Statoil Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
56 Reviews

3.1
56 Reviews
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Statoil President and CEO Helge Lund
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35 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance, flexible schedule, chance to play big role in projects (in 14 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very good company to work with, although in need of better top management.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Statoil

    Pros

    Very good work environment.
    Good benefits and salarires.

    Cons

    Need to improve its policies or at least develop them.
    The company should stop thinking that outsourcing is The best solution for financial problema.

  2.  

    A good place for work- life balance but can be very stressful for an ambitious person/ foreigner/ non-engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oslo (Norway)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oslo (Norway)

    I have been working at Statoil full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work -life balance. Considering how little I am expected to deliver, compensation is high. Really nice people. A great place for people who have lots of children and look for a relaxing day in the office after a tiring evening at home.

    Cons

    Too laid back and unprofessional. The biggest challenge is that Statoil doesn't seem to know what it wants or what it wants to be. Too political and complex to navigate for an international employee. The meeting culture is really weird and extreme - too many meetings with no agenda or outcomes. You will be challenged and frustrated by the lack of a structured career path and slow career progress. If you are not Norwegian and an engineer your career progress will disappoint you and your learning curve and competitiveness runs a real risk stagnation. Your experience before Statoil will not be valued - it's how long you've been with the company that matters and who you know. Competence and performance are not valued or promoted. Salary levels are lower than industry average (think about 30% for commercial roles) and the situation I described above with all the risks it entails just makes it a no no if you are far from retirement. If you still need a breather form a hectic life and work under a U.S. or U.K. contract, suggest you slap a 30% - 50% risk premium on whatever salary you are thinking of negotiating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to say what you want and work on your communication skills. Challenge yourself to gain more awareness of the world outside Norway and the markets you operate and sell in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Data Management Manager

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    Current Employee - Data Management Manager  in  Stavanger (Norway)
    Current Employee - Data Management Manager in Stavanger (Norway)

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, compensation and benefit are good for experienced people, positive environment and knowledge exchange within and among various disciplines.

    Cons

    Poor international integration and career opportunities due to stiff approach by upper management.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer  in  Porsgrunn (Norway)
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Porsgrunn (Norway)

    I have been working at Statoil as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment
    Supportive leaders
    free housing
    always flexible with things
    great HR and tech support
    Lots of projects to work on
    Internship was a great, defined project that was challenging and had room left open for new ideas
    cafeteria had cheap, good food options for lunch (~35 NOK)

    Cons

    not really any time off on an internship but flexible
    Large company, so some bureaucratic things to deal with sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good benefits, flexible schedule & no micromanagement

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    Current Employee - Production Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Production Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Schedule, Goal oriented, Encourages work-life balance.

    Cons

    Too much staff in some departments, not enough in others. Network & IT cause too many issues and working remotely can be difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Bad values in values-focused company

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    Current Employee - Chief Cook and Bottle Washer  in  Norway, MI
    Current Employee - Chief Cook and Bottle Washer in Norway, MI

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, flexible schedule, chance to play big role in projects

    Cons

    Actively practice discrimination against non-Norwegians. Norwegians get the easiest jobs, easiest hours, best projects, most resources and best ratings. All of this from a company and country that believes it is the most fair minded of them all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better lawyers as once the real word gets out, you will be sued out of your pants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Are you lazy and unambitious? Statoil is the right company for you...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oslo (Norway)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oslo (Norway)

    I worked at Statoil full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Extreme work-life balance, good perks for everyone regardless of performance, very flexible leadership, paid overtime, 5 weeks of holiday, flexible work hours.

    Cons

    The company is only good for Norwegians. Foreigners will stay low in the organization regardless how smart they are and hard they work. How long you have been around will determine who is promoted. Lack of decisive decision making. Powerless leaders. The company makes people lazy as working more/harder does not get you anywhere. No performance-based culture. No true commitment to personal and professional development. Extreme bureaucratic organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the right leadership profiles, promote more international in key positions to become a true global company with a multicultural mindset, stop giving to those who do not work/deliver, build a true performance based culture, lay-off lazy employees, streamline your governance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    great comopany

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    Former Employee - Facility Management  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Facility Management in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    great company to network with

    Cons

    on the job training is a beast

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Ideal company if you are Norwegian and want to work 0900 to 1500.

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    Former Employee - Business Developer
    Former Employee - Business Developer

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

    Pros

    If you are permanently based in Norway and want a no hassle work life with good benefits then this is the right choice.

    Cons

    Low glass ceiling for non Norwegians
    General caliber of staff much inferior to what you would encounter in majors or large independents
    Good if you want to cruise but not a good environment for ambitious international employees who need to stay competitive on the international job market
    Gender diversity focus results in very underqualified staff in senior roles
    Complete absence of performance culture and accountability

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good company if you are non-Norwegians

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Statoil full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    1. 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"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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