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Wood Mackenzie Overview

Website www.woodmac.com
Headquarters Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Size 501 to 1000 Employees
Founded 1973
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Need to find oil, gas, power, and coal maps by sector or country? Wood Mackenzie would like to help. The firm provides market research and consulting services to the oil, gas, power, coal, metals, and mining industries. Its research products include reports on major companies ... More

Wood Mackenzie – Why Work For Us?

Who We Are

We've enjoyed incredible growth. Our modern history began in 1973, when we began producing commercial reports analysing the North Sea Oil & Gas industry. We now have more than 800 people delivering insight and analysis of the global energy, metals and mining industries. And there's more room to grow.

Our work connects us with virtually every major participant and observer in the energy industry and, more recently, we've extended our expertise into the related sectors of coal, metals and mining through the acquisition of Hill & Associates, Barlow Jonker and Brook Hunt.

Our success has been built on our people's experience and intelligence; as they have developed, so has our business. As we evolve further, we will continue to offer talented, enquiring people unrivalled opportunity, scope and growth.

What we do

Knowledge is our foundation. Our Analysts and Consultants draw on their expertise, as well as the proprietary information we have built up over the years, to provide our clients with meaningful commercial insight. We help our clients to value assets, understand the markets they operate in, identify growth opportunities, assess their competitors and strengthen their strategy. We deliver our insight through a range of subscription-based online research services, bespoke consulting projects, market studies and training.

Our analysis spans a range of related sectors, including upstream oil & gas, oil refining and marketing, coal mining, carbon emissions, metals and power generation.

Our business is built on providing consistently accurate information and reliable insight to our clients.

As with the evolution of our business to date, our future will continue to be shaped by the needs of our clients as well as the ideas and creativity of our people.

Unique People. Unique Organisation

Research and Analysis

A real powerhouse within our business, our Analysts develop the in-depth knowledge and understanding that our clients rely on. You’ll bring complex data sets together from various sources, identifying the vital trends and developing deep analyses, commercial appraisals and updates, both quantitative and qualitative. While these roles are central to the services we offer, they also provide a platform for your own development – allowing you to build an unrivalled expertise in your specialist area, sector or geography.


Our Consultants focus our commercial intelligence and strategic advice, building on the work of our product and project teams to develop bespoke information and insight for clients across the globe. Demanding broad industry knowledge and a strong commercial acumen, these roles can span analytical project delivery, project management and business development.

Sales and Marketing

We already count virtually every major company in the global energy and metals industries among our clients – and we’re always looking for more opportunities. So, whichever sector you’re working with, wherever you’re based, your challenge lies in helping develop our reputation, getting closer to existing clients, and finding new opportunities to grow our business. These roles centre on building long-lasting, robust relationships – which means it’s as much about understanding needs as it is about identifying opportunities.

Business Support

Like any organisation, we have a variety of central support functions, ensuring that we can perform to the best of our abilities – from Information Technology and Human Resources, to Finance and Administration. Whatever your area of expertise, you’ll be part of the Wood Mackenzie team – with the opportunity to grow as we do.


Analyst, Houston

​​​​​​​​​Crystal Carreon

"I know there will be many more learning opportunities as the company continues to grow."

I graduated, in 2005, from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Geography / GIS and am currently obtaining an MBA from the University of Houston. After my undergrad, I worked for a North American seismic firm managing and mapping their 2D and 3D seismic spatial information. I also worked as a GIS Specialist for a civil engineering firm. My roles have mostly consisted of offering mapping and spatial data management support for economic and / or environmental impact studies.

I joined Wood Mackenzie in May 2008, in order to develop a GIS presence in the Houston office both internally and externally. As a GIS analyst, my main responsibilities include creating and updating all map documents published in Wood Mackenzie products, supporting research analysts with spatial analysis inquires and ensuring the integrity of Wood Mackenzie's spatial database. My current focus is Lower 48, Gulf of Mexico and Canada, however I am quite often exposed to global projects.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wood Mackenzie and have learned a great amount from the accumulated knowledge available here at Wood Mackenzie. I especially like working with a range of functional groups within Wood Mackenzie as well as working in diverse regions.

In my role, I enjoy helping others discover the power and importance of spatial analysis. Spatial awareness is key in every industry and even more so in the dynamic and ever changing energy industry. Geography is a very important part of economic evaluation. A supporting GIS system allows us to consider the spatial relationships of certain elements and determine their effect on our analyses.

I look forward to furthering my career at Wood Mackenzie. I know there will be many more learning opportunities as the company continues to grow.



