Talisman Energy Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Poor upper management tends to create a sense of undefined company direction.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lean culture, minimal processes and approvals, work life balance, days off

    Cons

    Lack of internal standards, corporate office is in Calgary

    Advice to Management

    Make up your minds on what Talisman is!

  2. It is a great place to work, high energy

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    Current Employee - Records Entry in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Records Entry in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They take into consideration all of your oil and gas industry experience

    Cons

    Challenging deadline schedules with a full plate of multi tasking.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Transitioning to Global provider

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    Former Employee - Server Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Server Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Talisman Energy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of work to clean up the server operations queue, but having knowledgeable staff made the transition manageable especially knowing the proper process to take.

    Cons

    Not having proper server access to the environment slowed down the process in following up with users requests.

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  5. IT Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talisman Energy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary, a lot of vacation time.

    Cons

    too much work, high turn out. Due to a lot of work no time take vacations on time.

    Advice to Management

    reward the talented employees

  6. Independent Consulting Australasia

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    Former Contractor - Systems and Process Lead in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Contractor - Systems and Process Lead in Brisbane (Australia)

    I worked at Talisman Energy as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Never a dull moment; great if you enjoy ambiguous environment and jumping in and figuring things our for yourself. Great people to work with. Plenty of big problems that need solving.

    Cons

    Top leadership is pretty dysfunctional, and that puts a lot of pressure on middle management. Lack of career growth support or opportunities. Lack of transparency. Wants to "walk the walk" but has tough time doing it.

    Advice to Management

    Don't settle, keep pushing to get better and better.

  7. Lots of exciting projects / little advancement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Talisman Energy (More than 3 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great people
    great wage
    excellent benefits
    exciting projects to work on
    mostly collaborative environment

    Cons

    limited room to grow for people starting off their careers in many areas
    too much change; change is a good thing only when its balanced. The past few years there has been a little too much change
    Same projects seem to be redone all the time as people do not stay in roles long enough to created improvement to existing ways

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more stabilized in management, and roles. Workforce planning is always on the back burner and thus young staff do not have anywhere to move but out of the organization.

  8. Need real change!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Plenty of time off
    Education funding/support
    Co-workers are quite friendly
    Plenty of highly skilled professional who are willing to help u progress. Just ask!
    No rigid working hours structure. When there is no work, you can leave early etc..

    Cons

    The stock price is at its lowest for the last 10 years. That says it all. This is obviously affecting employee performance and moral. How much lower could it go?

    Advice to Management

    Selling assets and payment of debt is not a vision/mission of a company. It is merely a plan of debt repayment. That has been the whole focus of the company: asset sale to pay debt. A company should have a better vision that merely this!

  9. Still going through change - hoping new CEO will improve culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are opportunties to lead and show what you can do.

    Cons

    Management seems loathe to do anything other than keep the lights on until new CEO arrives and more asset dispositions are completed.

    Advice to Management

    Build a new culture to attract and retain top staff.

  10. Trying to be too big a fish

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Talisman Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture, respectful and professional work environment, had a number of interesting opportunities there to do completely different things.

    Cons

    Continual reorganization at the lower ranks while the people who got the company in the mess it is currently in remain

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending to be a super major and act your size. Take some accountability for your decisions.

  11. More negatives than positives

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talisman Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility to be a part of different projects in various capacities. Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    No clear growth path. People happy staying in one position for many years. If you want to grow and climb the corporate ladder, not the place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Give more importance to growth and leadership at a lower level and value employees more

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