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Talisman Energy Reviews

Updated February 4, 2017
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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 (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.


  2. "Senior Advisor"

    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

    I worked at Talisman Energy full-time

    Pros

    Amazing environment of exceptionally well trained and dedicated professionals. Spectacular environment to grow and develop your skills.

    Cons

    Sometimes short sighted management strategies led to job cuts and misalignment of goals.

    Advice to Management

    The cost of rehiring staff is more than the short term benefit of layoffs.


  3. "Data Entry Clerk"

    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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Good company benefits
    -Employee Recognition Programs and Incentives
    -Small workforce
    -Opportunities for Promotion

    Cons

    -Understaffed
    -Lack of Organization
    -Constant Change in Manpower


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  5. "Tax accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    A really good and fun place to work at

    Cons

    None really, it is a great place to work at.


  6. "Supervisor"

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

    Pros

    Good culture, open communication and smart people around you.

    Cons

    Direction of company is unknown, long term strategy and financial governance and policy change all the time


  7. "Destabilized"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Reserves Analyst"

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

    I worked at Talisman Energy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Originally had a great strategy to be a World Class Oil & Gas company.

    Cons

    Moral was low for the entire diration of my career at Talisman. Manager revealed I had depression to all my colleagues amd other employees throught the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your comments to youtself when it comes to health issues. Treat everybody with yhe same level of respect and don't play favorites.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Worst company ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you do not belong to a minority group and can match up to the management's manipulation tactics then you have future in this company!

    Cons

    No growth opportunities, manager's would take credit for your work and if you make a mistake they will be the first to throw you under the bus. Managers have agenda of their own and don't care about employees. Some individuals will get approval for all the random training yet others have to fight to get approval for even essential job related training. Managers use the moto "my way or the highway", forget about making any continuous improvements or suggestions on how to do the job "they hired you for". The company has been going through a de-diversification, majority of minority staff have been laid off with the exception of Spanish speakers. The Managers lie, cheat and deceive you so "watch your back". Typical Manager vs. Leader issues


  10. "Qa/qc"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inspector in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Inspector in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Talisman Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment, good team work and very open with a new idea

    Cons

    System is good, need to improve in HR system and others

    Advice to Management

    Good planning will deliver a good result


  11. "The shine is gone!"

    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

    I worked at Talisman Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The compensation package was middle-of-the-road on base salary, and exceptional for expatriates.
    Global diversification of the asset base provided opportunities for international assignments.

    Cons

    Long term incentive programme is irrelevant and valueless.
    The company had a lack of cultural and gender diversity around the boardroom, and hence a deficiency in out-of-the-box thinking and creativity.
    The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurism that made this company a success has disappeared.

    Advice to Management

    A cultural overhaul is required to reinvigorate this company.



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