TOTAL Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
98 Reviews

3.5
98 Reviews
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TOTAL Président-Directeur Général Chrisophe de Margerie
Chrisophe de Margerie
53 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is quite good at Total (in 5 reviews)

  • career opportunities, job intern not bad (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • The company values are really good and the work-life balance is also good (in 4 reviews)

  • Individual career development plans are not clearly visible to employees (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Interesting projects and good work atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at TOTAL as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Big-impact projects, smart people, good interactions even with top-management, finance is not the limiting factor for projects

    Cons

    Everything moves slowly as it is a big company, decision are very centralized, hard to see the impacts of your work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decentralizing the decision making process for small decisions, give more responsibilities to subsidiaries, keep the good mindset

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It takes a special kind of person to thrive here.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Management in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Small team. Friendly people. Good training.

    Cons

    HQ controls everything - there is no discretion left to the subsidiary. Management rotates every three years so they do not have to suffer the consequences of any mistakes they may make.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the local employees more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I have been working here for about 3 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Economist
    Current Employee - Economist

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

    Pros

    one of the top 5 global oil and gas company, with operations in over 100 countries
    diversified business lines, upstream oil and gas, to downstream petrochemical, and new energies
    many possibilities to move around/through different business
    good benefits, employees usually stay until retirement

    Cons

    could be slow career upward, although you can change roles within the company
    a French company with French culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    run the company more like an international one

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Get French Fried

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TOTAL

    Pros

    Great people, salary and benefits

    Cons

    The French are impossible to work for. Rule by fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect us from the French. Get a competitive work schedule (9/80).

  6.  

    Strong petrochemical expertise, and good people who work hard.

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

    I worked at TOTAL

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, flat management chain, inter-departmental teamwork is strong

    Cons

    Large company internationally based. Hard to focus on maximizing revenue generation for petrochemicals due to being an oil conglomerate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send resources necessary to develop high return capital investment projects at all facilities. Local management seems to have their hands tied on funding.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Operator  in  Beaumont, TX
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Beaumont, TX

    I worked at TOTAL full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good money, and benefits and management.

    Cons

    Just dirty. Only because they make glue.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TOTAL

    Pros

    Salary, experience, industry, health packages

    Cons

    places, travel, internal systems, size

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great company to work for!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead PVV Engineer  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Lead PVV Engineer in Paris (France)

    I have been working at TOTAL as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    International assignment opportunities,
    Possibility to work on challenging projects,
    Technical expertise and excellence is highly respected,
    Good career growth if you are intelligent, flexible & committed

    Cons

    Although company does it best to provide work-life balance, it may not suit all (if you are not flexible)
    Sometime working under pressure - not suitable for people who can't cope with work pressure
    Not suitable for people who does not take ownership for their work.
    Too many holidays by French local staff - which disrupts project activities sometime

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience with an international company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TOTAL

    Pros

    Company cares strongly about their employees and hires many knowledgeable experts

    Cons

    Organization can be a challenge, as they provide ample amounts of freedom to perform your duties

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Intern  in  Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Intern in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I worked at TOTAL as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great tutelage, friendly senior management, fun colleagues. Vibrant environment to work in.

    Cons

    Slow responding HR department, as well as support departments. Would have been great to receive more feedback from mentors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Might want to make duties of different departments more clear so there aren't any conflicts. Though this might have been fixed now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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