Cenovus Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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Cenovus President, CEO, and Director 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. advisor

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    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

  2. Positive Work Environment

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    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.

  3. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  6. Cenovus

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Good Team
    - Good Opportunities
    - Great Environment

    Cons

    - Contract Work
    - Camp Life
    - Travelling

    Advice to Management

    Not too much involvement with Management

  7. Great environment to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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!

  8. Politics...

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    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.

  9. 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)

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

    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.

  10. 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

  11. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent wages and benefits, pension plan

    Cons

    Moral is poor due to cuts

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