answers to your questions about human resources at total


Answers to the most frequently asked questions about employment and careers at Total.

Frequently Asked Questions

1/ Does Total prefer to hire experienced workers or entry-level employees?

About one-third of new hires are entry-level employees, another third are young people with two to five years of experience and the other third are more experienced employees. Our hiring of experienced staff has increased in recent years, especially for technical positions that require specific expertise.

Current Job Openings
2/ Do women have the same chance of being hired as men?

Currently, 25% of new managerial hires worldwide are women, and that figure is 31% in France (2011 data). These numbers have been rising steadily for several years. Our goal is to have a gender balance that mirrors the percentage of women in higher education. Women now make up about 20% of students in technical and engineering schools. They account for 50% of students in law, human resources and business degree programs. Our objective is to hire, at a minimum, an equivalent proportion of graduates in each of these fields. We don’t want to miss out on valuable talent.

Advancing Gender Equality
3/ How important is training at Total?

We offer training for all our employees, entry-level and experienced alike. Our objective is to align each employee’s skills with our development needs. There are three types of training: familiarity with Total and our business activities, managerial training, and technical and safety training.

Training Programs Tailored to Individual Employee Aspirations
4/ What tools does Total provide employees for managing their careers?

Our employees enjoy two resources. Annual performance reviews are conducted each year with the employee’s direct supervisor. Career interviews are held every three years on average with a member of the Human Resources staff. They give employees an opportunity to review their career progress and assess their potential for further advancement.

Numerous Career Opportunities
5/ What is the preferred background for someone interested in expatriation?

Our business is highly international by nature. At any given time, some 4,000 employees, both managers and others, are working abroad. There is no one preferred background for expatriates; we have diverse needs that vary according to each employee’s professional discipline and expertise. At Total, it isn’t just expatriates who work on an international level; many positions offer a strong international component.

International Careers at Total
6/ How does Total support people with disabilities?

Total reviews every applicant whose skills correspond to our activities. Our commitment on behalf of the disabled is not limited to hiring — in 2005 we signed the Europe-Wide Equal Opportunity Agreement, which provides a framework for guaranteeing greater equality in employment opportunities. We also create jobs indirectly through our active support for not-for-profit associations and employment centers for the disabled.

Learn how Total Promotes Hiring of the Disabled
7/ What commitments has Total made with regard to diversity and equal opportunity?

In 2004, Total established a Diversity Council tasked with helping women and non-French employees rise through the organization. We then expanded our policy by signing a Europe-wide agreement intended to ensure greater equality of opportunity throughout each employee’s career. In 2006, Total developed the first European human resources scorecard, covering 10 countries and more than 50 European affiliates. These indicators are used to track our performance against our diversity and gender equality targets.

Diversity, a Priority for Total
8/ What are the cornerstones of Total’s human resources policies?

Gender equality, diversity, fairness and equal opportunity are central to our human resources policies. We seek to build solid, lasting relationships at every level of the company through constructive employee dialogue. At Total, we are mindful of the diverse social, cultural and regulatory environments in our host countries. We ensure fair treatment of employees wherever we operate.

Understanding the Challenges of Employee Dialogue at Total
9/ Does Total give employees a stake in its performance?

In addition to across-the-board raises, Total maintains a variety of programs that differ by country and include profit sharing and incentives, stock options and free shares. In addition, the entire workforce has a direct stake in the company’s growth. Each employee can acquire Total shares under preferential conditions, thereby benefiting from our performance.

About Employee Benefits at Total
10/ What steps does Total take on behalf of host countries and regions?

We are very active with regard to corporate social responsibility. We deploy initiatives in a wide array of areas, including education and training, public health, local economic development and citizen empowerment. For all our major projects, for example, we encourage the development of local industrial and human resources, which entails an ongoing commitment to training and the transfer of skills.

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