Talisman Energy

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Very negative work environment

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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

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    Independent Consulting Australasia

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Better places to work out there!

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

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