Cairn Energy Reviews

Updated 17 April, 2015
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  1. An HR Professional's nightmare

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Cairn Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to build a career if you belong to the Technical teams. Great and sometimes the most expensive international trainings are on offer for Geotech teams.
    For the rest, well they do organise some great parties!

    Cons

    The list is too long but let me just give a glimpse of what is on offer. The work is purely clerical in nature (though most of HR does seem so to many!). Inputs and ideas are not appreciated as my boss always thought he knew the answer to every question. A big yes man, he wouldn't spare a thought before blaming his subordinates for his follies despite knowing that the subordinates were a bunch of MTs. Lot of immaturity demonstrated by the HR folks - a result of the pedigree most belonged to. As far as career opportunities are concerned, there aren't too many. Career growth is tenure driven but that's the case in most organisations. Learning opportunities as an HR is completely missing, both in terms of on-the-job as well as external trainings.

    Advice to Management

    Rehire your HR team or enrol the current team into an HR course

  2. Good Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cairn Energy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging Works, stringent deadlines, need to be proactive.

    Cons

    Sometimes unrealistic expectation of management.

  3. Dynamic Fast Moving Company With Great Historic Track Record

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Cairn Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CEO was very inclusive.
    Wins were celebrated together.
    Engineers & field workers were given autonomy to make decisions even if they were wrong.
    Largely a can do attitude without too much constraint to procedures as being sacrosanct

    Cons

    Some of the less able corporate types promoted ahead of the can-do engineers
    The culture was becoming more self important at senior management level with Indian success
    Some of the top engineers both geophysical & drilling moved on
    Not sure if the current CEO has the ability to follow the previous CEO

    Advice to Management

    As the ex CEO would have said - You are only as good as your last game.
    Cairn - your last game was Greenland. It was a 3-0 defeat.
    Your last cup final was the Indian sale to Vedanta - it went to extra time, then extra extra time. Its not clear to the fans which side won but it might have been the referee in the shape of the Indian Government.
    Make sure you value your engineers and try and retain the knowledge within the company

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  5. Helpful (1)

    xperience at cairn is somethng gr8. lucky tat m getting it

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    Current Employee - GET in Bārmer (India)
    Current Employee - GET in Bārmer (India)

    I have been working at Cairn Energy full-time

    Pros

    its a very fast growing company. extremely employee friendly. with just 1500 employees its annual outcome is higher than that of infosys tat has over 1 lac employees. so that tells it all...

    Cons

    its an e&p company. the work schedule is bit difficult. u gotta work for long hours. u stay under stress n pressure

  6. A better company to stay with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - "Evolution of Petrel Reference Project" in Delhi (India)
    Former Intern - "Evolution of Petrel Reference Project" in Delhi (India)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Robust technology, intellectual crew, Never say die attitude

    Cons

    still a smaller company in operation in India

    Advice to Management

    keep trying for better

  7. A Very Satisfying Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Jāmnagar (India)
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Jāmnagar (India)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Good Employee Related Policy
    * Good Salary and Perks
    * Good Environment

    Cons

    * Growth Path Limited
    * Some Management System

  8. Helpful (1)

    Memorable

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Rājahmundry (India)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Rājahmundry (India)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work culture, freedom to express views openly............

    Cons

    Working pattern, remote areas, load

    Advice to Management

    Need to provide more opportunities to downlevel

  9. its amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cairn Energy full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    a international level energy company

    Cons

    everything is excellent n a fastest growing company

  10. Helpful (2)

    Excellent workplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cairn Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best place to start a career in oil and gas industry

    Cons

    Monotonous life because Gurgaon is not a happening place

  11. Helpful (2)

    Work environment racing towards worst.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi (India)

    I have been working at Cairn Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Till date there are excellent opportunities available for skill enhancements with on the job and inhouse and outside training opportunities for all technical employees.

    Cons

    Pathetic work envoronment with no transparency and favourites securing all the promotions and better pay rise. Plagiarism rules and honest workers are never recognised.

    Advice to Management

    Organisation is bleeding profusely, so look after honest workers otherwise organisation will be left with sycophants.

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