TOTAL

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TOTAL Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
122 Reviews
3.7
122 Reviews
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TOTAL Président-Directeur Général Chrisophe de Margerie
Chrisophe de Margerie
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • de bonnes conditions de travail (in 7 reviews)

  • leadership, training, work life balance, challenge a lot of reasons to work there (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The company values are really good and the work-life balance is also good (in 5 reviews)

  • pas de passion, peu de formation, d (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company, with some old dinosaurs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TOTAL

    Pros

    Great balance between work and personal life

    Cons

    Salary competitive but under the market level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote boldness and fight against inertia

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work!

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

    I worked at TOTAL

    Pros

    Very good management, great training, great pay. Relaxed environment.

    Cons

    High turnover, work hours, long interview process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be good to have performance reviews more often

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Opportunity for growth is not extended to everyone.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at TOTAL full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    For the industry pay is fairly competitive, annual bonus structure, flexible work schedules

    Cons

    No career growth unless you are viewed as "key staff". HR and management will only work to develop the careers of those who are favored. HR staff is full of younger people who are very immature and if they do not like you they will make you feel it. Management can treat their staff with disrespect and the Executives will back management no matter what. As the years have passed I have noticed the decline in moral and increase in resignations. I blame HR and management for how they set the tone for the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All employees should be treated as key staff and shown respect. Once upper management stops showing respect to others this bleeds down the chain and creates a visible difference in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Assistant projet mobile

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TOTAL

    Pros

    Be good in programming of application mobile

    Cons

    little work, too much free time don't know what to do

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good Company

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

    I have been working at TOTAL

    Pros

    Great to work with TOTAL

    Cons

    Assignments can be in many countries

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    OK Company

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

    I worked at TOTAL full-time

    Pros

    Overall, the company is very stable and offers decent compensation compared to other companies. Internal/lateral movement is encouraged and training is generally readily available. If you're nearing the end of your career and don't want any responsibilities, then this would be an excellent place to retire with minimal stress. The benefits are good (401(k) match, vacation, medical, etc.) but there wasn't an employee stock purchase option or even stock options.

    Cons

    Bonuses are highly contingent on how well/poorly the company (as a whole) does, so bonuses are almost nothing some years. Moving up from one job scale "band" to another is almost impossible after being hired, so ALWAYS negotiate for one level beyond whatever you're initially offered. Company tends to move and make decisions very slowly. Most decisions are made out of France and they look down upon Americans as 2nd class citizens, so there is little opportunity for creativity/innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like a global company and recognize the talent in other countries.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK if you have no other options

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Engineer
    Former Employee - Production Engineer

    I worked at TOTAL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A big company so if you are willing to relocate, it can be good. You will have a lot of expatriate experiences. Job security is good.

    Cons

    Salary could be lower compared to other big oil and gas companies. Promotion will be slow and you will not be considered the same as French people. Just like other reviewers said, too many French people in the upper hierarchy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more local people and increase salary of locals. A lot of people leave because of this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No growth in career

    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at TOTAL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance and laid back work place

    Cons

    No job growth or advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to change mangement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Very good company to work for.

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

    I have been working at TOTAL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are mobile and open minded, there are a lot of career opportunities given the company's diverse locations and activities.

    Cons

    French run company with almost all french men in the highest positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on a pay for performance culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting projects and good work atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Market Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Market Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at TOTAL as a contractor (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

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