NOVA Chemicals Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. One of the best companies I have ever worked with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Decatur, AL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Decatur, AL

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals

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

    Pros

    This plant was ran by a man named Nabial Alghanma. He trained all the employees in TPM and Autonomous maintenance as well as creating an environment of process ownership and team responsibility. The plant has made unbelievable strides forward in production, cost of doing business and employee ownership. Every employee is happy to work there and they all know their worth.

    Cons

    Chemical plant environment, most of the plant is outdoors and no a/c or heat in summer and winter. Plants operates even in inclement weather.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt the leadership style of Nabial Alghanma or properly train the people in all your plants

  2. Good experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Good benefits.

    Cons

    No career advancement opportunities. Limited movement.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Diverse, varied experience across company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Pitts, PA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Pitts, PA

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    culture, work-life balance, opportunites for the right people

    Cons

    traditional, decision making can be slow or stretched sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Be bold, take tough calls, it's ok to fail if efforts made are sincere

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  5. Great experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time

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

    Pros

    They value the employees and have good benefits.

    Cons

    tough industry due to oil market, ups and downs and a restructuring.

  6. Maintenance

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

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals full-time

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. Advancement possible with hard work and dedication.

    Cons

    The thought process of - Because you are an engineer you are a leader.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing.

  7. Helpful (2)

    A great place to work, at the plant level. Avoid corporate HQ

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Analyst/Telecom Support Analyst in Monaca, PA
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Analyst/Telecom Support Analyst in Monaca, PA

    I worked at NOVA Chemicals full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    At the plant level:
    Great work atmosphere
    People friendly and easy to work with
    Great pay and benefits
    Active in the local community
    At corporate HQ (Pittsburgh, PA):
    Morale much lower
    Much more cutthroat political games

    Cons

    Bloated upper management
    Too much bureaucracy.
    Too much time spent on the defining the "process", not enough on getting results. As a result, many good projects die because they become too complicated and expensive to implement.
    Some in the Canadian management show a clear anti-American bias.

    Advice to Management

    You have been told by every financial analyst that Nova Chemicals is too top-heavy. Start listening and trim the fat. There is no need for one department to have 5 directors!

  8. A great place to do research

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

    I have been working at NOVA Chemicals

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

    Pros

    It is a good place to do research. The people are supporting and all knowledgeable. The type of the project was also interning to me.

    Cons

    I have done my PhD thesis under the sponsorship of NOVA chemicals. Some time too many deadlines made me stressed out.

    Advice to Management

    sometimes I felt stressed out and kinda distracted by too many deadlines and very close to gather. I would have been more fruitful I had the peace of mind.

  9. SAP BASIS Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior SAP Basis Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Senior SAP Basis Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at NOVA Chemicals as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with. The team I worked with was great. The IT organization has a lot of cumulative SAP experience and low attrition. Employees get competitive salaries and extra days off on top of vacation.

    Cons

    Some areas of the IT organization could work better, but that could be said about any organization. Most IT office locations are not in metropolis locations, but that can be a good thing depending on your preference.

    Advice to Management

    Try AGILE development instead of spending so much effort on resource administration and time management.

  10. Nova Chemicals Administrative Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Joffre, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Joffre, AB (Canada)

    I worked at NOVA Chemicals full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Focused on employee safety.
    If you have the right team leader, there are opportunities to advance outside of your current role.

    Cons

    The way their pay scale works, it is almost impossible to get a raise.
    Limited opportunities for career advancement in some roles.
    Benefits not as good as you might expect

    Advice to Management

    Look at process for salaries and wage increases. Improve benefit program.

  11. Good place to get your feet wet

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

    I worked at NOVA Chemicals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn about consulting.

    Cons

    Owned by a venture capital company.
    If your not billing don't expect to survive on the bench.

    Advice to Management

    People retention should be a higher priority.

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