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The worst choice if you are young international engineer

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

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

Pros

Work life balance is the best thing about Statoil. You will never lose your job, compared to other companies job security is good. Good if you are planning to retire and to relax.

Cons

The worst place for international young engineers to start their career. If you are ambitious person this is not your place. Norwegians are preferred more for promotion than internationals. Incredible bureaucracy in process, even for simple things. Although company is now seeming to be more international, still inside it is very Norwegian. Promotions are done based on years not on responsibility, very discouraging environment. Especially Statoil's research unit is the hub for plenty of pension guys. Many managers but job is done by very few people. Few people are trying to do difficult job(engineer, and mostly junior ones) but those are discouraged, people in the long run discover that engineer does not mean a thing for the company but manager does. Therefore number of managers are huge(unnecessarily huge). Company's salary is well below it's competitors. Company's so called development program for the young engineers is very much dependent on the budget: means that if manager decides that your development program is costly, even if it was created for you well in advance, basically they can delay your development program. Most of Statoil's competitors conquer Statoil at competence, culture, benefits and package. Norwegians has their own mafia here. No respect for the international employees. Many international employees quit their work after some short of time of work at company(3-5 years). Although it is claimed that HR will stand and defend you when you are right, they defend leaders. Sometimes even young employees that are new to industry, do not get training, conferences and exciting projects for 3 years!!!
Other companies such as Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobil, Schlumberger with defined corporate culture which is based on performance and competence will always be better.
HR of Statoil mostly does not understand that they are also vulnerable, and if they do not employ necessary people for necessary places, the system degradation is the matter of time.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Respect your employees especially engineers, they make differences not managers. Try to establish systems that do not depend on budget, but that are must. In today's world if you can't offer an engineer consistent development and structured plan for it forget about recruiting top class engineers and graduates. Because you are competing on that side as well with other better companies. Become an oil and gas company with the salary and benefits level of oil and gas company. Respect and trust to your international employees, they are the ones that will help you to develop into international company if you let and encourage them do it. Sometimes you want to achieve things without giving anything, in today's world it is not possible. Statoil is the company that bases its business on engineering of oil and gas field development, that largely depends on technical aspects and engineering of these systems(which are very complex). Selling of the products are just simple things, but engineering systems that produce it are difficult. Understand that you need more competent engineers not managers. First of all try to implement those values yourself instead of making every employee learn by heart. The system implementation requires more than just putting them on paper, it will require complete understanding the importance of diversity and discrimination, and why discrimination can ruin the things.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    About the Company

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    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Control Systems analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Control Systems Analyst in Porsgrunn (Norway)
    Former Employee - Control Systems Analyst in Porsgrunn (Norway)

    I worked at Statoil as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Big company, new challenges, be a part of something important. In my case I was lucky enough to work on something new and challenging.

    Cons

    Since the company is big and partially owned by the Norwegian State, there's a lot of bureaucracy that sometimes can slow down processes and create problems where there are not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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