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Santos Reviews

Updated October 24, 2017
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Pros
  • good work life balance and the freedom to extend career learning (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people and culture, which is slowly being diminished unfortunately (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Two long years of lay offs and contraction has gutted capability from the company and made it a challenging working environment (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Enjoyed the experience and there is room for improvement but great people"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Santos full-time

    Pros

    Wnat to get it right and want to fight above their weight

    Cons

    Sometimes can at some times become fragmented

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people on the ground and focus on your aim, "to produce and earn"


  2. "Great very good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everything perfect there is nothing to be changed

    Cons

    No, Great very good place to work

    Advice to Management

    Perfect

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instrumentation Electrician in Fairview (Australia)
    Former Employee - Instrumentation Electrician in Fairview (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good people still there, training opportunities were once good and stager were valued. Camp accommodation is excellent and food is great

    Cons

    Unless you are within the selected few you are highly unlikely to go anywhere, don't always believe what they say

    Advice to Management

    Do as you say you will and be accountable for your mistakes made......


  4. "Technology"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Drilling Engineer in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Drilling Engineer in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always use hi-end drilling technology

    Cons

    Indonesia is still not core bussiness

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  5. "Not what it was"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Santos full-time

    Pros

    Santos is an Australian Company

    Cons

    Bureaucracy from ADL. Poor quality systems in place. Lack of long term mindset in every day decision making

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on politics and more on innovation. Think of your long term costs from short term decisions


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Hoping for a comeback"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Adelaide (Australia)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Adelaide (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements
    Full gym with classes, towel service, etc.
    Fantastic pay and bonus scheme
    Share options

    Cons

    Oil price shock in 2015 led to hundreds (thousands?) of redundancies.
    Morale is low
    Limited career opportunities
    Tough working environment that requires patience and resilience.

    Advice to Management

    Management are at the mercy of the oil price and flawed decisions of previous executive management.
    More transparency of strategic plans and rationale for capital raising. Shareholder confidence is at an all-time low.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lost Potential"

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    Former Employee - Geologist in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Geologist in Brisbane (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good staff
    Good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Lack of innovation
    Personal politics, ego, and sycophancy drove both business and HR decisions
    Morale has been decimated

    Advice to Management

    Put staff in roles they are actually suited to. Don't move staff purely to 'fill a gap' unless that move actually benefits the employee. If you have to make a staff move that isn't ideal give that employee the resources to develop and do the job rather than becoming non-contributory, lacking motivation, and resenting the company.
    Make decisions based on evidence instead of by what the latest flavour of the month is amongst the executives in Adelaide

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Rocking Boat..."

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

    I worked at Santos full-time

    Pros

    Good people - motivated and experienced folks

    Cons

    Less career growth,
    Don't value technical knowledge of its employee
    Changes goal post once in 6 months

    Advice to Management

    Remove middle layer post man
    Interact more with the ground staff


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fantastic people and work life balance.

    Cons

    All went down hill when David Knox (CEO) left. HR is terrible and don't actually do anything to help their employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "YE2016 status"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer in Adelaide (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Reservoir Engineer in Adelaide (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Santos full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good city to work and live in and a reasonable work-life balance can be achieved. Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Many perks and social activities have been removed through the downturn and numerous rounds of redundancies have impacted morale in recent years

    Advice to Management

    Ensure work life balance and social activities are promoted to boost morale during a tough time for the company and the industry.


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