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

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 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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    Great on paper, pretty good in practice

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsGood salary and benefits. Work / life balance also good.

    ConsDon't treat people as well as lofty "corporate values" would have you believe. If you are not an engineer or scientist type, you are really a second class citizen here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement in USA needs major assistance. Please send help Norway!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very Norway Focused-Lacks Understanding of American Culture-Execs are ALWAYS Right

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsBusiness complex is good; benefits are good

    ConsFavoritism of the Norwegians is definitely obvious

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider development of career paths for ALL employees; not just ones you have identified. Strongly suggest some cultural diversity awareness training. Management has not realized that many times translations are lost between languages. Consider having only English spoken in the office. All employees should have equal rights & access to upper management, HR, etc. Too much executive intimidation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Statoil has more cash than more brain!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsCompany is a NOC, so they have access to funding. Yes, work life balance, but this is not a competency as by time you will lose your competencies.

    ConsSlow, very process oriented, only Norwegian can go up the ladder, decisions are taken behind closed doors, very command and control company despite they show off collaboration. Not the top pay in industry. Very slow learning curve, no development plan whatsoever, expect you to follow the orders.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo surprice that Statoil is the worst performer among the peer group in 2011-2013. Open your eyes and come to your senses. This company need a complete revisit to its strategic view.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not 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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    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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    The worst choice if you are young international engineer

    Petroleum Engineer(Reservoir Engineering) (Current Employee) Stavanger (Norway)

    ProsWork life balance is the best thing about Statoil. You will never lose your job, compared to other companies job security is good. Good if you are planning to retire and to relax.

    ConsThe worst place for international young engineers to start their career. If you are ambitious person this is not your place. Norwegians are preferred more for promotion than internationals. Incredible bureaucracy in process, even for simple things. Although company is now seeming to be more international, still inside it is very Norwegian. Promotions are done based on years not on responsibility, very discouraging environment. Especially Statoil's research unit is the hub for plenty of pension guys. Many managers but job is done by very few people. Few people are trying to do difficult job(engineer, and mostly junior ones) but those are discouraged, people in the long run discover that engineer does not mean a thing for the company but manager does. Therefore number of managers are huge(unnecessarily huge). Company's salary is well below it's competitors. Company's so called development program for the young engineers is very much dependent on the budget: means that if manager decides that your development program is costly, even if it was created for you well in advance, basically they can delay your development program. Most of Statoil's competitors conquer Statoil at competence, culture, benefits and package. Norwegians has their own mafia here. No respect for the international employees. Many international employees quit their work after some short of time of work at company(3-5 years). Although it is claimed that HR will stand and defend you when you are right, they defend leaders. Sometimes even young employees that are new to industry, do not get training, conferences and exciting projects for 3 years!!!
    Other companies such as Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobil, Schlumberger with defined corporate culture which is based on performance and competence will always be better.
    HR of Statoil mostly does not understand that they are also vulnerable, and if they do not employ necessary people for necessary places, the system degradation is the matter of time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect your employees especially engineers, they make differences not managers. Try to establish systems that do not depend on budget, but that are must. In today's world if you can't offer an engineer consistent development and structured plan for it forget about recruiting top class engineers and graduates. Because you are competing on that side as well with other better companies. Become an oil and gas company with the salary and benefits level of oil and gas company. Respect and trust to your international employees, they are the ones that will help you to develop into international company if you let and encourage them do it. Sometimes you want to achieve things without giving anything, in today's world it is not possible. Statoil is the company that bases its business on engineering of oil and gas field development, that largely depends on technical aspects and engineering of these systems(which are very complex). Selling of the products are just simple things, but engineering systems that produce it are difficult. Understand that you need more competent engineers not managers. First of all try to implement those values yourself instead of making every employee learn by heart. The system implementation requires more than just putting them on paper, it will require complete understanding the importance of diversity and discrimination, and why discrimination can ruin the things.

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

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    US Onshore Performance Manager

    Performance Manager (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsGlobal organization, with strong growth platforms
    Open and positive working culture
    Very focused on US business GoM and Onshore

    ConsCompensation not so competitive
    Lacks strong systems for onshore business
    GoM business lacks operatorship in development phase

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore stretch opportunities for less experienced employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 year experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat environment. Working time till 15-16h.

    ConsYou can get too lazy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    About the Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Stavanger (Norway)

    ProsLife and Work Balance, focus on time completion of the Project

    ConsI do agree with the review dated May 10, 2013 (Business Analyst)

    Just to add smth in addition to what I have experienced: Very poor management skills.

    Change your attitude towards international employees. Very much political on how people get promoted there. There is some norwegian mafia as well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf Statoil is so focused on its values and ethics, then Statoil shall start with themselves first. Start going on to an international arena, in order to get an international experience working with Contractors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Friendly people, good benefits, but little chance of getting a job through an internship

    Seismic Imaging Intern (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsBenefits, half price meals, open culture, 9/80 schedule

    Consminimal chance of full time job offer

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more through intern pools and make the internship program tailormade for transition to full time hire

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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