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Canadian Natural Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
46 Reviews

3.4
46 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sweat Shop

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer Lead
    Current Employee - Field Engineer Lead

    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
  3.  

    Coop Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Student  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Accounting Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    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
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  5.  

    Overall a very good place to work as a student intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-op Student  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-op Student in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    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
  6.  

    Greaaat Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shovel Specialist  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Shovel Specialist in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    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
  7.  

    Coop intern at CNRL - Calgary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learn and Run as Fast as you Can

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Accountant  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Production Accountant in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Good work environment, good hours, pretty flexible. Great company to start your career and leave as soon as you can.

    Cons

    Properties are always changing. meaning it feels like they don't give opportunity to improve the processes. Since you are always trying to catch with learning a new desk. Bonuses are only good for upper management. they suck for everybody else in Accounting. they are always hiring, because people are always leaving. They are all about promoting all the friends and not always the best suited people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value more your employees, so the talent doesn't leave the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Good people to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Operator  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Field Operator in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Oppurtunities to move up, good salary, learning from their mistake

    Cons

    Cheap company, paying for past mistakes, low annaul bonuses, far from town

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to fix the mistakes made in a poorly built upgrader.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great learning experience for students.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - As a student you get to perform a wide range of field work and work on your own projects.
    - You receive great safety training before you go up to the field.
    - All co-workers are very friendly and always make time to answer questions.
    - Good work life balance.
    - Fridays off during the summer.

    Cons

    No complaints at all, this is a great company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employees are shareholders

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analysis  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analysis in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Stock options on hiring are good. Salaries and benefits are reasonable. Staff are kept busy, and the more you're willing to do, the more you'll be given.

    Cons

    Many of the roles are narrow and deep. Therefore staff get bored and tend to change jobs every few years. It is a command and control company, with the standard share of bullies in management. It is a big company trying to operate like a small one - sometimes it works and frequently causes unnecessary problems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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