Nexen Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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Pros
  • Great people new organization trying to build into a local player in oil sands (in 8 reviews)

  • Compensation and benefits are good and that's about it (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Middle management is not college educated however has far too much power over decision making (in 4 reviews)

  • Low morale and highly stressful (in 3 reviews)

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  1. A lot of good, a lot of bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nexen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Prior to the acquisition by CNOOC Ltd., Nexen was a really interesting company to work for. Good salary and benefits, decent career opportunities, and a welcoming environment. My time there was fairly straight forward. I would probably worked there until I hit retirement.

    Cons

    After the acquisition, the company seemed to lose its direction, especially in the US. Due to govt. regulations, all US operations were sold and the accompanying employees either shifted to the new companies or laid off. This led to more and more layoffs. Not sure where they are now, but I believe they are still trying to find their way.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what Nexen US is, and communicate that clearly to the staff.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Nexen USA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nexen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, Nice building, generally well meaning company, but...

    Cons

    The US version of this company is kind of on the ropes. Loosing a lot of staff, for a variety of pretty good reasons, and though they are no longer an immediate extension of the canadian way, it still ends up being the default management style. I dont think it is unfair to say this companies future is definitely a question mark, a previous poster called it a "Bright Future" and I hope for the sake of those who remain that is true, but that was not the consensus opinion of the average individual when I was there. I would strongly suggest you ask a lot of questions at the interview about staffing, future, scope. The good news is that all of this bodes well for negotiating your pay. Trust me, they need you, just dont think you are going to retire here.

    Advice to Management

    Break out of the Canadian mold, you are carrying a fair amount of dead weight in low level managers who are out of their element. Best of luck


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    Not entirely what I expected however there are some really great people to work with here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small community of people. Easy access to senior regional management. Good location in Houston. Offers two Fridays off per month

    Cons

    Very limited opportunity for growth. The company is working on developing a growth strategy for technical roles but there doesn't seem to be any plans for non-technical roles. Could be organized more efficiently and often has poor utilization of people resources.


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  5. solution architect

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    days off, flexibility, vacation, more days off

    Cons

    workload is becoming a problem


  6. contractor

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    Current Employee - Consultant/Contractor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant/Contractor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nexen (More than a year)

    Pros

    good company to work for, many well developed templates

    Cons

    Some project leaders themselves need to managed and supervised for exercising arbitrary powers.

    Advice to Management

    Managers once removed performance assessment should be done


  7. Administrative Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Nexen full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, salary and co-workers

    Cons

    Undergoing transition subsequent to CNOOC acquisition


  8. Drilling Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, flexible working time and nice premises

    Cons

    Nexen has changed over the past few years, gone is the family atmosphere and the company have made people redundant which I think has not been thought out very well


  9. Constant re-orgs, poor management

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and decent pay

    Cons

    Benefits aren't the best, salary is ok, poor management and constant re-orgs


  10. Not bad, can get boring with not many opportunityies

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Accountant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy laid back work Pay is decent

    Cons

    Much of the pay is re-payable if you leave the company Not many opportunities for advancement Travel time is unpaid and takes an additional 32 hours of unpaid time from your life

    Advice to Management

    Compensate employees for time away from family and home because of long commute


  11. Medium company with big company problems

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and open-door company culture

    Cons

    Takes a long time to get anything off the ground

    Advice to Management

    More transparency with employees



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