Canadian Natural Resources Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Canadian Natural Resources President Steve W. Laut
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  1. Great company with some management issues

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    CNRL provides engineers with a hands-on approach that allows for thorough interaction with field operations. The work given is typically for direct applications in the short-term and they typically allow most to manage their work independently with a suitable amount of follow up.

    Cons

    Poor coordination with upper management of long-term development objectives for employees. Mostly from a lack of communication and insight. As a result, not the greatest opportunities for intermediate level candidates; junior and senior positions are good however.

    Advice to Management

    Provide constructive criticism and clearly communicate the long-term objectives of an employees personal development. Ensure that this methodology is agreed upon both the corporate and field offices.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Mixed bag

    Current Employee - E I T
    Current Employee - E I T
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, stock savings plan, lots of resources given to take courses, friendly people

    Cons

    Limited vacation, not technologically innovative, rather inefficient, boring work is relatively unchallenging, development plan not followed

    Advice to Management

    Don't do a rotational EIT program if you aren't going to execute properly. While field experience is important, spending 2+ years in various roles that are almost entirely devoid of actual engineering experience is relatively demoralizing.


  3. Summer Student - Operator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good company to work for

    Cons

    Due to the low oil prices, not very much opportunities for overtime


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Sweat shop

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Area Surface Admi in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Area Surface Admi in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have no other oppositions, at least it's a job until you find something else. Don't expect any flexibility for appointments to find a new job, you may get stuck there longer than you want.

    Cons

    Sweat shop mentality, little connection to the final project, do your job and don't question anything and no flexible work hours.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating people like human beings instead of cogs in a wheel.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Pathetic

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reservoir EIT in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Reservoir EIT in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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


  7. Work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is small company with a good working environment and friendly people.

    Cons

    Majority of their value is in Canadian oil sands, becomes difficult for the company in low oil price scenario.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify asset portfolio.


  8. Helpful (3)

    completions engineering position

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start a career. Lots of opportunity to get hand on experience but under micro management and direction which meant what you learnt may not be the best and up-to-date Great team social function and i only meant social function. 15% long term incentive stocks matching for 10% contribution is great and hard to beat.

    Cons

    Base salary and year end bonus is from average to under average for the heavy work load. Few years behind peers in term of trying out new technology. Very competitive working environment where superintendents look down on engineers when it comes to operational experiences and engineers don't speak highly of the sups from engineering perspectives. It is absolutely a sweat shop. Mgrs are of the old school and are afraid to try new things or things that have been tried and proven by others because they are afraid of making mistakes which could affect their year end bonus and possibly their status. If you can not swim, the team will continue to stab behind your back until you can handle no more and quit.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of micro managers, hire few more staffs to leverage the work load and give the working bees a small breathing room.


  9. Helpful (2)

    CNRL

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great company culture and values - fun is in the mission statement

    Cons

    Although staff were told there would be no lay-offs due to the drop in oil prices, there were employees recently released.


  10. instrument tech

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

    I have been working at Canadian Natural Resources (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of work, many upgrades at prsent

    Cons

    Camp facilities are not to date


  11. Good student experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Decent Pay (~27$/hr, x2 for OT) -Learn a lot about operating -Lots of responsibility (can get stressful)

    Cons

    -On call can be stressful -Long hours (10-12 hr days when operating) -As an engineering intern, would like more "engineering" experience, not only operating experience



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