Canadian Natural Resources – Why Work For Us?

Who We Are

Canadian Natural is one of the largest independent crude oil and natural gas producers in the world. The Company continually targets cost effective alternatives to develop our portfolio of projects and to deliver our defined growth plan, thereby creating value for shareholders. We have a proven, effective, value driven strategy that works.


We have an effective and efficient, diversified combination of assets in North America, the North Sea and Offshore Africa, which enables us to generate significant value, even in challenging economic environments. We continually strive for safe, effective, efficient and environmentally responsible operations while developing our diverse asset base.

Our balanced mix of natural gas, light oil, heavy oil, in situ oil sands production, oil sands mining and associated upgrading facilities, represents one of the strongest and most diverse asset portfolios of any energy producer in the world. As we develop our assets, the Company is transitioning to a long life, low decline asset base which provides increasing and sustainable free cash flow.

Our financial discipline, commitment to a strong balance sheet, and capacity to internally generate cash flows provide us the means to grow our company in the long term.

What We Operate:

  • Natural Gas

    • Second largest independent natural gas producer in Canada.
    • Largest undeveloped land base in the relatively
      undeveloped, natural gas prone areas of Northeast British Columbia and Northwest Alberta.
  • North America Crude Oil and NGLs

    • Largest heavy oil producer in Canada.
    • Diverse portfolio of light, primary heavy, Pelican Lake oil and natural gas liquids.

    • In situ oil sands.

  • Horizon Oil Sands

    • Light synthetic upgraded oil sands mining.

    • World class opportunity for oil sands mining with six billion barrels of resource potential.

    • Expansion to 250,000 barrels per day of light, sweet, crude oil production for over 40 years, with no production declines. 

  • International Crude Oil

    • Significant exploitation opportunities in the North Sea core region.
    • Exploitation and exploration opportunities in Offshore Africa.


Engineering and Technical Careers

Canadian Natural owns and operates a wide range of assets in Western Canada, including conventional and unconventional natural gas, along with projects in crude oil, including primary, secondary and tertiary light, medium and heavy production, in situ oil sands and oil sands mining. This broad spectrum of projects and asset types means that we need a similarly diverse base of technical and engineering expertise to conceive, develop and maintain these operations. Our goal has always been to complete quality projects with safety and engineering efficiency.

We have engineering opportunities available for all experience levels ranging from new grads (EITs) to professional engineers registered with APEGA, as well as positions in Construction Management, Geology and Geophysics, Project Management and Project Controls, Quality Assurance and a variety of other Technical fields.

In joining Canadian Natural in an Engineering or Technical position, you can expect to work on exciting, high-value, high-impact projects. We place enormous emphasis on our core values of safety and “doing it right”. You can also expect opportunities for career growth with increasing responsibility and individual training budgets allocated to each employee.

Follow this link to explore our current Engineering and Technical opportunites.

Field Operations and Maintenance Careers

Our Operations and Maintenance teams are an integral component of our success at Canadian Natural, working ‘hands-on’ at our world class facilities to optimize production whilst ensuring our core values of safety and integrity are maintained. We hire for a wide range of operations and maintenance positions for our Western Canadian Assets which encompass conventional and unconventional natural gas, along with operations and projects in crude oil, including primary, secondary and tertiary light, medium and heavy production, in situ oil sands and oil sands mining.

Working as part of our Operations and Maintenance teams will provide you with opportunities for career growth with increasing responsibility and individual training budgets allocated to each employee.

Whether you’re hired as a Heavy Equipment Operator, a Power Engineer, a Journeyman, or as any of our other Operations and Maintenance opportunities you can expect a strong focus on safety and “doing it right” as well as a great team environment and the opportunity to progress your career and broaden your skillset.

Follow this link to explore our current Operations and Maintenance opportunites.

