Forest Oil Reviews

Updated May 7, 2014
Updated May 7, 2014
9 Reviews
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9 Reviews
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Forest Oil President and CEO H. Craig Clark
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  1.  

    Worked for Forest Oil

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forest Oil

    Pros

    Health Benefits
    Stepping stone for future endeavors

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Information, 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Executive management ruined this company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Forest Oil full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My departments management chain short of the CEO is great. They've been supportive of my career development and advancement. Within our little world everything is pretty good, we have great communication, we receive raises consistently and our work environment is nice.

    Cons

    The executive management ran the company into the ground, so we are a skeleton of what Forest Oil used to be. Their communication style has been poor, so people are angry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    This was a great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth and people were friendly and supportive.

    Cons

    Need to manage debt better

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Working at Forest Oil was a complete joy

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Forest Oil as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    All of the staff were such wonderful and helpful people

    Cons

    I experienced no cons while I was employed with them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep up the terrific job of selecting individuals with morals and respect for their fellow employees

  6.  

    Company is in a tough spot

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forest Oil full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Tell the employees what the plan is for the upcoming layoffs. The waiting is decimating moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good pay, but very poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forest Oil

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, that's about it

    Cons

    No room for advancement, poor management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Forest Oil

    Pros

    Lots of resources for self improvement!

    Cons

    Slow paced. I have been bored a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more direction, and less competition between business units.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geologist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Geologist in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Forest Oil

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Forest 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forest Oil

    Pros

    good 401k match, fair vacation

    Cons

    immediate managers don't respect employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be able to pick managers that like people

    Approves of CEO

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