Talisman Energy Reviews

Updated May 18, 2015
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Talisman Energy President & CEO Hal Kvisle
Hal Kvisle
14 Ratings

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

  • would provide good benefits & salaries (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The senior management made some bad calls and had some bad luck (gas prices) that left the company in a poor position (in 6 reviews)

  • There is talk of work-life balance, but no real actions to support it (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Good Company to work for but be patient

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Talisman Energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Good work / life balance
    Good people
    Good reputation

    Cons

    It takes a long time to get things done, no sense of urgency
    No global policies or governance

    Advice to Management

    Put in policies and goverance to help shape employee behaviour
    Hold people accountable to timelines.


  2. senior pdms piping designer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Pdms Piping Designer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Pdms Piping Designer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Talisman Energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have seen which company had been making big mistake and in Norway I check all the drawings and material they had used it is a shame that such big engineering offices can delevired such job. And I recommanded to start a new job with pdms you have a very good basic to start a job.
    And it will be ending as a new good job.

    Cons

    Start a job you need at least for piping designer they have more than three years job experience to involve on the job and you cannot give them responsebality of a part
    of the job.you need to know what you are doing to consider some stress and supporting location
    and to be a team player with other department as process,mexhanical electrical structere etc..

    Advice to Management

    Everytime the management have to know how the progress is. this have to be done by weekly
    modelreview and the working progress must every week updateted.


  3. I would work there again

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Talisman Energy

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

    Pros

    - The compensation is higher than most places I've worked.
    - The coffee is Kuerig, and free in abundance, along with Iced Coffee machines
    - Being located in the heart of downtown, Bankers Hall comes with it's own perks

    Cons

    - No Flex Fridays
    - The policies don't always make sense
    - Currently going through a REPSOL transition, makes the place unstable for now

    Advice to Management

    Keep your doors open, and and your ears wide to the sounds of the front line. The ones who have, I will remember you always and how much you made the whole experience so much better.


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  5. Good

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

    I have been working at Talisman Energy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    International work, opportunities, interesting work

    Cons

    Not a good time for the company right now

    Advice to Management

    ...


  6. Engineering Co-op student

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Talisman Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    As a Co-op student the pay was very good

    Cons

    They hardly make contract staff full time from what I heard


  7. Nice place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment, disagreements handled quickly and out in the open. Good group of managers working to embrace strategies

    Cons

    Slow to make decisions which are then reactive. Some groups disorganized, no communication resulting in duplication of efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Hal is leading the way - employees need to trust this.


  8. I like my job, the company is okay

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I work outside of Canada so I do not have much experience with other Canadian companies, but I really like our company's culture. It is a flat organization, relaxed and with a great work-life balance. Most international colleagues I work with are very nice and polite. I enjoy coming to work every day because I like what I do. It is challenging but fun. There are lots of things to learn. And I used to work more and get paid less in the past, so how can I complain about Talisman?

    Cons

    Talisman cannot offer a long-term career. The possibility of growth is limited depending on the function, unless one is willing to relocate to Canada where the HQ is. There are assets being sold, and there is an uncertainty about the future due to a possibility of a take-over. But I knew this when I took the job, so it does not bother me as life is unpredictable.

    Advice to Management

    We are pressured to cut down on G&A and reduce costs even such, for example, as personal development for staff, but then the management continues travelling extensively internationally, including the first class. How does it make sense? Is the first class really necessary for each flight above 6 hours? Furthermore, the company spends ridiculous amounts on extensive expat contracts and related significant costs and benefits for their managers. Is it really necessary in developed countries where a local work force is available?


  9. Fulfilling experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talisman is now more willing to hear out their employees and change for the better. Improvements are starting to be seen.

    Cons

    Used to have serious leadership, directional and financial issues. Now, Talisman has progressively addressed these.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue to work to improve the company.


  10. Slow in the summer, not in a role to make decisions (a supportive, fetch information role), great co-workers

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

    I have been working at Talisman Energy part-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers to network with
    Not micromanaged
    Travel opps to international offices
    Nice office

    Cons

    Slow work, cyclical
    Going through mgmt change, difficulties/uncertainties
    Not challenging


  11. Helpful (1)

    Used to be great but not so much anymore

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office environment/amenities with desirable downtown location
    Slurpee and iced capp machine in the employee lounge
    Free food from meetings, lunch and learns, town halls
    Decent pay
    Knowledgeable and experienced co-workers
    Flex days and Christmas week off
    Fun Stampede and Christmas parties
    Likely to extend student terms if you are competent and they like you

    Cons

    Many of the best employees left in 2012 and 2013 during the downturn and layoffs
    Corporate takeover target = low morale, job instability
    Company lacks focus and discipline, which is what got it into the mess it's in today
    Stock price has gone nowhere and underperformed it's peers over the last 2 years
    Assets in the UK are dragging the whole company down
    A lot of people only pretend to be busy
    Hires students to do menial work with no long term plan to keep them as a permanent employee

    Advice to Management

    Now that you've pared down the balance sheet, focus on operational efficiency and smart strategic growth to benefit investors and secure a future for the company as an independent
    Cut down on useless meetings and time wasters (safety moments in the head office on irrelevant topics)
    Stop spending money like you are a super major
    There are still some good employees left, be open and honest with them and don't treat them like they are disposable - contractors/external hires cost a lot more money and have no loyalty
    Get rid of employees that aren't adding value

    The incoming CEO that replaces Hal will define Talisman's future as a success or failure, so don't mess it up!



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