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Current Intern - Chemist in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
Current Intern - Chemist in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

I have been working at Nexen as an intern (more than a year)

Pros

Very nice people, excellent co-workers, great pay, car pool is awesome

Cons

HR department is so far disconnected from the needs of the company, its very easy for someone to "backstab" you so you always have to be on guard, not much opportunity for career growth

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get a handle on your HR or you will lose all your good people

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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Nice place to collect a pay cheque...but If you are entrepreneurial and driven, look elsewhere.

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    Current Contractor - Planning/Economics in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Planning/Economics in Uxbridge, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nexen as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - 2 fridays per month off
    - nice pension
    - great work/life balance
    - country club atmosphere, off-sites at expensive hotels

    Cons

    - no clear strategy, no long-term targets ever provided
    - heavy operational focus with little clue about the future
    - company is run by accountants who are obsessed with precision but do not understand the big picture
    - many people very busy working on things that do not add value, overstaffed
    - employee rank stack system is largely subjective, managers have no authority to properly rate their own people as other managers can overrule
    - zero autonomy, all decisions made at the top by arguably unqualified people
    - current power struggle between Calgary head office and UK division where the money is made
    - ongoing commitment to fund disaster mega-project which vacuums cash from the rest of the company. Poor capital allocation.
    - poor communication to staff following CNOOC takeover
    - Calgary management has not yet grasped that Nexen is now a subsidiary of another company. Current org structure makes no sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot of talented people. Give some autonomy to staff and good things are likely to happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Technically Lost

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nexen

    Pros

    There is a great deal of work to be done
    Genuinely nice people
    Business units (other than IT) genuinely happy
    Much more opportunity for meaningful work for IT employees

    Cons

    Fundamental misunderstanding of technology/architecture
    Heavy reliance on Gartner reports
    Get it done at all costs mentality in many cases
    Not meaningful or challenging work for senior contractors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in senior people from other environments to help craft a longer term view

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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