Canadian Natural Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
50 Reviews
3.5
50 Reviews
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Canadian Natural President Steve W. Laut
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26 Ratings

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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Employee 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 for less than a 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.  

    Great oppurtunity

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    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 for less than a 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
  3. 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 for more than a 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
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  5. 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 for less than a 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
  6. 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 for 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
  7. 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 for less than a 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
  8. 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 for less than a 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a very good place to work as a student intern

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    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 for more than a 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Coop intern at CNRL - Calgary

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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 as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - flexible hours
    - good work/life balance
    - good compensation
    - excellent guidance from supervisor
    - prompt feedback of quality of work
    - comprehensive work term reviews
    - relocation assistance

    Cons

    - Relatively long process to getting access to certain software/programs in the office setting for student interns, which means for a short work term, you may not get to experience higher level tasks since access to programs would not be granted on time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Greaaat Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shovel Specialist  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Shovel Specialist in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Natural full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Real open doors policy, best team work enviroment,yes I know, that sound to good to be true, but the thing is, it is all about perspectives, been an expat with experience in very diferent cultures, believe me, this is a great place to work, my boss understand the chalenges of my position, my co workers are positive hardworkers and willing to help and learn every time, you cant ask for any thing better than that.

    Cons

    We need more people, this company is expanding fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Congratulate those with 5, 10, 15 etc. aniversary with tickets to the Las Vegas Mining show and other related, that will put a big smile on the most loyal people that we have.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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