Petrobras

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Petrobras Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
41 Reviews
3.5
41 Reviews
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Petrobras CEO and Director Maria das Graças Silva Foster
Maria das Graças Silva Foster
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Missing challenge

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Petrobras full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    _ Job stability
    _ Salary
    _ Work-life balance

    Cons

    _ Too much political influence. Federal government interferes a lot in strategical decisions compromising efficiency.
    _ Not much room for initiative. Excessive control of decision making and processes.
    _ Excessive large organizational structure. Unnecessary managerial positions affect agility.
    _ Board and managerial positions are political nominations dependent on whatever political party is in charge. Usually executives don't have any background in the oil and energy industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    _ Less influence from politicians and lobbies.
    _ Reduce organizational structure.
    _ Adopt meritocracy as a mean to career development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A giant and slow dinosaur

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer  in  Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Designer in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    I have been working at Petrobras full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work/personal life balance. Start early and leave early invariably.

    Cons

    Doesn't have a design and software development culture. Very bureaucratic. People give more importance to indicators than to actually delivering quality projects. Employee/contract staff dichotomy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the way productivity is evaluated. Numbers and indicators don't say everything. People know how to get their way through them and the company suffers from it. Badly executed projects and lazy professionals that don't feel motivated to perform good work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Career oportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Petrobras full-time

    Pros

    Some careers are not valuable

    Cons

    It is very slow to get other levels

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good learning opportunities but career progress is not by merit

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Equipment Engineer  in  Vitória, Espírito Santo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Equipment Engineer in Vitória, Espírito Santo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Petrobras full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Safety
    - Good place to learning technical abilities

    Cons

    - Too many political interferences
    - The outcome of your work is not very important
    - Is not a business oriented company, it's governed by politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Give clear information about criterias for promotion, because is a secret and impossible to understand what happen in too many situations..........

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to learn, bad place to rise.

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

    I have been working at Petrobras

    Pros

    We have a great source of knowledge here, very good people and colleagues to tutorials. No doubt a good place for those who want to learn.

    Petrobras has large oil reserves to explore and new opportunities should arise with the growth of the company, but she only hires Brazilian or naturalized Brazilians by public examinations.
    Petrobras also hires other companies that perform services for it. These companies pay better than Petrobras itself and the benefits are almost the same. These companies hire foreigners and in these companies you have a lot of mobility.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the ability of the leaders still leaves much to be desired. If you have the good fortune they sent you to a department with a good leader, congratulations, if not, there are rare the cases of someone getting an internal transfer. It´s common the cases of people asking for dismissal due to poor management and lack of internal mobility. The company has over 50,000 employees with almost no mobility, even if the person is necessary at another position. It will all depend on your boss, and his boss, and his boss, and his boss.

    Despite the great effort of the company to develop leadership skills, a gap of 10 years without hiring, and with great stability of the employees who were already in the company at 1990´s created a scenario that should improve the management capacity only in 5 or 10 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For sure it be difficult to manage a public company so that it has the appearance of a private company. I think it´s very difficult to run the company with so many political influences.
    Wages are lower than those companies that are in the market created by itself (Petrobras).

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice salary, no motivation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer  in  Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)

    I have been working at Petrobras

    Pros

    good salary, invest on training

    Cons

    No recognition, unmotivating, it doesn't seems you grow as a proffessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    most people I know doesn't feel realised on working at Petrobras, motivation is something we need. I know so many cases of depressed people here. And it seems that managers are only concerned with little things, but not on the great ones

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working as a third-part, allocated in the company, is not the best way

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)

    I worked at Petrobras full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    i) estability; ii) policy of employee trainning;

    Cons

    i) burocracy; ii) no opportunities to grow;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confused

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geophysicist
    Current Employee - Geophysicist

    I have been working at Petrobras full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Mix it all: the best and the worst, in all ways. both techs and managers.
    Good work-life balance. Usually, when you leave the office, you leave work too.
    Lots of in-company training, usually basic level.

    Cons

    Hard to get good training at an intermediate-high level. Usually friend-of-a-friend is the way to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too much political influence, nothing to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultor  in  Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Consultor in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    I worked at Petrobras as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    well structured, training, knowledge, market vision, offshore and onshore experience

    Cons

    slow processes, patronage, power play

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    avoid to be a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Is a good company for those who want a good training, but salary are not competitive and with a lot of bureaucracy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geophysicist  in  Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Geophysicist in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)

    I have been working at Petrobras full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Main pros: stability and trainings.

    Cons

    Main cons: bureaucracy and salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Geophysicists receive a very low salary, despite the great importance of the same for the company. In addition, there is a policy to go against the interests of the workplace of geophysical junior (even if there is vacancy in such workplace).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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