Nexen Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
52 Reviews

3.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people new organization trying to build into a local player in oil sands (in 7 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 3 reviews)

  • Not sure how the most recent takeover by Cnooc will affect the company (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    The worst managed company out there.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Nexen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, great work schedule (Monday-Thursday), great pay (for a company that doesn't make much money!), car pool is great compared to bussing

    Cons

    No training, no accountability, uneducated and unprofessional management, poor planning, weak leadership, cannot retain good employees, reactive not preventative, too many "retirees"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to spend the money and bring in real leaders from other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative 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
  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 for 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  

    Worst place to work in my 15 years of experience

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

    I worked at Nexen

    Pros

    Compensation is good and everything else sucks.

    Cons

    No respect for human rights and freedoms. They will kick you out regardless of performance because of political games and greediness of people who are there for long time. They would ignore abuse toward other people. Even good compensation is not worth amount of frustration you have to go through.

    I'm very glad I'm out from there !!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect for basic human rights. Shame on this company and it's management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Terrible Management

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

    I worked at Nexen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers were fantastic and the only reason to stay.

    Cons

    Management only looks out for themselves, paid middle of the road but expected very high performance from employees. Middle management violates integrity policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into what middle managers are doing, get more control over operations because lower and middle management is a disaster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Stuck in a rut

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. Nice gym in the head office. Compressed work week option.

    Cons

    Management is driving this company in the ground. The morale is very low. There are lots of changes that are driven at cost savings but here chasing dollars to save pennies and that's because management is weak. The changes being implemented are not going to save the company. They need to need to be more receptive to changing processes and stop doing business with itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to change and put your ego aside. We are too too heavy and need to look at changing how we do business as a way to save money rather than cutting small things like catering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Things are changing at Nexen

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

    I worked at Nexen full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I used to be a good company

    Cons

    Changes are coming in upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Promotions happen only if you are in the right team, otherwise your career will be stagnant and rot

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Pay is good, best commute in the oil sands

    Cons

    They prefer to hire from outside the company for many leadership roles. Management does not understand the job scope of those who work for them. Low morale. Sometimes it is a toxic workplace. Talent does not say. It does not matter how hard you work or how competent you are, middle management does not notice or care. Unless you are an operator or a male engineer you are stuck in a dead end job. They like to put retirees in leadership roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people who work for you. They will be great leaders. Promote from within do not hire externally when you already have good talent. Get with the times, be modern and more flexible or talent will always leave you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be Careful

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

    I have been working at Nexen as an intern for 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Nexen as a contractor for 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

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