Canadian Natural

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Canadian Natural Reviews

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

3.4
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    mail clerk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good benefits and good perks

    Cons

    low salary and small chances to move up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyed my work there, given a lot more responsibility and experience than what other companies offer.

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    Former Employee - Relief Operator  in  Bonnyville, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Relief Operator in Bonnyville, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    good pay, lots of experience, helpful coworkers

    Cons

    some parts weren't organized well (lack of communication from management), somewhat of a "redneck" culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better communication to ground level employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, great people!

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    Current Employee - Regulatory Coordinator  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Regulatory Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Well managed and one of the best energy companies in the country. Working at CNRL is a good start for a career. The company is positioned to do very well in the future.

    Cons

    Demand to work at CNRL is high. The interview process is lengthy, but overall, it is worth it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lean & mean company

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    less layers of management and more productivity
    cost is the main factor

    Cons

    safety is not the prime focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work life balance is getting worse. Most of employees are overwhelmed with work. bonus structure is very bad and discouraging

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at Canadian natural for 2 years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Give entry level employees a chance to gain knowledge and experience in the oil and gas industry.
    Good benefits and stock options.
    Pretty good company culture.

    Cons

    At times you can feel like a number
    Need more ways to foster opportunities and growth for employees within company.

    Recommends
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    A very good opportunity for a student to gain field experience.

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    Former Employee - Relief Operator  in  Fox Creek, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Relief Operator in Fox Creek, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Early and thorough safety training: First Aid, H2S, Safe Driving, ATV, WHMIS, TDG, Site Supervisor.
    If you proved the ability and attitude to work safely, you gained some autonomy.
    Amiable and knowledgeable co-workers answered all questions.
    Other operators and mechanics were good to work with.
    Overtime.

    Cons

    Some safety administration took a back seat to production.
    Movement of personnel within the company meant that I had to assume full operator responsibilities early.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Marketing and Finance Intern

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Finance Intern  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Marketing and Finance Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Great Company to work for. They take time and effort in order to ensure personal and group success. Great relaxing and yet effective business environment. Everyone runs an 'open' door policy, makes asking other co-workers for help very easy.

    Cons

    Nothing to complain about here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with young talent recruit to maintain good reputation among students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great compensation in a company with many opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Materials Management  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Materials Management in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Laid back management, great compensation, great benefits. The company is a well run organization that will have success in the long run.

    Cons

    Remote location, long shifts. This job is not cut out for everyone but if you can handle long shifts and the remote location I recommend working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep the employees happy or you will not have anyone willing to work in such a remote location.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Be prepared to work hard. No lavish team-building events here.

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

    Pros

    Nice people
    Focused
    Flat Organization Structure
    Honest, hardworking company
    You know the VPs, they are usually on the same floor, quire quite personable :-)

    Cons

    Be prepared for long wait times on expense claims, approvals and hiring new staff.
    Can't hire top-notch staff because it takes so long. In the meantime, everyone is burning out from waiting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are more pluses than minuses at CNRL. Streamline some of your procedures.
    I.e. does it make sense to have people line up in the lobby area to get their ticket for a social function? Especially a company this size?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    The place to become disengaged, lost in disorganized management, and stuck in a dead end career.

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    Former Employee - Specialist  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    After four years with CNRL, the pros include an unpretentious environment, Fridays off in July/August, office closures in December and several get togethers with food and drink (such as Stampede, Christmas, and Employee Day BBQs).

    Cons

    If you have not noticed already, the pros listed above predominately revolve around getting away from the office. This is not the typical focus of an employee who loves his/her job and company.

    Executives are approachable and express an open door policy, but do not actually expect to have your thoughts heard. This applies to both execs and middle management. Directors and managers superficially express an interest to hear all thoughts and opinions, but the end result always comes back to the management's original decision. Very top down approach by managers who lack innovation and openness to differing ideas.

    Management's idea of receiving department feedback is to handout an "anonymous" survey which then requires employees to send their responses through Outlook emails, which obviously has their names associated to it. The questions on the survey were strategically written to convey criticism and negativity. Other companies I have experienced actually hire third party vendors to conduct truly anonymous surveys.

    The relations between employees themselves are toxic and lacks trust. Project and work responsibilities are often taken when employees are on vacation or credit is not given where deserved.

    Employees are treated as sweat shop workers. Safety is said to be a core focus of the company, yet take a look at their latest safety incident records in comparison with their competitors. They have significantly higher injury records.

    Benefits revolve around stock options, which is great when the Canadian oil economy as a whole is performing well, but terrible when stocks are down. Individual employees have no control over the payoff of their own performance.

    Outdated software and systems. Implementation of new software often involves stakeholders that have absolutely no experience in the field, yet have authority to make decisions on which to implement. Often leads to software that is purchased but do not meet the needs of stakeholders using it on a daily basis.

    It is humorous to think that the company's slogan even bothers to include the word "fun" within it. This company is anything but.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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