Talisman Energy
2.8 of 5 54 reviews
www.talisman-energy.com Calgary, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

Talisman Energy Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
Talisman Energy – Calgary – “Talisman Energy”

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2.8 54 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

Talisman Energy President & CEO Hal Kvisle

Hal Kvisle

(20 ratings)

36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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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Poor upper management tends to create a sense of undefined company direction.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

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

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

ConsLack of internal standards, corporate office is in Calgary

Advice to Senior ManagementMake up your minds on what Talisman is!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The Titanic

Executive Assistant (Current Employee)
The Woodlands, TX

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

ProsPeople were great to work with.

ConsManagement was terrible and had no regard to employees needs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Revolving door, no structure or management support

Current Employee At Woodlands, TX (Current Employee)
The Woodlands, TX

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

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

ConsPeople 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 Senior ManagementCreate a structure and ensure employees abide to it. Support your employees and create a solid path.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very negative work environment

IT Support Analyst (Former Employee)
Horseheads, NY

I worked at Talisman Energy

ProsThe 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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company in sell, sell, sell, mode

IT Project Manager (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at Talisman Energy for more than a year

ProsPeople were really nice and easy to work with

ConsPeople were so business trying to cover there ass that the day to day work was never completed on required schedule. Low morale

Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure leaders get more in touch with the people working for them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

Prosa very good environment. all workers are very helpful

ConsI am just an intern. So many things need to be learn.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Painful but turning around

Completions Engineer (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

ProsFlexibility and freedom. A lot of young staff to push around.

ConsPrevious management was very poor

Advice to Senior ManagementNew management is doing a great job. Keep it up!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Accounting Student (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

ProsPeople were really nice, and compensation was good.

ConsThey did not hire many interns into full-time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Alot of lip service and town hall raw raws but all a smoke screen

Pipedesk (Former Employee)

I worked at Talisman Energy as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsGood working conditions Easy access to downtown resturants.

ConsManagement has no direction . VP 's give you a vote of confidence and security and the next week you are being downsized.
Supply chain a mess , no direction . Tried to figure out what two guys down the hall did and no one could tell us.

Advice to Senior ManagementCEO dismantling the company for a quick sale , he did it with trans canada . Now Here .
NO direction and no one really knows what is lying ahead for anyone.
Everyone is sitting at the edge of their seats.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Use to be a good company, not anymore

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at Talisman Energy full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGood benefits and good salaries

ConsLow morale, employees feel undervalued, some employees are working overtime everyday while other employees have nothing to do, a lot of layoffs over the past year

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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