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Talisman Energy Reviews

Updated October 19, 2016
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Talisman Energy President & CEO Hal Kvisle
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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. "Formerly Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Buyer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Talisman Energy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people in mid management and front line support.

    Cons

    Poor upper leadership and no clear company direction.


  2. "The woodlands"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall good company, lots of changes.

    Cons

    New repsol management and uncertsinty

    Advice to Management

    Retain best talent


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Safety Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Safety Specialist in Cypress, TX
    Former Employee - Safety Specialist in Cypress, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Talisman Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Talisman had a great group of people to work with. There was good team support. The benefits were very good.

    Cons

    Some of the upper management personnel were not the best quality. Some of them seemed to have a hard time telling the truth and making decisions.

    Advice to Management

    I would advised them to get people who know their job and able to make decisions. As the company has been bought, I would advise the new company to get rid of the trash.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Poor upper management tends to create a sense of undefined company direction."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lean culture, minimal processes and approvals, work life balance, days off

    Cons

    Lack of internal standards, corporate office is in Calgary

    Advice to Management

    Make up your minds on what Talisman is!


  6. "Destabilized"

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer/Documentation Analyst
    Former Employee - Technical Writer/Documentation Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Talisman Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location in downtown core.

    Cons

    Too much downsizing and lack of communication from upper management lead to a destabilizing of the workforce. Workers were left anxious and uncertain of the company's direction and future.


  7. "Pros and Cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers, variability in work

    Cons

    Lack of direction from management


  8. "The culture is very friendly with open door policy from management encouraging to ask questions."

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    Former Intern - Student Contracts Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Student Contracts Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Talisman Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice offices, facilities, and centre of downtown Calgary. The company also does not micro manage and trusts in the employee to deliver on time.

    Cons

    No solid career mapped out plan for students, and lack of direction and instructions at times to get the work done.


  9. "“Lack of opportunity to grow ”"

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

    Pros

    Family benefits such as health insurance and colleagues are good

    Cons

    lack of career opportunity. job are almost stagnant. not interesting and challenging. almost 70% staff are senior staff and the culture are backdated and many senior position are reluctant to work in a more efficient way.

    Advice to Management

    to give staff more chances to learn more and more career opportunities and challenging task


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Made the best of a tricky situation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hired good people
    Compensation packages very fair
    Strong teams could form if you made the effort and had the right leader

    Cons

    Silos were very distinct in the different operating areas
    It was not always easy to get things to happen across the company

    Advice to Management

    I think you should ensure you retain the best parts of what you'd created, despite having a new owner.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Overall favorable"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They give you lots of autonomy to do your job, good informal office setting, people generally willing to work with you and help you, and count you as one of them, I was a contractor at the time.

    Cons

    Too many chiefs and meetings, sometimes reluctant to rock the boat



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