Statoil Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
60 Reviews
3.1
60 Reviews
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Statoil President and CEO Helge Lund
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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.  

    fine and friendly atmosphere to work in.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    as it is mentioned above, friendly atmosphere, regular payments, fine services as well.

    Cons

    I canot pin point any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep going.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good work/life balance, slow pace growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Consultant  in  Stavanger (Norway)
    Current Employee - Graduate Consultant in Stavanger (Norway)

    I have been working at Statoil

    Pros

    Statoil has one of the best work and life balance in the market. Working culture, depending on the business area (I work in Development & Production Norway) is very relaxed, including dress code. If you work for Statoil in Norway, the employment gives you some strange status.

    Cons

    Career development is very slow and for foreign graduates, Norway with it's cultural values can be really difficult to cope with. Project management take be really frustrating as decision making takes long time. Norway as a country to live in will challenge you as well, both cost-level wise and people-wise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more inclusive towards international employees. Compensation must be aligned with the market if the management wishes to stop the increasing turn-over among young people. Internal processes must be simplified and this should not take 5 years, but be rather executed fast track.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very good experience and training.

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Process Engineer

    I have been working at Statoil

    Pros

    the flexibility within statoil is the best thing one can experience

    Cons

    the benifits one gets from statoil are so bad if compared to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at the employees benifits and compensations.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    No commitment from employees. Too many managers and expats. Opportunities are given to Norwegians.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Salaries and benefits are also good. Good facilities and work environment. Good learning of oil & gas industry.

    Cons

    The opportunities to grow are given only to Norwegians and friends. A lot of money is spend to keep expats everywhere. Very expensive and empty facilities in fancy locations. Outsourced services which the quality is really poor. The company wants to save in cents, not in dollars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs more training and capability. The diversification of nationalities is also important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    They said they are a global company but they are not

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Statoil full-time

    Pros

    Salaries and benefits
    Friendly co-workers; Open communication
    Great company for Norwegians or if you just want to comfortable work place until retirement. It is not a good company for international staff who are ambitious and want to have a successful career

    Cons

    Extremely micro managed. Most decisions are made in Norway though head quarter doesn't understand how to run business in the US or onshore.
    No real growth potentials for international staff. Most senior positions are continuously filled by Norwegians, even in positions where local should have advantages (e.g. Government and Public Affairs)
    Disciplines with least diversity/globalization are Drilling & Wells and Finance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the Company is as serious in globalization as top management says, they should be HUMBLE (one of the company's Values) to recognize that they need international talents to make the company a successful global company.
    Stop using North America as a training ground for Corporate's favorite kids.
    Less focus on politics and more focus on performance in your decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    About the Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Stavanger (Norway)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stavanger (Norway)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    International headoffice, yet with Norwegian pride

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Oslo (Norway)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Oslo (Norway)

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

    Pros

    Work and life balance is a great addon. If you want to leave your work at 15:00 or 16:00, then this is the place to be. But if you have some aspirations and want to progress with your career, then you should really consider if this company is the right for you.

    Cons

    This is my second review of Statoil. I have now moved from the main headoffice in Stavanger to the international headoffice in Oslo. The atmosphere is more relaxed here, but I expected the work pace to be much higher than it turned out. Most of international employees here are adapting quickly to the work environment, you see people spending more time drinking coffee and having hour long lunch breaks. If this company is due to cut its cost and increase competitiveness, they must start with their work culture. I don't think I will be for much longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your attitude towards young international employees. You should drive and encourage performance, and not discourage it by sending your employees home at 1500, 1600. It appears that the CEO is not seeing the problem. The company has its own corporate priority group of something 150 employees and while most of them Norwegian, its very much politics on how they get promoted. If you can play the political game within Statoil, then you will have a chance to boost your career. As I don't consider this workplace to be a political arena, I would rather prefer to get to my work, get the job done on high quality and then go home when I have to, not when I am being told to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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