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Oil Search Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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  1. "Could do better in terms of employee retainment. Suppression of citizen employees."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Lake Kutubu (Papua New Guinea)
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Lake Kutubu (Papua New Guinea)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oil Search full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being a small company one is able to do many interrelated tasks/roles that involves working with a diverse group of people. Motivated individuals can quickly learn the ropes and become highly proficient managers.

    Cons

    No talent retainment programme in plan as an incentive for upcoming leaders in the organisation. Poor salary especially for the technical workforce (aka cheap labourers). Underqualified HR that are remote controlled by senior management. Huge disparity between expat and citizen salaries for exact same roles.

    Advice to Management

    Need to empower talent and enhance younger workforce in order to cut costs, promote growth and diversity and build a stronger workforce. HR must be empowered to do their job and look into employee salaries and retainment plans without influence from senior management.


  2. "Procurement officer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Procurement Officer in Erbil (Iraq)
    Former Employee - Procurement Officer in Erbil (Iraq)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oil Search (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best employer i have ever had

    Cons

    Wish to all the oil companies coming back to iraq

    Advice to Management

    Oil price will raise again so please come back to iraq

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Oil Search"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oil Search full-time

    Pros

    A medium sized company, with small company attitudes - you know everyone, and everyone knows you. You can get to the people you need to talk to without unnecessary hierarchy, and you can get things done with a minimum of red tape. Limited processes and structures in place mean that problem solvers and big-picture thinkers can go a long way.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, lots of interpersonal dramas making the working environment unpleasant at times. Compensation is below market

    Advice to Management

    The working environment needs to change.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of trust in employees"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oil Search full-time

    Pros

    Assets in interesting locations leading to unique challenges

    Cons

    Management do not trust technical staff, leading to uninformed acceptance of risk

    Advice to Management

    Do not dismiss the work of employees out of hand. Ask 'why' employees have come to a particular conclusion


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Almost Good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Friendly people
    - High priority to safety

    Cons

    - Too much politics and nepotism amongst employees (both expats and nationals).
    - Brilliance is not rewarded here, rump smooching is.
    - No talent development. Zero training.
    - Very low level HR Dept.
    - Chances of progression based on merit are very low
    - Huge gap in National and Expatriate salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Break the in groups. You currently have an organisation of divided groups. Millions of dollars are lost in man hours due to the politics. Everyone is busy trying to keep their jobs no one is doing them.


  6. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oil Search full-time

    Pros

    Lots of work life balance, friendly people. even if they are a bit silly and over paid

    Cons

    lots of politics - if you get along you will be promoted not if you are smart and technically strong

    Advice to Management

    get a good management consulting firm in and slice off the terrible waste of salary


  7. "Trainee Turbine Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee Turbine Engineer in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
    Current Employee - Trainee Turbine Engineer in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oil Search full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    28/28 Rotation is fantastic. A great work/life balance.

    Cons

    No Graduate Development Structure. Graduates do not involve in indoor and OJT. Only rotate around to find their own way out.

    Advice to Management

    Have a organised Training Department in place to develop potential future engineers.

  8. "Solid Company growing rapidly. Retains some of its small company feel."

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    Former Employee - Technical Analyst
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oil Search full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well qualified and technically savvy team.

    Cons

    Some politics and can be difficult to make changes.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your staff capability. Plan more strategically.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good working with and instruction nationals"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oil Search full-time

    Pros

    Roster small work groups. Wide range of work scope. self directed

    Cons

    Work overload working over many disciplines poor salary. Accomodation is poor with shared facilities. No career progression. Micro management

    Advice to Management

    Look after you people better. Pay the nation workforce what they are worth.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A tier three company poorly organised with limited career development for citizen employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Lake Kutubu (Papua New Guinea)
    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Lake Kutubu (Papua New Guinea)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oil Search full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience but you will have to use initiative, a lot of initiative and self motivation.

    Cons

    Very poor salary and employee benefits for citizen employees, especially for engineers

    Advice to Management

    Reward you engineers well and keep people that will produce results


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