Nexen

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Updated Jul 20, 2014

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3.4 51 reviews

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61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    The worst managed company out there.

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

    ProsLaid 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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime to spend the money and bring in real leaders from other companies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Technically Lost

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere 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

    ConsFundamental 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 Senior ManagementBring in senior people from other environments to help craft a longer term view

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unfair

    Administrative (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsFlexible work schedule, good money

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementReorganization of management who practices what is preached

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst place to work in my 15 years of experience

    IT (Former Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsCompensation is good and everything else sucks.

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementRespect for basic human rights. Shame on this company and it's management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stuck in a rut

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

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

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementBe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Things are changing at Nexen

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

    ProsI used to be a good company

    ConsChanges are coming in upper management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

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

    ProsPay is good, best commute in the oil sands

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementTrust 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Be Careful

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

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

    ConsHR 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 Senior ManagementGet a handle on your HR or you will lose all your good people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't Waste Your Time

    Contractor (Former Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsCompensation and benefits are good and that's about it.

    ConsManagement lacks direction. They've had a lot of initiatives and 'meet the VP' over the years and nothing changes. There are a lot of expensive team events without regard for the bottom line. Needs serious downsizing, carrying dead weight. No opportunities and doesn't like to promote from within. There are people there who aren't qualified working there, but have nice personalities. Be prepared to pick up their work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake charge and make your people accountable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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