive, entrepreneurial environment
    -they do not know how to recognize real talent and let go of great people with tons of potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Take care of your people no matter what level they are at. Your job is to help them grow and develop. Do not favourite certain individuals over others- be fair. Also, provide opportunities for your employees to increase motivation at work.

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

    Talisman Energy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Talisman Energy

    Pros

    - would provide challenging & interesting work
    - would provide good benefits & salaries
    - each person has an office

    Cons

    - unprofessional co-worker & middle management's indulgence for unprofessional behaviours
    - conflicting directions given between the middle management and senior management
    - heavy office politics
    - lack of supports for its staffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Increase communication between the middle management and the senior management
    - senior management needs to make sure that middle management is carrying the same directions to its staffs instead of delievering mix messages

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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