Oil Search Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Satisfying

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Learning and Development Consultant
    Current Employee - Learning and Development Consultant

    I have been working at Oil Search as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Professional, committed to continuously improving

    Cons

    Long hours. Away from family for extended periods of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Solid Company growing rapidly. Retains some of its small company feel.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst

    I worked at Oil Search full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well qualified and technically savvy team.

    Cons

    Some politics and can be difficult to make changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your staff capability. Plan more strategically.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good working with and instruction nationals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oil Search full-time

    Pros

    Roster small work groups. Wide range of work scope. self directed

    Cons

    Work overload working over many disciplines poor salary. Accomodation is poor with shared facilities. No career progression. Micro management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after you people better. Pay the nation workforce what they are worth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    A tier three company poorly organised with limited career development for citizen employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Lake Kutubu (Papua New Guinea)
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Lake Kutubu (Papua New Guinea)

    I worked at Oil Search full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience but you will have to use initiative, a lot of initiative and self motivation.

    Cons

    Very poor salary and employee benefits for citizen employees, especially for engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward you engineers well and keep people that will produce results

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Dissapointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Oil Search

    Pros

    Reasonable Food
    Good Gym
    Something different each day
    Some individual managers and employees where worth there weight or more in Gold for there professional and social contribution

    Cons

    Money wasn't sufficient for the daily BS you had to put up with from your Contract Manager
    Contract Manager was a "Has Been" and deliberately set about undermining those that were working for him cos he felt threatened by the new breed of performing manager.
    Poor communication and support
    Poor ongoing training and team building
    Poor planning and productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of you dead wood
    Stand behind your managers and contractors
    Set minimum bench marks
    Dismantle the boys club and the incestuous behavior that goes with it

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting,learnt alot as a team but individual training lacks proper structure.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Chemist in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Oil Search

    Pros

    Small company so potential of learning from other departments. Learn together with the company from other bigger companies in the same business.

    Cons

    Because its a small company, techincal training is somewhat difficult to come by, especially if you have a immediate team leaders also learning the ropes of the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify potential employees with the qualification and drive to to learn by supporting them to further enhance their techincal skills in which ever their career interest path are. The retention of recent graduates is quickly falling, young team members capable of taking the company to the next level are leaving for better training and employment offers.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A vulture trying to play a role of a lion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Oil Search

    Pros

    There is not much to think of except that it was a small company when I joined. Good for building experience on the floor, i.e in the field running around and making things happen, opportunities most big companies would not otherwise give you.

    Cons

    The salary is very bad with performance reviews not getting any action from recommendations. There is a culture of suppression and the HR couldnt be any worse. They treat you like dirt and their is a degree of segregation with national employees (Papua New Guineans). The average salary is below market rate and their cost cutting severely impacted investment in the knowledge economy of its empployees. The company tries to potray itself to be an organisation that its not. You have 10 people doing the same task...so either they pass the bark or they feel you have stepped on their foot when it comes to job execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please change the upside down pyramid structure you have on your management. There are too many chiefs and very few indians. The patronising style of management with you townhalls should be a bit more creative, its insulting to have the same slides on you powerpoints with different colours without addressing the real issues for employees. Most of the Papua New Guinean employees in the technology side of the operation will be looking for greener pastures and this retention schemes you have is somewhat dranconian and ancient, please think up something creative if you are going to retain them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Develop leadership or imprt it to management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Oil Search

    Pros

    sometimes you get left alone to do the job. not often

    Cons

    ineptitude inability and lack of leadership of any senior manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talk to your people yourself and take on board what they communicate to you. remove the climate of fear.
    a recent survbey among 20 middle managers revealed that people just give up when trying to make a difference because it is just too hard, with the systems that management have put in place and the almost complete apathy of senior management. there is a perception that senior managers are greedy, and are pigs with their snouts in the trough

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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