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Statoil Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
Statoil – Houston – “Citywest BCM Campus”

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.3 53 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

Statoil President and CEO Helge Lund

Helge Lund

(35 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance, flexible schedule, chance to play big role in projects(in 13 reviews)

  • If you are permanently based in Norway and want a no hassle work life with good benefits then this is the right choice(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Project management take be really frustrating as decision making takes long time(in 5 reviews)

  • Many international employees quit their work after some short of time of work at company(3-5 years)(in 4 reviews)

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    Good company to work for if you are true Norwegian, wrong place to be if you are an international employee

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood work/life balance. The company is the right choise for those who are looking for relaxed and stable employment. Good company for housewives and not ambitious people. It is nearly impossible to get fired, unless you come drunk to your work.

    ConsNo professional growth, guaranteed, unless you are Norwegian or a good friend of someone. Most of employees are just waiting to retire and doing minimum tasks. The company is promoting equal rights, hence a lot of women at all layers of organization and most of them just not capable for their job

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of a lot of useless people, among you as well

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a good company if you are non-Norwegians

    (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place for a laid-back person. If you just want to enjoy the life and to have 1-year parental leave with 80% pay, come to Statoil and try to have lots of children.
    The Statoil values, "open, caring, hands-on, and courageous", sound very attractive to new talents.

    Cons1. Noticeable difference between Norwegian and non-Norwegian. If you do not know and do not want to speak Norsk, you will be one of the "mercenaries". If you are good, go to other majors - COP, Shell, or Chevron. They will pay and value you much more
    2. So many unprofessional behaviors, such as discrimintative language, social isolation are permitted as long as no physical conflicts are involved
    3. Heavy in decision making and process. The decision seems never to be made during the team discussion. It will be made in the coffee bar by a few Norsk-speaking folks
    4. No team-working or integration at all. Everyone builds the railway by himself/herself. Many times it is funny to see the train can not run through the railway
    5. Being competitive is a big 'no-no'. Inititiative of striving for improvement will be treated as a "threat" or "show-off"

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

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    Optimum Work-Life balance, Good Environment, Ok compensation, Poor international Integration and career opportunities

    Project Engineer (Current Employee) Stavanger (Norway)

    ProsThe Work-Life balance is great, but this is common in Norway. Compensation and Benefit are good for young engineers. Very nice people and environment, everybody willing to collaborate and help.

    ConsCompensation and benefit for experienced professionals is below industry average. Norwegian is the language.
    Top Management positions are almost only for Norwegians
    If you are not proactive is very easy to get bored and feel unsatisfied with your job (many people do as less as possible)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Opportunities to work in many countries and cultures.

    Senior Consultant Procurement (Current Employee) Stavanger (Norway)

    ProsVaried tasks. Highly educated colleagues. Opportunities to work abroad.

    ConsSlow promotion. Bureaucratic and slow decision making.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFlatten the structure - take out a few levels of management - this will encourage creativity.

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    Spending dollars saving pennies

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Stavanger (Norway)

    ProsStatoil have a relatively flat organization where one as an employee can handle projects quite on your own as long as you deliver and show results. I.e. leaders will not interfere too much which I appreciate. If you have a solid knowledge of your specific field and is secure on yourself, you can do a difference. My personal experience is that my closest manager gives me free reins with what I do.
    Working hours are like in Norway good (regulated by law), and you can normally decide how you use your time. If you have a sick child, nobody will raise their eyebrows if you're home to take care of your child. So if you're a young professional starting in this industry, Statoil is a good place to get experience.

