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Pros
  • Excellent staff, top technology and forward-thinkers with respect to work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people in mid management and front line support (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of direction and technical skills (in 4 reviews)

  • Too much downsizing and lack of communication from upper management lead to a destabilizing of the workforce (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "A xenophobic culture with a track record of under performing"

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

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at talisman for two years as an influential lead engineer in one of the most high profile plays in the company. It was mentioned to me that talisman was a low performing organization with a desire to change, however I was not prepared for the chaos, poor training, and lack of leadership from most every department.
    Top management levels are distanced from the day-to-day operations and it shows in the stock performance. The people that stay at Talisman are often in positions that are beyond their experience (which can be a good thing), however this is a systemic condition leading to poor management support and a lack of willingness to change. The street has figured this out and it is directly reflected in their stock value.

    Cons

    poor management support and lack of top down leadership creates a country club atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    none! sell the company, this is rotting our canadian leaders and is an example of how not to run a company


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Very negative work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Horseheads, NY
    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Horseheads, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The non-management staff are great people, very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise and good to work with. This employer seems to pay better than others in the area, but in line with what other gas/oil companies pay.

    Cons

    The management staff are generally very negative towards employees. I always thought it was incredible that the non-management staff somehow were able stay in a good mood and with a positive attitude. At the time that I worked there, the management staff had an zero-tolerance policy with respect employee interaction for non-business purposes. I'll be the first to admit, that from a strictly financial point of view, this makes 100% sense. However, at the expense of a very toxic workplace. Employees were to act like robots. You were expected to finish everything as quickly as possible, and then, when you had down-time as a result of doing 40hrs worth of work in 25, well, you then had to pretend to somehow still be working on something. No such thing as pacing yourself here. I often heard lots of negative feedback directed at myself and others. Meetings were uncomfortable events where people were visibly nervous to be talking to one another. On some occasions, the company paid for lunch where everyone sat around in mostly akward silence. Even the jokes heard around the office were generally sarcastic and negative and typically initiated by those who could get away with talking, managers.

    Advice to Management

    You can make the same profits without all the negative energy flying around the office. Pick a target performance level for your staff, and as long as they are meeting that level, there's no reason to continue beating down on people. Let them also have a work environment that is enjoyable.


  3. "Challenging work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Breadth and depth of role was great. Great people.

    Cons

    Big of a boys club


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  5. "Summer Student, Canada"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Student -Geologist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Student -Geologist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Talisman Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues and hands on experience for students and YPs. At no major company will you have the level of responsibility in your first few years as you will get at Talisman.

    Cons

    There is a definite ceiling for early-mid career people.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Declining Environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Good policies related to flex time

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Lack of direction
    Lack of accountability

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and treat people with respect


  7. "Better places to work out there!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Information Technology in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Information Technology in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Talisman Energy as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    a chance to work on a variety of projects.

    Cons

    You have to deal with very overly critical individuals. To work here means you never make any kind of mistake and therefore be "perfect". There is also the issue of being micro managed. The lead and more senior employees put you down a lot, almost as if they are afraid of your success. There is nothing you can do to satisfy them. Toxic environment.

    Advice to Management

    use constructive criticism and lead by example. Its of no use putting your employees down just to satisfy your personal needs and make your self feel. Appreciate your employees and what they have to offer and encourage growth.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Dog eat dog environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good, though they put a high value on stock options that haven't done very well over the past few years.

    Cons

    Not a very respectful workplace. Many people in management positions use bullying tactics to get what they want. Doesn't seem like there is a defined direction and hasn't been for some time. There is talk of work-life balance, but no real actions to support it. There is a good flex day/vacation day program, but too much work to do to allow employees to take all the time allotted to them.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great place to work anymore"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees kept trying to make the best of a sinking ship. Vacation and flex days were great.

    Cons

    Constant changes in management and selling of assets created so much stress and uncertainty. Instead of teamwork, it became every one for themselves! I didn't like having to have Talisman stock when it keeps going down and becoming useless.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Terribly disappointing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geoscientist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Geoscientist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Talisman Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They pay you..............almost comparably to other companies. The training quality and quantity depends on which part of the company you work in. I have received reasonably good training, but know others who have received very little. I have worked with many great people here, very few in management positions though. And those that were are no longer with the company.

    Cons

    Company is run by a group of incompetent executives that are simply waiting to cash in on a take over. Long term incentives are non existent which is why approximately 80% of the company employees have been there less than 4 years. Executives are all incredibly over paid, their salaries are in no way tied to performance as you can see from share price performance. Company has something like 70 to 80 executives, roughly the same number of geoscience staff. Corporate structure looks like an upside down triangle. Management expects staff to pinch every penny twice, while they freely throw money around on excessive and lavish travel and executive retreats to Banff. If shareholders were privy to the spending habits that go on they would be appalled. No career development opportunities as a geoscientist. Benefits are so bad you are better off opting out completely. There is a savings plan, however it involves putting some of your own money into Company stock that continues to underperform related to many of the things mentioned herein. So buy at $12 and sell at $10 is great if you need to write off capital gains, but not so great if you hope to make any money from it. The current management is grossly incompetent, and breeds further incompetence by promoting people that..........well lets just say they promote the real go getters (polite for backside kissers). Truly a relic attitude from all the ex-BP execs. This has created a culture that encourages entitled behaviour and breeds arrogant and incompetent leaders that very quickly climb the corporate ladder. Five rounds of layoffs in five years have obliterated technical staff head counts, however, the executive head count hasn't declined.

    Advice to Management

    None, they know all of this and choose to ignore it. A huge number of employees have told them this at exit interviews and HR just pass it off as a disgruntled employees. I would say I am disappointed, when I began it was the best place to work in town, now it's not even a shadow of it's former self. I have stayed with the hope of resurrecting the company to it's former glory, but this is not going to happen. The CEO has long ago announced his exit at the end of 2014 and quite clearly doesn't care what goes on now. A clear corporate strategy has been identified but no one follows it, and there are no consequences for it.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Need to get it together"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-op Student in Edson, AB (Canada)
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-op Student in Edson, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Talisman Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people in the field offices are fantastic. Easy to get along with, friendly, and very helpful.

    Cons

    Constant changes in management and constant asset sales are worrysome. Every few weeks there is a major change in the upper management and thus in the organizational structure. The company doesn't really have it together from an upper management point of view.



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