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Woodside Petroleum Reviews

Updated 29 Dec 2019

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3.2
54%
Recommend to a Friend
59%
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Woodside Petroleum CEO and Managing Director Peter Coleman (no image)
Peter Coleman
34 Ratings
Pros
  • "Allows for a great work/life balance(in 6 reviews)

  • "Good Pay, Good office and generally people around you are good to work with(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "(in 5 reviews)

  • "Job opportunities and performance management can be very inconsistent between areas of the company(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Full of opportunities if you are passionate to succeed"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodside Petroleum full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Leadership training Opportunities to develop in any and all area. Many great people in the company who helps when needed.

    Cons

    Non that I can think of.

    Woodside Petroleum2019-12-29
  2. "Good organisation smart people"

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    Current Employee - Governance Risk and Compliance Adviser in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodside Petroleum full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart people, good side-benefits, exciting projects

    Cons

    Many layers of management

    Woodside Petroleum2019-12-22
  3. "Oil and gas industry in Western Australia"

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    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Woodside Petroleum full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Large operation in Western Australia and Northern Territory

    Cons

    Bias towards older employees and not appreciating hard work

    Woodside Petroleum2019-09-30
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Bureaucracy, bullying and nepotism are rife"

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    Former Employee - Finance! 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Woodside Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    If its not for the toxic bureaucratic work culture - Woodside does offer a great opportunity to get involved with complex technical challenges.

    Cons

    1) Long work hours in finance. Working late is celebrated and worn as a badge of honour next day. 2) Cut throat competition among coworkers - everyone chasing higher performance ratings and bonuses - brown nosing and working long hours to meet unreasonable demands from middle management who are themselves in a popularity contest to out do each other for limited senior management positions. 3) Company has a huge gap in workforce - employees are expected to meet harsh deadlines to an extent that they break down mentally and physically. 4) Lots of good buzz words/phrases are drilled into employees mind via internal communication and intranet e.g 80:20 , supporting each other, mental health etc. However the real company culture is toxic and none of this is actually followed in day to day work. Interactions among overworked colleagues are often "rude" and "impolite".

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    Advice to Management

    I think less vertical hierarchy and more positions at lower levels of organisation will help in reducing work load and removing unnecessary bureaucracy.

    Woodside Petroleum2019-10-13
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good external reputation for performance is a far cry from how company functions internally."

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

    I worked at Woodside Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    The people are generally nice, and the new building is tidy but with limited eating options!

    Cons

    Technical depth is significantly lacking in key areas. Fear of failure and fear of retribution from management is rife. Unnecessary time pressures applied across the company. Deadlines often not met internally, general disorganisation and poor time keeping is embedded in culture. Siloed work, very one dimensional, little to no transparency across different business areas results in duplicated effort and confusion around roles and responsibilities.

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    Advice to Management

    Time for a big shake up in middle management

    Woodside Petroleum2019-10-11
  6. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Tax Advisor in Perth, Western Australia
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Woodside Petroleum full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great head quarter building in Perth.

    Cons

    Nothing really with mentioning here

    Woodside Petroleum2019-08-07
  7. Helpful (7)

    ""Not all that glitters is gold""

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    Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Woodside Petroleum

    Pros

    Remuneration. Exposure to large scale projects.

    Cons

    Welcome to Woodside Energy, the Exxon Mobil mini-me. Where appearance is far more important than substance. Do not expect fair treatment, performance management transparency or honesty. Do expect high degrees of competition, long hours, widespread gender driven positive discrimination and more corporate buzzwords and initiatives than you can shake a stick at. Performance management is pot luck at best. No honesty or transparency at all. Promotion is a popularity contest where groups of 'buddies' look after one another. A mid career technical career ladder is completely absent. Company is very top heavy and drowning in process. If you're looking for a company that cares more about perception then authenticity and honesty then Woodside is the company for you.

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    Advice to Management

    The company is rotting from the core. You have created a highly competitive, cut throat environment. Collaboration is completely lacking as people empire build in preparation for that big, juicy, annual bonus.

    Woodside Petroleum2019-06-04
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Horrible culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodside Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, nice building, good facilities

    Cons

    People don’t respect each other, intense red tape, fear of management

    Woodside Petroleum2019-04-24
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Morally corrupt shiny cage"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodside Petroleum full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay Exposure to relevant scopes and experience

    Cons

    Company's alleged bribing in mauritania (AFP proved opposite) smartly evading aussie tax, etc... So expect similar culture once within. Performance review and rating is a joke, apparently based on a ranking curve where about 4/5 of rating is weighted on HR jargon; integrity, collaboration, ... In the back door it s based on other metrics -> how much you bow ur head to seniors Company Enforces to rate 35% as "not delivering", Some make it through hard work, but most through tackling workmates they re competing with. To thrive, it s best to join a wolvepack of bullies, that s sort of a gang where members do not compete with each other for performance ranking, and will tackle anyone else, till they all make it. Tackling tactics 1- can even include, a manager creating a scope worth lots of $, labour intensive, assigning it to another employee just to prove he is not competent, and i ve witnessed this said in done on others. 2- Or coming with genius improvement ideas, get them endorsed by upper management, assign them to coworkers and boss on them then get rewarded on expense of others. Other than performance, lots of tactics of creating constant conflict through the ranks of hierarchy to keep everyone scared, e.g. Kick a competent employee experienced from technical discipline A to manage B, people in B will resent their manager as seen less competent, and the manager will naturally take a position of fear and feeling threat from competent staff. Then hr will keep everyone under control with this lack of trust. Lots of experienced staff pushed into meaningless roles, till they hate their lives and choose to leave, so that company avoids an expensive redundancy. And this includes people who sacrificed more than 20 yrs of their career and did their best for company s interest. Company is aware of mental damage this is causing and offers limitless psychological support, like building a mechanic shop next to a pothole , instead of fixing it. Definitely not recommended to honest, value delivering people unless you are trading some extra pay on expense of wellbeing. But watch out, There s a record of suicide among woodside employees, and I believe it s way above average rate in general population. Company is highly recommended for junior-high bullying mentality. A fertile ground.

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    Advice to Management

    Since people are treated as cattle, none

    Woodside Petroleum2019-05-11
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Bad middle management in the Contracts and Procurement department."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Woodside Petroleum full-time

    Pros

    Expanding into other countries. With this comes opportunities to travel and get international experience.

    Cons

    Contracts and Procurement management care more about themselves than developing and collaborating with their colleagues and reports. The performance review process doesn't work. Its based on opinions rather than work output and performance.

    Woodside Petroleum2019-03-18
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