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Helpful (1)

Very negative work environment

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Horseheads, NY
Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Horseheads, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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.

Other Employee Reviews for Talisman Energy

  1. great environment and people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Talisman Energy full-time

    Pros

    Very good benefits, really nice and intelligent people around. Great opportunity to learn from different areas of the business

    Cons

    Sometimes very burocratic, long work hours, working in weekends was common. Lack of clear stables he'd processes for the units they have in oth en countries

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work, however more alignment between areas and leaders would be beneficial for both company and employees. Keep an eye on employees work life balance


  2. Helpful (1)

    Made the best of a tricky situation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hired good people Compensation packages very fair Strong teams could form if you made the effort and had the right leader

    Cons

    Silos were very distinct in the different operating areas It was not always easy to get things to happen across the company

    Advice to Management

    I think you should ensure you retain the best parts of what you'd created, despite having a new owner.


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