Talisman Energy Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
68 Reviews

2.8
68 Reviews
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Talisman Energy President & CEO Hal Kvisle
Hal Kvisle
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • great people who are willing to help (in 5 reviews)

  • Good benefits and good salaries (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover whether it is with staff switching roles or just quitting (in 6 reviews)

  • Senior management would have been better off having a session with Dr (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor upper management tends to create a sense of undefined company direction.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lean culture, minimal processes and approvals, work life balance, days off

    Cons

    Lack of internal standards, corporate office is in Calgary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make up your minds on what Talisman is!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Promises Made, Promises Not Kept

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Talisman Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people who work here work hard and care about their jobs and the leaseholders.

    Cons

    They use contractors (temps) in long term assignments, eliminating any possibility of ever having to hire someone, pay them a competitive wage, or benefits. The company is saddled with bad investments that were made in Europe so there's no way to expand their North American operations. This place is constantly being "reorganized" to try for quick fixes to long term problems. Their accounting system (PAS) is a joke. It might work in a company 1/4 Talisman's size but it's slow, unwieldy, and user unfriendly.
    If you enjoy meetings, this is the place for you. There are meetings to plan the next meeting about a meeting.
    There's no opportunity for advancement here. Avoid at all costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out the direction you want to take the company in and stay with it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Titanic

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in The Woodlands, TX

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People were great to work with.

    Cons

    Management was terrible and had no regard to employees needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Revolving door, no structure or management support

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    Current Employee - Current Employee At Woodlands, TX  in  The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Current Employee At Woodlands, TX in The Woodlands, TX

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Office in The Woodlands, Tx (Close to Houston)
    Have 9 floating days in addition to your vacation allotment (Though no 9/80 work schedule)

    Cons

    People leave as fast as they come. No retention of knowledge or experience gained.
    Everybody is out there to fence for themselves no support from management or guidance.
    No structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a structure and ensure employees abide to it. Support your employees and create a solid path.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very negative work environment

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    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst  in  Horseheads, NY
    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Horseheads, NY

    I worked at Talisman Energy

    Pros

    The non-management staff are great people, very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise and good to work with. This employer seems to pay better than others in the area, but in line with what other gas/oil companies pay.

    Cons

    The management staff are generally very negative towards employees. I always thought it was incredible that the non-management staff somehow were able stay in a good mood and with a positive attitude. At the time that I worked there, the management staff had an zero-tolerance policy with respect employee interaction for non-business purposes. I'll be the first to admit, that from a strictly financial point of view, this makes 100% sense. However, at the expense of a very toxic workplace. Employees were to act like robots. You were expected to finish everything as quickly as possible, and then, when you had down-time as a result of doing 40hrs worth of work in 25, well, you then had to pretend to somehow still be working on something. No such thing as pacing yourself here. I often heard lots of negative feedback directed at myself and others. Meetings were uncomfortable events where people were visibly nervous to be talking to one another. On some occasions, the company paid for lunch where everyone sat around in mostly akward silence. Even the jokes heard around the office were generally sarcastic and negative and typically initiated by those who could get away with talking, managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can make the same profits without all the negative energy flying around the office. Pick a target performance level for your staff, and as long as they are meeting that level, there's no reason to continue beating down on people. Let them also have a work environment that is enjoyable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Slow in the summer, not in a role to make decisions (a supportive, fetch information role), great co-workers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talisman Energy part-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers to network with
    Not micromanaged
    Travel opps to international offices
    Nice office

    Cons

    Slow work, cyclical
    Going through mgmt change, difficulties/uncertainties
    Not challenging

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Used to be great but not so much anymore

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    Former Employee - Student  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Talisman Energy as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice office environment/amenities with desirable downtown location
    Slurpee and iced capp machine in the employee lounge
    Free food from meetings, lunch and learns, town halls
    Decent pay
    Knowledgeable and experienced co-workers
    Flex days and Christmas week off
    Fun Stampede and Christmas parties
    Likely to extend student terms if you are competent and they like you

