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TOTAL Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
108 Reviews
3.7
108 Reviews
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TOTAL Président-Directeur Général Chrisophe de Margerie
Chrisophe de Margerie
61 Ratings

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.  

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK if you have no other options

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3. 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
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  5.  

    Very good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  6.  

    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 (more than an 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    It takes a special kind of person to thrive here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been working here for about 3 years

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

    I have been working at TOTAL full-time (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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    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).

  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good money, and benefits and management.

    Cons

    Just dirty. Only because they make glue.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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