​​Consultant, Singapore​​

​​​​​​​​​Mangesh Patankar

"Teamwork, open culture, diversity and of course energy exist in every element of Woodmac!"

I joined Wood Mackenzie in January 2009 in the Gas and Power Consulting team based out of Singapore. Previously, I worked with Shell India and was involved in marketing and commercial aspects of LNG.

In Wood Mackenzie, I have been involved in executing and managing a diverse range of consulting assignments for an equally diverse range of clients in the energy sector. My work to date comprises gas monetisation strategies, LNG market advisory and transaction support for mid-level to senior management in these organisations. Having a background in energy studies, this wide-ranging exposure has helped to hone my industry knowledge as well as make me highly adaptable to different client-facing scenarios.

WoodMac is a young, fast-paced organization which cares for its employees, respects their individuality and presents a healthy work-life balance. I enjoy working in this cosmopolitan team where each of us brings different ideas to the table. Teamwork, open culture, diversity and of course energy exist in every element of WoodMac!


undefined Head of sales Account Management Downstream, London

​​​​​​​​​Simon Metcalfe

"I enjoy working here because of the enthusiasm and motivation of my colleagues, the variety of roles, flexible working and the opportunity to work in an intellectually stimulating environment."

I joined Wood Mackenzie's London office in October 2004 as a Business Development Manager for Downstream as part of the Sales & Marketing Team. During this time I was responsible for managing a variety of Independent Downstream clients across Europe and for developing the business further. During my first year I was given the opportunity to become Head of Downstream Sales, with a Global responsibility.

Prior to joining WoodMac I had worked in various roles in oil in both Europe and Asia. I started my career working for a price discovery service, followed by four years as Managing Director running the Asian business of an oil risk management software company and lastly as a crude oil broker in Singapore and London.

My job role gives me the opportunity to travel extensively working with and servicing our worldwide client base. I am involved in front line sales, strategic planning decisions, budget setting, recruitment and helping to guide how our offerings our developed in response to clients needs. Building relationships and networking is crucial to what I do, as is the ability to juggle multiple opportunities and prioritise my work.

I joined WoodMac because of its impressive reputation in the industry as a research and consulting house. I enjoy working here because of the enthusiasm and motivation of my colleagues, the variety of roles, flexible working and the opportunity to work in an intellectually stimulating environment. I also enjoy winding down after work with colleagues in the local hostelries.

No two days at WoodMac are the same, each day brings a new challenge to conquer. All in all it's a great place to work.


undefined Human Resources Manager, Sydney

​​​​​​​​​Allison Harvey

"I loved the challenge of working in a global HR team that was so united in the way it worked"


Since leaving university I have worked in HR roles primarily in Information Technology and Telecommunications companies. I joined Wood Mackenzie as a Human Resources Consultant for the Australian team, in Sydney in September 2008.

I joined the Sydney office and loved the challenge of working in a global HR team that was so united in the way it worked. My manager was based in Singapore and I have team members in Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore, Edinburgh, London, Houston, Boston and New York. I have had the opportunity to travel extensively as part of my role to complete senior recruitment assignments and for the delivery of Learning and Development programs. I also had the opportunity to work in Edinburgh for 7 months on company project which was a fantastic opportunity.

Working in Human Resources at Wood Mackenzie has given me have the opportunity to support the company through its rapid growth over the past 5 years. Each day I am challenged by the people and the environment and it makes coming to work fun. Wood Mackenzie really has offered me an amazing career and I look forward to the future and what it may bring.


undefined Principal Petroleum Economist, London

​​​​​​​​​Donald Perreira

"Couple the intellectual challenge with a people driven, fun and open company culture, Wood Mackenzie is by any standard a great place to work."

I joined Wood Mackenzie in 2011 as Principal Petroleum Economist in the Valuations team. I joined from KBR in the UK where I was the Senior Techno-Economic Advisor in the Concept and Front End Engineering & Design part of the business developing economic and fiscal models for different upstream projects. Prior to working with KBR, I was Assistant Director in the Strategy and Valuations team at PricewaterhouseCoopers London focusing on the Energy Sector. I also worked for BP in the role of Optimisation Consultant focusing on the North Sea and Azerbaijan where my remit was process and production optimisation. I hold a BSc/MSc in Chemical Engineering, an MBA and more recently an MSc in Economics all of which allow me to contribute widely across the organisation.

As part of the Valuations team at Wood Mackenzie I work on the market leading Global Economic Model, supporting transaction based consulting assignments, new product development, technical sales support and capability development through product specific and broader petroleum economics training.

