Canadian Natural Resources Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. Pathetic

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    Former Employee - Reservoir EIT in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Reservoir EIT in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I don't any pros of working here. Parties are great.

    Cons

    There is lots of politics involved. Not a great experience.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Run Away!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Very open door policy

    Cons

    Horrible HR and horrible incompetent recruiters. Waay too much top down micro management. Do not live up to their mission statement of "Developing People". If your boss is not your coffee or smoking buddy you will never be promoted. Pretty sad environment. Better off across the street

    Advice to Management

    Clean house!


  3. Helpful (1)

    DO NOT WORK THERE

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    Former Employee - Document Control Technician in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Document Control Technician in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    maybe if there is a pro, you can gain some experience?

    Cons

    the company promises one thing and never keeps the promise. no integrity there and no leadership the leadership will constantly remind you that you are disposable and sometime can be called as garbage (that says it all)


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  5. Helpful (7)

    The place to become disengaged, lost in disorganized management, and stuck in a dead end career.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    After four years with CNRL, the pros include an unpretentious environment, Fridays off in July/August, office closures in December and several get togethers with food and drink (such as Stampede, Christmas, and Employee Day BBQs).

    Cons

    If you have not noticed already, the pros listed above predominately revolve around getting away from the office. This is not the typical focus of an employee who loves his/her job and company. Executives are approachable and express an open door policy, but do not actually expect to have your thoughts heard. This applies to both execs and middle management. Directors and managers superficially express an interest to hear all thoughts and opinions, but the end result always comes back to the management's original decision. Very top down approach by managers who lack innovation and openness to differing ideas. Management's idea of receiving department feedback is to handout an "anonymous" survey which then requires employees to send their responses through Outlook emails, which obviously has their names associated to it. The questions on the survey were strategically written to convey criticism and negativity. Other companies I have experienced actually hire third party vendors to conduct truly anonymous surveys. The relations between employees themselves are toxic and lacks trust. Project and work responsibilities are often taken when employees are on vacation or credit is not given where deserved. Employees are treated as sweat shop workers. Safety is said to be a core focus of the company, yet take a look at their latest safety incident records in comparison with their competitors. They have significantly higher injury records. Benefits revolve around stock options, which is great when the Canadian oil economy as a whole is performing well, but terrible when stocks are down. Individual employees have no control over the payoff of their own performance. Outdated software and systems. Implementation of new software often involves stakeholders that have absolutely no experience in the field, yet have authority to make decisions on which to implement. Often leads to software that is purchased but do not meet the needs of stakeholders using it on a daily basis. It is humorous to think that the company's slogan even bothers to include the word "fun" within it. This company is anything but.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Odd ball of the oilpatch

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server Administrative in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Server Administrative in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Sometimes get free Flames tickets

    Cons

    Cheapest company in the oil patch


  7. Helpful (1)

    Giant machine. If you want to get lost in the numbers, this would be a good place to do it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Contract Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good savings plan, adds up quickly.

    Cons

    Low salaries. Can make 25%+ anywhere else.


  8. A complete lack of organization and professional integrity.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Horizon site is an impressive construction and there are a few engineers truly trying to improve and maintain the plant.

    Cons

    There is a huge sense of office politics within the department. People in senior and management roles were often disrespectful of people in lower positions and as such, many projects were done carefree in an effort to appease them.


  9. Good People and hard work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company environment and work function. A lot of room for growth and opportunity. Offer good mentorship from Senior staff.

    Cons

    Junior staff. Not really innovators. Low company profile. No gym provided. People left often and they could not keep senior staff.



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