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Talisman Energy Reviews

Updated March 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people and laid back culture (in 13 reviews)

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

    "The Titanic"

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

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

    Pros

    People were great to work with.

    Cons

    Management was terrible and had no regard to employees needs.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Revolving door, no structure or management support"

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

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

    Pros

    Office in The Woodlands, Tx (Close to Houston)
    Have 9 floating days in addition to your vacation allotment (Though no 9/80 work schedule)

    Cons

    People leave as fast as they come. No retention of knowledge or experience gained.
    Everybody is out there to fence for themselves no support from management or guidance.
    No structure.

    Advice to Management

    Create a structure and ensure employees abide to it. Support your employees and create a solid path.


  3. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


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  5. "Terrible company to work for and getting worse by the day"

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

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

    Pros

    Sorry - no "Pros" for this company

    Cons

    Terrible management, supervisors and co-workers. VERY negative environment.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Very negative work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  7. "Requisition Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Management, Pay, Work Environment, Training

    Cons

    I can't think of any Cons.


  8. "The best company in my life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    company culture is superb! Respect people in differnt background.Great boss,great manager, very good work life balance.

    Cons

    Not the right time for a company-when it has huge shale gas land. thr problem is there were so many smart ceos who knew shale gas would be predominant supply in the future.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Promises Made, Promises Not Kept"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    The people who work here work hard and care about their jobs and the leaseholders.

    Cons

    They use contractors (temps) in long term assignments, eliminating any possibility of ever having to hire someone, pay them a competitive wage, or benefits. The company is saddled with bad investments that were made in Europe so there's no way to expand their North American operations. This place is constantly being "reorganized" to try for quick fixes to long term problems. Their accounting system (PAS) is a joke. It might work in a company 1/4 Talisman's size but it's slow, unwieldy, and user unfriendly.
    If you enjoy meetings, this is the place for you. There are meetings to plan the next meeting about a meeting.
    There's no opportunity for advancement here. Avoid at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out the direction you want to take the company in and stay with it


  10. "Overall a good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice working environment, good pay, stable work load

    Cons

    not many opportunities for young people


  11. "great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great people and great benefits

    Cons

    bad decisions of upper management


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