Canadian Natural Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
51 Reviews
3.4
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Canadian Natural President Steve W. Laut
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Pros
  • Big company with potential for stock options for permanent employees (in 7 reviews)

  • Full time employees qualify for fly in/ fly out from Calgary and Edmonton if working in Fort Mac (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • CNR has a low cost corporate culture which pervades all aspects of working there (in 3 reviews)

  • Employees are treated as sweat shop workers (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Run Away!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Clean house!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 full-time (more than an year)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Odd ball of the oilpatch

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    Former Employee - Server Administrative in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Server Administrative in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Sometimes get free Flames tickets

    Cons

    Cheapest company in the oil patch

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Contract Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Contract Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good savings plan, adds up quickly.

    Cons

    Low salaries. Can make 25%+ anywhere else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A complete lack of organization and professional integrity.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Natural

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good People and hard work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Natural

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor experience working at CNRL.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Natural

    Pros

    - Stock options (provided to full-time employees, but not "everybody" - students and contractors are excluded).
    - Fellow employees are quite friendly.

    Cons

    The reputation of the company as a "sweatshop" is highly warranted. Every day was "go, go, go!" Much, ironically, to the detriment of my own job performance: If you feel that you can stop to think about how to better do your job, you'll often vastly increase your own effective productivity. Alas, I didn't feel free to do this. At least not while working "under" my second supervisor. I felt like a mindless automaton.

    Systematic "spin" was used at CNRL. For example, at quarterly meetings, it was repeatedly mentioned by Steve Laut (and others) that there were no layoffs at CNRL. However, when you have as many contractors as that company, and you don't renew their contracts, that is essentially the same thing. When a third of the floor empties, one feels something amiss. Likewise, it was cynical and pathetic to hear uppermost management, make comments about CNRL charitable donations ($300 000 here or there). When the company has revenues of 10 billion, this is comparable to me donating a couple of pennies to charity (10 billion is 30 000 times the size of 300 000). Speaking of which, when, during these quarterly meetings, one realizes that the combined wealth of the CEO and Chairman exceeds the combined net worth of every one of the 3000 or so employees in the room, I can't help but feel a little nauseous. After all, I'm making them more money!

    Did I mention CNRL is an oil company?

    There are a couple of reasons (in a nutshell) why this is an issue.
    First, CNRL is heavily invested in the Alberta TAR sands (take that! PC speech). This is an issue because creating oil from the tar sands is the most energetically expensive method of extracting oil -and therefore creates the most CO2 emissions per barrel extracted. Yes, it may be possible to capture and store CO2 underground, but if the costs of this storage were added on to the costs of the oil, it would be inviable: oil from the tar sands costs more to extract, per barrel than any other source (save some exotic locations). So, for carbon capture to work, society will need to foot at least part of the bill. Why should it, when other alternative forms of energy, if researched adequately, may have many times less emissions?

    And yes, for all those climate change deniers out there, CO2 emissions matter. (I think of such denial as comparable to Holocaust denial - the difference is that global warming may contribute to the fate of 6 billion, instead of 6 million). As an aside, it was interesting to hear many of my fellow employees (despite now-widespread acceptance of global warming) deny climate change. Is not helping to create such a phenomenon, whilst denying its creation piling perversity on immorality? Committing evil a second time?

    Enough of my ranting.

    For these and other reasons, I do not recommend this company as an employer.

    If you made it to the end of this, I thank you for your time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have nothing to say to you, except to say: I have nothing to say to you. [[[filler to meet twenty words]]]

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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