Canadian Natural Reviews

Updated January 4, 2015
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  1. I had a very inexperienced planning lead

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    Former Employee - Rotating Equipment Planner in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Rotating Equipment Planner in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Natural

    Pros

    Nice camp and fly in fly out provisions

    Cons

    Used poor method of CMMS (Exel) to plan the work orders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of poor Planning Leads, and upgrade CMMS to say SAP

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Natural

    Pros

    Very much a developing company

    Cons

    Some very confusing practices, such as two weeks xmas vacation for supervisors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the experience people you are hiring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Sweat Shop

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer Lead
    Current Employee - Field Engineer Lead

    I have been working at Canadian Natural full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stock options, savings plan, healthcare coverage, 10% uplift in field, fly in/fly out, tax credit allowance for transportation, etc

    Cons

    Significant amount of politics in middle management
    Long hours - be expected to work 20+ hours for more than 3 months.
    No paid OT. Overtime hours are banked but restricted to when and how many days you can take as vacation
    Complete disregard for employee well being and work/life balance
    LOTS of micromanaging
    Safety is not a priority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider reorganization in parts of the middle management. A lot of the messages from the corporate office are getting lost through trickles of middle managements and leads. Some of the leads are not necessarily doing what is best for the company and managers are too focused on personal agenda. This leads to employees being overworked, under-appreciated, and overall a very stressful and toxic environment. Be expected to sweat and complete things at all cost. Don't question safety.
    There are much better working environments to be had.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Learn and Run as Fast as you Can

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    Former Employee - Production Accountant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Production Accountant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, good hours, pretty flexible. Great company to start your career and leave as soon as you can.

    Cons

    Properties are always changing. meaning it feels like they don't give opportunity to improve the processes. Since you are always trying to catch with learning a new desk. Bonuses are only good for upper management. they suck for everybody else in Accounting. they are always hiring, because people are always leaving. They are all about promoting all the friends and not always the best suited people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value more your employees, so the talent doesn't leave the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Gung ho about new job in Document Control but management is out to lunch

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

    I have been working at Canadian Natural full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Big company with potential for stock options for permanent employees. Have heard employees praising this scheme. Co-workers are nice and easy to work with. Helpful and considerate.

    Cons

    The management complains about low morale and high turnover in the document control department, yet maintains an outdated and inflexible attitude towards employees time.

    Flex time is not allowed. Banked time is not allowed. Skipping part of your lunch to leave early is not allowed. 'Early' is considered 4pm. Management wants us there till 5pm because our job is to 'service' the engineers. Well I have news for you, most engineers are not slaving away past 4pm.

    Leaving the house at 7am and not returning from work till after 6pm makes for a very long work day. Not being allowed to shorten one's lunch break in order to get home at a more reasonable hour, (and still giving the company one's 8 hours) is ridiculous.

    Employees grumble about it but complaining just leads to another haranguing by management at our weekly meetings. Morale is low,and falling. People are biding their time until a better opportunity presents itself. What kind of way is that to run a department?

    We are not treated as professionals, more like junior high students who need to be monitored. We must log our weekly time into a spreadsheet so they can see how many documents we have processed, how many minutes we've spent emailing, how many minutes we've spent dealing with computer issues. Our internet time is monitored and anyone with more than 15 mins of personal internet time will be immediately dismissed. How is this going to help morale?

    The interviewing process was rigorous and we were hired as professionals, not as kids who need to be monitored. As long as we're putting in our 8 hours we should be allowed to come and go when it best suits our schedules and families.

    I had high hopes for CNRL when I was hired, but that is dissipating fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is basic stuff; when you trust people, they give back to you, when you respect employees' time, they are more willing to go that extra mile and work harder for you. When you mistrust people right off the bat, it puts employees on the defensive and certainly doesn't inspire good morale nor the desire to go that extra mile for for the company.

    Your corporate statement talks about 'fun and integrity' I don't see either of those coming from the management of Document control. You will continue to lose good people because of these outdated and inflexible attitudes described above. You have a choice; get someone from change management in to assess the management style in Document control, or continue to have to hire and train and lose good people.

    Document control work is stressful at the best of times. That stress should be mitigated with a sense that management trusts us in the professional capacity we were hired under to: A) work our 8 hour day that we are being paid for and B) let us have some flexibility with our time so we aren't completely burnt out by being forced to take 1.5 hours worth of break time in the middle of the day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Student Experience

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    Former Intern - Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Natural as an intern

    Pros

    Good savings plan for permanent employees
    Free drinks
    In the office Executives and VP's are just down the hall. Fridays off in the summer

    Cons

    Low cost operator and it shows. They have a hard time keeping permanent operators in the field because they won't pay them a decent wage. Safety doesn't seem to be high priority.
    Field is a good place to learn and gain experience but as for the Calgary office it seems like they don't care about their students. No one attempts to train you they just expect you to know their systems or teach yourself while your isolated in your office. No one checks up on you, says hi, cares if your there, or gives you feedback on the work you do. They encourage you to ask questions yet due to the sweat shop pace the permeant staff has time to answer them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time training students, even if that means an engineer has to be pulled away from his desk for a couple hours. They could be taught most things in one week rather than months struggling to learn the systems by themselves. Low cost operating should not come at the expense of quality employees or safety.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Construction Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Natural

    Pros

    Very stable company but could be better

    Cons

    Okay but not so great but woldn't hurt either

  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Good for starters only. No growth for middle management

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    Current Employee - Confidential in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Confidential in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Natural

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere
    Good for starters - you get lot of work to do and end up learning a lot
    Executives are approachable
    Free drinks and lots of get togethers (Stampede party, Christmas parties)

    Cons

    Might is right culture - While executives are approachable, but they do not listen to what employees say. As an example when in a quarterly session an employee proposed for introducing 360 degree feedback, the Chairman physically turned on the stage 360 degree saying that this all he knows what 360 degree is!

    Top down approach - Employees are given decisions and told to execute. No culture of innovation or egalitarianism.

    Employees are expected to sweat in this sweat shop and when asked for pay are pointed towards stock-options. Employees can hardly control the stock prices as it depends on overall company performance, industry performance and economy.

    Outdated system and procedures - Not sure about core operation, but support functions are hugely lacking in usage of modern IT systems and procedures. As a result, by working here for long, one doesn't get exposed to current trends in the industry and hence becomes unemployable!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the top-down approach, listen and act to employee's suggestions. In other words walk the talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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