Equinor Reviews

Updated Aug 9, 2020

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Equinor President and CEO Eldar Sætre
Eldar Sætre
112 Ratings
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  • "There has been a lot of negative press in Norway about the US business lately(in 36 reviews)

  • "The Norwegians love to push "do more with less" and "lean" which just leaves departments understaffed and overworked(in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Great Culture - fantastic incubator for those new in their career"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Equinor has a very flat structure meaning employees and leadership have a lot of opportunity for interface - It is a part of the culture do be open and transparent - this means people are very willing to answer any questions you might have as a new employee - The teams are very lean which means you have ample opportunity for interesting projects - Teams are global meaning you quickly gain experience working with different cultures while gaining an understanding stakeholder groups - Their corporate graduate program is certainly worth exploring if you are a new grad; the opportunity offers travel to head office locations to take well developed learnings from the NCS in addition to a rotational opportunity anywhere from 3-12 months in duration. - Equinor empowers it's employee's to drive projects - if you have a great idea and you can define the business need likely you will have support from your leaders to be innovative!

    Cons

    - They do offer a good work life balance and it's what you make it - because they are more lean there is never a shortage pf work to be done! (not necessarily a con but good to know depending on the stage in your career)

    Equinor Response

    April 24, 2020Equinor

    Hi and thank you for your review. We’re happy to hear that you enjoy being a part of the Equinor community and hope you continue to develop and build your career through the opportunities offered. We wish you the very best as you move on to the next stage of your career. Kind regards, Equinor

  2. "Ok oil and gas to work for"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Geologists in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Equinor full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good work / life balance

    Cons

    Grow paths limited or absent


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Similar to the US post office"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Equinor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, good work/life balance, hard to get laid off unless you really screw up, decent benefits

    Cons

    Light money on fire across many projects with no consequence for the people that make the bad decisions. Instead, promote them! Lost $20B in the USA already and still making bad decisions. Stop promoting weak people to meet diversity targets just to check a box. Doesn’t matter how you perform as there are no consequences and everyone gets a trophy. If you are a slacker and enjoying doing the bare minimum, this company is for you!

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Houston we have a problem"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoy most of the people I work with Above average overall benefits package although that's being steadily reduced Safety focus overall

    Cons

    Perpetually overworked and understaffed. It feels like you're stuck in Office Space. "We had to let some people go, so we're going to need you to take on all these extra tasks", "this group doesn't want to do this task so we're going to need you to go ahead and do it" and "we won't give you any help to do your huge list of tasks, but you'll have eight different people looking over your shoulder to tell you you're wrong" Horrible management of personnel and in general for groups in our area Most managers know little to nothing about the work their employees do, and don't seem to care to learn what you do or care about you as long as you're not making major mistakes that will make them look bad. They occupy themselves with closed door meetings all day every day deciding everyone's fate while personally contributing next to nothing to the organization's success. The only thing most seem to understand is cutting the budget for staff and tools for staff to use One of the selling points when you interview is that employees have more control over their career path and development than other places. I've come to realize this is code for there is no development plan for anyone. They just expect you to magically generate and carry out aggressive personal development for yourself with no tools provided, no budget for going outside for development, and it's all up to you to squeeze this into your 60+ hours of work each week to get your base job done. At the end of the year of working your tail off you're told you meet expectations and get no extra recognition or financial benefit Very little transparency and oversight on personnel management and raises/bonuses. There is no rating system any more that's communicated, it seems to be just word of mouth among managers that don't understand what you actually do. If your direct boss doesn't like you then you're screwed. If your boss likes you but their boss doesn't like them you're also screwed. No one seems to move up or even move laterally to develop themselves, unless you're in the elite group of managers then you get to move every couple years and build your resume. Individual contributors don't get this privilege and are treated as expendable pawns for the managers

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Career graveyard for US employees"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Equinor full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Used to have good benefits long time ago. Company is promoting good work life balance, but only for a certain group

    Cons

    Extreme workload, but poor compensation. Yearly bonus is more like a slap in the face. Nobody knows how it is calculated, but it's definitely not based on performance. Lower management tries really hard to keep the ranks motivated, but they have no tools and support from upper management. Everything is about cost cutting and most departments are overworked and understaffed, but at the same time we have an army of unproductive, highly paid managers, jumping to new jobs every two years.

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  6. COVID-19
    Helpful (3)

    "Growing toxic environment"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GBS Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall benefits package, including up to total of 16% company contributions on retirement savings, very good insurance plan options, vacation days accelerate faster than most places, 9/80 work schedule, 16 weeks paid paternity/maternity leave. A lot of good individual people to work with in most groups. Company has been very conservative with sending people back to work during covid19. Overall safety culture is strong, although at times it feels managers are just checking a box on their list more than being truly concerned. Smaller office in the US compared to American oil companies makes it easier to branch out and work with other teams and learn about other areas.

