Cenovus Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
50 Reviews
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50 Reviews
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  1.  

    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

  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Poor project management governance in the IT Technical Services area

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Cenovus as a contractor (more than an 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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Great workplace environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Power Engineer-SAGD Operator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Power Engineer-SAGD Operator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay, friendly staff, lots to learn & lots of responsibilities

    Cons

    being away from home and so on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to Work

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, 1 st & 3rd Fridays off, decent bonus structure. Great management in my particular area. Very approachable and open to suggestions/feedback. Handwork is is noticed and rewarded. Very focused on home/life balance.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Cenovus New Graduate Rotation Program

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cenovus

    Pros

    1. Good pay
    2. Some decent positions

    Cons

    1. Terrible program. (If you have another job offer, take it)
    2. HR will rotate you based on "business need" and not your preference. If Cenovus needs janitors tom, you will be rotated there
    3. Your input is not valued, and you cannot do anything about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing.

    Advice to new graduates: Try finding a better company to work for. The Cenovus new grad program is literally the worst thing ever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Depends on the group

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Student Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Cenovus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, nice people. Meaningful work. Really good pay, very nice building

    Cons

    Easily go 3 days without talking to anyone. No relationship with fellow coworkers... I worked here or 4 months and do not know if my boss has kids...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Cenovus

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work and industry standard compensation

    Cons

    Poor Leadership, lots of poster talk from upper management that doesn't translate to the working level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten and focus the organisation. We produce oil not youtube videos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not good place to work anymore

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

    I have been working at Cenovus full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Any "pros" that existed have been eliminated or removed from this organization.

    Cons

    My manager could not lead his way out of a wet paper bag. Who needs a manager who slaps his head, pulls at his hair, rocks back and forth and plugs his ears when your having business discussions? (True story)!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps consider cranial MRI's for group leads and managers before appointing them into stretch roles .A leader’s job is to align the organization around a clear and achievable vision. This cannot occur when the blind lead the blind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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