With a background across both technical and commercial roles, I was really looking for an organisation that would utilise my full skill set and continue to provide intellectual challenge and continuous learning opportunities. I think Wood Mackenzie provides these in spades. Couple the intellectual challenge with a people driven, fun and open company culture, Wood Mackenzie is by any standard a great place to work.


undefined Managing Consultant, London

​​​​​​​​​Amy Bowe

"Working with such a diverse set of colleagues and clients across multiple time zones can create challenges, but continually provides opportunity for growth, learning and new experiences."

I joined Wood Mackenzie in November 2011 with 10 years of experience related to Upstream oil and gas, including most recently a position within the Corporate Strategy team of a North American integrated oil and gas company.

I began my career at Wood Mackenzie as a Consultant with the Upstream Consulting team, based in London. One year later, I was promoted to the role of Managing Consultant, after proving that I could effectively manage and deliver modestly sized consulting projects on time and on budget. Wood Mackenzie has supported my career development with formal and on-the-job training, including courses on project management and leadership style.

Despite the fact that the Upstream Consulting team is spread across four offices globally, we work together as one team, such that someone based in Europe might just as easily work on a project for an Asian or US client as a European client. As such, successful project management requires coordinating resources across Upstream Consulting's global offices, as well as with other Consulting sectors and Wood Mackenzie's Research teams. Working with such a diverse set of colleagues and clients across multiple time zones can create challenges, but continually provides opportunity for growth, learning and new experiences. This is one of the aspects I value most about Wood Mackenzie and Consulting in particular.

​​​When we first opened our doors for business, we were a small team based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We've grown over the years - moving into new sectors, acquiring businesses and expanding our reach and client base around the world.

In bringing our unique solutions to clients internationally, we've moved closer to our markets, becoming an integral part of our client communities - and becoming an increasingly global business.

Our growing network of offices enjoys a rich diversity, and our core culture and personality shines through wherever we operate.

Wood Mac now has over 25 offices located in countries around the world:


​​​How we work is just as important to us as the success we've enjoyed. It’s one of the attributes that helps make us unique.

At the core of how we work are our company values. Defined by our employees, endorsed by our management team, we expect all our people to live up to them. We measure ourselves against them in our performance management processes. We’re proud that our values have shaped the healthy corporate culture we enjoy at Wood Mackenzie. And we attract people to us, like you, who share our perspective.

Excellence- We are driven by what our clients need. We are uncompromising on high standards of performance and service.

Growth- We invest in the development of our organisation and the people within it. We have the ambition to take advantage of our many opportunities and our past successes give us confidence for the future.

Integrity- We are impartial and objective. We honour our commitments and are trusted by all our stakeholders. Our judgement is guided by the highest ethical standards.

Teamwork- We combine the skills and knowledge of our global team to succeed. Working together, we foster an environment that allows everyone to achieve their potential.

Respect- We value the contribution of every individual, and welcome all ideas and opinions. We embrace our diversity and work in a culture of openness, trust and support.​​​

​​​ We know that no matter how committed you are to your career, you have demands and priorities in your personal life too. That’s why our benefits and employment policies are designed to help you strike a healthy balance – as well as rewarding the contribution you make.

We believe that in order to offer our employees a competitive rewards package globally, we need to recognise regional practices, customs and expectations. So, in addition to a competitive salary, we offer a range of benefits, which may differ depending on where you join us. Typical elements include retirement provision, healthcare, life assurance, generous leave entitlement, annual performance bonus programme and progressive family-friendly policies.​​​

undefinedWe're a business that relies on our people - and thrives on the skills, intelligence and experience they bring. It's these qualities that make us who we are – and delivers the success we enjoy. With us, personal growth is integral to commercial growth: only by supporting your ambitions can we fulfill our own.

We'll invest in your learning and development, helping you realize your potential and make the most of your talent. And, while we’ll give you responsibility and latitude, we also provide all the support you might need to ensure your success isn’t left to chance.​​​




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Wood Mackenzie CEO Stephen Halliday
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    Current Employee - Research Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Director in Houston, TX
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    I have been working at Wood Mackenzie full-time (More than 10 years)


    The leadership team has developed extremely well the past few years. I've found that they support creative avenues for career growth and empower individuals with a proven track record to create their own stretch opportunities. Sometimes a cautious, measured approach to decision making has been viewed as non-supportive of change, but that is fundamentally incorrect. Under new corporate ownership, the refreshed leadership team is truly building a robust, sustainable business that rewards the right values and directs resources to building long lasting client solutions.


    Career progression is still easier for people on a management track, rather than committed analysts trying to become true subject matter experts.

