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Cairn Energy CEO Simon Thomson
Simon Thomson
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  • Dynamic Fast Moving Company With Great Historic Track Record

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland

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

    Neutral Outlook
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    Neutral Outlook
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    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


    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

Cairn Energy Interviews

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Getting an Interview


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Interview Difficulty




    Senior Manager Audit Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Cairn Energy (Gurgaon, Haryana (India)) in January 2012.


    It took a little more time than expected. My Boss took my first interview, the second round was 10 days later with HR. The 3rd and final interaction was with the Finance Head of the company.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you think you can make the audit work more interesting than just a monotonous routine kind of job   1 Answer


    I was able to negotiate a joining bonus with the company.

Cairn Energy Awards and Accolades

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Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations List, Corporate Knights, 2009

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Headquarters Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Size 1,000 to 5,000 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Public (CNE)
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
Competitors ExxonMobil, BP, Statoil

Cairn Energy's can-do attitude has taken the oil and gas exploration and production company far afield. The independent has historically explored for oil and natural gas in the Indian subcontinent, but in 2011 it sold its majority stake Cairn India to an Indian conglomerate to pay down debt. In 2010 the company reported proved reserves of 225 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company's producing fields are Sangu offshore Bangladesh and Lakhsmi, Gauri, and Ravva in India; Cairn Energy's gross production 2010 was almost 131,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The... More

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