    Cons

    Many of the best employees left in 2012 and 2013 during the downturn and layoffs
    Corporate takeover target = low morale, job instability
    Company lacks focus and discipline, which is what got it into the mess it's in today
    Stock price has gone nowhere and underperformed it's peers over the last 2 years
    Assets in the UK are dragging the whole company down
    A lot of people only pretend to be busy
    Hires students to do menial work with no long term plan to keep them as a permanent employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that you've pared down the balance sheet, focus on operational efficiency and smart strategic growth to benefit investors and secure a future for the company as an independent
    Cut down on useless meetings and time wasters (safety moments in the head office on irrelevant topics)
    Stop spending money like you are a super major
    There are still some good employees left, be open and honest with them and don't treat them like they are disposable - contractors/external hires cost a lot more money and have no loyalty
    Get rid of employees that aren't adding value

    The incoming CEO that replaces Hal will define Talisman's future as a success or failure, so don't mess it up!

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Summer Student Experience

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    Former Employee - Summer Student
    Former Employee - Summer Student

    I worked at Talisman Energy as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I had real work and responsibilities as a student intern; was respected and trusted. Everyone I worked with or spoke with at the company added to my experience and provided a useful piece in my learning / work experience!

    I was impressed with the level of expertise and number of senior level specialists employed at the company, whom I was fortunate to work with and learn from during my summer with Talisman.

    I would work here again.

    Cons

    The hierarchical structure is a nightmare! I have worked at several medium to large companies and the corporate structure at Talisman is quite deep and counter-intuitive; hard to find the “right” people to talk to when working on projects or problem solving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management and company structure seems a bit inefficient. There are many "managers" and VPs, more than I have ever seen at another similar sized company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Terribly disappointing

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    Current Employee - Geoscientist  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Geoscientist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They pay you..............almost comparably to other companies. The training quality and quantity depends on which part of the company you work in. I have received reasonably good training, but know others who have received very little. I have worked with many great people here, very few in management positions though. And those that were are no longer with the company.

    Cons

    Company is run by a group of incompetent executives that are simply waiting to cash in on a take over. Long term incentives are non existent which is why approximately 80% of the company employees have been there less than 4 years. Executives are all incredibly over paid, their salaries are in no way tied to performance as you can see from share price performance. Company has something like 70 to 80 executives, roughly the same number of geoscience staff. Corporate structure looks like an upside down triangle. Management expects staff to pinch every penny twice, while they freely throw money around on excessive and lavish travel and executive retreats to Banff. If shareholders were privy to the spending habits that go on they would be appalled. No career development opportunities as a geoscientist. Benefits are so bad you are better off opting out completely. There is a savings plan, however it involves putting some of your own money into Company stock that continues to underperform related to many of the things mentioned herein. So buy at $12 and sell at $10 is great if you need to write off capital gains, but not so great if you hope to make any money from it. The current management is grossly incompetent, and breeds further incompetence by promoting people that..........well lets just say they promote the real go getters (polite for backside kissers). Truly a relic attitude from all the ex-BP execs. This has created a culture that encourages entitled behaviour and breeds arrogant and incompetent leaders that very quickly climb the corporate ladder. Five rounds of layoffs in five years have obliterated technical staff head counts, however, the executive head count hasn't declined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, they know all of this and choose to ignore it. A huge number of employees have told them this at exit interviews and HR just pass it off as a disgruntled employees. I would say I am disappointed, when I began it was the best place to work in town, now it's not even a shadow of it's former self. I have stayed with the hope of resurrecting the company to it's former glory, but this is not going to happen. The CEO has long ago announced his exit at the end of 2014 and quite clearly doesn't care what goes on now. A clear corporate strategy has been identified but no one follows it, and there are no consequences for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Need to get it together

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    Current Employee - Engineering Co-op Student  in  Edson, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-op Student in Edson, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Talisman Energy as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The people in the field offices are fantastic. Easy to get along with, friendly, and very helpful.

    Cons

    Constant changes in management and constant asset sales are worrysome. Every few weeks there is a major change in the upper management and thus in the organizational structure. The company doesn't really have it together from an upper management point of view.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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