Business Services Careers

Canadian Natural’s Business Services are those core areas of the business that ensure the company is on track and our business is operating like a well-oiled machine. These teams facilitate company-wide success by applying creative solutions to unique challenges with the highest degree of professionalism and expertise. Our Business Services teams are champions of both administrative and execution excellence.

We have diverse opportunities available for all experience levels ranging from new grads looking to get their foot in the door to senior level roles for those looking to share their years of expertise and lead by example.

As we grow, demand for business and administration continues to increase. We strive to find the best candidates to provide analytical assessment, guidance, project planning and leadership to our teams. Candidates with previous experience are encouraged to apply to our mid-level to management opportunities. You can expect opportunities for career growth with increasing responsibility and individual training budgets allocated to each employee.

Follow this link to explore our current Business Services opportunites.



 At Canadian Natural we believe our employees are the key to unlocking asset potential. As one of the largest independent crude oil and natural gas producers in the world, our balanced mix of natural gas, light oil, heavy oil, in situ oil sands production and oil sands mining creates opportunity for people who want to be part of a challenging and competitive industry. Join our team as we continue to create value through innovation by “doing it right” with fun and integrity in North America, the North Sea, and Offshore Africa.

Compensation and Benefits


Our total rewards package is one of the most competitive in the oil and natural gas industry. This compensation package is unique because it reflects the entrepreneurial spirit so deeply rooted in the culture of our company. Employees at all levels participate in rewarding long-term incentive programs. In order to find out more, please take a look at our Compensation and Benefits e-magazine here.

Health and Safety

At Canadian Natural, safety is a core value. We conduct all of our operations in a way that identifies, minimizes and mitigates harm to the health and safety of employees, contractors, the public and the environment.

Want to learn more? Visit our candidate info guide to learn about:

  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Environmental Initiatives
  • Operations
  • Company Culture
  • Relocation Assistance and more!

Corporate Responsibility

Canadian Natural believes in working together – this means having a strong Management Committee and a dedicated workforce that align with our mission, vision and corporate values. Beyond that, it means engaging our stakeholders in the communities where we operate, sharing their stories and developing responsible action plans that create value for everyone involved. It means embracing safety excellence, reporting our performance and collaborating with industry on new technology to minimize our environmental footprint. Working together at Canadian Natural is a commitment to doing it right, continuously improving and providing execution excellence towards growing a world-class company.

Click here to see our 2013 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.


Valuing Environmental Protection

Environmental protection is a fundamental value of our company and this is reflected in our approach to energy development. Canadian Natural’s approach to energy development protects the environment and ensures compliance with applicable regional, national and international environmental regulations, and industry standards.

We manage and minimize the environmental impacts of our operations throughout all phases of our projects, from planning through design, operation, and final reclamation. We do this through effective implementation of comprehensive environmental practices, continuous improvement and technological innovation. We also work with stakeholders such as industry peers and Aboriginal communities to implement and share best practices.

Click here to find out our commitment to the environment.

Building Better Communities – Making a Difference

At Canadian Natural, we have a strong commitment to invest in the communities where we live and work. In 2013, we provided over $10.8 million in community investments. This sum includes corporate sponsorships, cash donations, employee giving, in kind donations and funding for community based economic development projects.


What We Do

At Canadian Natural, there are many opportunities for students to make an impact. As part of our team, you will be involved in meaningful projects, and be able to apply your academic experience to challenging and rewarding assignments.

We are one of Canada's largest independent oil and natural gas producers with big plans for the future. We are always looking for talented and motivated individuals to join our growing team and become a part of our continued success.


We foster a culture where students can ask questions, develop meaningful relationships and learn from a diverse group of professionals. Our fast paced environment and entrepreneurial spirit is conducive to our 'work hard, play hard' mentality. Students have opportunities to build solid working relationships while partaking in special employee events and perks such as:

  • Welcome Kick-off and Orientation
  • Employee Day
  • Stampede Party
  • Holiday Party
  • Fridays off in July and August for Calgary office and field students
  • Quarterly luncheons and more!

*All programs and events are subject to change at management discretion.

