Woodside Petroleum Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
17 Reviews

3.7
17 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company with clear mission and values

    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I have been working at Woodside Petroleum full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong vision and mission statement.
    Good remuneration package.
    Good on the job training.
    Disciplined staffs working for good results.
    Experienced senior technical staff.
    Disciplined investment decision

    Cons

    Ineffectiveness due to excessive procedures even a simple task or change.
    Overlap responsibilities in some area while gap in another area.
    Political when something goes wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Succession planning for workforce.
    Many areas are in fact under resourced.
    Organisation chart at management level hard to comprehend.
    Review value of service provider, build and strengthen expertise within woodside

  2.  

    A Well-known Poor Management Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Geophysicist  in  Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Geophysicist in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I worked at Woodside Petroleum full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    + Relatively good pay.
    + Relatively good bonuses.
    + Others think you are working for a great company.
    + The CEO has acknowledged the workforce is not happy and trying to do something about it.
    + Nice furnish and fittings in the office.
    + Convenient office location.
    + A lot of free gifts.

    Cons

    - The good pay is for keeping an unhappy workforce.
    - People leave every August after they can cash-in their bonuses.
    - Less than 25% of the workforce trust the management.
    - Decision effectiveness at 31st percentile. You don't make decisions, your line-manager making your decisions.
    - Line-managers behave like headboys and expect you to behave like children.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A good start

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

    I worked at Woodside Petroleum full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work opportunities if you show initiative. As its a small company (in a global sense), it doesn't have a mountain if red tape. The person who is going to make a significant decision is in the building - this means the business can be nimble.

    Big global companies often require a decision from some far away head office. Woodside isn't like that. So decisions can be quicker.

    Cons

    Internal politics hold the company back. Long hours, very long.

    And the opportunities for women seem to take a lot longer than for men.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the floor more often and be in contact with a wide group of employees. The ivory tower at times can distance management from the reality of the employee experience, work and culture.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I have been working at Woodside Petroleum as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance and nice environment

    Cons

    contractor sandboxed to job they hired to complete, no opportunity to contribute to other areas. Liittle room to grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider contractors skills in other areas than job they hired for. Additional benefits can be gained by allowing them more responsibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Attained a variety of skills in 2 years

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commercial Analyst  in  Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Commercial Analyst in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I worked at Woodside Petroleum full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Responsibility, trust, vacation time, work life balance, varied work experiences

    Cons

    Some arrogance trying to maintain reputation as biggest Australian operator with Chevron etc coming onto scene, not finding an oil and gas!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some hydrocarbons!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Steady work but sometimes frustrating

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Geologist  in  Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Geologist in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I worked at Woodside Petroleum as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Generally good people in the team

    Cons

    Some major divisions between some groups. eg the wall between drilling and geology is very high!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I have been working at Woodside Petroleum full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good growth and development prospects (you just need to ask)
    - By and large staff are friendly
    - Stable employment and good work/life balance
    - Based in a great city (Perth)
    - Good compensation levels

    Cons

    - HR can be difficult
    - Large divisions between departments
    - Complex internal processes and procedures
    - Minimum opportunities for international experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Would work there again

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I worked at Woodside Petroleum full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    RElaxed work environment, friendly people

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to work outside of Australia

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Friendly group of people to work with.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Woodside Petroleum full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The reason I enjoyed working here, besides the financial benefits, were the amazing people I worked with and the large scale projects!

    Cons

    Some of the downsides are placements in areas not familiar, however this was not too much of an issue for me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would like to see more interaction with younger team members to improve their ability

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great People and Great Assetts

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

    I have been working at Woodside Petroleum full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly smart people. Great development environment. Excellent opportunity for experience.

    Cons

    Typical large company bureaucracy.
    Operations restricted to small geographical area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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