    Cons

    Despite the benefits package, the base salary is generally average at best, the annual cost of living raise has been disappointing the last couple years. The work/life balance is horrible. I've seen too many coworkers particularly in GBS area still online working at midnight or later fairly regularly. Other than their safety focus, managers do a laughable job of adhering to the other core values of open, courageous, and collaboration. Overall management is not very effective. If you work in GBS (IT, accounting, etc) you're lucky to have your direct leader have any actual experience in your area. Many teams don't even have this, and almost all managers the next level up have no experience in the areas they manage. The company seems to pick certain people and rotate them around this level every couple years to develop them but never promote people up who have solid knowledge of their job area, and managers rarely stick around long enough to actually learn the work and be able to contribute. This leads to a lot of managers getting paid a lot to accomplish next to nothing with groups achieving their goals, and little motivation for the people actually doing work to keep working hard to get nowhere. The especially good workers are usually over exploited and burn out after a couple years. Despite the internal preaching about empowering employees, this is generally nothing but talk. The worker bees opinions never matter, all decisions are made by mid to upper level managers, again many of whom have no experience or direct knowledge of the area they manage, or the expertise and systems required to actually accomplish the job. Annual survey answers and suggestions are ignored rather than actually considering real improvements to the working conditions. Managers claim to want honesty and openness but then disregard honest answers all together. I've e heard managers multiple times essentially just tell their employees if they don't like it to just quit rather than actually listen. The company spends obscene amounts of money hiring contractors to temporarily bandage over problems then push cost saving demands on the worker bees. Managers don't listen to their employees' opinions on what needs they have or what would actually help. They also love to have two or three extra layers of groups reviewing the worker bees' tasks and telling them how to do their job better and asking questions rather than properly staffing those groups to handle the work load, review and process improvements on their own. Most managers don't care to actually develop their employees at all. Just work them to death to get an unreasonable volume of work done. Too many people I know are working three peoples' jobs and work load, and at year end just told they met expectations and don't get any boost to their bonus or cost of living raise. They did away with the annual ratings a couple years ago so there is no way to show over time what your contributions have been, so when the next round of managers swoop in you have to start from scratch, and the main thing determining your overall reputation in the organization and your bonus is whether your boss likes you. There has been a lot of negative press in Norway about the US business lately. The general response by top management has been fairly honest but also feels like a giant apology to Norwegians and have yet to mention any of the positive changes and very hard work that has gone on the last couple years to significantly improve things. It has created a lot of extra concern among US employees.

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  7. "Company as a whole is a good company to work for."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Equinor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They offer great benefits to the employees

    Cons

    A few bad people in the Management team.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sometimes fantastic and sometimes not so much"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst 

    I worked at Equinor full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. I loved my job and colleagues. Great collaboration within departments and with counterparts in other countries. There was an effort to train all employees on better interpersonal behaviors. (How you deliver is as important as what you deliver). Concern for HSE is ever-present.

    Cons

    The constant unnecessary reorganizations create enormous costs as well as artificial silos that cause rifts between departments. Conflicting KPI's result in selfish practices that throw other departments under the bus. Global vendor agreements to optimize costs only create further unnecessary financial burdens to local country codes. Outside training and education tend to be lop-sided. Internal training offered but not recognized by new employers if you end up being laid off.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, Horrible Finance Department"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Revenue Analyst in Houston, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equinor

    Pros

    The company has unusually great benefits. Although, this is becoming less and less, the company has nice diversity. The company values its employees and it shows in the core values and benefits.

    Cons

    Finance and Controls Department is not being led well, possibly due to plague of nepotism. Most leaders have no real knowledge of what their departments does, which is especially true in PRA. Many of these leaders move around a lot. 80/20 is very apparent, but leaders do very little about it. Promotions are hard to come by unless you are very political.

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    Equinor Response

    April 24, 2020Equinor

    Hi and thank you for your review. Although we are sorry to hear that you are having a poor experience in your department, we are glad you recognise our strive for diversity. It is a fundamental part of our values and a clear expectation to everyone in Equinor. Change can be uncomfortable, but it is necessary to reach our ambition of changing the future of energy. However, if you think that your management should be more hands-on, we encourage you to provide your feedback either through the feedback platform on people@equinor or through the Global people survey. We depend on employees’ feedback to make a positive change where needed. We wish you the very best as you move on to the next stage of your career. Kind regards, Equinor

  10. Helpful (2)

    ""Constant Restructuring""

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Land Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Equinor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    401K matching, Stock Purchase Plan, Benefits, 9/80

    Cons

    They have a re-org every year that includes new leadership and lay-offs. The company has no clear direction and employees have very little room for growth or development.

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