Forest Oil
3.2 of 5 8 reviews
www.forestoil.com Denver, CO 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Mar 12, 2014

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67% Approve of the CEO

Forest Oil President and CEO H. Craig Clark

H. Craig Clark

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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This was a great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

I worked at Forest Oil full-time for more than 5 years

ProsMany opportunities for growth and people were friendly and supportive.

ConsNeed to manage debt better

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Worked for Forest Oil

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Forest Oil

ProsHealth Benefits
Stepping stone for future endeavors

ConsManagement of the company, money, etc.
Spends a dollar to save a dime.
Money shuffling to pet projects
Favoritism between employees and contractors - very bad mix
Typical "Good ol' boy" oil company clique - youre in or your out working your ass off.

Advice to Senior ManagementInformation, please.
Should have coordinated workovers, drilling, fracs, etc. with field offices
Should have paid employees who stayed on a bit more to keep them.
Bonuses are a joke. Keep the money and make the company stronger, or actually give bonuses commensurate to the individuals accomplishments not collective business unit goals.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Working at Forest Oil was a complete joy

Legal Administrative (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

I worked at Forest Oil as a contractor for less than a year

ProsAll of the staff were such wonderful and helpful people

ConsI experienced no cons while I was employed with them

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease keep up the terrific job of selecting individuals with morals and respect for their fellow employees

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Company is in a tough spot

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Forest Oil full-time for less than a year

ProsI've enjoyed the environment there. The projects have been interesting. I have learned a lot in the short time I've been here.

ConsThe company announced a reduction of staff! I don't think the company will be around much longer. A possible candidate for a buy-out (if they make it that long).

Advice to Senior ManagementTell the employees what the plan is for the upcoming layoffs. The waiting is decimating moral.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good pay, but very poor management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Forest Oil

ProsGood pay, benefits, that's about it

ConsNo room for advancement, poor management

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Working at forest oil has been good, but not exactly challenging.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Denver, CO

I have been working at Forest Oil

ProsLots of resources for self improvement!

ConsSlow paced. I have been bored a lot.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more direction, and less competition between business units.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Forest is a great stepping stone to most careers, with good pay, great benefits, and has a good group of people.

Geologist (Current Employee)
Denver, CO

I have been working at Forest Oil

ProsThe benefits package is very competitive. They promote within the company and seek individuals to grow personally. They have provided a diverse array of job opportunities for employees. The HR and IT departments are extremely fast and responsive, compared to other companies. Certain managers are very willing to work with you and are anxious to hear your career goals and aspirations. The people at Forest are generally good to be around and you can feel free to create friendships. The work environment is fairly good and most employees tend to work a strict schedule. Forest tries to instill camaraderie by providing parties at Christmas and weekly events.

ConsForest does not like to do exploration. Forest does not like to spend money on seismic data. Forest does not like to use the latest technology. The salaries at Forest are not competitive with the major integrated oil and gas companies. Forest has a very old population. The mentoring at Forest is not very well suited for relatively unexperienced employees. While most employees run a strict work schedule there are many who insist on staying in the office for at least 12 hours a day. These people tend to look down upon others who don't follow the same schedule. There are only a handful of managers who genuinely look after their employees and are open to conversation/mentoring at any time.

Advice to Senior ManagementI would encourage senior management to make more time to speak with employees on an individual basis and stay in touch with what the employee base is doing. Whether it is weekly meetings or quarterly updates, time with the managers would be ideal for employee growth, connectivity, and management understanding how to effectively work as a team.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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learning experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Forest Oil

Prosgood 401k match, fair vacation

Consimmediate managers don't respect employees

Advice to Senior Managementbe able to pick managers that like people

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