Canadian Natural Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
51 Reviews
3.4
51 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Very fun and welcoming company.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineering Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Natural as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very fun and welcoming. Team is always there to help with anything and make you feel part of the company.

    Cons

    Being a summer student, there was not enough projects for me to complete so I had a fair amount of time sitting at a desk with nothing to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company.

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    Current Employee - Supply Management Professional in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Supply Management Professional in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Natural full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Canadian Natural is a good place to start your carreer. It is still developing which will give you lots of opportunities to improve. It has generous vacations time and it provides a secured job.

    Cons

    There is no standard practice accross the company. One division may execute the project with totally different approach than others. But this is expected as the company is still growing.

  3.  

    Great oppurtunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-op Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-op Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Lost of room to move around and learn. Senior staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. Every if willing to help you and show you new things. you will always be learning.

    Cons

    HR recruitment aren't the best to say the least. Don't really care about students. Also they don't provide housing for students in both Calgary or the field. Kind of a bummer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Run Away!

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    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
  6. 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Coop Engineer Student

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    Current Employee - Coop Engineer in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Coop Engineer in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, people are nice, good training.

    Cons

    bad HR, only 4 flights offered in 8 month coop term.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Natural as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good people, great pay, food is not too bad in the camp and great work experience

    Cons

    Working in the camp can get boring after a while. Lacks proper training before job begins. Students are thrown into the mix.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training/support system for the students would be nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Coop Experience

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    Current Employee - Accounting Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Accounting Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Natural as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work culture; great people to work along with

    Cons

    responsibilities can be very limited; as an observer promotion within the company can be quite tough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a very good place to work as a student intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-op Student in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-op Student in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Natural as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to gain insight and knowledge of the oil and gas industry. People are friendly and helpful. You will be given real responsibilities and projects that will impact directly the workings of the plant. Hence, it is a very good learning experience.

    Cons

    Long work hours (6:30am-4:30pm). Lack of an established program in place to develop students into knowledgeable engineers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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