    ConsTo much money is spent on wastless studies by external companies because project leaders don't have enough broad knowledge and thus don't trust internals with the required background. This leads to what I like to call decision paralysis requiring even more studies!
    Statoil have a lot of technical requirements, which is typical for the oil industry. However there is a resistance to change these when knowledge shows that it should be done.
    Now Statoil wishes to save money by saving pennies instead of saving dollars. This is done by taking away benefits we have had like fruit baskets (from a company for people with disabilities. Social responsibility?), food assortment in the cantina etc.
    Restrictions to travel is another issue. To travel overseas needs approval by top management. I dare say on one occasion that with less restrictions, the company could had saved X. Not to talk about these studies...
    One should bear in mind that Statoil being Norways largest company can't pay as much as foreign oil companies thus pays less because it would raise the average pay level in Norway. All very understandable. With this backdrop it will be less interesting to stay by the company when one have enough knowledge to seek better opportunities elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening to individuals one by one over a coffee or something, and not from middle/top management.

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    Solid ship headed into rougher weather

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Stavanger (Norway)

    ProsFantastic work/life balance, and company of high ethical integrity. CEO Lund is smart and sincere man with conservative values tempered by Scandinavian sense of humanity. Being a majority state owned company in social democratic Norway has contributed to a generous cushion of labour rights and entitlements. Statoil has developed leading world-class technologies and uses them both to optimize hydrocarbon recovery and find socially and environmentally responsible solutions to adverse effects of oil and gas production.

    ConsStatoil is a company in transition, like most other oil majors in one way or another. Norway and Statoil's generosity is often taken for granted by Norwegian employees. The company is wrought with cumbersome bureaucracy and too many internal stakeholders getting in the way of needed greater expediency. Management trying to streamline processes and trim fat to maintain global competitive edge and economic viability in face of tighter margins, but they frequently come across as blunt, callous and clumsy to Norwegian workforce, subsequently diminishing morale and loyalty. The company's turn away from developing renewable energy since the merger with Hydro in 2007 has disappointed many employees. Many also question the ethics of Statoil's investments in oil sands and shale gas and would at least like to see us take the lead in mitigating the environmental and social downsides of those pursuits. The decision and probable necessity to expand internationally is unfortunately contributing to Statoil losing its soul and becoming like many other mega multinational oil companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInsist on cutting costs through even greater expediency. Don't waste time and resources on appeasing the consensus and likewise don't let clueless managerial tyrants waste the time, resources and creative energy of individuals and teams by insisting on tiresome non-necessities. Despite company's efforts to streamline processes, many still don't get it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Slow-paced, but very friendly environment...place to take some rest and relax

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Stavanger (Norway)

    ProsMedium pay, but very short hours and managers are very flexible when it comes to holidays or simply long weekends. All business travel times outside of working hours is paid as extra time.
    The environment at work is very nice and friendly...Flowers, cakes, waffles, yoga, good gym...

    ConsA lot of old employees - result, very slow pace business environment, most of them, unfortunately, simply wait to retire and get that super pension. No challenge in daily activities. When promoting to new or expatriate positions managers are somewhat favourable to norwegians - which is an understandable issue, but when they hire international people they emphasize that opportunities are equal. Norwegian language recently became an issue, this is no longer real international company - you are told very straightforward that they want you to speak Norwegian - no proper training is provided though. And it requires some efforts to reach some level of proficiency in it...and you are really not sure what to do with it later on in your life...unless you plan to relocate to a country of "perma" autumn/winter...

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of cutting costs on fruits try to stimulate people to save money for the company and not always being contractor friendly...it is harder to do but will save you much more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood atmosphere at the workplace

    Conscan't figure out what they are doing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for...if you are above 30 and want to spent a lot of time with your family.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsProbably the best work/life balance in the world. My colleagues are very friendly, line manager would always approve my holiday, in fact he would suggest to take a longer/better break.

    ConsNo pressure, no stress...but it might lead to a very relaxed lifestyle...not sure if it is any good for productivity though.

    Advice to Senior Managementapply more international approach to future development of the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great place with great people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsA workplace where you are taken care of by the organization. You are surrounded by great people who value your work.

    ConsWork can get routine and boring sometimes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring more Canadians into senior roles of the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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