Cenovus Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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Cenovus President, CEO, and Director Brian C. Ferguson
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, nice people (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. Field Engineer Summer Student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cenovus

    Pros

    Lots of help and assistance adjusting to the field from the operators. Fun environment to work it. The pay was also a nice bonus.

    Cons

    Management seemed unprepared for the summer students arrival and didn't have any projects for the first month. There seems to be a lot of behind the scenes politics that can start to affect moral on site.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great benefits, pay and work-life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regulatory Analyst
    Current Employee - Regulatory Analyst

    I have been working at Cenovus

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay, lots of time off, lots of opportunity to advance

    Cons

    Company prefers to move around employees into positions they are not qualified for just so they do not get laid off. meanwhile qualified contractors are let go for staff redeployment.
    lots of reorg constantly going on. lots of ineffienciencies and lack of process. lots of office politics. if you play on the right team though you are set.

    Advice to Management

    consider reviewing contractors for competency insteam of shuffling useless employees around


  3. Process, Process, Process

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

    I have been working at Cenovus (More than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    At least it's the devil you know...

    Cons

    The IT PMO process is ridiculous, no wonder the business thinks IT is too expensive!


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Toxic to your future

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

    I worked at Cenovus full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone stays here because of ; good pay, 2 fridays off a month , vacation time based on age

    Cons

    They preach "one Cenovus" as the company motto, however if you're in the conventional O&G group there is no comparison to working in the oil sands group. Complete lack of parity. There are people in oil sands management with less than 10 years experience. Hence there is the old boys club, favouritism, and office politics are rampant. In Conventional there is little to no chance of promotion as they have made it clear that all the assets are available for sale given the right price. Management in Conventional are out for themselves 1st and foremost and are not inclined to listen to their subordinates. Speaking out or challenging systems will put a bulls-eye on your back. Development plans are a piece of paper that don't even make their way onto a database or HR.
    The only way to survive at this company is to get into the Oil sands group and try to climb over everyone else's back to get promoted. Once in the group they see how many managers and directors there are without significant years of experience and then look for the promotions to happen to themselves. There are far too many people at this company with titles that far exceed their experience or capabilities.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of some more VP's with non-pertinent experience and useless "titles"
    set specific guidelines for mgmt and senior personnel based on actual experience and education.


  6. advisor

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

    I have been working at Cenovus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great place to work, great corporate culture

    Cons

    too much reorg going on

    Advice to Management

    let the one who knows how to do lead the group


  7. Positive Work Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cenovus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous compensation and positive work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Difficult to get in without employee referral.


  8. Great place to work, only complaint was the distanc eof the office from my home.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cenovus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Salary and good benefits

    Cons

    Distance of the office from home.


  9. Great environment to work.

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

    I worked at Cenovus

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Politics...

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

    I have been working at Cenovus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


  11. 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



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