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Repsol Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work- life balance and good office infrastructure (in 19 reviews)

  • Good salary and autonomy in work (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (12)

    "Only the Spaniards Have Upward Mobility"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Repsol full-time

    Pros

    Good life/work balance, great benefits (although they are diminishing), good salary. Great people to work with; collaborative environment.

    Cons

    No career progression for non-Spanish employees. Very political. Decisions and actions based on political opportunities vs. what is good for the business.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible company culture!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Repsol full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, compensation is good, 9/80's, short commute if you live on north side, and decent work/life balance depending upon department you work in.

    Cons

    Company culture is terrible. As with many comments Spaniards almost entirely in director roles, expats come in from Spain with little to no relevant experience and no local posting of roles for consideration. Madrid always has final say even when it doesn't make sense or is least cost efficient. Integration of Talisman a disaster...still a huge divide. Extremely limited upward mobility. No pay raises in last 2-3 years. Benefits are slowly dwindling as well. US business unit fairly stagnant with future development and uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    Grow local talent in all aspects! Don't preach in town halls about meritocracy yet not follow it.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "NO ADVANCEMENT...NO PROMOTIONS equals NOT RECOMMENDED TO WORK"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Former Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Repsol full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, retirement plan, schedule, medical and dental insurance....that's it !

    Cons

    After almost 6 years of work for Repsol: they fire you (me) and then only compensate with a severance package of 2 and a half months of salary...IT IS A SHAME for this type of company to give this type of severance package....while all board of directors, other type of directors and managers can get YEARS of salary if they are fired....it is a shame the way they treat you...and they say they treat you with respect....really?? Oh ! and only managers go to the good training courses !!

    Advice to Management

    NO....they do not deserve advise....They KNOW everything !!!


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Look elsewhere"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Repsol full-time

    Pros

    Nice building. Short commute for woodlands residents.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility for non spaniards


  6. Helpful (13)

    "TRULY AWFUL"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geologist in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Geologist in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Repsol full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    401K Match, Vacation and 9/80 Flex Schedule

    Cons

    I never write reviews but felt compelled to write one given how truly awful working for Repsol is. I have NEVER EVER seen such a poorly run, inefficient company like Repsol. I do not know how they have survived given the lack of competent employees and Management. You may think I am disgruntled, but trust me I am not. As many of the review have stated, if you are not Spanish, you don’t really matter. And that means, you are not involved in most if not all of the decision making progress, have limited if any at all career development opportunities and are generally treated like a step child. Additionally, due to Union Agreements in Spain, it is very hard to get rid of people so what happens is you have a ton of low performing, incompetent people with job security and when there are reductions it is mainly going to fall on the US, Canada and legacy Talisman offices. Repsol has been an "international upstream company" for about 10 years and has not yet figured out the North American E&P business model or industry in general, hence most of their low performing and impaired assets (Mid Continent, Alaska, Eagle ford, GOM) were purchased as a bull market strategy which didn’t work out for them and as such they are selling down working interest and taking on non-operator roles. In other words, there is pretty much no growth and a very low quality asset base. Additionally, I am not sure where they hired most of the people from, it is truly exceptional to see so many high unqualified, lazy and utterly incompetent people together. The Spaniards can’t even tie their shoes without calling Madrid and thinking about which one, the right or left first, and that probably takes a day...Save yourself the headache with this place, seriously...

    Advice to Management

    Start Over


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Stay away: Look somewhere else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Repsol full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - 401k setup
    - 9/80 work schedule
    - Nice office
    - Talisman Acquisition brought in some great talent (sadly some have been laid-off)

    Cons

    -Training and Development is terrible. Quality of classes is poor and external training takes forever to get approval if at all.
    - Pay and vacation for young people is not competitive with other E&P companies.
    - Terrible managers who sit back and collect giant pay checks.
    - Low quality leadership. They have said decreasing workplace negativity is a goal and then we have 2 days of layoffs in one week.
    - Zero guidance until a deadline is approaching and then suddenly management cares about your work.
    - Everything happens last minute here.
    - Few qualified senior technical people to offer advice and help to young people
    - Safety is seen as a joke. People laugh about reckless driving in the parking garage.
    - Staff organization makes no sense.
    - No one feels appreciated.
    - Spanish culture dominates and it isn't a good one.
    - No communication between different groups
    - Management doesn't communicate to their teams
    - When oil goes up people are going to leave here so fast!

    Advice to Management

    Fire middle management.
    Appreciate your lower level employees
    Work on improving morale.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Disappointing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Repsol full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    New Office, 9/80 schedule, Covered parking

    Cons

    Poor management, limited mobility, racist Spaniards, no recognition, HR is a mess, IT is a mess

    Advice to Management

    Replace yourselves


  9. Helpful (19)

    "Company killing itself from the inside"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - depending on your director/manager you could have a very easy and low stress job
    - the office is in a nice location
    - if you speak spanish and are on the good side of your boss, you can literally do nothing and be praised for it

    Cons

    - first, if you don't speak spanish do not consider working here (see favoritism below)

    - even though"transparency" is one of the pillars, all decisions are made behind closed doors (see yearly performance reviews below) with little to no input from actual workers
    - you will never receive a raise without bringing a competing offer and fighting for one (even then good luck)
    - favoritism is rampant, only those who "know people" will get new positions
    - career development is non-existent (they don't even have a plan in place!!)
    - yearly performance is completed in an absolutely subjective manner (not only does your boss have to love you, he has to be well connected in the complany for it to help you at all)
    - the difference in salary between young and senior employees is greater than any energy company I have seen ot even heard of, the problem is you cannot become a senior if you start your career at the company

    Advice to Management

    First, what is the point when management/HR listens to nothing?

    Young employee (<6 years) moral is EXTREMELY low, many would take a lower salary just to leave the company. This will be devistating when the sector recovers and these people have opportunities elsewhere. This could be prevented by fairly compensating them and providing at least a plan for career development. You can spread all the lies you want about development but when you are here for a few years you quit believing it.


  10. Helpful (15)

    "Turn and run"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    That I still have a job?

    Cons

    I have a job, and they let me know to be thankful for it. All of the management, with very little exception, is rotated out expats from Spain. They don't let you rotate positions, no advancement is possible (unless you are Spanish), and they don't even try very hard when they pretend to care about you. This is seriously a very bad place to be, and the feeling is shared across many departments. I would rate them 0 starts if I could. Absolute worst environment I've ever been in.

    Advice to Management

    None, they don't listen anyways.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Process Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Katy, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Katy, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Repsol full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great environment to grow a career development
    - Great compensation
    - Work/life balance is excelent

    Cons

    - Big positions belongs only to personal from Spain


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