"The corporate culture was supportive and encouraging of professional development. Not only did my experiences provide me with a solid foundation on which to build my future career, but I had a great time and met some amazing friends while doing so. Not a day went by that I did not enjoy coming to work and that I did not learn something new; I would recommend this experience to anyone!"

— Sarah, University of Saskatchewan, Accounting Summer Student


Canadian Natural recruits from most major Universities and many colleges across Canada. Our campus program is currently growing and is continuing to reach more campuses. Please view our events page to see if/when we will be attending your campus.


At Canadian Natural, you are a valued team member! You will gain high level experience, knowledge, and training to prepare you for full-time employment. This development is why many of our students are hired into the new graduate program upon finishing their student term with us. Our structured new graduate developmental programs exemplify our mandate to develop and advance our people.

As a new graduate, you will share in our success through one of the most competitive total compensation and benefits packages in the oil and gas industry.

Click here to learn about our Total Rewards Package.

Who We Hire

We hire students from all disciplines and backgrounds, under the qualifications section of each of our job postings you can find the specific requirements for the position that you are interested in.

We recruit Summer, Co-op and Internship students for the following areas:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Engineering 
  • Environment
  • Geology & Geophysics
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Oil and Gas Marketing
  • Petroleum Land Management
  • Power Engineering & Engineering Technology
  • Stakeholder Relations
  • Supply Management

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  • If you want to work and be treated like a robot, this is a place for you. Oh wait, need to kiss the boss to keep the job

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    Former Employee - Completion Superintendent in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Completion Superintendent in Calgary, AB (Canada)
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    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time (More than 10 years)


    Great place to start a career for young grads as there are so much work opportunities available. Compensation package for EIT level is competitive. Great health and dental plans. Cost effective producer by means of squeezing service providers and following others latest successes. Field experience is great and valuable


    A sweat shop, under-staffed and a low tech company!. This company has the most high turn over ratio even during tough time. Managers treated employees like robots. Life is about working. There are no such thing work life balanced here. No career for advancement in sight unless the team leads, managers leave their jobs. Managers possesed poor interpersonal communication skills and only focus on their personal agendas to make sure they get the best bonus but not employees. Mgrs are of old schools and afraid to change for better results. Sups and engineers don`t get along and back stabbing is not uncommon here. Executives did not defend their words. There has been head count reduction since beginning of the year but the execs kept telling employees and media there will be no lays off. Severance package below industry norm as well. Few friends at Penn West just received their severance package at 4 week per year while friends at CNQ only get about 2 week per year. The 15%-10% stock plan employer-employee matching contribution is a flaw. Don`t count on it unless you are still employed at the end of the year. I `ve been working for few employers in the past 14 years and can tell you that the salary compensation for intermediate and senior staffs is on the 50 percentile compares to peers. Ask HR to release the Mercer survey for the last 5 years if you want proof. I am glad I left this company at the right time before the downturn but let me share with you that keep your windows open as there are many other great places to work for with better pay. Tourmanline is a good company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair and treat employees like a human being. Send your managers for soft skills training. Listen to employees feed back and keep your words

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    Accepted Offer


    Applied online through CNRL's career site in late May for the September work term (8 months). Received a phone call about three weeks later from HR Recruiter to set up an phone interview with the department manager and supervisor who I would be working with. Questions were all behavioral based.

    Interview Questions

    • - What do you know about CNRL? Why do you want to work here? - What are your strengths/weaknesses? - Tell me about a time you set a goal for yourself and how you went about achieving it - Where do you see yourself 3-5 years from now? - When was a time you had a problem with a team member/co-worker? How did you resolve it? - When was a time you were under pressure/faced a tight schedule and what did you do?   1 Answer

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Barron's 500 , Barron's, 2009

Additional Info

Headquarters Calgary, Canada
Size 5001 to 10000 Employees
Founded 1989
Type Company - Public (CNQ)
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Competitors Husky Energy, Nexen

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