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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

Other Reviews for Talisman Energy

  1.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talisman Energy part-time

    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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be great but not so much anymore

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    Former Employee - Student  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Talisman Energy as an intern for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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