Nexen

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Nexen Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
63 Reviews
3.4
63 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people new organization trying to build into a local player in oil sands (in 8 reviews)

  • Great compensation and benefits (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Middle management is not college educated however has far too much power over decision making (in 4 reviews)

  • Low morale and highly stressful (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing company

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Tech in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Tech in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    nice people nice envir nice supervisor

    Cons

    need more people to work in here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    its pretty good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nexen USA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Nexen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, Nice building, generally well meaning company, but...

    Cons

    The US version of this company is kind of on the ropes. Loosing a lot of staff, for a variety of pretty good reasons, and though they are no longer an immediate extension of the canadian way, it still ends up being the default management style.
    I dont think it is unfair to say this companies future is definitely a question mark, a previous poster called it a "Bright Future" and I hope for the sake of those who remain that is true, but that was not the consensus opinion of the average individual when I was there.
    I would strongly suggest you ask a lot of questions at the interview about staffing, future, scope.
    The good news is that all of this bodes well for negotiating your pay. Trust me, they need you, just dont think you are going to retire here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break out of the Canadian mold, you are carrying a fair amount of dead weight in low level managers who are out of their element.
    Best of luck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Unfair

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative in Houston, TX

    I worked at Nexen as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good money

    Cons

    Too many Chiefs, not enuff Indians, Unethical Managements, Low Employee Moral, No where to move up in company, wouldn't recommend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorganization of management who practices what is preached

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not entirely what I expected however there are some really great people to work with here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Nexen

    Pros

    Small community of people. Easy access to senior regional management. Good location in Houston. Offers two Fridays off per month

    Cons

    Very limited opportunity for growth. The company is working on developing a growth strategy for technical roles but there doesn't seem to be any plans for non-technical roles. Could be organized more efficiently and often has poor utilization of people resources.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Put a stop to SPIN DOCTORS

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineering in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Nexen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits Package
    Flexi Fridays
    People mainly a good group of people

    Cons

    No Clear focus
    Middle Managers do not really know what their staff are working on some openly admitt to doing nothing
    Pet projects seem to be worked in under the radar without following process. Often as a result they are not strategically aligned with other projects
    Lack of accountability
    Redundancies likely in UK during next 6 months
    People scared to speak up as those who have tried seem to leave suddenly.
    Too few workers getting extremely overloaded. Can appear as though 5 managers to 1 worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really look at the issues facing company.
    Too many employees/contractors have been brought in for specific work and been absorbed into head count.
    Question middle management about what their staff is doing do they really know.
    Too many people think sending email is a job.
    Tackle the culture of spin doctors who make self promoting their main agenda. Actual look at what they have achieved. Not what they have taken credit for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Crazy change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nexen has a lot of good people. There are a lot of long-term employees there, those with 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of experience. The benefits package is very good.

    Cons

    These days (2014) Nexen = change. After the CNOOC acquisition a great number of employees left of their own accord, with a large chunk out of middle and upper management. Since then there have been significant layoffs. As a result reporting structures are completely turned around and no one really knows what's going on. Morale is very low. HR is currently a bull in a china shop, and showing very little sympathy for valid concerns. I had some integrity concerns that arose prior to my termination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things may need to change in order to streamline operations, but don't push for change just for change's sake. Recognize that gutting a company or even a department also means losing excellent employees. HR needs to assist in the change by being helpful, sympathetic, and professional, rather than acting as the emotionless executioner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Co-op Student - Chemistry

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    Former Employee - Co-op Student - Chemistry in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Co-op Student - Chemistry in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, excellent compensation, excellent work schedule

    Cons

    I don't have any outstanding Cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Generally a great place to work, strong emphasis on integrity. Big changes in the last 3 years lots of employee turnover

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation. Flexible benefit packages, compressed work week options (couple of fridays off per month in exchange for slightly longer days).
    Useful in house training.

    Cons

    3 yrs of change and uncertainty have taken a toll on employee morale. Lots of retirements have opened up promotion possibilities but the company has also contracted due to selling off domestic properties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the emphasis on the core business of producing but don't abandon the socially responsible values.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience to gain as a summer student!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of great and nice people have either been laid off or left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at more then the numbers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Busy with politics and changes.

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, used to have a good talent pool within the company.

    Cons

    Overworked without support because a lot of people from various departments have been let go!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make changes without considering full impact to business; don't make changes just for the sake of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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