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Oil Search Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2019

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Oil Search CEO Peter Botten
Peter Botten
10 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Petroleum Production Forecasting"

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    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oil Search full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, Work from Home, Salary, Beautiful City, Harbourside lifestyle

    Cons

    No other oil company in Sydney, no competition, high cost of living in Sydney

    Advice to Management

    Understand long term plan and stick to it so that the company and employees are clear on direction

    Oil Search2018-07-30
  2. "Good People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oil Search full-time

    Pros

    People are fun to work with Great technical staff

    Cons

    Lack of career progression Limited opportunities to move within the organisation

    Oil Search2018-11-12
  3. "Not Reccommended"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oil Search full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Reasonable salary and benefits for employees.

    Cons

    Lots and lots of politics sadly managed as a boys club, lack of talent on most senior management, there is a couple of exceptions, poor vision and no support to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Your work ethics and standards need to change, look for solution to the challenges instead of wasting time and resources pointing fingers. promote a collaborative culture

    Oil Search2018-12-14
  4. "Supply Chain Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oil Search full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Number one safety culture and safe working environment.

    Cons

    Competition is touch. People are challenged to perform to meet set standards

    Advice to Management

    Training and up skilling of potential career prospects

    Oil Search2018-04-26
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Harassment and bullying"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oil Search full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Reasonable salary. Good spread of technical staff across various diciplines.

    Cons

    Extremely political. Completed an online Bullying and Harassment training module when I signed up but never thought that I would end up as the victim. Was continuously harassed by my young team lead in an attempt to demonstrate his 'leadership qualities' to management.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just make your employees tick the boxes online in Code of Conduct; enforce it. It's a shame to spend all that effort recruiting, orienteering, paying their salary, organising their insurance, visa, vaccinations, medical checks etc only to have them resign as a victim of bullying and harassment by ambitious team leads who are overly eager to make an impression.

    Oil Search2017-12-19
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Oil Search"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oil Search full-time

    Pros

    A medium sized company, with small company attitudes - you know everyone, and everyone knows you. You can get to the people you need to talk to without unnecessary hierarchy, and you can get things done with a minimum of red tape. Limited processes and structures in place mean that problem solvers and big-picture thinkers can go a long way.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, lots of interpersonal dramas making the working environment unpleasant at times. Compensation is below market

    Advice to Management

    The working environment needs to change.

    Oil Search2016-08-31
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of trust in employees"

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    Former Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oil Search full-time

    Pros

    Assets in interesting locations leading to unique challenges

    Cons

    Management do not trust technical staff, leading to uninformed acceptance of risk

    Advice to Management

    Do not dismiss the work of employees out of hand. Ask 'why' employees have come to a particular conclusion

    Oil Search2016-05-20
  8. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Oil Search full-time

    Pros

    Lots of work life balance, friendly people. even if they are a bit silly and over paid

    Cons

    lots of politics - if you get along you will be promoted not if you are smart and technically strong

    Advice to Management

    get a good management consulting firm in and slice off the terrible waste of salary

    Oil Search2015-07-07
  9. "Interesting,learnt alot as a team but individual training lacks proper structure."

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    Current Employee - Chemist in Sydney
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oil Search

    Pros

    Small company so potential of learning from other departments. Learn together with the company from other bigger companies in the same business.

    Cons

    Because its a small company, techincal training is somewhat difficult to come by, especially if you have a immediate team leaders also learning the ropes of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Identify potential employees with the qualification and drive to to learn by supporting them to further enhance their techincal skills in which ever their career interest path are. The retention of recent graduates is quickly falling, young team members capable of taking the company to the next level are leaving for better training and employment offers.

    Oil Search2011-07-10
  10. "A vulture trying to play a role of a lion"

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    Former Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oil Search

    Pros

    There is not much to think of except that it was a small company when I joined. Good for building experience on the floor, i.e in the field running around and making things happen, opportunities most big companies would not otherwise give you.

    Cons

    The salary is very bad with performance reviews not getting any action from recommendations. There is a culture of suppression and the HR couldnt be any worse. They treat you like dirt and their is a degree of segregation with national employees (Papua New Guineans). The average salary is below market rate and their cost cutting severely impacted investment in the knowledge economy of its empployees. The company tries...

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    Advice to Management

    Please change the upside down pyramid structure you have on your management. There are too many chiefs and very few indians. The patronising style of management with you townhalls should be a bit more creative, its insulting to have the same slides on you powerpoints with different colours without addressing the real issues for employees. Most of the Papua New Guinean employees in the technology side of the operation...

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    Oil Search2010-04-07
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