    Advice to Management

    Reward over achievement more, especially when it is directly linked to the company values. Continue to develop the career paths for experienced analysts who wish to become true industry gurus.

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Wood Mackenzie Interviews

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    Analyst, North America Upstream Research Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Wood Mackenzie (Houston, TX) in October 2015.


    Interview consists of 6 tests: 1) IQ test you can do from home (20 min). Make sure you practice the sample questions first. Practice a lot of them. They say you can use a calculator. Forget about it. You are not a robot - you would kill yourself trying to calculate that amount of calculations on your calculator (no person can work that fast). You need an excel sheet to be open next to your IQ test screen and calculate everything there. It will allow you finish all the questions in the allotted time frame if you practice enough. By the way, I do not think they really pay attention to it. It is just necessary to get you to the next step - assessment center (steps 2-6): 2) Essay on why you would be a good hire for Woodmac (15 min)? What are the key themes in energy? (15 min). 3) Behavioral interview (30 min, no need to prep) 4) Technical interview (30 min, you either know it or you do not, no need to prep) 5) Insurance case study/PRESENTATION (30 min prep and 15 min presentation and 15 min Q&A) . A lot of material to process, you need to be a speed reader, the key is to identify the key issues and disregard the distracting information, make sure you discuss what you are asked to in the case study description. I recommend reading a few articles on insurance industry and companies beforehand. The case is on home and car insurance. Very little P&L analysis, almost no numbers, it is all about your ability to process large amount of information in a very short time frame, identify the key points and address them effectively. 6) Production optimization case study and GROUP DISCUSSION (30 min prep, 30 min discussion). in addition tot he allotted time, use your lunchtime to really look into it and understand it. Pay attention to details, such as when the shop opens and closes. Here again you are given a lot of information, very little time and no questions to solve. It is an open-ended case study. Think of it as a battle of minds. While I personally think that the right decision has to be achieved regardless if it is an individual task or a group discussion, the hiring managers might think otherwise. They might pay more attention to your ability to communicate with others, persuade them of your opinion, lead the discussion, incorporate other people's opinion into the final solution etc. When you are prepping for a group discussion, make sure you create an agenda of all the points that you think have to be addressed and make sure you follow that agenda during group discussion because surprisingly you guys will have a lot of time to discuss things. To give you a flavor: you have 2 assembly lines, 3 products to produce, and a bunch of constrains (working hours, # of employees, inventory levels, assembly line limitations, labels, deadlines, etc). I would find a number of good case studies online on assembly lines and production constrains and practice solving them. The goal is not given, but implicitly it is to come up with the optimal production plan taking into account all the constrains. Of course, some of the things might seem as constrain, but is actually no constrain at all. At the end, you guys will be notified that you have only 2 mins to finish. This is when you need a good summary of your production plan. I personally think that your production plan has to fulfill the client's order (here you get paid), while maximizing assembly line utilization (here you minimize costs) and satisfying all constrains. See if you can figure it out yourself before the group discussion. Do calculations, show/explain your math if you need to during the group discussion. be nice and do not be afraid to lead the discussion, because somebody has to do it anyway. Give an opportunity to others to express themselves too. It is about team work and team work is BIG at Woodmac. Overall, you need to work very fast. Do not waste your time on anything at all. Now really weird stuff: I know for sure they have 5 open positions right now. They made us wait for over 2 weeks to mail us a generic "No" after all this time commitment. I know for sure too that they have not interviewed anybody in between. Ask yourself if you really want to work for this company with these people when you go through the interview. Are they happy? Are they nice? Will you have the growth opportunities/intellectual challenges that you need? Does it fit your career plan/interests? Make sure you do not lie to yourself.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you prefer working independently or in a team? In a team is the "right" answer of course. Describe the last group project that you worked on. Describe when you last helped somebody. A lot of questions on your relationship with your former colleagues and bosses. What does break even oil really mean? Read about ATIRR 15% and breakeven oil prices. You will see that breakeven oil price is actually not enough for a company to break even. Why companies are winding down GoM exploration? Read on COP exiting offshore exploration by 2017, MRO on scaling back conventional exploration plans, and MUR on drilling on commitment basis only.   Answer Question

Wood Mackenzie Awards & Accolades

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  • Finalist (Staff Development Programme of the Year, L&PI, 2012
  • Investors in People Gold, Investors in People, 2011
  • (Bronze) Training Department of the Year, L&PI, 2011
  • Best Places to Work, Sunday Times, 2010
  • (Bronze) External Training Project of the Year, L&PI, 2009
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