Cenovus Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Cenovus President, CEO, and Director Brian C. Ferguson
Brian C. Ferguson
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Pros
  • Great work place, Strong Leadership, work-life balance, great culture, work environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Good compensation and benefits with 1st and 3rd Friday's off and ability to purchase additionaly vacation time (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Away from home for a week at a time (in 3 reviews)

  • Contract was terminated with no warning - 5 of us across the division were let go all at once (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Good, but not without it's problems

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    Former Contractor - SCM in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - SCM in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Cenovus as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Excellent facilities - the BOW is a top-notch office
    - Excellent compensation
    - Pleasant work environment with a lot of talented, and quality employees
    - Relatively flat organizational structure for a company of its size
    - Solid work/life balance where the office is actually empty on Fridays off

    Cons

    - Highly disorganized with departments doing whatever they want (including redundant work), despite efforts to create "One Cenovus"
    - Country club mentality that is resistant to change (particularly in the field)
    - Senior management is not visible and seems to be disconnected from certain parts of the organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great place to work, only complaint was the distanc eof the office from my home.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cenovus

    Pros

    Good Salary and good benefits

    Cons

    Distance of the office from home.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Cenovus

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Cenovus as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Good Team
    - Good Opportunities
    - Great Environment

    Cons

    - Contract Work
    - Camp Life
    - Travelling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not too much involvement with Management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Great environment to work.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Cenovus

    Pros

    They treat people well and with respect. The facilities and work environment are top shelf.

    Cons

    Like any organization there is always room to improve processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue hiring good people - then get out of their way!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Politics...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cenovus

    Pros

    Good salaries and benefits, also 2 fridays off a month, even lately because of workload was working any of those fridays catch up work to do.

    Cons

    Project Managers with no enough experience on big projects, working under cost pressure, creating the blaming environment.
    No proper career development - the buddies can more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many changes at the same time and making pressure on medium levels... decisions made on 2009 are impacting now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. Excellent job not in my field

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    Former Intern - Engineering Field Student in Brooks, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Engineering Field Student in Brooks, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Cenovus as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Cenovus is one of the best run companies I have worked at. They have a great work culture, interesting work for chemical or mechanical engineers, and a commitment to helping their employees. If I had chosen to go down the path of one of those disciplines, I would definitely have applied for a full time job.

    Cons

    The biggest con for me, as I decided to look more at finance positions, was that Cenovus does not have a significant focus on finance roles for students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Reservoir engineering student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cenovus

    Pros

    1. Very friendly working environment
    2. Every second Friday off
    3. Good salary

    Cons

    1. Office politics
    2. Management system not efficient

  9. Lots of hype about what a great company it is to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent wages and benefits, pension plan

    Cons

    Moral is poor due to cuts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Poor project management governance in the IT Technical Services area

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

    I worked at Cenovus as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great to get first and third Fridays off
    Good hourly rate

    Cons

    > Manager not acting on reported problems about poor project management and abusive team member - puts project at risk and eventually leads to dysfunctional project
    > No consistency in the quality of project managers; PM neglecting the project schedule and communications basics -- where is the Group Lead for that PM; and then there are other PM's who are outstanding and who follow the PMLC and communicate very well.
    > Problems with role and responsibility definitions - solutions architects and BAs roles overlap and can lead to friction. Maybe BAs should not be on infrastructure projects?
    > Unprofessional somewhat abusive behavior tolerated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    > Give your PMO some teeth and back them up rolling out governance of the PM process.
    > Get the PM group lead to set some basic milestones -- without a proper project schedule the team and the organization do not know where they are going.
    > Don't overload your PM's with too many projects. The PM in question had too many projects on his plate to give them the kind of attention they needed.
    > Governance: Ask PM for a detailed project schedule (MS Project) after Charter has been approved -- at least detailed for the planning phase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Political monster

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits with 1st and 3rd Friday's off and ability to purchase additionaly vacation time. Big company so there is the possibility of moving roles within the company.

    Cons

    Politicals rule. Leaders are picked from the pool of other leaders friends based on their brown nosing abilities and not leadership skills consequently this company is serverly lacking meaningful leadership. A good number of managers are more inclined to manage their own career instead of their team, so they spend more time networking and working out how to get to the next level.

    Senior management lacks vision and seems to spend a lot of time and effort creating new posters, but then forgets to actually follow up or enact change. Recent company internal survey has highlighted the general dissatisfication of the staff, so will be interesting if they can or try to turn things around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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