Talisman Energy

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Talisman Energy Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
77 Reviews
3.0
77 Reviews
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Talisman Energy President & CEO Hal Kvisle
Hal Kvisle
37 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I have worked with many great people here, very few in management positions though (in 6 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)

  • Too much inconsistency with senior management from actual people changes to leadership and values modelling (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Experienced mid-level managment

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

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

    Pros

    Generous vacation & flex day policy. I've been here long enough that the total compensation is good.
    If you are just starting out there can be lot's of challenges and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    We keep selling assets, therefore fewer career opportunities. It seems that the few opportunities that do come up they are rarely posted and the few times they are posted, the successful candidate is pre-determined. Significant staff turn-over at all levels - this is hurting the company.
    The LTIP program for senior employess is worth nothing - the company has made changes the last couple of years to bring value back to the program - they fail to recognize that the previous 8 years of LTIP is worth nothing and that other companies are willing to off-set that to recruit senior people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read and follow the company values - they're quite good! I find that the lack of fair and open career opportunities very disappointing - you need to address the favoritism & nepotism.The turn-over post- April 1st has been very high - more has to be done to retain people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced, interesting work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Talisman is getting back on track. I'm hopeful and excited about the future. There's lots to do, plenty of opportunity to shape the future.

    Cons

    A high energy environment that employees need to manage for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good and moving to great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Talisman Energy as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity. People are busy, engaged and excited about the changes. Leaders are optimistic, energetic and share this openly with their teams.

    Cons

    Sometimes not what you know but who you know. Some infighting on teams as people are jockeying for positions with the changes. Can be unpleasant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to Hal! Give more women leadership roles. Place greater emphasis to live your corp values and hire qualified candidates instead of somebody's friend who isn't really qualified

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Trying to be too big a fish

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Talisman Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, respectful and professional work environment, had a number of interesting opportunities there to do completely different things.

    Cons

    Continual reorganization at the lower ranks while the people who got the company in the mess it is currently in remain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pretending to be a super major and act your size. Take some accountability for your decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    More negatives than positives

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

    I have been working at Talisman Energy

    Pros

    Flexibility to be a part of different projects in various capacities. Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    No clear growth path. People happy staying in one position for many years. If you want to grow and climb the corporate ladder, not the place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more importance to growth and leadership at a lower level and value employees more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Worst company I've ever worked for in my career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Performance Improvement in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Performance Improvement in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good and caring co-workers that want to do a good job

    Cons

    Management that does not value people and no leadership with large gaps in communication, direction and understanding of how to walk the talk. Lack of trust, no future, lip service, and treat people as an expense. Very silo organization with fake speeches, fear for job, uncertainly and many people leaving to seek a better future. There values / principles is just a paper on a wall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell company; it might have a future in someone else's hands. Also, stop giving yourself millions of dollars in salary + bonus for very poor performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The only oil company poorly run by HR & Legal!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Talisman Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are always smiling & positive but have no competencies , you could be a fast tracket at Talisman

    Cons

    No accountabilities there, lip service is a rule, total disrespect and racism against individual. Too many country leaders with no operational experience nor emergency response leadership in country like Kurdistan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Colombia.........

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Starting leading according to the cores values, stop pretending!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Painful but turning around

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Completions Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Completions Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Previous management was very poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management is doing a great job. Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    company in sell, sell, sell, mode

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Talisman Energy (more than an year)

    Pros

    People were really nice and easy to work with

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure leaders get more in touch with the people working for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at Talisman Energy as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    a very good environment. all workers are very helpful

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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