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Nexen Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
70 Reviews
3.3
70 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.  

    Many Changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nexen

    Pros

    The teams I worked with were very friendly and helpful - everyone pulled together to get a job done. There was a good amount of support from the managers and team leads on projects as well.

    Cons

    Going through an economic downturn was not funm, but not the companies fault either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management should try to communicate more down the line.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves 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 Contractor - Administrative in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Administrative in Houston, TX

    I worked at Nexen as a contractor (more than a 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.  

    Run for the hills

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nexen

    Pros

    insight into China and need for energy

    Cons

    Cut everyone there - only nationals left there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the values

  7.  

    Challenging, busy, and fun summer at nexen

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    Former Intern - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    First of all, there were around 80 other interns and summer students starting at the same time, so lots of group activities throughout the summer and you meet a lot of awesome people. Every student has a manager looking after them and mine was very helpful. I personally got an amazing project that was quite challenging and took me the whole summer. Also, competitive pay for sure.

    Cons

    Some of the other summer students found that there wasn't enough work for them so they ended up bored a lot of the time.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nexen Summer Student

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    Former Intern - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Professional work environment, flexible work hours
    - Opportunity to learn from industry professionals
    - Modern technology and software used in analyzing reservoir properties

    Cons

    - Very few summer students hired as full time employees
    - Not a large enough company to achieve their goals in Shale Gas and Oil Sands. Resulted in takeover by CNOOC

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Senior Application Developer

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen

    Pros

    Large company so as always, one's opinion depends on which group one is working for. For me...

    Nexen treated contractors much like employees offering many benefits normall reserved for employees such as concierge services, access to health facility (which is one of the best centers in Calgary) and matching charity donations. Lots of smart good people to work with there and they were really open to my suggestions and allowed me to be pretty flexible in my design and framework choices.

    Cons

    Currently they are going through some major company wide re-org and as such, the place is a bit unorganized. Given some time I think they have potential if the right senior managers in put in place.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good major O&G

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Buyer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Nexen

    Pros

    Good Salaries, benefits, work schedules, and vacation time.

    Cons

    Not the same company after the takeover by CNOOC. Major job cuts, budgets slashed, and Chinese management now being put in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless you provide a career path to upper management for Canadian born employees you will lose the future of this company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience and opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with and now with the restructuring more opportunities for the younger employees to grow their careers.

    Cons

    Loss of experience with the restructuring and senior management more detail oriented than strategic. The talk and walk of 'leadership' among senior management is not aligned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nexen has always been a company with great integrity. Ensure that this is not lost going forward under the new owners

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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