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Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
22 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I have worked with many great people here, very few in management positions though (in 8 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)

  • Too much inconsistency with senior management from actual people changes to leadership and values modelling (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very negative work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Horseheads, NY
    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Horseheads, NY

    I worked at Talisman Energy

    Pros

    The non-management staff are great people, very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise and good to work with. This employer seems to pay better than others in the area, but in line with what other gas/oil companies pay.

    Cons

    The management staff are generally very negative towards employees. I always thought it was incredible that the non-management staff somehow were able stay in a good mood and with a positive attitude. At the time that I worked there, the management staff had an zero-tolerance policy with respect employee interaction for non-business purposes. I'll be the first to admit, that from a strictly financial point of view, this makes 100% sense. However, at the expense of a very toxic workplace. Employees were to act like robots. You were expected to finish everything as quickly as possible, and then, when you had down-time as a result of doing 40hrs worth of work in 25, well, you then had to pretend to somehow still be working on something. No such thing as pacing yourself here. I often heard lots of negative feedback directed at myself and others. Meetings were uncomfortable events where people were visibly nervous to be talking to one another. On some occasions, the company paid for lunch where everyone sat around in mostly akward silence. Even the jokes heard around the office were generally sarcastic and negative and typically initiated by those who could get away with talking, managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can make the same profits without all the negative energy flying around the office. Pick a target performance level for your staff, and as long as they are meeting that level, there's no reason to continue beating down on people. Let them also have a work environment that is enjoyable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Declining Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Good policies related to flex time

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Lack of direction
    Lack of accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and treat people with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Better places to work out there!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Information Technology in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Information Technology in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Talisman Energy as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    a chance to work on a variety of projects.

    Cons

    You have to deal with very overly critical individuals. To work here means you never make any kind of mistake and therefore be "perfect". There is also the issue of being micro managed. The lead and more senior employees put you down a lot, almost as if they are afraid of your success. There is nothing you can do to satisfy them. Toxic environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    use constructive criticism and lead by example. Its of no use putting your employees down just to satisfy your personal needs and make your self feel. Appreciate your employees and what they have to offer and encourage growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall positive experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Talisman Energy

    Pros

    There are some good technical staff and some interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    The senior management made some bad calls and had some bad luck (gas prices) that left the company in a poor position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some new blood is needed with strong technical understanding.

  6.  

    Dog eat dog environment

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good, though they put a high value on stock options that haven't done very well over the past few years.

    Cons

    Not a very respectful workplace. Many people in management positions use bullying tactics to get what they want. Doesn't seem like there is a defined direction and hasn't been for some time. There is talk of work-life balance, but no real actions to support it. There is a good flex day/vacation day program, but too much work to do to allow employees to take all the time allotted to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not a great place to work anymore

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Employees kept trying to make the best of a sinking ship. Vacation and flex days were great.

    Cons

    Constant changes in management and selling of assets created so much stress and uncertainty. Instead of teamwork, it became every one for themselves! I didn't like having to have Talisman stock when it keeps going down and becoming useless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terribly disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geoscientist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Geoscientist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They pay you..............almost comparably to other companies. The training quality and quantity depends on which part of the company you work in. I have received reasonably good training, but know others who have received very little. I have worked with many great people here, very few in management positions though. And those that were are no longer with the company.

    Cons

    Company is run by a group of incompetent executives that are simply waiting to cash in on a take over. Long term incentives are non existent which is why approximately 80% of the company employees have been there less than 4 years. Executives are all incredibly over paid, their salaries are in no way tied to performance as you can see from share price performance. Company has something like 70 to 80 executives, roughly the same number of geoscience staff. Corporate structure looks like an upside down triangle. Management expects staff to pinch every penny twice, while they freely throw money around on excessive and lavish travel and executive retreats to Banff. If shareholders were privy to the spending habits that go on they would be appalled. No career development opportunities as a geoscientist. Benefits are so bad you are better off opting out completely. There is a savings plan, however it involves putting some of your own money into Company stock that continues to underperform related to many of the things mentioned herein. So buy at $12 and sell at $10 is great if you need to write off capital gains, but not so great if you hope to make any money from it. The current management is grossly incompetent, and breeds further incompetence by promoting people that..........well lets just say they promote the real go getters (polite for backside kissers). Truly a relic attitude from all the ex-BP execs. This has created a culture that encourages entitled behaviour and breeds arrogant and incompetent leaders that very quickly climb the corporate ladder. Five rounds of layoffs in five years have obliterated technical staff head counts, however, the executive head count hasn't declined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, they know all of this and choose to ignore it. A huge number of employees have told them this at exit interviews and HR just pass it off as a disgruntled employees. I would say I am disappointed, when I began it was the best place to work in town, now it's not even a shadow of it's former self. I have stayed with the hope of resurrecting the company to it's former glory, but this is not going to happen. The CEO has long ago announced his exit at the end of 2014 and quite clearly doesn't care what goes on now. A clear corporate strategy has been identified but no one follows it, and there are no consequences for it.

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

    Need to get it together

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-op Student in Edson, AB (Canada)
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-op Student in Edson, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Talisman Energy as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people in the field offices are fantastic. Easy to get along with, friendly, and very helpful.

    Cons

    Constant changes in management and constant asset sales are worrysome. Every few weeks there is a major change in the upper management and thus in the organizational structure. The company doesn't really have it together from an upper management point of view.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Experienced mid-level managment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Generous vacation & flex day policy. I've been here long enough that the total compensation is good.
    If you are just starting out there can be lot's of challenges and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    We keep selling assets, therefore fewer career opportunities. It seems that the few opportunities that do come up they are rarely posted and the few times they are posted, the successful candidate is pre-determined. Significant staff turn-over at all levels - this is hurting the company.
    The LTIP program for senior employess is worth nothing - the company has made changes the last couple of years to bring value back to the program - they fail to recognize that the previous 8 years of LTIP is worth nothing and that other companies are willing to off-set that to recruit senior people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read and follow the company values - they're quite good! I find that the lack of fair and open career opportunities very disappointing - you need to address the favoritism & nepotism.The turn-over post- April 1st has been very high - more has to be done to retain people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Alot of lip service and town hall raw raws but all a smoke screen

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Pipedesk
    Former Contractor - Pipedesk

    I worked at Talisman Energy as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working conditions Easy access to downtown resturants.

    Cons

    Management has no direction . VP 's give you a vote of confidence and security and the next week you are being downsized.
    Supply chain a mess , no direction . Tried to figure out what two guys down the hall did and no one could tell us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO dismantling the company for a quick sale , he did it with trans canada . Now Here .
    NO direction and no one really knows what is lying ahead for anyone.
    Everyone is sitting at the edge of their seats.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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